|22 July, 2012 |
| 20th Jerusalem School in Life Sciences brings together top researchers and students to explore biology, chemistry and medicine |
|130 students to attend School at the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies headed by Nobel laureate in chemistry Prof. Roger Kornberg from Stanford Un|
| A stained cell as seen under a miscroscope |
Nobel laureates and top researchers in biology, chemistry and medicine will share their knowledge and expertise with 130 top students from around the world, at the 20th Jerusalem School in Life Sciences from July 22 to 26. Hosted by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Israel Institute for Advanced Studies, the School will be headed by Nobel laureate in chemistry Prof. Roger Kornberg, from the School of Medicine at Stanford University. The school is geared toward advanced graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from around the world.
The Israel Institute for Advanced Studies hosts five short-term Schools annually, in the fields of Theoretical Physics, Life Sciences, Economic Theory, Jewish Studies and Comparative Religion, and Mathematics.
This year’s topic is “Nuclear Organization, Dynamics and Activity,” The School’s co-director, Prof. Yosef Gruenbaum of the Hebrew University’s Alexander Silberman Institute of Life Sciences, described it as “a merger between cellular biology and genetics.” He added, ''A cell’s nucleus contains all the genetic material, organized in a unique and specific way. Activity in the nucleus dictates which genes will be expressed, how RNA will be created, how ribosomes that help translate RNA into protein will be arranged, and so on. The way genetic material is controlled is relevant to genetic diseases, many of which are related to disruptions in a cell’s nuclear activity. For example, the gene lamin A may cause 17 different genetic diseases, including progeria, or premature aging in children. Other diseases related to processes of the nucleus are muscular dystrophy and neurodegenerative diseases.”
Lecturers who will present at the school include some of the top researchers in Israel and around the world, among them:
—Prof. Howard Cedar from the Hebrew University, presenting Programming of DNA Methylation during Development;
—Prof. Batsheva Kerem from the Hebrew University presenting Chromosome Instability and Fragile Sites;
—Prof. Katherine Wilson from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, presenting Biochemistry and Regulation of the LEM-domain Protein Emerin;
—Prof. Tom Misteli from the Center for Cancer Research - National Cancer Institute presenting Nuclear Architecture: From Fundamentals to Disease;
—and many more.
More information, including the School’s full program, can be seen at http://bit.ly/hu_ls20 and http://bit.ly/hu_ls20b.