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(l-r) Dr. Eran Elinav, Prof. Ido Amit and Dr. Shalev Itzkovitz of the Weizmann Institute of Science, have been named International Research Scholars

Six Israelis among 41 International Research Scholars

Scientists at the beginning of their careers will each receive $650,000 over five years

(l-r) Dr. Eran Elinav, Prof. Ido Amit and Dr. Shalev Itzkovitz of the Weizmann Institute of Science, have been named International Research Scholars

(l-r) Dr. Eran Elinav, Prof. Ido Amit and Dr. Shalev Itzkovitz of the Weizmann Institute of Science, have been named International Research Scholars

 

Six Israeli scientists were among the 41 International Research Scholars selected by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. The 41, from 16 countries, are exceptional early-career scientists poised to advance biomedical research across the globe. These prestigious philanthropic organizations have teamed up to develop scientific talent around the world, and will award a total of nearly $26.7 million to this group of scholars. Each researcher will receive a total of $650,000 over five years. The award is a big boon for scientists early in their careers, and offers the freedom to pursue new research directions and creative projects that could develop into top-notch scientific programs.

“This is an outstanding group of scientists who will push biomedical research forward worldwide, and we are thrilled to support them alongside our philanthropic partners,” said David Clapham, HHMI’s Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer. The scientists selected as International Research Scholars represent a diverse array of scientific disciplines and geographic locations. Scholars hail from research organizations and institutions around the world, from Tanzania to Cambodia to Chile to Austria. Of the six Israeli researchers, three are from the Weizmann Institute of Science: Prof. Ido Amit, and Drs. Eran Elinav and Shalev Itzkovitz. These three are developing new means of investigating dynamic processes in individual cells; discovering how the bacteria in our guts affect everything from jet lag to the development of metabolic disease; and revealing how liver cells arrange themselves in the most efficient way so as to conduct this organ’s many and varied functions.

“We are excited to join with our partners in supporting these superb scientists. We look to them to bring transformative innovation to priority global health problems,” said Chris Karp, Director of Global Health Discovery & Translational Sciences at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. These researchers’ goals are innovative, wide-ranging, and forward-thinking. They seek to understand diverse topics, from how immune cells function to how pathogenic bacteria jump from the environment to humans, and are even investigating ways to watch genes switch on and off in living brains.

“We are delighted to be a partner in supporting this outstanding community of international researchers. Their expertise and thirst for knowledge will enhance our understanding of how life works and the causes and consequences of disease, said Anne-Marie Coriat, Head of Research Careers at Wellcome Trust. A panel of distinguished scientists reviewed more than 1,400 applications, and evaluated both the impact of past work, including doctoral and postdoctoral achievements, and the promise of work to come. It’s a researcher-focused approach that emphasizes the skills and talents of the individual, rather than solely the projects proposed. “We are proud to partner with HHMI, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust to support this truly exceptional group of young biomedical scientists. Biomedical research is increasingly at the core of the work of our research institute, the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência,” said Gulbenkian Institute Director Jonathan Howard.

“It’s a great honor to be part of this program, which will provide substantial support for my lab’s research in the coming years,” said Itzkovitz, of the Weizmann Institute of Science. In addition to the international partnership formed to fund this project – from Seattle and Maryland to the UK and Portugal – the International Research Scholars have all had at least a year of training in the US or UK, so the research they will be doing will truly be international – from research collaborations to the ultimate benefit to humanity.

Israel BDS – building dialogue through science – aims to promote the kind of international collaboration that can lead to true understanding between people. Israel BDS stands for the free and open exchange of ideas among scientists everywhere. By reporting on the benefits of Israeli-international scientific research and the web of connections that these scientists create around the world, Israel BDS takes a vibrant approach to highlighting the global necessity of continued international scientific collaboration.

 

 

 

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Israel BDS – building dialogue through science – aims to promote the kind of international collaboration that can lead to true understanding between people. Israel BDS stands for the free and open exchange of ideas among scientists everywhere. By reporting on the benefits of Israeli-international scientific research and the web of connections that these scientists create around the world, Israel BDS takes a vibrant approach to highlighting the global necessity of continued international scientific collaboration.

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