2017 SYMPOSIUM – WELCOME

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the D. Dan and Betty Kahn 6th Annual Scientific Symposium for the Michigan – Israel Partnership for Research and Education. This year’s scientific symposium promises to be a wonderful showcase for scientific advances which improve human health, led by faculty at The Technion Israel Institute of Technology, The Weizmann Institute of Science, and the University of Michigan.

Please join us, as we explore the convergence of biomedicine and bioengineering. We have an exceptional program planned this year with keynote speakers from three world class academic institutions who will present the latest research on topics ranging from engineering molecules, cells and tissues to biomedical and bioengineering impacts on patient lives. Additional topics include new insights into the biology of stem cells and technology advances leading to scientific discoveries.

Creating collaborations between institutions to enhance discovery is the main goal of the partnership. To that end, the Kahn symposium will also feature past partnerships during the “Tackling Biomedical Challenges Through International Research Partnership” session.

Don’t miss the gallery highlighting the past 5 years of the partnership. We’ve had some very energizing scientific symposium sessions as well as some fantastic social events to further solidify the collaborations and ideas developed at the Kahn symposium.

We look forward to a symposium filled with dynamic presentations, thoughtful discussions, new partnerships, and continued advancement of past partnerships toward new discoveries!

In collaboration,

Avraham A. Levy, Ph.D.
Faculty of Biochemistry, Dean
Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences
The Weizmann Institute of Science

Ofer Binah, Ph.D.
Department of Physiology, Biophysics and Systems Biology, Head
Ruth & Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine,
Technion

David J. Pinsky, M.D.
Griswold Ruth M.D. & Margery Hopkins Ruth Professor of Internal Medicine
Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology
Founding Scholar – A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute
Chief, Cardiovascular Medicine
Director, Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center

2017 SYMPOSIUM – PROGRAM

LOCATION:
Ruth & Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine
1 Efron Street, Bat-Galim (next to Rambam Health Care Campus)
Haifa, 31096, Israel

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE:
Dr. Ofer Binah (Faculty)
Dr. Peleg Hasson (Faculty)
Dr. Ami Aronheim (Faculty)
Mrs. Stephanie Shenor (Administrator)
David J. Pinsky, M.D.
Avraham A. Levy, Ph.D.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4

Arrival

From Ben Gurion Airport to Dan Carmel Hotel
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5

Transportation — 11:15am - 12:00pm

To Rappaport Faculty of Medicine

Registration and Lunch — 12:00 - 13:00pm

Opening and Welcome Remarks — 13:00 – 14:00pm

Keynote Lecture — 14:00 - 15:00pm

Professor Perez Lavie, President of the Technion
My heroes in science
Coffee Break — 15:00 - 15:30pm

Session 1 — 15:30 - 17:00pm

STEM CELLS AND TISSUE ENGINEERING
Chair: Donna Martin, UM
Shulamit Levenberg, Technion
Rubi Shalom-Feuerstein, Technion
Daniel Michele, UM
Eva Feldman, UM
Jacob Hanna, WIS
Shalev ltzkovitz, WIS
Coffee Break — 17:00 - 17:30pm

Session 2 — 17:30 – 19:00pm

MECHANO-SENSING, EXTRACELLULAR MATRIX IN HEALTH AND DISEASE
Chair: lzhak Kehat, Technion
Shelly Tzlil, Technion
Peleg Hasson, Technion
Stephen Weiss, UM
Yogendra Kanthi, UM
lrit Sagi, WIS
Haguy Wolfenson, Technion
Posters will be displayed at the lobby throughout the conference

Dinner — 19:00 - 21:00pm

Rappaport Faculty of Medicine
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6

Breakfast — 7:00 - 7:45am

Dan Carmel Hotel

Transportation — 8:00 - 8:45am

To Rappaport Faculty of Medicine

Registration — 8:30 - 8:50am

Opening Remarks — 8:50 - 9:00am

Ami Aronheim, Technion

Session 3 — 9:00 - 10:00am

ROBOTICS AND NANO/MICRO-MACHINES IN BIOMEDICINE
Chair: Cynthia Chestek, UM
Moshe Shoham, Technion
Alon Wolf, Technion
Stephen Kemp, UM
Joerg Lahann, UM

Session 4 — 10:00 - 11:00am

PROTEIN/mRNA STRUCTURE, FUNCTION AND REGULATION IN HEALTH AND DISEASE
Chair: Herman Wolosker, Technion
Meytal Landau, Technion
Sarel Fleishman, WIS
Igor Ulitsky, WIS
Alon Kahana, UM
Coffee Break — 11:00 - 11:30am

Session 5 — 11:30am - 12:30pm

CLOCKS, PUMPS AND TRANSPORTERS IN CELL FUNCTION
Chair: Moran Benhar, Technion
Yael Yaniv, Technion
Oded Lewinson, Technion
Raz Palty, Technion
José Jalife, UM
Lunch — 12:30 - 14:00pm

Session 6 — 14:00 - 15:30pm

MICROBIOME
Chair: Mark Saper, UM
Naama Geva-Zatorsky, Technion
Rotem Sorek, WIS
Roi Avraham, WIS
Tal Korem, WIS
Thomas Schmidt, UM
Betsy Foxman, UM

Session 7 — 15:30 - 16:30pm

TURNING BIG DATA INTO HEALTH AND DISCOVERIES
Chair: Yael Mandel-Gutfreund, Technion
Shai Shen-Orr, Technion
Eldad Tzahor, WIS
Margit Burmeister, UM
Alan Boyle, UM
Coffee Break — 16:30 - 17:00pm

Session 8 — 17:00 - 18:30pm

NEW BREAKTHROUGHS IN DRUG DISCOVERY: NAN-BIO, NAN-CHEMO
Chair: Lola Eniola-Adefeso, UM
Marcell Machluf, Technion
Avi Schroeder, Technion
Berta Strulovici, WIS
Avigdor Scherz, WIS
Sascha Goonewardena, UM
Max Shtein, UM
Posters will be displayed at the lobby throughout the conference

Concluding the Conference — 18:30 - 19:15pm

Grant and Fellowship Award Announcements
Closing remarks – David Pinsky, Avi Levy, Ofer Binah

Transportation — 19:15pm

From Rappaport Faculty of Medicine to the Welcome Dinner

Welcome Dinner — 20:00 - 22:00pm

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

Breakfast — 7:00 - 7:45am

Dan Carmel Hotel

Full Day Tour – 8:00am - 17:30pm

Golan Heights

Gala Dinner — 20:00 - 22:00pm

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

Departure

From Dan Carmel Hotel to Ben Gurion Airport

Half Day Tour (optional)

Weizmann Institute