Taubman Institute-Israel Initiative

The Taubman Institute has launched an initiative to establish collaborations between leading medical researchers in Michigan and their colleagues in Israel. The impetus behind the effort came from a trip to medical research facilities in Israel that Alfred Taubman took in 2008 with Institute Director Eva Feldman, M.D., Ph.D., and Institute Co-Chair Gayle Taubman Kalisman, Ed.D.

“We were very impressed by the ground-breaking research being done in Israel,” said Alfred Taubman. “And we immediately recognized the opportunities for collaboration between U of M and the talented scientists in Israel.”

To encourage the exchange of medical knowledge, the Institute has held two A. Alfred Taubman Lectureships at the University of Michigan, presented by preeminent Israeli stem cell researchers:

  • Miguel Weil, Ph.D., profession of life sciences at Tel Aviv University spoke on September 17, 2008. The title of his talk was “Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Regenerative Medicine.”
  • Benjamin Reubinoff, M.D., Ph.D., professor of neurology at Hadassah Medical Center presented his lecture on January 2009. One of the world’s pioneers in embryonic stem cell science, he spoke on the topic: “Human Embryonic Stem Cells: A Promising Therapy for Neurological Disorders.”

Both lectures were very well attended by U-M researchers. Preceding the talks, a reception was held for members of the University of Michigan and local Jewish communities. In addition, following Dr. Reubinoff’s lecture, the Greater Detroit Chapter of Hadassah sponsored a luncheon in his honor.

The Taubman Institute will continue to build relationships and joint projects with eminent Israeli scientists.


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