Ben-Gurion University: Brain of the Negev
March 17, 2015
The Spring 2015 issue of B’nai B’rith Magazine features an article about how BGU has become Israel’s leading center of brain research.
Graduate students, scientists, doctors and behavioral health clinicians at BGU work together to determine the roots of some of the most traumatizing brain disorders: Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, autism, epilepsy and traumatic brain injury.
BGU researchers also work closely with Soroka University Medical Center, which is adjacent to BGU’s Marcus Family Campus in Beer-Sheva, to apply basic research to the clinical needs of the Negev’s diverse population.
“This is how we teach our students: to examine all projects in a scientific and clinical light,” says Dr. Opher Donchin, of BGU’s Zlotowski Center for Neuroscience.
BGU brain research initiatives featured in this article include a brain-mapping technology being developed by the startup ElMindA, backed by BGU research; Prof. Alon Friedman’s findings on the blood-brain barrier that impact professional football players and those at risk for dementia; Dr. Ilan Dinstein’s biological measures for diagnosing autism; and how Dr. Simona Bar-Haim is helping teens with celebral palsy train their brains to walk better.