Sept 18, 2017 – The Rosetrees Trust Interdisciplinary Prize for 2017 has been awarded to two scientists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Prof. Yaakov Nahmias and Prof. Nir Friedman for their platform that mimics the physiological dynamics of human metabolism. This is the first group from outside the United Kingdom to win the prize.
With funding from the Rosetrees Trust, the two scientists will lead a team of Hebrew University researchers in combining Prof. Nahmias’ groundbreaking organ-on-chip platform with Prof. Friedman’s key understanding of molecular networks. This interdisciplinary partnership will unravel the complex interplay between changing metabolism and its underlying genetic regulation in human cells, replacing current animal models that lack clinical relevance. The research will be instrumental to drug development, offering a route to the rational design of therapeutics for obesity, fatty liver disease and type 2 diabetes.
For more information, see: EurekAlert!: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-09/thuo-rti091817.php