Understanding the Brain
Weizmann Institute neurologist and immunologist Prof. Michal Schwartz is shedding light on the aging brain, finding that autoimmune cells have the potential ability to fight off conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, glaucoma, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease), and nerve degeneration from trauma and stroke.
Bats Offer New Directions in Brain Research
The Weizmann Institute's Prof. Nachum Ulanovsky investigates memory using an unconventional subject: bats. In addition to shedding light on the basic function of the memory system, his work could lead to new understanding of a range of neurological conditions.
Sniffing out Alzheimer’s
Prof. Noam Sobel investigates the many complexities of the human olfactory system, the faulty function of which can be an early sign of neurological and cognitive deterioration. Based on this knowledge, he has designed olfactometers (devices that generate odors) that are capable of providing early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s.