February 17, 2023

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Mapping Genomic Risk

Researchers at TAU's Faculty of Medicine and Sagol School of Neuroscience have identified a new genetic risk factor for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause for loss of eyesight at an advanced age. For the first time, the researchers identified proteins that play a key role in the development and functioning of the tissue affected by the disease. Their discovery enhances the chances of finding cures for AMD in the future. READ MORE


Right Brain vs. Left Brain

It seems that politics begin in the brain. A new study from researchers at TAU's School of Psychological Sciences and Sagol School of Neuroscience found that the brains of "right-wing" and "left-wing" individuals reacted differently as they watched campaign ads tailored to a specific political point-of-view, even in brain regions involved in vision and hearing. The responses in those regions were unique enough to accurately predict an individual's political views. READ MORE


For a Righteous Cause

The annual report on anti-Semitism from TAU's Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry was published on the eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This year's report notes that teaching about the Holocaust has expanded to countries where Holocaust education was uncommon, including the Middle East, Africa, and Eastern Europe. READ MORE


Food Sharing and the Environment

Food waste is a critical environmental problem from farm to table. In an effort to reduce it, TAU researchers in a joint study found that digital food-sharing economies have a mixed success in reducing environmental harm. They say that a significant fraction of the environmental benefit is offset when the money saved is used for other purposes that themselves have a negative environmental impact. READ MORE



And the Award Goes to ...

Congratulations to Dan Katzir and Ravit Markus, both TAU alum and filmmakers, for winning the prestigious Audience Award at the Slamdance Festival, an Academy Award qualifying film festival, in the Unstoppable category for their film American Pot Story: Oaksterdam. READ MORE