June 23, 2023

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Breakthrough Discovery for a Skin Cancer Vaccine

A new study from Professor Carmit Levy's lab shows how melanoma changes its environment to support metastasis and spread the cancer. Melanoma is a highly lethal cancer that starts as a less dangerous tumor and grows rapidly. Understanding the mechanism by which melanoma develops could lead to a vaccine against it. This is the first time researchers have proven how the cancer proliferates. READ MORE

Lifesaving Gene Therapy

An innovative gene therapy may help treat Dravet syndrome (DS), a fatal developmental epilepsy syndrome affecting children. Not well controlled by medication, DS results from a mutation that occurs randomly in the fetus. Researchers hope that the new gene therapy for DS and other developmental epilepsies may also pave the way to similar treatments for other rare diseases. READ MORE

ADHD Treatment

A new computer-based treatment reduces ADHD symptoms in one out of three students. Developed by Tel Aviv University, Computerized Progressive Attention Training (CPAT) offers promising results, showing sustained improvement long after treatment. The team discovered that, unlike drug treatments such as Ritalin, these improvements were maintained even four months after the end of the protocol. READ MORE

Repeat, Please

Like humans, bats also suffer from hearing loss, according to a new study from Professor Yossi Yovel's lab. Despite life-long exposure to loud volumes, the bats have developed special adaptations for coping with their noisy environment. By understanding the ways that bats have adapted to their surroundings, researchers hope to provide new insights about the mechanisms of age-related hearing loss in other species, including humans. READ MORE