October 2020

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COVID-19 Antibody Cocktail

A breakthrough in the battle! Dr. Natalia Freund's lab has developed an antibody cocktail that in the future can serve as both medication for patients and as a preventative treatment for high-risk populations. The antibody cocktail, derived from the blood of COVID-19 patients, is a safe natural substance that can provide immunity for as long as several months. Next stages include human testing and a global patent.

Historic Agreement with Abu Dhabi

The Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies at Tel Aviv University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with TRENDS Research and Advisory Center in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The historic agreement seeks to enhance academic and analytical research, as well as cooperation in mutual interest areas, such as geopolitics of the Middle East, economics, and intercultural relations. According to Professor Uzi Rabi, Director of the MDC, "The agreement envisions a different, hopeful future."


A 6,500-year-old copper workshop has been discovered in Beer Sheva, the Negev Desert's capital. The joint study between Tel Aviv University and The Israel Antiquities Authority has uncovered one of the oldest workshops in the world, a copper workshop that was used for smelting copper. Additionally, the discovery shows that the site may have been the first time the furnace was used and was probably invented in nearby Jordan. Refining of copper was very "high-tech" for that period.

A Global First!

Interdisciplinary expertise combined with Israeli ingenuity is the foundation for the new Center for Combating Pandemics at Tel Aviv University. Inaugurated on October 18, the recently announced Center is the first of its kind in Israel and the world. It will strive to improve frontline containment of infection, bolster biomedical knowledge for developing vaccines and treatments, and strengthen nations' capacity to ensure social and economic resilience.

Put Down the Burger!

Moderation is key. An international team of researchers led by Tel Aviv University found that diets with a high consumption of meat and dairy can create antibodies in the blood that increase the incidence of death from colorectal cancer. However, just like anything else, the study states that people should be mindful of how much and what they are eating and everything in moderation.


Tehran: Behind the Scenes

October 27, 2020, 1:00 p.m. Eastern time

Learn more about the hit Israeli spy thriller Tehran from its creators and writers — both TAU alums! Register here for this webinar

Living in a Virtual World — Beyond COVID-19: Implications of Emerging Technologies

November 5, 2020, 12:30 p.m. Eastern time

TAU's Dr. Tal Soffer will discuss the challenges of remote learning, the long-term effects on communication, and how the virtual world will shape our future. Register here for this webinar


Zoom Meeting Strategies for Effective Communication

November 12, 2020, 1:00 p.m. Eastern time

An Alumni4Alumni webinar and networking session with TAU alums Gil and Nili Peretz. In Hebrew. Register here for this webinar