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Israeli researcher - in a European research team to build a database for the development of a medical diagnostic tool

Seven research teams from Europe and Israel have established a new consortium to build a database of characteristic changes to gene expression patterns ("alternative splicing"), with the aim of developing modern diagnostic tools to promote the cure and treatment of the most serious diseases such as cancer, neurodegeneration, infertility and more 

 
  Seven research teams from Europe and Israel have established a new consortium to build a database of characteristic changes to gene expression patterns ("alternative splicing"), with the aim of developing modern diagnostic tools to promote the cure and treatment of the most serious diseases such as cancer, neurodegeneration, infertility and more.

The research group was established within the quality of life program in the R&D program of the European Union. The group includes Prof. Hermona Sorek from the Department of Molecular Biology at the Hebrew University, Deputy Dean for R&D at the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

At the research center, where a company such as ExonHit and the University of Nuremberg in Germany also take part, are biologists and computer scientists, who will collect data from many studies on people, mice, rats and flies. This database is intended to be used by researchers in all laboratories, clinics and hospitals in Europe upon completion of the study.

The team members believe that the project carried out by them will help the human genome project.

The framework program for R&D of the European Union is operated in Israel by ISERD within the Office of the Chief Scientist at the Ministry of Science and Technology. The chairman of the steering team is Eli Ofer, the chief scientist at the office.

These days an agreement was signed for the inclusion of Israel in the sixth framework program for R&D
which begins in 2003 and ends in 2006, amounting to 16.3 billion euros.

With the signing, Israel transferred to the European Union about 50 million euros as a first payment for its participation in the sixth framework program. In each of the next three years, a similar amount will be transferred - and in total about 200 million euros. The funding is divided between the Ministry of Education - 45%, the Ministry of Education - 45% and the Ministry of Science - 10%.

The management of ISERD stated that Israeli R&D personnel from industry and academia submitted 600 ideas for projects in the first "voice of the reader" of the sixth framework program. Now we are waiting for the results of the submissions, which have already started to be published and will be published by this October.

Marcel Staun, CEO of ISERD emphasizes that the great response from Israeli research and industrial bodies shows the great importance they attach to the program. The Europeans appreciate the important contribution that Israel has in the new program: maintaining creativity and innovation within the framework of large integrated research projects, in areas where the life of new technologies is very short.

ISERD - the Israeli administration for the framework program for R&D of the European Union helps entities in Israel engaged in R&D - industry, academia, research institutes and others - to organize themselves into research groups with European partners, with the aim of submitting proposals and receiving research grants; and in this way promote their scientific and business integration in Europe.

The Sixth Framework Program for R&D of the European Union - which begins in 2003 and ends
In 2006 - includes several fields: genome research, biotechnology, information technologies, nanotechnology, aeronautics and space materials, quality and safety, food, energy, transportation, environment, social sciences, small and medium businesses, researcher mobility, innovation and research infrastructure.
 

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