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Hermona Soreq

Hermona Soreq is the Charlotte Slesinger Professor of Molecular Neuroscience at the Hebrew University’s Alexander Silberman Institute of Life Sciences and the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Science and an ex-Dean of the University’s Faculty of Science. Soreq studies the activities and functions of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in the brain and periphery, She pioneered the application of molecular biology and genomics to studies of brain-to-body signaling in men and women and in health and disease. Her studies span mental and metabolic stress, ageing and neurodegeneration, using tissue samples and cultured cell lines from men and women and engineered mouse models. Soreq‘s findings add to our understanding of the enigmatic non-coding RNAs, which constitute much of the human genome but do not produce proteins. By combining experimental and analytic tools, she discovered primate-specific non-coding RNA regulators which distinctly control mental stress and aging-related diseases in men and women by modulating inflammation, fat metabolism and diverse mental diseases. These complex processes may be further altered in human carriers of common genomic changes that interfere with non coding RNA activities, with important implications for personalized medicine and diverse therapeutic manipulations.

Fun Facts about Jerusalem

  • 874,000 residents
  • 2,000+ active archaeological sites
  • 50+ churches, 33 mosques, and 300 synagogues
  • 60+ museums
  • 1,500+ public parks and gardens
  • Some of the olive trees in Jerusalem are more than 800 years old.
  • There are more than 26 wineries in and around Jerusalem.
  • There are more than 50 Christian churches, 33 Muslim mosques, and 300 Jewish synagogues in the city.
  • Jerusalem hosts more than 30 annual festivals for everything from opera to film and from books to wine tasting, the most in all of Israel.
  • Jerusalem hosts Israel’s second-largest Pride parade, which draws more than 25,000 marchers.
  • Jerusalem has over 2,000 archeological sites.
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  • There are over 6,000 species of plants in the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens.
  • Jerusalem has 1,578 public gardens and parks

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