Summit Program

Summit Program

The Dead Sea Research Institute

First global scientific summit

Life in Extreme Conditions – A Lesson from Nature

 

Monday, January 8th

 

10:00-10:30 - Greetings & Opening Remarks

Dr. Mira Marcus-Kalish - Medical Informatics, VC HBP, Director, International Research Affairs, TAU

Dov Litvinof - Mayor, Tamar Regional Council in Israel’s Southern District

Prof. Joseph Klafter - President, Tel Aviv University (TAU)

Prof. Mauro Ferrari - Chairperson, International Board of Governors

Dead Sea Research Institute (DSRI)

Prof. Zvi Bentwich, MD - Director, Masada Branch, Arava Dead Sea Science Center   

 

Introduction of:

Prof. Ehud Gazit - Chairperson, Executive Research Steering Committee

Prof. Mauro Ferrari - Chairperson, International Board of Governors

Dead Sea Research Institute (DSRI)

 

10:30-10:50 - The Treasures & Uniqueness of the Dead Sea: An Overview 

Dr. Mira Marcus-Kalish - Medical Informatics, VC HBP, Director, International Research Affairs, TAU

 

10:50-11:15 - Coffee Break

 

11:15-13:00 - Session I: Health & Biomedical Translational Research

Chairman: Prof. Yoav Henis, VP R&D TAU

 

Advanced Human Studies & Treatment: Why at the Dead Sea?

Dr. Marco Harari, MD - Joint Research Institute on Climatotherapy for Skin Diseases at the Dead Sea, Hadassah Medical Center

                                

Heat Acclimatization Mediated Cardio-Protection: A Lesson from Diastolic Chamber Stiffness Post Coronary Bypass Surgery

Prof. Michal Horowitz - Laboratory of Environmental Physiology, Hebrew University

Prof. Arthur Pollak, MD - Cardiology, Hadassah Medical Center           

                   

The Microbiome Core Facility – A New Horizon for Agriculture Medicine & Science Education at the Dead Sea 

Prof. Zvi Bentwich, MD - Director, Masada Branch, Arava Dead Sea Science Center, Head, Center for Tropical Diseases and AIDS, Ben Gurion University

 

Dead Sea Skin Research – New Findings in Treatments & Products

Dr. Zeev Ma’or - CTO R&D, AHAVA - Dead Sea Laboratories

 

Desert Plants: "Green Pesticides" and Novel Metabolites for Drug Discovery 

Dr. Rivka Ofir - Dead Sea & Arava Science Center, and Ben Gurion University

 

13:00-14:30 - Lunch

 

14:30-16:30 Panel Discussion: A Lesson from Nature – The Take Home Message

Prof. Mauro Ferrari - Chairperson, International Board of Governors

                                    Dead Sea Research Institute (DSRI)

 

Panelists

Prof. Lene Juel Rasmussen - Managing Director, Center for Healthy Aging, Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Copenhagen University, Denmark

Prof. Flavia Marinelli - Fermentation Chemistry and Biotechnology University of Insubria, Varese, Italy

Prof. Eliot Siegel - VC Research Information Systems, University of Maryland, School of Medicine, Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, USA

Prof. Patrick Hunziker, MD - Deputy Head of the Clinic for Intensive Care Medicine, University Hospital of Basel, Switzerland 

 

Avi Yaron - CEO of Joy Ventures

 

 

17:00-18:30 - Cocktail Reception at Kibbutz  Ein-Gedi

 

20:00 - Dinner

 

 

Tuesday, January 9th

 

09:30-11:00 - Session II: Life in Extreme Conditions – Lessons from Nature

Chairman: Prof. Yaron Oz - Rector, TAU

 

Dead Sea Fault: a Unique Global Site

Prof. Zvi Ben Abraham - Israel Academy of Science

 

Earthquake Fishing in the Dead Sea: How to Characterize Rare Invisible Processes in Real Time

Dr. Hillel Wust-Bloch - School of Earth Sciences, TAU

 

Life Under Extreme Conditions: Diurnal Activity in Small Desert Rodents

Prof. Noga Kronfeld - Chair, Chair, School of Zoology, Head, Ecological and Evolutionary Physiology Laboratory, Faculty of Life Sciences, TAU

 

The DEad SEa Research VEnue (DESERVE) Project - Lessons for the Future

Prof. Pinhas Alpert - Department of Geosciences, TAU

  

 

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break

 

11:30-13:00 Panel Discussion: Lessons from Nature

Moderator: Prof. Zeev Levin - The Goldemberg Chair - Atmospheric Physics, Faculty of Exact Sciences, TAU

 

Panelists

Prof. Jonathan Trent - Director, OMEGA Global Initiative; Biomolecular Engineering, UC Santa Cruz, NASA

Prof. Fritz Geiser - Director, Centre for Behavioral and Physiological Ecology (BPE), School of Environmental and Rural Science, New England University, Australia

Dr. Eiichi Fukuyama - Director of Earthquake and Tsunami Research Division NIED

Prof. Jos Lelieveld - Max Planck Institute 

 

13:00-14:30 - Lunch

 

14:30-16:00  Masada Nowadays Excavation

A guided tour with Dr. Guy Stiebel - TAU Institute of Archeology

 

16:00-16:30 - Coffee Break

 

16:30-17:30 - Session III: Environment as Cross Boundary Collaboration - A Bridge between Conflicts

Chairman: Prof. Raanan Rein - Vice President, TAU

  

Prof. Noga Kronfeld - Chair, Chair, School of Zoology, Head, Ecological and Evolutionary Physiology Laboratory, Faculty of Life Sciences, TAU

 

Migrating and Resident Birds Coping with Extreme Conditions

Prof. Yosi Leshem - Zoology Department, Faculty of Life Sciences, TAU, Founder & Director, International Center for the Study of Bird Migration at Latrun                                                                                         

 

Reconstructing History by Genetics: The DNA of the Dead Sea Scrolls

Dr. Noam Mizrachi - Acting Chair, Department of Biblical Studies, Faculty of Humanities

 

The time-proof consistency of creating semantic fields in Hebrew

David Benshabat - Head, Centerfor Regional Thinking. Director, DSRI

      

19:00 - Dinner followed by a Night Tour of the Botanic Gardens

 

Wednesday, January 10th

09:30-11:30 - Session IV: Science - Where to in the Next Decade

Chairman: Prof. Mauro Ferrari - President and CEO, Houston Methodist Research Institute, Director, Institute for Academic Medicine at Houston Methodist Hospital, Executive Vice President, Houston Methodist Hospital

 

Trends in 21st Century Science

Prof. Alan Leshner - Chief Executive Officer, Emeritus, AAAS and former Executive Publisher, Science.

 

Information Theory and the Future of Computation

Dr. Dario Gil - Vice President of IBM AI and IBM Q

 

Qyo Vadis Modern Biology

Prof. Mart Saarma - Institute of Biotechnology University of Helsinki

 

Precision Medicine - reality to dream? Scince and Medicine 21st Century

Prof. Dan Peer - Managing Director, Center for Translational Medicine TAU

 

Open discussion and research proposal presentation                  

 

Dr. Mira Marcus-Kalish - Medical Informatics, VC HBP, Director, International Research Affairs, TAU - Concluding remarks

 

12:00-13:30 Lunch

 

13:30 - Guided Tour of the Dead Sea Sinkholes

 

Return to Tel Aviv 

 

You can download the Conference Program here

 

 

 

 

 

 

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