Introducing BioMed @ TAU
Though only formed a few weeks ago, the BioMed @ TAU Research Hubs have already been busy. On January 26, the Personalized Epigenomics Research Hub held its first meeting (pictured above.) More than 30+ scientists from the faculties of Medicine, Life Sciences, Chemistry, Engineering and Computer Science attended, as well as researchers from Sheba Medical Center and Rabin Medical Center. The first meeting of the Pain Research Hub occurred on February 3 with 35 participants from several TAU faculties, hospitals and rehabilitation centers.
BioMed @TAU is a new initiative that promotes interdisciplinary excellence in biomedical research at Tel Aviv University. TAU's biomedical scientific community performs a vast array of research, encompassing basic to translational studies. However, scientists with common research interests are spread across several different TAU faculties and affiliated hospitals. Therefore, BioMed @ TAU was formed to bridge the gap. This collective of five newly-formed research hubs gathers together scientists with common research areas into a communal space to share ideas, facilitate new collaborations, enhance training and generate increased interest and visibility for their research.
The five research hubs are Microbes in Health & Disease, Personalized Epigenomics, Pain Research, Membrane Communication & Remodeling and Immunity in Health & Disease.
Future meetings are planned for Microbes in Health & Disease (February 22) and Membrane Communication & Remodeling (February 23.) A mini-symposium for Membrane Communication & Remodeling will occur on Sunday March 13. The new hubs are planning spring conferences and other events related to their subject area in order to highlight advances in the field and in their individual labs.
BioMed @ TAU serves a definite need for the biomedical community at Tel Aviv University, by giving opportunities to strengthen interdisciplinary research between scientists at TAU and leverage opportunities for collaborative research and joint grant applications. More research hubs may be added later in the year.