Brainstorming Panel Discussion with Professor Ehud Cohen

November 21, 2019

A brainstorming week in Melbourne …….

Following the recent successful visits of Professor Maya Tamir, an expert in emotional regulation at the Hebrew University and Professor Mona Khoury-Kassabri, the Dean of the University’s Faculty of Social Work and the first Arab woman ever appointed as a faculty head at an Israeli university,  this last November, Melbourne welcomed Professor Ehud Cohen, Director of the Hebrew University’s Brain Disease Research Centre.

Professor Cohen was in Melbourne for workshops with a team at the University of Melbourne headed up by Professor Ashley Bush of the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. The focus of these workshops was the study of new ways of preventing and curing diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

A Research Leadership Dinner sponsored by the Pratt Foundation was held on Wednesday 20 November attended by an array of academics in the field of neuroscience and on Thursday 21 November, a well-attended public meeting was hosted by the Australian Friends of the Hebrew University at Beth Weizmann. This event took the form of a panel discussion on ‘Advances in the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other brain diseases’ with Professors Cohen and Bush as the panellists and moderated by Professor Leon Mann AO of the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences and a Life Governor of the Hebrew University.

The audience was enthralled at the depth of knowledge displayed by the two panellists and was given the opportunity to put questions to them on this very vexing topic. Many of the answers shed new light on how to diagnose and treat these diseases including delaying their onset through manipulating the ageing process.

In his wrap-up of the evening, Rob Schneider, CEO of the Australian Friends stated that collaboration between Israel’s top university, the Hebrew University and Australia’s top university, the University of Melbourne held out great promise for solutions leading to the prevention and treatment of these debilitating diseases. He also thanked Professor Mann for his role in promoting collaboration between the Hebrew University and Australian universities.