Cooperation between Israel and the United Kingdom will work to improve research on aging and promote common aging-related projects. As part of this collaboration, on November 3-4, Tel Aviv University held a hybrid conference on the multidisciplinary aspects of the study of aging, including: molecular aging, social aging, age-dependent diseases and interventions, quality of life and more.
Among the participants in the conference were the British Ambassador to Israel, Mr Neil Wigan OBE, the Chairman of the British Council, Mrs Stevie Spring CBE, and Lord Robert Winston of Hammersmith, together with the leading researchers from Israeli and British universities.
The conference is a joint fruitful initiative of the UK-Israel Partnership for Research and Academy (BIRAX), Tel Aviv University, the British Council in Israel and the British Embassy.
In addition, as part of the conference, a new grant program of £ 1.6 million (NIS 7 million) was launched to fund collaborations between Israeli and British researchers in the field of aging research. The call for proposals is now open. This is the fifth BIRAX conference since its launch 10 years ago.
Prof. Keren Avraham, Deputy Dean of Preclinical Affairs at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine and chair of the conference from TAU, says: “I am happy and excited about the unique opportunity given to us, leading researchers from Israel and England. , To share our knowledge arm in arm. The epidemic has made clear how old and neglected old age can be, and I hope gerontological issues and geriatricians will gain more public awareness. In a world where our life expectancy is getting longer and longer, we will make sure that the quality of life is maintained even in old age, and we are here to discuss that. Israel and Britain, while advanced Western countries, share knowledge in many areas, with gerontology being one of the most important. The conference today is the harbinger of cooperation between Israel and other advanced Western countries on these issues, and I believe we will see more such conferences in the future. “
The British Ambassador to Israel, Neil Wigan, said: “Scientific collaboration between the UK and Israel is one of our most important areas, and we are working to expand it dramatically in the future. It is always exciting to see the groundbreaking research proposals coming out of BIRAX – – that they have real potential to affect the future of us all. “
Stevie Spring CBE, Chairman of the British Council:
“During its decade of existence, BIRAX has promoted British-Israeli scientific cooperation that enables the two countries to complement each other’s strengths in research, science and medicine. The British Council is proud to allow the two countries to join forces in one of the world’s greatest challenges – healthy aging.”