Sleep deprivation, Alzheimer’s Disease and cell death were among the topics youngsters heard about at the Zionist Federation’s Science Week tour, which ended on Thursday.
Three scientists, including an Israeli-Arab, spoke to over 1,000 people in schools, cultural centres and hospitals in Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, and London.
Over 800 participants were from six-forms across the country.
“It showed hundreds of people that Israel is a modern, liberal society much like the UK,” said ZF director Alan Aziz. “It makes significant contributions to medical advances that help people across the world.”
Organisers say the tour showcased Israel’s input to medical research and “highlighted the diversity of Israeli society” to predominantly non-Jewish audiences.
Dr Fahed Hakim, from Nazareth, discussed the impact of sleep deprivation on health, while Dr Illana Gozes told of the research to combat Alzheimer’s and Ms Triana Amen presented her work on cell aging.
Hakim discussed a future collaboration with Birmingham Children’s Hospital on Cystic Fibrosis treatments. While Israel has the latest technology, the total number of patients in the country is low – the same as the number treated by Birmingham.
“By working with a country with a greater sample size, Israel has an improved chance of making a breakthrough,” said Aziz.