Holmes Lectures Eng

The Andrew F. Holmes Dean of Medicine Distinction Lectures (Holmes Lectures) is a newly launched program based on the original Foundations of Medical Science Series. The Holmes Lectures will attract outstanding leaders in research, education and health care from around the globe. Up to two lectures will be held each year.

‘The Ubiquitin System and Intracellular Proteolysis: 
From Basic Mechanisms thru Human Diseases and on to Drug Targeting’

Aaron Ciechanover, MD, DSc
Distinguished University Professor

Tumor and Vascular Biology Research Center

The Rappaport Faculty of Medicine and Research Institute

Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel

2004 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

2003 Israel Prize

2000 Albert Lasker Award

Monday, April 7, 2014

4:30 p.m. –  6:00 p.m.

McIntyre Medical Building

3655 Promenade Sir William Osler

Charles Martin Amphitheatre (6th floor)

aaron_ciechanoverAaron Ciechanover was born in Haifa, Israel in 1947.  He is a Distinguished Research Professor in the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa.  He received his M.Sc. (1971) and M.D. (1973) from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.  He then completed his national service (1973-1976) as military physician, and continued his studies to obtain a doctorate in biological sciences in the Faculty of Medicine in the Technion (D.Sc.; 1982).  There, as a graduate student with Dr. Avram Hershko and in collaboration with Dr. Irwin A. Rose from the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, USA, they discovered that covalent attachment of ubiquitin to a target protein signals it for degradation.  They deciphered the mechanism of conjugation, described the general proteolytic functions of the system, and proposed a model according to which this modification serves as a recognition signal for a specific downstream protease.  As a post doctoral fellow with Dr. Harvey Lodish at the M.I.T., he continued his studies on the ubiquitin system and made additional important discoveries.  Along the years it has become clear that ubiquitin-mediated proteolysis plays major roles in numerous cellular processes, and aberrations in the system underlie the pathogenetic mechanisms of many diseases, among them certain malignancies and neurodegenerative disorders.  Consequently, the system has become an important platform for drug development.  Among the numerous prizes Ciechanover received are the 2000 Albert Lasker Award, the 2003 Israel Prize, and the 2004 Nobel Prize (Chemistry; shared with Drs. Hershko and Rose).  Among many academies, Ciechanover is member of the Israeli National Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (Foreign Fellow), the American Philosophical Society, the National Academy of Sciences of the USA and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of the USA (Foreign Associate), the Pontifical Academy of Sciences at the Vatican, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS; Foreign Member), and the Russian Academy of Sciences (Foreign Member).

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February 19, 2014