The BIRAX Conference. (British Council in Israel)

BDS this! Israeli and British researchers have come together for a research initiative that focuses on developments in regenerative medicine.

Some 350 top Israeli and British medical researchers met this week in Oxford, England, for the third annual BIRAX (Britain Israel Research and Academic Exchange Partnership) Conference, which was organized by the UK-Israel Science Council.

The majority of the researchers (250) were British, representing 33 institutions from the United Kingdom.

“There is no substitute for international collaboration between scientists, and UK-Israeli partnerships are no exception. As a founding member of the UK-Israel Science Council, I see scientists from both countries meet, discover, and grow through partnerships like BIRAX that advance medical research. The results benefit not only both countries, but the entire world,” said Prof. Ada Yonath, 2009 Nobel Prize Laureate and of Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science.

BIRAX is a bilateral research initiative that focuses on developments in regenerative medicine to fight diseases such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and heart conditions. The annual conference strives to create more opportunities for collaboration between British and Israeli scientists.

“Through existing, new, and upgraded programs, hundreds of UK and Israeli researchers are working together on some of this generation’s greatest challenges, from access to clean water to some of the toughest diseases to cure,” said Prof. Raymond Dwek of Oxford University, the co-chair of the U.K.-Israel Science Council.