Nobel Laureate Aaron J. Ciechanover Speaks in Qizhen Global Vision Lecture Series


On May 27, Aaron J. Ciechanover, a professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the Technion—Israel Institute of Technology, delivered a talk titled “The Personalized Medicine Revolution: Are We Going to Cure All Diseases and at What Price?”.

In 2004, Aaron J. Ciechanover was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his discovery with Avram Hershko and Irwin Rose, of ubiquitin-mediated protein degradation.The ubiquitin-proteasome pathway has a critical role in maintaining the homeostasis of cells and is believed to be involved in the development and progression of diseases such as: cancer, muscular and neurological diseases, immune and inflammatory responses.

Aaron J. Ciechanover shared with the audience his life and research experience in his talk. He encouraged students to aim higher and pursue further education in the best university or research institute on the planet where they can consciously or unconsciously acquire knowledge form their teachers and peers. “Life consists of a plethora of opportunities and nothing is impossible in life,” said Ciechanover.

Personalized medicine involves three major areas: biomedical engineering, regenerative medicine and pharmacotherapy. The specific causes of many diseases remain obscure. Medicine is independent of any power or interest and it promotes the wellbeing of mankind, which is one of the reasons why Ciechanover is passionate about his work.