Prof. Alon Friedman (pictured left) has received an additional multiplier grant through the U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF). His joint research project, “Mechanisms Underlying Brain Injury Outcomes" with Prof. Daniela Kaufer of UC Berkeley, has been selected for a special Multiplier Grant Award through the BSF from The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation.

Each participating institution will receive additional funding of $50,000, for a total of $100,000 for the project over the next three years to support this important research.

The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation chose to establish the Multiplier Grant Award in order to enable the BSF to increase the amount of funding for important research underway at the UC system in collaboration with researchers at Israeli universities.

The Foundation is committed to providing and connecting resources to organizations that promote and improve health, education, economic, and cultural opportunities in communities in California and Israel. Among the Foundation's areas of interest are education, economic development and scientific research in Israel, including programs at Berkley, and leading Israeli research institutions.

Prof. Friedman is the head of the Laboratory for Experimental Neurosurgery in BGU's Faculty of Health Sciences. He is a member of the Zlotowski Center for Neuroscience. His research interests include: the pathophysiology of brain disorders and the effects of stress on the nervous system. His group is involved in a multidisciplinary, human and animal research studying novel therapies for the prevention and treatment of brain diseases, specifically injury-related epilepsy and neurodegeneration.

​Prof. Daniela Kaufer (pictured right) is a member of the Department of Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley. Research at the Kaufer Lab ​focuses on the molecular events that underlie the plasticity of the brain in the face of stress and neurological insults--bridging the gap between the gross physiological effects and the molecular and cellular events that underlie them. The tools they apply for this research include molecular, cellular, and imaging techniques. Through collaborations with other labs, they extend these tools to also include behavioral, electrophysiological and high-throughput methods.