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Dr.Rachel Sarig

Dr. Rachel Sarig Of Israel's Weizmann Institute on Cardiovadscular Disease at The Heart of the Matter event April 10, Fort Garry Hotel

March 25, 2013


You are invited to attend 

"The Heart of the Matter" (no charge)

on Wednesday April  10,

Fort Garry Hotel , Concert Hall

222  Broadway                   

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Followed by a dessert reception

Featured Guest Speakers

Joined by a Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacist

Dr. Rachel Sarig

Dept. of Biological Regulation

Weizmann Institute of Science

Alan H. Menkis, MD, FRCS(C)

Medical Director, WRHA Cardiac Sciences ProgramProfessor and Chair, Cardiac Surgery

Admission is complimentary • Reservations required


Dr. Rachel Sarig received her BSc summa cum laude from Bar-Ilan University in the Faculty of Life Sciences in 1992, and her M.Med.Sc summa cum laude from Ben-Gurion University Medical School in 1994. She received her PhD with distinction from the Weizmann Institute of Science in 2000, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Weizmann Institute from 2000-2004. In 2004, she became a staff scientist in the Department of Biological Regulation.

From 2009 to date she is a member of the editorial board of the World Journal of Stem Cells, and from 2011 to date she is a member of the editorial board of Stem Cell Discovery. She is the recipient of the Klein Award from the Israel Science Foundation and an ICRF Fellowship.

Dr. Sarig research focuses on the biology of stem cells and cancer cells. More recently she has begun studying the biology of cardiac cells in attempts to advance heart regeneration. Ischemic heart disease is the most common cardiac ailment and the leading cause of death in the Western world today. Males are affected more often than females; however the rates equalize between men and women following menopause, and, in recent years, there is a persistent tendency of rising prevalence and mortality rate in women. The developments of novel procedures that can facilitate cardiac cells (cardiomyocytes) renewal, as well as stem cell therapy are a major challenge in current biomedical research. Dr. Sarig combines these novel approaches to study the biology of cardiomyoctyes and their microenvironment in an attempt to improve heart regeneration.


The Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, is one of the world's top-ranking multidisciplinary institutions. Noted for its wide-ranging exploration of the natural and exact sciences, the Institute is home to 2,600 scientists, students, technicians and support staff working on over 1,200 research projects. Research efforts include the search for new ways of fighting disease and hunger, examining leading questions in mathematics and computer science, probing the physics of matter and the universe, creating novel materials and developing new strategies for protecting the environment.

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