of the Foundation Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, Heidelberg, with the Ministry of Science and Technology, Israel

Scientific program committee and coordinators

Scientific program committee and coordinators
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In 1976 the agreement for a cooperational program in cancer research was signed by the Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum (DKFZ) and, the Israeli National Council for Research and Development (NCRD) – now the Ministry of Science and Technology.

Each of the cooperational joint projects consists of one Israeli and one DKFZ subproject, lasting for a period of three years. Usually 18 joint projects are in operation. The cooperation program is jointly administered by program coordinators from MOST and the DKFZ, and is governed by a scientific program committee composed of experts in the cancer field from Europe and Israel.

(v.l.n.r.) Prof. Dr. Michael Boutros, Scientific Director (interim) DKFZ, Ofir Akunis, Minister of Science and Technology, Israel, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Otmar D. Wiestler, President of the Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft, Prof. Dr. Josef Puchta, Administrative Director DKFZ.

(v.l.n.r.) Prof. Dr. Michael Boutros, Scientific Director (interim) DKFZ, Ofir Akunis, Minister of Science and Technology, Israel, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Otmar D. Wiestler, President of the Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft, Prof. Dr. Josef Puchta, Administrative Director DKFZ.
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In March 2016, a symposium was held celebrating the 40th anniversary of the cooperation in Tel Aviv. Speakers were amongst others


Ofir Akunis, Minister of Science and Technology, Israel

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Otmar D. Wiestler, President of the Hemholtz Association of German Research Centres, Germany

Prof. Dr. Michael Boutros Scientific Director (interim), German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Germany

From its very beginnings, the cooperation program saw many renowned scientists taking part as principal investigators. One of them, Aaron Ciechanover, has received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in October 2004, together with Avram Hershko and Irwin Rose. In the early 1980s, these scientists discovered how the human body disposes of proteins that are no longer needed. The molecule ubiquitin plays a key role in this process. From 1998 – 2000, Aaron Ciechanover and Martin Scheffner from the German Cancer Research Center had a joined project entitled: Regulation of cell regulatory proteins by the ubiquitin-dependent proteolytic pathway. This project, among others, was considered an outstanding project, so-called Highlight-Project.

The calls for new projects were increasingly met by great response of Israeli and German Scientists. 2005 Pre-proposals had been requested for the first time. In summer 2008 29 scientists participated in this call. Out of these 11 were invited to submit a full proposal, whereof five new projects will be granted, beginning in July 2009. Planning for the Future has been started already.

Further Funding and Support

Minerva fellowship program for young scientists exchange is supported by DKFZ. For details see: www.minerva.mpg.de.

Documentation/Information Folders

Cancer Research and Cooperation
In 1999 a brochure (German/English) was jointly published by DKFZ and MOST on the first 20 years of the cooperation program with Hebrew Summary and with Bibliographic Supplement listing 579 publications that result from 61 cooperation projects of 1976-1996. This documentation may be requested from DKFZ, Office for Press and Public Relations. It was replaced by an updated list of Publications from projects Ca 001 – Ca 091 with altogether 829 citations.

Anniversary Brochure
In March 2006 the brochure "30 Years’ German-Israeli Cooperation in Cancer Research – 1976-2006" appeared on occasion of the 30th anniversary of the program. The brochure includes reports on projects of the cooperation program, an overview on its history and interesting figures.

General Procedure to Generate Joint Research Projects
Information on the generation, coordination and approval of joint projects.

Cancer Cooperation Program
Flyer on Goals, Achievements and Future Prospects

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