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Nobel Laureate Dr Aaron Ciechanover gives success mantra to UG Students of SRHU

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By Our Staff Reporter 

Dehradun, 30 Mar: Nobel Laureate Dr Aaron Ciechanover’s two-day visit to Swami Rama Himalayan University (SRHU) Jolly Grant began with a formal welcome and a visit to the Swami Rama Centre to pay obeisance to the Spiritual Guru.

He was taken on a university tour by Dr Vijendra Chauhan, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University, and his team.

Dr Ciechanover won the Nobel Prize in 2004 in Chemistry. It is for the first time that the university is hosting a most distinguished scientist of such eminence.

Addressing a large number of UG students at the SRHU campus, Dr Aaron talked about his life’s journey. Answering a query by a student he stated that the success mantra in life should be passion for work and discipline. His own driving force in life has been positive work ethics and discipline.

Nobel Laureate Dr Aaron Ciechanover participates in the Ganga Aarti at Triveni Ghat, Rishikesh on Thursday.

“Do whatever you are good at. Do what your gut feeling tells you. Don’t be influenced by pressure,” he advised. “Work ethics and discipline are a must. You need to be addicted to work as to a hobby. My job is my hobby. You need to be patient with work and persevere, and success will surely follow.”

He urged students to be in the best of company and be open to right influences. “Interact with the best and learn at the foremost institutions but come back and serve your country like I did. Your country, India, needs you.”

The greatest of miracles can be achieved through Science, he pointed out. “One miracle was when Swami Rama created this institution. The fact that you are all studying medicine to serve humanity is nothing but a miraculous achievement,” he underlined.

Vice Chancellor Dr Vijay Dhasmana stated that the University has launched a distinguished annual lecture series in memory of the Founder of the Swami Rama Trust and Spiritual Guru, Swami Rama.

Dr Dhasmana added that, in the years to come, internationally distinguished scientists and academicians would be invited to visit the university to deliver lectures on topics related to their specific disciplines.

Dr Dhasmana added that Dr Aaron Ciechanover, Nobel Laureate and Distinguished Research Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Technion Institute of Technology in Haifa (Israel), will deliver a lecture tomorrow on the topic, ‘Science and Medicine: A Priceless Journey’.

Dr Aaron Ciechanover won his Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2004 for his research on characterising the method that cells use to degrade and recycle proteins using ubiquitin.

Director of SRHU Dr Rajendra Dobhal disclosed that this research can play a significant role in treatment of Alzheimer, Dementia and Cancer by smart use of medicines that target only specific cells.

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By Our Staff Reporter

Dehradun, 28 Mar: Dr Aaron Ciechanover, the 2004 Nobel Laureate in the field of Chemistry, was born on 1 October, 1947. He is an Israeli biologist who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for characterising the method that cells use to degrade and recycle proteins using ubiquitin. His research can play a significant role in treatment of Alzheimer, Dementia and even Cancer by targeted use of medicines to degrade and recycle proteins in the body. Ciechanover is currently a Distinguished Research Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa (Israel).

He is one-third winner of the Nobel Prize for the discovery of ubiquitin mediated protein degradation. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for his discovery, with Avram Hershko and Irwin Rose, for work on ubiquitin – mediated protein degradation. The ubiquitin – proteasome pathway has a vital role in maintaining the homeostasis of cells and is understood to be involved in the development and progression of diseases such as cancer, muscular and neurological diseases, immune and inflammatory responses.

Among many academies, Ciechanover is member of the Israeli National Academy of Sciences and Humanities, The European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (Foreign Fellow), the American Philosophical Society, the National Academies of Sciences (NAS) and Medicine (NAM) of the USA (Foreign Associate), the Pontifical Academy of Sciences at the Vatican, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS; Foreign Member), the Russian Academy of Sciences (Foreign Member), and the German Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina). He is also the recipient of the Sir Hans Krebs Medal (2006), and Honorary Doctorate in Science by the University of Cambodia (2009).