Latest Amit Gefen Stories

Couch Potatoes, Relaxing Can Make You Fatter
2011-12-02 05:33:52

50% more fat can be produced by sustained stretching, TAU researchers say Conventional wisdom says that exercise is a key to weight loss – a no-brainer. But now, Tel Aviv University researchers are revealing that life as a couch potato, stretched out in front of the TV, can actually be "active inactivity" – and cause you to pack on the pounds. Such inactivity actually encourages the body to create new fat in fat cells, says Prof. Amit Gefen of TAU's Department of Biomedical...

2010-11-22 11:38:34

TAU develops new computer method to measure mechanical stress in fat cells From fad diets to exercise programs, Americans continue to fight the battle of the bulge. Now they'll have help from recent Tel Aviv University research that has developed a new method to look at how fat cells "” which produce the fat in our bodies "” respond to mechanical loads. This might be the key to understanding how to control the amount of fat produced by fat cells, the holy grail of weight loss...

2010-05-19 09:21:18

TAU researcher develops tool to measure tissue damage in the bedridden and paralyzed There's currently no reliable tool to help prosthetic developers fit artificial limbs without ensuing discomfort or pain, or tell medical personnel when bed-ridden patients need to be moved to avoid bedsores and other problems. But help is now on the way. Prof. Amit Gefen of Tel Aviv University's Department of Biomedical Engineering has developed the prototype for a new device he calls the Soft Tissue Stress...

2010-05-07 08:01:57

TAU develops microscope-based cell scanner to speed research into fat-busting drugs Anglers rely on fish finders to help them locate the big catch. Now Tel Aviv University researchers in tissue engineering have developed a "fat finder" that can help scientists accelerate their research into new fat-melting drugs. The new software-based tool, reported in a recent issue of the journal Tissue Engineering, fits onto a microscope like a pair of goggles and allows a scientist to measure a broad...

2010-04-13 12:45:00

It's illegal for health products with medical formulations to be accepted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration without tests on animals "” a situation that has serious ethical and moral implications. New research in the field of tissue engineering by Prof. Amit Gefen of Tel Aviv University's Faculty of Engineering  holds a promise that far fewer lab animals will be needed for the necessary experimental trials. Dr. Gefen's research into fat cells, published in a recent issue of...

Word of the Day
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.