Joint Israel-UK stem cell research wows Peres, Cameron

British Prime Minister David Cameron looks through a microscope at half-developed embryonic stem cells as Dr. Sharona Even-Ram of the Hadassah Medical Center tells him and President Shimon Peres about how the cells can be used to treat Parkinson’s disease during a research exhibition at Beit HaNassi Wednesday evening.

President Shimon Peres showed off some of Israel’s latest medical achievements to visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday. The two leaders viewed an exhibition prepared for the British leader that showcased collaborative stem-cell research between Israeli and UK scientists.

Scientists from the two countries have been working together for the past two years on stem cell projects under a program directed by BIRAX, the British Israel Research and Academic Exchange Partnership Regenerative Medicine Initiative. The projects are funded jointly by Israel and the UK.

This cooperation is important, both for Israel and the UK, Cameron said.

“I wanted to come (to Israel) to build on the very strong bilateral relationship that we have that I think has been strengthened over these last few years,” he said. “We see that strengthening in scientific research and collaboration. We see that strengthening in high-tech investments taking place between Israeli and British companies.”