Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Michal Schwartz, Professor of Neuroimmunology
Schwartz is a Professor of Neuroimmunology, at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel. She served as the elected president of the International Society of Neuroimmunology (2016-2018). Schwartz received her BSc degree, cum laude, from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, and her PhD in Immunology from the Weizmann Institute. Schwartz is the
world pioneer in suggesting and demonstrating that the immune system plays a key role in lifelong brain function and repair. Deciphering the underlying mechanism, led to her discovery over the last 5 years that brain aging and neurodegenerative diseases are associated with dysfunction of brain-immune system communication, and that targeting the systemic immune system can combat Alzheimer’s disease, by rewiring this communication leading to reduction in cognitive deficit and in disease pathology. Her therapeutic approach is currently under an expedited process of development towards clinical trial by a start-up biopharma company that licensed her technology from the Weizmann Institute. Schwartz’s insights had significant impact on the scientific community, reflected in her publications in leading journals, and high citation factor (108, Google Scholar). Schwartz has mentored numerous graduate students, many of whom already hold leadership positions in Neuroimmunology. She has received a number of prestigious national and international awards for her outstanding achievements, including most recently, the Blumberg Prize for excellence in medical science, and the 2017 Rappaport Prize for Excellence in the Field of Biomedical Research (awarded to an established Israeli biomedical researcher). In 2016 her book: “NEUROIMMUNITY: How Brain Science Will Revolutionize the Way We Live and Age”, by MICHAL SCHWARTZ with Anat London, Yale University Press, received an Accolade from the annual PROSE Awards. Schwartz was profiled by Britannica Book of the year 2016, covering selected individuals and events that impacted the course of human history. She was selected as the most influential Israeli woman of the year, 2017, by Lady Globes. She was among the recipients of the Global Leader of Innovation Award, iNNOVEX2018, and received an honorary doctorate from the IDC college, Interdisciplinary Center. She was chosen as the Outstanding Mentor of the Year (2019) by the Israeli Brain Research Association, and recently received the EMET prize, a prestigious award given by the office of the Israel Prime minister for excellence in academic and professional achievements.