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Moshe Elkabets, PH.D

Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor), The Shraga Segal Dept. of Microbiology, Immunology and Genetics Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.


Dr. Moshe Elkabets began his academic career at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) in 2000. Moshe received his M.Sc and Ph.D degrees from the department of Immunology and microbiology at BGU under the supervision of Prof. Ronnie Apte and Prof. Shraga Segal. His thesis focuses on tumor immunology, specifically; he studied the role of IL-1 in tumor-host interactions. Moshe was awarded with a pre-doctoral fellowship and spent a year at Pasteur institute as a visited scientist in the lab of Prof. James Di Santo. Moshe then extended his cancer research capabilities by devoting six years at Harvard Medical School in the lab of Dr. Sandra McAllister, and at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Dr. Jose Baselga laboratory.

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Rafael Pharmaceuticals launched a phase-3 clinical trial on Thursday for pancreatic cancer at eight sites throughout Israel. The primary investigator is Dr. Talia Golan, head of Sheba Medical Centre’s Pancreatic Cancer Centre.

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Thanks to the generous commitment of The Zita and Mark Bernstein Family Foundation, ICRF Toronto will continue to fund the work of Dr. Ciechanover for the next six years.
The study, which was published recently in Nature Chemistry, is considered a milestone in the application of the discovery of the ubiquitin system. Israeli researchers Avram Hershko and Aaron Ciechanover, and US biologist Irwin Rose, won the 2004 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for studying the roles of the ubiquitin system in controlling the cell division process, which today is playing a key role in understanding and curing certain types of cancer.
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Jeffrey Bly

The experience of being a Board Member and volunteer with Israel Cancer Research Fund, for as long as I can remember, has become a unique part of my life. Volunteering my time is an opportunity to give back and make a difference in this world. The humbling reward for the investment of time and emotional energy given is knowing that you've made a difference in the world of cancer research. The gratitude for what we do as volunteers is abundantly witnessed by the progress in cancer research in Israel and our researchers expressions of thank you. Every day is a new chance for a cancer breakthrough. Being a volunteer is simply wonderful!

Jeffrey Bly pictured with wife Janice Feldberg
30th and Final George Knudson
Oakdale Pro-Am
The 2019 George Knudson Oakdale Pro-Am marks the 30th and final year of this event which will be held on September 4th, 2019.
The Knudson is a major communal undertaking of the members of Oakdale Golf & Country Club in Toronto.  The tournament committee is chaired by our board and executive member, Moni Lustig.  Funds from The Knudson support the highest priority funding in the realm of cancer research at Toronto’s Mt. Sinai Hospital’s world renowned Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute and in Israel through ICRF. 

The Knudson honours the memory and legacy of George Knudson, considered to this day to be Canada’s finest professional golfer ever.  Born and raised in Winnipeg, George moved to Toronto in 1958 and soon thereafter joined the professional staff at Oakdale.  With the support of a group of Oakdale members, George launched his PGA Tour career, amassing the still-held record for a Canadian of eight wins between 1961 and 1972, a time during which he was indisputably Canada’s ambassador to the world of Golf.  Punctuating this view was George and the late Al Balding’s 1968 victory representing Canada in the prestigious World Cup of Golf, the first ever such victory for Canada.
Recognized by the legendary Ben Hogan as being possessed of the finest swing in golf, George in 1988 was inducted into the Royal Canadian Golf Association Hall of Fame and made a member of the Order of Canada.  George’s passing due to lung cancer gave rise in 1989 to the inaugural George Knudson Oakdale Pro-Am.  This annual event has raised an astounding $ 6 million for cancer research to date, and ICRF is privileged and thankful for being one of the recipients of the fun.
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ICRF Bike for the Fight, September 15, 2019

Join us for an infused cycling + Pilates event where participants and teams will push their limits in the fight against cancer. This year's Bike for the Fight offers two 1-hour spin classes taught by Equinox instructors, followed by a Pilates class for those who want to support the cause without a bike.

Put your squad together or battle it out on your own!

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ICRF Presents: Hollywood Rock
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Order your ICRF Rosh Hashanah cards today
This year, Rosh Hashanah begins on Sunday, September 29. A thoughtful way to celebrate is to send warm wishes to family, friends and colleagues with a card from ICRF. To ensure delivery before the holiday, we must receive your orders no later than Friday, September 6th. L’Shana Tova to you and your family!

To place your card order, please call or email Maria Rio at 416.440.7780 or


Our mission is to continue to find treatments and cures for all forms of cancer, utilizing the unique benefits Israel and its scientists have to offer. The results of the research have a significant impact in Toronto, across Canada and throughout the world.

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