United States Awards $34,000 in Contracts to Technion for Research Projects

Two United States Government agencies have awarded $34,000 in contracts to the Israel Institute of Technology (Haifa Technion) for research projects in medical and metallurgical fields, it was announced here. The U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command has assigned $14,000 to finance the work of Dr. Mordehai Rubin, an associate professor in the Technion’s chemistry department, who is searching for new drugs to combat virulent strains of malaria encountered in the tropics. Dr. Rubin is studying the photo chemistry of anti-malaria drugs.

The National Bureau of Standards of the Department of Commerce has awarded $20,000 for research to be carried out by Dr. Moshe Ron, of the Technion’s physics department, on the atomic structure of metals. Dr. Ron is engaged in a year-long study of Mossbauer spectroscopy for carbon steels, a process by which a metal specimen subjected to gamma radiation is analyzed by the resulting resonance.

Dr. Rubin is studying various compounds which show promise in treating malaria but cause severe rashes, sores and other symptoms after the patient has been exposed to sunlight. He is trying to isolate components of the drugs that become toxic when exposed to light.

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