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Welcome to the Winter 2014 Issue
|Patricia Levinson, Hadassah International Communications Chair ||Karen Eisler, Website Co-Chair|
|Lonye Rasch, HMO Communications Chair||Karen Lustig, Communications Team|
|Ellen Frick - Delman, Communications Team||Michaela Zoladz, Communications Team|
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Commenting on the Phase IIa trial of NurOwnTM
--BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics' stem cell therapy for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)--which is being conducted at the Hadassah Medical Center, Prof. Dimitrios Karussis, principal investigator, reports that the safety data are "impressively positive" and that the "initial indications of clinical efficacy" are cause for optimism regarding the management of ALS and the future of cell therapies for neurodegenerative diseases in general.
Regina Golan-Gerstl, a postdoctoral fellow at the Hadassah-Hebrew
University School of Medicine, the fight against brain cancer has been
close-up and personal because her mother died of the disease. She has
now identified a genetic protein that is directly implicated in the
development of the most prevalent brain cancer--glioblastoma.
Regina Golan-Gerstl, PhD
Thirteen-year-old Adin had open-heart surgery at Hadassah Hospital-Ein Kerem to replace his pulmonary valve. Read an excerpt from his grandmother's description of the family's quality experience.
The Hadassah Center for Children with
Chronic Diseases at Hadassah Mount Scopus embodies the goals of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, providing quality care
to children with chronic illnesses or special needs.
Hadasit, the technology transfer company of the Hadassah Medical Center, has signed a four-million dollar cooperation agreement with Poland's Synektik SA to develop new imaging agents for non-invasive diagnosis of cardiovascular disease.
The 3 Tesla Trio MRI and the 1.5 Tesla MRI, two sophisticated diagnostic tools, enable Hadassah Medical Center physicians to examine the functioning of the body in real time.
Dr. Eldad Erez
"Rami," just a few days old, was found in a box on a street in
Bethlehem, someone brought him to the Bethlehem Creche, a nearby
orphanage. Born with a serious heart problem, he was referred to
Hadassah Hospital-Ein Kerem for life-saving surgery and now is
recovering in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).
Every week, Hadassah receives inquiries from all over the world, asking if, perhaps, individuals suffering from various illnesses should seek help in Israel at Hadassah.
Prof. Eitan Kerem, Chair of the Pediatrics
at the Hadassah Medical Center
40 percent of Jerusalem's
population comprised of children who come from diverse ethnic backgrounds, The
Hadassah Medical Center's Pediatrics Division, chaired by Prof. Eitan Kerem,
has its challenges.
The Hadassah Medical Center's
Goldyne Savad Institute of Gene Therapy is targeting its research to optimize
the chances of fighting a wide range of cancers and neurodegenerative diseases
with gene and cell therapy.
"It's the best thing to do in medicine; it's fulfilling, fascinating, challenging, and rewarding," says Dr. Yoram Maaravi, the Hadassah Medical Center's Director of Geriatric Rehabilitation, in describing his career as a geriatrician at Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus.
Prof. Orly Elpeleg, head of the Department of Genetic and
Metabolic Diseases at the Hadassah
has been awarded the KKL-JNF's 2013 Samuel and Paula Elkeles Outstanding
Scientist in Medicine Prize.
Commemorating the United Nations' International Day for the Prevention of Violence Against Women, nurses and social workers at the Hadassah Medical Center initiated a project in the maternity ward to encourage women to speak up and put an end to abusive relationships.
comprised of inpatients of the Hadassah
has launched a new code of ethics for its multicultural student population of
SAGIV, a semi-automatic, hand-held device for rapid, less painful, and safer intravenous (IV) insertion, is one of the first creations of Israel's first Biodesign Medical Innovation Program, a joint project of the directors of the Hadassah Medical Center's Heart Institute and the Hebrew University's Center for Bioengineering.
"We had every reason to be anxious: our five-year-old granddaughter, Racheli, had a fast-growing tumor in her right arm and it needed to come out," writes a Jerusalem grandmother. Read her letter, describing the wonderful experience Racheli had as a patient at Hadassah Hospital-Ein Kerem.
"Hadassah is the place where the ice breaks," says Dr. Osnat Levtzion-Korach,
Director of Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus.
Attending the Bar Mitzvah of a boy whose
mother's life he helped to save while she was pregnant with him, and being at
the wedding of a woman he has treated since she was an infant are two of Prof.
Eitan Kerem's most recent emotion-packed experiences as the Chair of the
Pediatrics Division at the Hadassah
Eitan Kerem, Chair of the Pediatrics
Division at the Hadassah Medical
The 2013 Hadassah Annual Conference for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) was held on November 17, 2013 at Hadassah Ein Kerem. Doctors at Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem and other caregivers discussed topics of concern to patients with MS and their families. The conference was run by the "Center for Multiple Sclerosis", and was open to patients and their families as well as professionals and specialists in this field.
Hadassah Medical Center marked The International Day for Persons with Disabilities by setting up special information stands manned by representatives of Israel Social Security. These stands were set up to provide practical information for patients with disabilities.
The 2013-2014 International Masters of Public Health Program at the Hadassah-Hebrew University Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine is comprised of 28 students from 19 countries.
The back seats of one of the cars had been lowered. The driver introduced
himself as a medic. Inside, Batsheva Shoshan was in labor. Her amniotic fluid
had already broken. Her husband Ha'ari Shoshan had been trying to drive her to
the hospital, but they realized they wouldn't make it.
Despite 50 centimeters of snow and power outages all over the city, the Hadassah Medical Center staff worked overtime to help 80 women give birth to their new babies.
Every wedding is exciting, but tonight's is thrilling because 13 years ago, the young woman being married-- Adi Houdja--was on the verge of death in the trauma center at Hadassah University Hospital.
For the past 20 years, every student in Hadassah's medical school has participated in a two-week trauma course after finishing his sixth year; as a result, there are almost 3,000 Hadassah graduates practicing medicine around the world who have been trained to treat blast trauma victims and handle triage during a mass casualty event.
to the Dental Wellness Trust, founded by Hadassah United Kingdom Trustee Dr. Linda
Greenwall, an innovative, supervised tooth brushing program has been taking
place in Khayelitsha, South Africa since last April,
involving 600 school children.
Kioko Kiilu, a 2007 graduate of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine, now Emergency Health Manager for the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS), was a first responder when the Israeli-owned Westgate Mall in Nairobi was attacked by a group of terrorists.
Benson Ulo, 2003 graduate of the International Masters of Public Health Program at the Hadassah-Hebrew University Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine from Kenya, applauds his education for providing him with a "flexible think tank," where students are equipped to shape public health care worldwide.
"We have seen and
heard so much about the Mideast conflict, that
it's a relief to see a place which is an island of peace," said a member of the
David Project delegation, which visited the Hadassah Medical Center on January
Very early on Tuesday, October 29, Hadassah Panama, with the sponsorship of New Balance, held its fourth "walk for the cure" in support of the fight against breast cancer.
David Saba brought to Hadassah the spirit of the entire Saba family through his prayers, his singing and his caring.
Sally and David Abadi, major donors from Panama, recently visited Hadassah Ein Kerem with their five children The visit was organized by Jorge Diener, Director of Hadassah International Special Projects, who joined the Abadi family on the tour.
The Hadassah Medical Center and Jules Bordet Institute, Belgium's only hospital dealing exclusively with cancer, have signed an agreement to collaborate on health care, medical education, clinical research, and hospital management.
As part of a fact-finding tour emphasizing the relationship between Israelis and Palestinians, the Chief Executive of Christian Friends of the United Kingdom, Jacob Vince, along with a delegation of non-denominational Christian laymen and clergy, visited the Hadassah Medical Center.
When Moises Mischne, a young Jewish boy from Mexico City, was planning his Bar Mitzvah trip to Israel, he probably wasn't aware of what an incredible Mitzvah he would be doing at the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem. Moises, whose hobby is to do magic, simply knew he would do a couple of tricks for some children. And indeed, on December 24th 2013, Moises became the illusionist who created the magic of bringing joy and smiles to sick children being treated at Hadassah.
Hadassah New Zealand is planning to raise funds for the Rozana Project by participating in the March 2014 Jerusalem marathon and generating donations from sponsors in New Zealand and Israel.
The Goshen Project, which is spearheading a paradigm
shift in the approach to pediatric professional training in Israel, has formed
its National Steering Committee and launched its first course for
pediatricians, with attendees representing the mosaic of Israeli society—Jews
and Arabs, secular and Orthodox, as well as urban and rural physicians.
Over the course of the past few weeks, 13 Mount Scopus Memorial College students from Melbourne Australia, have spent time volunteering with sick children at the Hadassah Mt Scopus Hospital in Jerusalem. In Israel as part of the school's 9 week Ulpan program and based in Jerusalem, the students prepared games, activities, plays and magic shows for the young Jewish and Arab patients at the hospital.
Ron Finkel, President of Hadassah Australia, recently visited the Upper Kinder Gimmel class at the Mount Scopus Memorial College to thank the young children and their wonderful families for their generous donation of birthday money to Hadassah Hospital.
Hadassah Germany Presents Check to the Hadassah Medical Center
Hadassah Germany presents check to the Hadassah Medical Center
On December 4, 2013, Mme Anne Hidalgo, First Deputy Mayor of Paris, visited Hadassah Ein Kerem. She was accompanied by a large delegation that included several dignitaries. The delegation was accompanied by journalists from Paris Match and Le Monde.
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