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Hadassah Receives Multi-Million Dollar Grant to Create Translational Medicine Institute

Maurice and Vivienne Wohl. z'l

Building to be transformed into the Wohl Institute for
Translational Medical Research
Hadassah is delighted to start the new year with the announcement of a multi-million dollar grant awarded to the Hadassah Medical Organization from the Wohl Legacy Foundation to create the Wohl Institute for Translational Medical Research--one of the foundation's 50th anniversary celebratory grants in the field of medical science and the arts to mark their 50 years of giving. Professor Tamar Peretz, the acting Director General of Hadassah Medical Organization came to London to be part of the grant award evening.

Prof. Peretz described "Translational Medicine" as the benefits of science for the patient with better technology to create new patient infrastructures.

This is a major change from 15 years ago when science was undertaken only in the Universities.

Medical scientific needs can now be defined at the individual patient level, are transferred from the "patient to the laboratory",  and then the research results flow back from the researchers to the patient. This process allows a quicker transfer of knowledge, eliminating bottlenecks and actually bringing science to the patient's bed.

The new Wohl Centre for Translational Medicine at Hadassah will look particularly into mechanisms of the initiation and progression of diseases, drug development for specific diseases, how individual patients benefit from different treatments and drug regimens, and will be especially focused on cancers, multi-genes, Parkinson's, ALS and other degenerative diseases.

The trustees of The Wohl Legacy Foundation believe that investing in translational medicine is vital to developing the most effective therapies for these complex diseases. This new Institute at Hadassah will bolster the hospital's team of clinicians and biomedical researchers with access to open laboratory space and cutting-edge scientific technology.

It is their belief that Hadassah will provide a dramatic stimulus to translational medicine, and will help meet global clinical needs. The award was given because Hadassah has the background history of scientific development which still results in the highest number of research papers in Israel in any one institution.

Maurice Wohl, a rabbi's son, was born and raised in London. His faith and upbringing played a huge part in the evolution of his philanthropy. Prior to Vivienne's death from cancer in 2005 at the age of 59, they decided to establish the Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Philanthropic Foundation as a reflection of their lifetime of philanthropic activity. Maurice died in 2007, at age 90. He was buried in Jerusalem next to his beloved wife.

At the awards ceremony on January 29th, along with the announcements of the grant recipients, the Wohl Lecture was delivered by His Excellency Matthew Gould, Britain's Ambassador to Israel. In his remarks, the Ambassador said: "It is a real honor to give the Wohl lecture in the philanthropy's 50th Anniversary year. I feel passionately that the Jewish community here can have a huge and positive impact on relations between Britain and Israel. Jewish philanthropy tied together with Israeli creativity has achieved amazing things in Israel, and is still doing so. Maurice and Vivienne Wohl were models for giving that makes a difference.

The award ceremony took place at the Gerry Schwartz and Heather Reisman 4th International Conference on Pediatric Chronic Diseases, Disabilities and Human Development, which brings together medical professionals from around the world to focus on meeting the needs of children with chronic diseases or disabilities and their families. Dr. Evelyn Lipper is a leader in the field of child development and a visionary and supporter of Hadassah's work in this area, particularly Hadassah's Goshen Project with its outreach to the community.

Under the patronage of HSH the Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe, Dr. h.c. Charlotte Knobloch and Veronika Ferres, this elegant Hadassah Europe event will take place in the Embassy Ballroom of the Badrutt's Palace Hotel in St. Moritz.
Reservations are being accepted.

On January 22nd, Hadassah France hosted a Charity Preview of the play "The Tombeur" performed by Michel Leeb at the New Theatre Michel Leeb is the patron of Hadassah France. The evening was attended by nearly 500 people who came to laugh and to support the Trauma Unit of the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem.

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