By Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
November 10, 2007
Could it be that microscopic human embryos five or six days old were meant to be the source of "spare parts" for adults and children suffering from chronic or degenerative diseases such as Parkinson's, type I diabetes, multiple sclerosis, spinal paralysis and coronary insufficiency? Lines of human embryonic stem cells (hESC), which were first derived in 1998, have not yet been transplanted into a single patient, but Prof. Benjamin Reubinoff - one of the world's leading hESC researchers - is optimistic that they will begin to fulfill their potential in a few short years.
The Hadassah Medical Center and the Jerusalem AIDS Project have teamed up to help stop the spread of HIV in Africa, beginning with a pilot project in Swaziland that promotes the use of male circumcision as a preventive measure.
From initiating and hosting a widely attended symposium on trauma medicine featuring Hadassah health experts to raising millions of dollars for the new Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower at the Hadassah Medical Center, Hadassah Panama is making a multi-layered impact.
Prof. Meir Liebergall, Chair of Hadassah’s Orthopedic Surgery Department, and his colleagues have published the results of their research on the pivotal role nurses take on at the Hadassah Medical Center during mass casualty events in the prestigious American Journal of Critical Care.
By Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
October 25, 2007
Researchers at the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical School have discovered a communication signal enabling bacteria cells to talk to each other, which could lead to the creation of a new class of antibiotics.
I am very excited about all the events that are taking place in our units around the world. We are charting new ground in so many countries. In Panama, we just hosted a fantastic symposium on trauma medicine, featuring our Hadassah physicians.
Thanks to Hadassah physicians’ innovative use of a girdle to support the developing fetus in her compromised stomach, Ziv Mor, who had been critically injured in a car accident, was able to carry a pregnancy to term and deliver a son!
Prof. Dan Engelhard, head of Hadassah’s Department of Pediatrics at Ein Kerem, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, and Pediatric AIDS Center, was named “Person of the Year” by the local Israeli newspaper, Yedi'ot Jerusalem, for his work with children who have AIDS, both in Israel and Ethiopia.
Dr. Neta Levin of Hadassah’s Department of Neurology and Dr. Sylvie Chokron of the Fondation Ophthalmologique Adolphe de Rothschild in Paris, France are embarking on a joint research project to study how the visual cortex responds to different types of injuries, reorganizing itself to compensate for loss in visual function.
Hadassah Australia organized and hosted a trio of acclaimed orations in Melbourne, Sydney, and Perth, featuring Professor Elliot Berry, renowned head of Hadassah’s Department of Human Nutrition and Metabolism and the Hadassah-Hebrew University Braun School’s World Health Organization Collaboration Center for Capacity Building in Public Health.