On 20 November 1989, the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. It was a special agreement, including the fundamental rights that each country must give to any child.
The primary objective of the Hadassah Medical Center is "to create a better world through medicine." A means to achieve its goal is to provide quality care to children with chronic illnesses or special needs. To this end, the Pediatric Chronic Disease Center was erected at Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital.
Commenting on the Phase IIa trial of NurOwn™--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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
With 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.
When “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).
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.
For 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.