The Hadassah Medical Center is one of the prestigious participants in a global consortium sponsored by the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund (CAF), aimed at employing stem cells to eventually uncover the cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Prof. Tamir Ben-Hur, M.D., Ph.D, head of Hadassah’s Department of Neurology, is spearheading the research at Hadassah, which has received an initial grant of $100,000 from Cure for this purpose.
The Hadassah Medical Center’s close relationship with Israel’s military includes a special program for soldiers entitled Yakar, the Hebrew word for cherished.
Dr. Tomer Tzur, Hadassah Medical Center Plastic Surgeon, specializing in reconstructive surgery as well as running the world’s largest skin bank at Hadassah-Ein Kerem, is also a member of the Israel Defense Force’s elite commando unit.
Meet a three-generation Hadassah family, choosing to serve the health care needs of Israel: Hannah Gofrit, Holocaust survivor and Public Health Nurse for Hadassah’s Tipat Chalav (Well-Baby Clinics); her son, Prof. Ofer Gofrit, Senior Urologist at the Hadassah Medical Center; and Hannah’s granddaughter, Shany Gofrit, a fourth year student at Hadassah's School of Military Medicine.
Researchers at the Hadassah University Medical Center have discovered the gene that causes primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD), a rare condition that compromises the functioning of the cilia, the minute protective hairs in the respiratory system, thereby resulting in repeated lung infections, sinusitis, frequent ear infections, and fertility problems. In about half of the cases, the mutation also causes organs to develop in “mirror image” of one another, so that, for example, the heart develops on the right side of the chest instead of on the left, while the liver grows on the left and the stomach and spleen on the right.
Flashback to 2002 and 2003: During this tumultuous time for the State of Israel, Professor Ben Sachs from Harvard Medical School coordinated Medical Missions to HMO with Hadassah and the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston (CJP) to express their solidarity with our doctors and learn about how trauma medicine was being practiced at our hospitals.
Earlier this week, as I do every year, I stood silently in the hospital with hundreds of members of the Hadassah family, moved by the mournful wail of the two-minute siren that officially marks Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.
The Australian Jewish News paid tribute to the work of Hadassah in a special double -page supplement for Israel Independence Day, 2013.
It is my privilege and pleasure to continue the tradition of HMO Directors General and periodically share with you some of the interesting and exciting events that take place every day here at HMO. A few weeks ago, during our monthly Birthday Breakfasts with our interns, I became aware of a significant generation gap – not a chronological one as much as an experiential one.
With the deep conviction that research is the essence of medicine, the Hadassah Medical Center’s physicians/researchers are committed to translating research insights into practical advances that not only prolong, but also enhance quality of life. Each year, their findings and analyses appear in hundreds of articles within prestigious scientific journals.