In the last decade, researchers in neurology, neurosurgery and related fields have made major advances in understanding the mind and the impact of diseases and disorders on its many functions. Heightened understanding has led to changes in treatment protocols and advances in treatments themselves. Prof. Tamir Ben-Hur, Head of the Department of Neurology, was the driving force behind the creation of Hadassah’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, one of the many places where this new approach is especially evident.
A new treatment for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) based on stem cell technology and now in clinical trials at the Hadassah University Medical Center, appears to have cured an Orthodox Rabbi in Israel who was diagnosed with the disease two years ago.
When Prof. Chaim Lotan, Director of the Hadassah University Medical Center’s Heart Institute, met Souad Mekhennet, a reporter for The New York Times, who was in Jerusalem to cover an international event, he invited her to visit Hadassah. When she met with Ron Krumer, Director of External Affairs for Hadassah, she explained that her role as a columnist for the international edition of theTimes was to write about Moslem women. Mr. Krumer arranged for her to speak with several Palestinian women who work at Hadassah.
A fetus with a hiatus hernia that led its abdominal organs to be compressed within the chest, was saved by Hadassah Fetal Medicine Expert Dr. Yuval Gielchinsky, using an innovative treatment that is only being performed in five to six medical centers in the world.
Researchers at the Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem have produced, for the first time, under Good Manufacturing Practices ( GMP) conditions, lines of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) for transplantation that are free of animal components.
For the first time in Israel, doctors at the Hadassah University Medical Center are employing endoscopic intervention to correct fistula (abnormal connections of the esophagus and trachea) in babies, avoiding the risky conventional surgical option.
Thanks to the ingenuity of a Hadassah University Medical Center nurse, child victims of sexual abuse are being put at ease with therapeutic dolls, so they are more apt to allow clinical examination, which can provide officials with evidence against their attackers.
For her research on a new treatment for Type 1 diabetes, a Hadassah University Medical Center physician has received the Kaye Innovation Award from the Hebrew University. The treatment is now undergoing commercial development.
A Kenyan physician, the son of subsistence farmers from one of the poorest districts near the border of Tanzania, achieved his dream of becoming an interventional radiologist through a fellowship at the Hadassah University Medical Center.
The persistence of the organ transplant coordinator at the Hadassah University Medical Center in reaching a patient who had been waiting for five years for a kidney ensured that he received one—after the police located him in synagogue, attending Shabbat morning services.