In a moving ceremony conducted by two individuals with special needs, Prof. Eitan Kerem, head of Pediatrics at Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus, Dr. Ariel Tenenbaum, head of Hadassah’s National Center for Down Syndrome, and Yael Castiel, Head Nurse of the Center for Pediatric Genetic and Chronic Diseases, received awards of appreciation from the Shalem Foundation in Jerusalem. The foundation promotes community services for the mentally challenged with the goal of enhancing their chances to fulfill their potential and live a normal life.
Thanks to the new, one-year-old male fertility program at the Hadassah Medical Center’s AIDS Center, a man with HIV has been able to father a child without transmitting the virus to the fetus.
Chanukah at Hadassah is always a wonderful time when the entire Medical Center seems especially filled with joy and warmth.
We are all familiar with the Talmudic saying, “Whoever saves a life, it is as if he has saved an entire world.” Sometimes, when we least expect it, that quote takes on new meaning.
As you know, research is almost an obsession at Hadassah. Our doctors, nurses, technicians and medical students spend many hours practicing translational medicine – taking their patients problems into the labs and searching for solutions to conditions they confront daily – with the hope that what they learn and accomplish will result in better diagnostic tools, better medications and better treatments.
Researchers at the Hadassah Medical Center have identified the gene mutation that causes one of 20 Caucasus Jewish babies to be born with cerebellum atrophy, a severe brain defect.
Continuing the stem cell research collaboration between the Hadassah Medical Center and the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute at the University of Michigan, Philanthropist Alfred Taubman of Detroit has donated $300,000 to Hadassah for research into the use of stem cell technology to treat Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
To share the Hadassah Medical Center's breakthroughs in identifying gene mutations that cause serious diseases in children, Prof. Orly Elpeleg, Direct of Hadassah's Department of Genetic and Metabolic Diseases, convened Israel's first-ever Monique and Jacques Roboh Department of Genetic Research Neurogenetic Seminar. Mr. Roboh, whose generosity made possible the creation of the Research Department, is a member of the Hadassah International Board of Directors.
Hadassah Hospital-Ein Kerem, which houses Israel’s largest kidney stone treatment center, has purchased a new, state-of-the-art lithotripter, the” Dornier Gemini.”
Often, the Hadassah Medical Center receives emergency calls asking for help with sick or wounded diplomats stationed in Israel as well as their spouses and children; in October, however, an emergency call came regarding an American diplomat hospitalized in Amman, Jordan, who was experiencing bleeding adjacent to his brain stem.