Faculty of Medicine Newsletter 43 (June 9 - 22, 2021)

לניוזלטרים בעברית לחץ כאן.

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Graduation Season!MSc Graduation 2021

Congratulations to all of our diligent students – and their devoted advisors – whose hard work paid off this month. Graduation ceremonies were held at the Faculty, for Masters Degree recipients (June 21, 2021), and at the Bar-Ilan University Ramat Gan campus, for Doctoral Degree recipients (June 22, 2021). Next in line, MD degree, July 26, 2021.

10th Annual Translational Research Day

The tenth annual Translational Research Day conference is right around the corner (July 1, 2021). For more details, registration link, and sponsors, see below.

Visit of BIU Spokesperson Office to Azrieli Faculty Safed CampusDovrut visit

The Azrieli Faculty was honored to host a delegation from the Bar-Ilan University spokesperson’s office, including the head of marketing and business development, on June 17, 2021. Naama Gat, Anat Lev-Confortes, Elana Oberlander, Yifat Hirshler, and Michal Cohen Rosenfeld met with Prof. Karl Skorecki, Dr. Moshe Dessau, Dr. Nir Qvit, Dr. Keren Agay-Shay, Dr. Shai Bel, Prof. Michael Edelstein, and of course, the organizers – Hadas Oren, Noga Ganor, Nurit Maor, and Noam Reshelbach. It was a day of learning, sharing, and looking forward to future collaboration.

BIU Excellent Employee Award: Ilana Bar Sabag

In Newsletter #30 we reported that Ilana Bar Sabag was awarded the BIU Excellent Employee Award. At long last, on June 21, 2021 a ceremony was able to be held at the BIU Ramat Gan Campus. [Photo credit: Shlomi Mizrahi]

Student Union News

A lot has been going on lately regarding student life, thanks to the Student Union (אסר"ג).

Lee Azolai reports on a recent Kayaking trip, a concert/”Happening” that took place (ANA RF, TARANTA GROOVE MACHINE), and of course, another local episode of “House,” this time led by our own Prof. Peter Gilbey.

And, it is election time, waiting to hear who will be heading the Student Union in the year to come.

Pictures and more can be found on their Facebook page (@ASRAG), here.


Condolences to Dr. Sophia  Eilat-Tsanani on the passing of her father.


Reminder that publications by Azrieli faculty are generally posted in chronological order based on publication date, per PubMed listings. If you have published an article recently that appears on PubMed but that was not listed in a Newsletter, I apologize, and please do let me know.

  • Adi Eshel, Aviel Meoded, Omry Koren: Projection of Gut Microbiome Pre- and Post-Bariatric Surgery To Predict Surgery Outcome (mSystems . )
  • Tawfik Khoury, Wisam Sbeit: Peri-ampullary diverticulum was associated with a higher rate of acute cholangitis among patients with choledocholithiasis (Surg Endosc .)
  • Alexey Lazutkin, Alexander Izakson: Peripartum anesthetic management of women with SARS-CoV-2 infection in eight medical centers across three European countries: prospective cohort observation study (J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med .)
  • Elon Glassberg, Avi Benov: Combat-related ocular injuries in the IDF during the years 2013-2019 (J Trauma Acute Care Surg .)
  • Elizabeh Eshel, Dally Najib: Crizotinib acts as ABL1 inhibitor combining ATP-binding with allosteric inhibition and is active against native BCR-ABL1 and its resistance and compound mutants BCR-ABL1 T315I and BCR-ABL1 T315I-E255K (Ann Hematol .)
  • Amir A. Kuperman, Vyacheslav Gurevich: Assessing the involvement of the placental microbiome and virome in preeclampsia using non coding RNA sequencing (J Perinat Med . )
  • Avi Benov: Qualifying coronavirus disease 2019 convalescent plasma donors in Israel (Vox Sang .)
  • Amir Asher Kuperman, Daniel Glikman: COVID-19 in a Subset of Hospitalized Children in Israel (J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc .)
  • Shai Bel: A Staphylococcus Path to Improved Therapeutics in Atopic Dermatitis JAMA Dermatol . )
  • Ibrahim Marai: The Role of Affect as a Mediator between Coping Resources and Heart Rate Variability among Older Adults (Exp Aging Res .)
  • Baruch Weizman, Nili Golan, Ohad Ronen: Effect of socioeconomic status on survival in patients with head and neck cancer (Head Neck . )
  • Khalaf Kridin: The Burden of Coronavirus Disease 2019 and Its Complications in Patients With Atopic Dermatitis-A Nested Case-Control Study (Dermatitis .)
  • Edo Y Birati: Coronavirus disease 2019 in heart transplant recipients: Risk factors, immunosuppression, and outcomes (J Heart Lung Transplant .)
  • Daniel Glikman: Benign course and clinical features of COVID-19 in hospitalised febrile infants up to 60 days old (Acta Paediatr . )
  • Or Tsafrir, Majdi Halabi: Acute myocardial infarction in the Covid-19 era: Incidence, clinical characteristics and in-hospital outcomes-A multicenter registry (PLoS One .)
  • Sivan Saraph, Hector Cohen, Ohad Ronen: Effect of needle gauge on thyroid FNA diagnostic rate (Endocrine . )
  • Andrei Braester: Difference between Japanese and White patients with acute pulmonary embolism (Thromb Res . )
  • Khalaf Kridin: The burden of neurological comorbidities in six autoimmune bullous diseases: A population-based study (J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol .)

Faculty Newsnews

i. Certificates of Appreciation Awarded to Faculty Instructors, June 9, 2020

ii. Dr. Michal Carmiel Haggai Receives BIU Outstanding Teacher Award; Azrieli Faculty Honorable Mention for Teaching

iii. Two Azrieli Faculty Students on Rector's Honor Roll

iv. Prof. Masad Barhoum (GMC) Receives Two Awards

v. Three-Year Track White Coat Ceremony

vi. Masters Degree Commencement Exercises Held at Azrieli Faculty of Medicine


Faculty Exposure 


New pictures uploaded to the website:


Translational Research Day:

Translational Research Schedule


Translational Research Sponsors