Faculty of Medicine Newsletter 44 (June 23 - July 7, 2021)

לניוזלטרים בעברית לחץ כאן.

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Thank You to the Edmund de Rothschild FoundationBuilding

You may have noticed a new name on the front of the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine main campus building in Safed. This follows a very generous donation of the Edmund de Rothschild Foundation, for the future expansion of the Faculty. You can read more here and here (in Hebrew).

Congratulations to Our PhD Recipients

Dr. Adi Litmanovich* (Prof. Batya Kristal, Prof. Kamal Hassan)
Dr. Tomer Meirson* (Dr. Hava Gil-Henn, Dr. Abraham Samson)cap
Dr. Oron Oded (Dr. Evan Elliott, Dr. Milana Frenkel-Morgenstern)
Dr. Lubov Balin (Dr. Miriam Bentwich, Prof. Bella Gross)
Dr. Fadia Zagairy (Prof. Amnon Harel)
Dr. Amihai Lieberman (Dr. Abraham Samson)
Dr. Noa Maatuk (Dr. Abraham Samson)
Dr. Dafna Perry (Prof. David Karasik, Prof. Jamal Zidan)
Dr. Praveen Koganti (Dr. Michael Blank)

*Dr. Litmanovich and Dr. Meirson are pursuing the prestigious MD-PhD degree at the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine


  • Special Seminar: Between Demonic Siege and Obsession: A Historical Perspective on Diagnosis (Dr. Inbar Graiver hosted by Dr. Limor Meoded Danon)
  • Upcoming PhD Seminar:  Evaluating the Implementation of an Intervention in a Hospital Setting to Reduce Unintentional Child Injuries (Ligat Daudi supervised by Dr. Siv​an Spitzer-Shohat, Prof. Anthony Luder,  Prof. Mary Rudolf)

Student NewsASRAG

  • The second semester of AY 2020-2021 has come to a close.
  • Congratulations to the new heads of the Student Union: Anna Sherman and Daniel Zacharov. Thank you to the outgoing heads, Lee Azulai and Raz Globus.
  • Interviews for the four-year track incoming medical school class just took place. Prof. Itay Onn reports that hundreds of applicants arrived over a span of six days. Current students also circulated around the campus, to be available to answer questions. We wish all applicants the best of success for the continuation of the selection process.


Congratulations to Prof. Michael Blank on his promotion to associate professor .


Congratulations to Hadas Hasidim on the birth of a baby girl.

Abstracts Accepted to ESCAIDE

Prof. Michael Edelstein has informed us that two abstracts have been accepted to the  European Scientific Conference on Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology to be held in November 2021: “SARS-CoV-2 Immunogenicity in healthcare workers infected before and after COVID-19 vaccination: Israel, January-March 2021: Implications for vaccination policy” (Ziv and BIU) and “Inequalities in initiation of COVID19 vaccination by age and population group in Israel- December 2020-April 2021” (BIU).


  • Thursday July 15, 2021: Northern Stars-Mifal Hapayis second cohort launch
  • Monday July 26, 2021: MD degree conferment ceremony (graduation)


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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.

  • Ibrahim Marai: Long QT Syndrome and Torsade de Pointes Ultimately Treated With Quinidine: Introducing the Concept of Pseudo-Torsade de Pointes (Circulation . )
  • Omry Koren: Microbiome Preprocessing Machine Learning Pipeline (Front Immunol.)
  • Elias Daud, Offir Ertracht, Nadav Bandel, Gassan Moady, Monah Shehadeh, Tali Reuveni, Shaul Atar: The impact of empagliflozin on cardiac physiology and fibrosis early after myocardial infarction in non-diabetic rats (Cardiovasc Diabeto
  • David Karasik: Identification of novel and rare variants associated with handgrip strength using whole genome sequence data from the NHLBI Trans-Omics in Precision Medicine (TOPMed) Program (PLoS One . )
  • Tomer Meirson: The common sense behind clinical trial names: an empirical study of trial acronyms (Account Res .)
  • Tomer Meirson: Immunotherapy Discontinuation in Metastatic Melanoma: Lessons from Real-Life Clinical Experience (Cancers (Basel) . )
  • Lital Ashtamkar Matok, Maya Azrad, Tamar Leshem, Anan Abuzahya, Thanaa Khamaisi, Tatiana Smolkin, Avi Peretz: Mother-to-Neonate Transmission of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria: A Cross-Sectional Study (Microorganisms .)
  • Gon Carmi, Alessandro Gorohovski, Milana Frenkel-Morgenstern: EvoProDom: Evolutionary modeling of protein families by assessing translocations of protein domains (FEBS Open Bio . )
  • Marie Noufi Barohom: Case Report: Severe Hypocalcemic Episodes Due to Autoimmune Enteropathy (Front Endocrinol (Lausanne) .)
  • David Karasik: A genome-wide scan for pleiotropy between bone mineral density and nonbone phenotypes (Bone Res .)
  • Tomer Meirson: Informative censoring of surrogate end-point data in phase 3 oncology trials (Eur J Cancer . )
  • Arik Sheinenzon, Mona Shehadeh, Michelis Regina, Ety Shaoul, Ohad Ronen: Serum albumin levels and inflammation (Int J Biol Macromol . )
  • Ben Shabat Moti, Eliya Oz, Azrilin Olga , Gross Bella, Sela Shifra, Palzur Eilam: New Cortical Neurodegenerative Pathways in the Hypertensive Rat Brain (Cereb Cortex . )
  • Sofia Soltsman, Yeela Tomsis, Anat Konforty, Izhar Ben Shlomo: The Impact of Prenatal Depression in Patients of High Risk Pregnancy Clinic on Obstetric Outcomes (Psychiatr Q . )
  • Amiel A Dror: gEAR: Gene Expression Analysis Resource portal for community-driven, multi-omic data exploration (Nat Methods .)
  • Michael V Joachim, Din Emm Richter, Aladdin Mohana, Musa Labeeb, Murad Abdelraziq, Imad Abu El-Naaj: Quality of Life After Class III Repair Orthognathic Surgery: Five-Year Retrospective Study (J Craniofac Surg .)
  • Enav Yefet, Sobhiya Mruat Rabah: Addition of oral iron bisglycinate to intravenous iron sucrose for the treatment of postpartum anemia - randomized controlled trial (Am J Obstet Gynecol .)
  • Boris Fichtman, Amnon Harel: Expanding the phenotype of NUP85 mutations beyond nephrotic syndrome to primary autosomal recessive microcephaly and Seckel syndrome spectrum disorders (Hum Mol Genet . )
  • Omri Levor, Jacob Bornstein: Outcomes of a fixed skeletonised mini mesh implant for pelvic organ prolapse repair with uterine preservation (J Obstet Gynaecol .)
  • Emil Aamar, Efrat Avigad Laron, Wisal Asaad, Sarina Harshuk-Shabso, David Enshell-Seijffers: Hair-follicle mesenchymal stem-cell activity during homeostasis and wound healing (J Invest Dermatol .)
  • Yaniv Hadi, Tsafrir Or, Gassan Moady, Shaul Atar: Psoriasis and Coronary Heart Disease - Not as Severe as Predicted (QJM . )
  • Khalaf Kridin: Immunological features and factors associated with mucocutaneous bullous pemphigoid - a retrospective cohort study (J Dtsch Dermatol Ges .)
  • avid Karasik: Footprints in the Sand: Deep Taxonomic Comparisons in Vertebrate Genomics to Unveil the Genetic Programs of Human Longevity ( Front Genet .)
  • Evgenii Tikhonov, Sondra Turjeman, Omry Koren: Developmental intestinal microbiome alterations in canine fading puppy syndrome: a prospective observational study (NPJ Biofilms Microbiomes . )
  • Samih Badarny: Long-term stable efficacy of botulinum toxin A in facial movement disorders with no need for increasing dose (Medicine (Baltimore). )
  • Daniel Glikman, Eric S Shinwell: Vaccinating children and adolescents against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)-The Israeli experience (Acta Paediatr . )
  • Gassan Moady, Shelly Vons, Ayelet Shai, Shaul Ata: Response to the letter by Sulkes et al. Regarding the Article: A Comparative Retrospective Study of Patients with Takotsubo Syndrome and Acute Coronary Syndrome (Isr Med Assoc J .)
  • Aysar Nashef, Nayrouz Qahaz, Imad Abu El-Naaj: Systems genetics analysis of oral squamous cell carcinoma susceptibility using the mouse model: current position and new perspective (Mamm Genome .)
  • Adi Litmanovich, Dmitri Nordkin, Anna Vakarev, Igor Waksman: Hydrostatic anorectal injury caused by fall from jet-ski (BMJ Case Rep .)

Faculty News 

Edmund de Rothschild Foundation Celebratory Unveiling at Azrieli Faculty of Medicine

The Azrieli Faculty of Medicine was excited to host delegates from the Edmund de Rothschild Foundation…

10th Annual Translational Research Day at Azrieli Faculty of Medicine

The Azrieli Faculty of Medicine strongly believes that research and medical education go hand in hand…

Bar-Ilan University Azrieli Faculty of Medicine Grants Doctoral Degrees to Nine Recipients

Congratulations to the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine's nine recipients of the coveted doctoral degree…

Rector's Award for Scientific Innovation Ceremony: Dr. Milana Frenkel-Morgenstern Recipient

The Rector's Prize for Scientific Innovation ceremony was held on June 23, 2021. Dr. Milana Frenkel-Morgenstern was a proud recipient...

Masters Degree Commencement Exercises Held at Azrieli Faculty of Medicinemasters

Congratulations to the 18 masters degree students who received their diplomas in person, at the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine, Esther & Haim Carasso Auditorium on June 21, 2021…

Faculty Exposure 

jpost.com: 'COVID-19 is a paradigm for how scientific miracles can happen' - analysis (Prof. Chaim Putterman)


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