Faculty of Medicine Newsletter 53 (December 6-15, 2021)

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Northern Stars-Mifal Hapais A Great Success, and Growing

Azrieli Faculty of Medicine Northern Stars-Mifal Hapais medical residents program has just received another vote of confidence from the Israeli Ministry of Health as well as the Authority for the Development of the Galilee. The program, aimed at attracting the country’s best residents to the North, will now be offering internships in anesthesiology and ICU as well as psychiatry and internal medicine.

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UJIA Visits J. Issacs Charitable Trust Medical Scholarship Recipients

Ms. Naty Glikin of Bar-Ilan University’s Global Resource Development and Dr. Alissa Burstein of the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine, escorted UJIA representative Mr. Sefton Bergson on December 9, 2021 as he met the 6 recipients of a very prestigious excellence-based scholarship made possible thanks to the generosity of Jeremy Isaacs of the UK. The students convened in their “homing” hospitals, Baruch Padeh Medical Center in Poria and The Galilee Medical Center in Naharia.

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Prof. Karl Skorecki “Anusim” Lecture

Prof. Skorecki, Dean of the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine, along with Dr. Inés Nogeuiro, spoke at a Zoom lecture on “Mapping the Genetic Identity of Bnei Anusim: Rediscovering a Lost Jewish Community - The Role of Genetic Research.” The December 12, 2021 presentation was sponsored by American Friends of Bar-Ilan University and included welcoming remarks by New York City Congregation Shearith Israel (Spanish & Portugese Synagogue) leaders. If you missed it, view online here.

Anusim lecture






Pandemic-Related Lectures (Prof. Michael Edelstein)

Prof. Edelstein has been sharing his extensive knowledge at global conferences:

  • The Israeli experience of managing the COVID-19 pandemic (part of keynote panel at Dutch Society of Communicable Disease Control national conference)
  • Learning from the pandemic and getting ready for the next one (at European Public Health Association annual conference)
  • Immunizing minority groups: challenges and solutions (annual Israeli Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society conference, upcoming in December)
  • The role of modelling in pandemic management (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, upcoming in December)


  • Faculty Seminar: Virus host interactions in insect restricted viruses vs insect-borne pathogenic arboviruses (Dr. Alex Rouvinski, HUJI-Ein Karem)
  • Upcoming Faculty Seminar: Nano-engineered platforms for neuronal regeneration (Prof. Orit Shefi, BIU)

Reminder: Social Media

We have increased our social media presence. In particular, we have begun profiling students and staff and uploading pictures. Read up (in Hebrew) about our talented community on Facebook , here and in Instagram here. Help us grow…

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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.


  • Moaad Farraj, Zakhar Bramnick, Boris Kruchin, Uri Gedalia, Ron Dar, Hisham Hussein, Anton Kvasha, Igor Waksman: Expectant management in delayed presentation of war casualties with penetrating abdominal trauma (Injury. )
  • Rajesh Detroja, Alessandro Gorohovski, Olawumi Giwa, Gideon Baum, Milana Frenkel-Morgenstern: ChiTaH: a fast and accurate tool for identifying known human chimeric sequences from high-throughput sequencing data (NAR Genom Bioinform . )
  • Yaakov Maman: Ig Enhancers Increase RNA Polymerase II Stalling at Somatic Hypermutation Target Sequences (J Immunol . )
  • Danna Krupik: Willingness to Accept Expedited COVID-19 Vaccine Research for Children Aged <12 Years After Adult Vaccine Approval (Clin Ther . )
  • Ronit Ilouz: Protein Kinase A in Human Retina: Differential Localization of Cβ, Cα, RIIα, and RIIβ in Photoreceptors Highlights Non-redundancy of Protein Kinase A Subunits (Front Mol Neurosci .)
  • Mohammad Adawi: Suicidal Behavior in Fibromyalgia Patients: Rates and Determinants of Suicide Ideation, Risk, Suicide, and Suicidal Attempts-A Systematic Review of the Literature and Meta-Analysis of Over 390,000 Fibromyalgia Patients (Front Psychiatry .)
  • Chaim Putterman: CXCL13 Neutralization Attenuates Neuropsychiatric Manifestations in Lupus-Prone Mice Front (Immunol. )
  • Jacob Bornstein: A Review of Chronic Pelvic Pain in Women (JAMA )
  • Yair Heskiau Shteinberg, Netanel Eisenbach, Maayan Gruber, Ohad Ronen: Impact of Tonsillectomy on the Life Quality of Parents to Children With Obstructive Sleep-Disordered Breathing (Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg .)
  • Vikrant Palande, Rajesh Detroja, Alessandro Gorohovski, Marcela Viviana Karpuj, Marina Kurtz, Shira Perez, Dorith Raviv Shay, Milana Frenkel-Morgenstern: Detection of gene mutations and gene-gene fusions in circulating cell-free DNA of glioblastoma patients: an avenue for clinically relevant diagnostic analysis (Mol Oncol .)
  • Nadim H Nasser, Nadra G Samra: Hypoadrenalism as the Single Presentation of Autoimmune Polyglandular Syndrome Type 1 (J Endocr Soc . )
  • Haneen Jabaly-Habib: Sixth Nerve Palsy in Children Etiology, Long-Term Course, and a Diagnostic Algorithm (J Child Neurol . )
  • Amir Mari, Wisam Sbeit, Wisam Abboud, Tawfik Khoury: Achalasia in the Elderly: Diagnostic Approach and a Proposed Treatment Algorithm Based on a Comprehensive Literature Review (J Clin Med . )
  • Eilam Palzur, Doron Edelman, Reem Sakas, Jean Francois Soustiel: Etifoxine Restores Mitochondrial Oxidative Phosphorylation and Improves Cognitive Recovery Following Traumatic Brain Injury (Int J Mol Sci . )
  • Nour Ibrahim: Venous thromboembolism rates and risk factors following endoscopic skull base surgery (Int Forum Allergy Rhinol .)
  • Eric S Shinwell: Effect of Minimally Invasive Surfactant Therapy vs Sham Treatment on Death or Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia in Preterm Infants With Respiratory Distress Syndrome: The OPTIMIST-A Randomized Clinical Trial (JAMA .)


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