Faculty of Medicine Newsletter 77 (August 2023)

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"Bodily Autonomy and Identities" Workshop in Braunschweigworkshop

Initiated and organized by Dr. Limor Meoded Danon of the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine (along with Prof. Dr. Katinka Schweizer of MSH Medical School Hamburg and Prof. Dr. Barbara Thies of TU Braunschweig), an interdisciplinary Israeli-German workshop took place at TU Braunschweig on July 24-26, 2023. The workshop was inspired by the ongoing debates around identity politics and bodily autonomy within different research fields and public discourse.

The purpose of the workshop was to form an interdisciplinary Israeli-German research network to reflect and study these interrelations to gain further insights into the intricate dynamics around autonomy, agency, embodied identity, and minority experiences and indeed, a multidisciplinary German-Israeli research group was successfully established.


Awards and Appointments ISF recipients

  • Prof. Omry Koren received a European Research Council (ERC) Proof of Concept Grant. 
  • The following Azrieli Faculty of Medicine researchers received ISF, Israel Science Foundation grants:
  • Prof. Michael Edelstein and Dr. Kamal abu Jabal
  • Dr. Ron Orbach
  • Dr. Moran Yadid
  • Prof. Moshe Dessau
  • Dr. Limor Meoded-Danon
  • Dr. Rotem Kahalon

In addition, Prof. Itay Onn, Dr. Kobi Maman, and Dr. Nir Qvit received grants for research workshops.

International Delegation of Students Visits Faculty students

On July 31, 2023 a group of twenty gifted students from 12 countries visited the Faculty and met with Dr. Alon Barash who showed them innovative methods for studying anatomy using a virtual imaging table (anatomage) and other technologies. These hand-picked students were part of a World ORT summer seminar in collaboration with Braude Academic College.

Read more here.

BIU “Vaad Ovdim” Visit

The Azrieli Faculty of Medicine was pleased to host representatives from the Bar-Ilan University Workers Union on August 8, 2023:Vaad

  • Arik Gilad, Chairman
  • Israel Berger
  • Cochava (Cochi) Yosef
  • Sharon Medina
  • Avishai Arazi
  • Elie Maximov

The team, which operates from the main Bar-Ilan campus in Ramat Gan, had the opportunity to meet personally with our local staff (Administrative Head of Faculty, Noam David Reshelbach, standing to left).

Faculty Staff Breakfastbreakfast

The staff of the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine had the opportunity to relax, socialize, and enjoy the morning on August 7, 2023, during a light, healthy, and tasty Faculty-wide breakfast.

Faculty Seminars

To be continued at the beginning of the coming academic year.



Condolences to Keren Tarazi on the passing of her mother.

Mazal Tov

Mazal tov to Shira Dadon on the birth of a baby girl.

Russell Berrie Galilee Diabetes SPHERESPHERE

Read up more about all SPHERE activities on their Facebook page here as well as on LinkdIn here.


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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.

  • Kamal Abu Jabal: Apoptotic cells for treatment of acute respiratory distress syndrome associated with COVID-19 (Front Immunol .)
  • Elon Glassberg: Are intelligent people more likely to get vaccinated? The association between COVID-19 vaccine adherence and cognitive profiles (Vaccine .)
  • Shahar Telpaz, Shai Bel: Autophagy in intestinal epithelial cells prevents gut inflammation (Trends Cell Biol . )
  • Hava Gil-Henn: PYK2, a hub of signaling networks in breast cancer progression (Trends Cell Biol . )
  • Yaseen Awad-Igbaria, Ali Keadan, Reem Sakas, Jean Francous-Soustiel, Eilam Palzur: HBO treatment enhances motor function and modulates pain development after sciatic nerve injury via protection the mitochondrial function (J Transl Med .)
  • Sondra Turjeman, Alona Riumin: Recipient-independent, high-accuracy FMT-response prediction and optimization in mice and humans (Microbiome . )
  • Elon Glassberg: Survival following Prehospital Traumatic Cardiac Arrest Resuscitation in the Israel Defense Forces: A Retrospective Study (Prehosp Emerg Care . )
  • Gassan Moady, Shaul Atar: The safety of sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 inhibitors in patients with left ventricular assist device - a single center experience (J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) .)
  • Helal Said Ahmad, Tawfik Khoury, Riad Tome, Haitam Zeibak, Wisam Abboud, Amir Mari: Gas Embolism After a Patient's Ninth ERCP Procedure (ACG Case Rep J . )
  • Edo Y Birati; Management of Acute Myocarditis and Post-hospitalization Follow-up: A Position Statement from the Israel Heart Society (Isr Med Assoc J .)
  • Edo Y Birati: Definition and Diagnosis of Acute Myocarditis: A Position Statement of the Israel Heart Society (Isr Med Assoc J .)
  • Shemy Carasso: Urgent transcatheter edge-to-edge repair for severe mitral regurgitation with flail leaflet in critically Ill patients (Front Cardiovasc Med .)
  • Elias Daud: Multi-site comparison of parametric T1 and T2 mapping: healthy travelling volunteers in the Berlin research network for cardiovascular magnetic resonance (BER-CMR) (J Cardiovasc Magn Reson . )
  • Omry Koren: Early-life sensitive periods for antibiotic-induced shifts in neuro-immune developmental trajectories and vulnerability to brain disorders (Brain Behav Immun .)
  • Michael Edelstein, Karine Wiegler Beiruti, Hila Ben-Amram, Netta Beer, Christian Sussan, Perachel Batya, Salman Zarka, Kamal Abu Jabal: Vaccine-induced and hybrid immunity to SARS-CoV-2 after three or four doses of BNT162b2 - results from 22 months follow-up of a healthcare workers cohort, Israel, 2020-2022 (Int J Infect Dis .)
  • Jamal Saad, Mahmod Hasan, Galina Keigler, Samih Badarny: Primary Intracranial Hemorrhage: Characteristics, Distribution, Risk Factors, and Outcomes-A Comparative Study between Jewish and Arab Ethnic Groups in Northern Israel (J Clin Med . )
  • Ahmad Kadriya, Mizied Falah: Nanoscale Phytosomes as an Emerging Modality for Cancer Therapy (Cells . )
  • Sondra Turjeman, Omry Koren: Celiac-the lone horse? An autoimmune condition without signals of microbiota dysbiosis (Microbiol Spectr .)
  • Hadas Sibony-Benyamini, Emil Aamar, David Enshell-Seijffers: Hdac1 and Hdac2 regulate the quiescent state and survival of hair-follicle mesenchymal niche (Nat Commun .)
  • Khalaf Kridin: Risk of comorbid autoimmune diseases in patients with immunobullous disorders: A global large-scale cohort study (J Am Acad Dermatol .)
  • Amiel A Dror: Spontaneous Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak of the Temporal Bone (Harefuah)
  • Nabil Faranesh: The Video Head Impulse Test (VHIT) (Harefuah .)
  • Khaldon Abo-Saleh, Nabil Faranesh: The Video Head Impulse Test (Vhit): Can We Rely on the Gain Parameter Alone? (Harefuah . )
  • Amir Mari: Technical Success in Performing Esophageal High-Resolution Manometry in Patients with an Epiphrenic Diverticulum (Dysphagia . )
  • Afif Nakhleh, Naim Shehadeh: A beneficial role of GLP-1 receptor agonist therapy in ABCC8-MODY (MODY 12) (J Diabetes Complications .)
  • Shaul Atar: Downstream Imaging Studies Do Not Significantly Improve Outcome in Most Patients with Chest Pain Who Did Not Reach Their Target Heart Rate on a Stress ECHO Study (J Clin Med . )
  • Konstantinovsky Alex, Kuchersky Nina, Kridin Khakaf: Improvement in Endothelial Function in men taking phosphordiesterase type 5 inhibitors for erectile dysfunction (Am J Med . )
  • Moran Yadid: A Platform for Assessing Cellular Contractile Function Based on Magnetic Manipulation of Magnetoresponsive Hydrogel Films (Adv Sci (Weinh) . )

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