About Medical Research: Innovations Touching Lives


Who doesn’t know someone whose life has been affected by cancer? By heart disease, Alzheimer’s, HIV? Who doesn’t envision a world where diseases like Parkinson’s or diabetes are only minor inconveniences? Where HIV can be not only treated but prevented? Where a child has access to proper nutrition and doesn’t have to die every 30 seconds from malaria?

At the Hebrew University’s Faculty of Medicine, Israel’s most brilliant medical and scientific minds are working together to unlock the mysteries of the genes and proteins that control fundamental processes in living cells. They are creating treatments and drug therapies to ameliorate and prevent disease, training the next generation of compassionate medical specialists, and sharing knowledge with students from around the world.

Medical research at the Hebrew University enjoys many distinct advantages, including an internationally recognized team of experts in a wide array of disciplines, access to unique human populations and climates, and access to one of the largest academic hospitals between London and Tokyo. The faculty is responsible for over 30 percent of Israeli biomedical research published in prestigious journals. Interaction between scientific research and its clinical aspects is a faculty hallmark, and indeed has led to the development of approved drugs against Alzheimer’s disease (Exelon) and cancer (Doxil). Several other drugs, such as inhibitors of head trauma, epilepsy and cancer, are in advanced stages of development.

Biomedical research is organized under the umbrella of the Faculty’s Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada (IMRIC), while research specifically in drug development takes place under the auspices of the School of Pharmacy’s Institute for Drug Research (IDR). The renowned Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School trains Israel’s future physicians, with a new specialized track in Military Medicine training much-needed and highly qualified soldier-physicians for the IDF Medical Corps who will ultimately take up positions in the Israeli medical system both civilian and military. Over 800 Israeli students and 750 international students have studied at the Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine and many Braun School alumni today hold key positions in their native countries and in international health organizations. The Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Occupational Therapy and the Henrietta Szold Hadassah-Hebrew University School of Nursing complete the Faculty’s offerings in medical teaching and research.

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