Support of Medical Research: Investment in Cancer Research Center

Bar-Ilan University (BIU) School of Medicine in the Galilee is committed to serving Israeli society, by training hundreds of new physicians and providing residents in Northern Israel with medical care at the level of quality to which they are entitled.

The IAJF supported the Cancer Research Center (CRC) at the Medical School, led by Professor Izhak Haviv, whose research is focused on Personalized Medicine and Diagnostic Genomics - a pioneering method for treating cancer patients that involves studying each patient individually and prescribing a personalized course of treatment. Prof. Haviv and his team study samples of tumors taken from patients currently hospitalized throughout Israel, who have not responded to treatment, and whose doctors have run out of conventional options. In the past year, the CRC studied more than 300 living samples and, in about two-thirds of the cases, the results were applied and used successfully on the patients, extending life expectancy and quality of life among the patients.

The CRC has been able to join the international effort to bring to the individual level the match of the cancer genome with its own clinical phenotype for each patient, enhancing not only the local research, but also clinical cancer care worldwide.

IAJF Sponsors A Resilience Training Program for Prevention of
IDF Combat-Related Post Traumatic Disorder Syndrome (PTSD Program)

It is estimated that 6-8 percent of IDF infantry soldiers develop sever PTSD symptoms during their first deployment cycle. is high prevalence of debilitating symptoms, including extreme hyperarousal and edginess, flashbacks, intrusive re-experiencing of the trauma, acute avoidance of potential trauma remainders and depression even during relatively calm periods, calls for science-informed prevention and resilience promoting programs to be implemented before combat deployment.

Over the past five years, Tel Aviv University's School of Psychological Sciences (TAU) and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (MT. SINAI) have closely collaborated to characterize the cognitive mechanism putting soldiers at-risk for combat-related PTSD. TAU and MT. SINAI developed a computerized protocol designed to normalize deviant thought processes in soldier populations, and now, in collaboration with the IDF's Department of Mental Health, they are ready to test the efficacy of this computerized resilience training program in a large sample of IDF infantry soldiers.

The developed protocol entails 4-8 brief sessions of computerized training to be delivered in barracks as part of the IDF's basic training course curriculum. This computerized resilience training is expected to afford normalization of deviant thought process arising before deployment and thereby increasing mental resilience in combat and reducing the incidents of PTSD. TAU and MT. SINAI intend to test the efficacy of the training program in a double-blind randomized controlled trial of 600 IDF infantry soldiers starting in November 2012. These soldiers will be followed-up into deployment 6 months after the program in order to evaluate its outcomes.

With IAJF's valuable partnership, the program will launch the first year initial phase, recruiting and training the first 300 IDF infantry soldiers. Only because of the invaluable assistance of the IAJF, this very important project can be launched. The impact of this project could reach beyond the IDF to US troops deploying around the globe.

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Contributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.
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