Sheba and Jefferson University Establish State-of-the-Art Neuroscience Center

Sheba, Israel’s largest medical center was ranked 13th best hospital in the world this year

The Sheba Medical Center in Israel announced this week a major collaborative agreement with Thomas Jefferson University in the United States to advance neuroscience research and clinical care. A joint state-of-the-art neuroscience center will be built on the Sheba campus in Israel, and is expected to open in late 2024.

A memorandum of understanding signed between the two institutions outlines their collaboration in four key areas: academia, innovation, research and clinical care. Sheba and Thomas Jefferson will combine their respective expertise and knowledge in neuroscience to develop the new treatments of tomorrow.

“When research becomes universal, there are always advantages. Sheba and Jefferson are in the process of setting up a program that pools their respective specialties, to better care for patients with neurological diseases. Combining different cultures, different diagnoses and different treatment approaches is a real strength and can only be beneficial to patients,” he told i24NEWS Michal Schnaider Beeri, director of the Joseph Sagol Neuroscience Center in Sheba.

Michal assures that the fusion of knowledge between the two establishments is the key to success for quality medicine.

“We have developed a technology at Sheba that allows the blood-brain barrier to be opened very minutely in order to deliver treatments directly into the brain. We have very great capabilities in understanding the mechanisms of the blood-brain barrier. In addition, Jefferson has important knowledge concerning the synapses which ensure the interaction between two neurons allowing the passage of a signal”, she affirmed.

The Sheba and Jefferson teams meet regularly to compare their studies and put them to use. In addition, they are currently working on a new joint scientific research program which will compete on the international market.

The neuroscience center, located on the Sheba campus, will focus on a range of brain diseases, including epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, movement disorders, stem cell research and behavioral disorders. In addition to making the most advanced technologies and treatments available to Israeli patients, it will also serve as an academic research center and become the permanent office of Thomas Jefferson University in Israel.

Sheba, Israel’s largest medical center was ranked this year as the 13th best hospital in the world by Newsweek.

Caroline Haïat is a journalist for the French site of i24NEWS

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