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Hadassah Hospital and Hebrew University to Establish Unique Autism Center

Thursday, Aug 20 2015

By working and learning from existing centers worldwide the Autism Center aims to grow and serve as a model by expanding on current examples of interdisciplinary research and service.

The Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO), in partnership with the Hebrew University, has established the first interdisciplinary university-based autism center in the Middle East.

“One in 80 children in Israel suffers from Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD),” relates Prof. Eitan Kerem, head of Pediatrics at Hadassah. “The health services are fragmented and focus mainly on palliative care. This innovative center will focus on accruing and disseminating knowledge for research, professional development, clinical care, and community engagement in the field of autism. This will be the only center in Israel that will provide a comprehensive and holistic approach to children and adults suffering from autism.”

Currently, Prof. Kerem explains, “research is done by various scientists who are interested in the field; however, they are from disparate disciplines that focus on different aspects of autism. The Center will bring all the multidisciplinary research together from within the Hebrew University and integrate it with the clinical expertise and experience of Hadassah’s medical professionals.”

Integrating this cutting-edge research, clinical experience, state-of the-art training, and education for both professionals and parents will, in turn, lead to better clinical practice, public programming, and policies in support of those who deal with ASD. It will be a reservoir of help for families and caregivers.

An interdisciplinary center which bridges several faculties within the Hebrew University and Hadassah Medical Center, it will be anchored in the Hadassah-Hebrew University’s Faculty of Medicine. “Our goal in establishing the Autism Center,” explains Prof. David Lichtstein, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Hebrew University, ”is to lead Israel and the Middle East in research, training, clinical services, and community engagement for the benefit of individuals with ASD and their families. By bringing together the relevant disciplines at Hebrew University, including medicine, social work, and education, and combining them with the clinical excellence of Hadassah hospitals, the Autism Center will be positioned to achieve important breakthroughs in the research, diagnosis, and treatment of autism.”

According to the Hebrew University, while some universities in the Middle East have extensive autism research programs and others have specific associations with clinical services, none approximates this comprehensive, collaborative model. The Autism Center aims to learn from and work with existing centers worldwide, and to grow to serve as a model by expanding on current models of interdisciplinary research and service.

 

 

Comments

From: Lorin on February 16, 2016
From: Lorenzo on February 16, 2016
Very interesting. So much interesting that the physician (that he too have an autistic child) of our group would like to have a talk with you to see if we can have the same in italy and beyond with your support. Also in benefit of Israel and sure more benefit for us by your capabilities. How can we reach you? By videoconf? My best Lorenzo
From: esther on August 26, 2015
Finally, there will be extensive multidisciplinary care for those with autism and their families. Care has been so fragmented up to this point.
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