Hadassah

Hadassah Researcher Honored with Prestigious Prize for Blood Discovery

Thursday, Jul 3 2014

Principal Investigator Dr. Rinat Abramovitch of the Hadassah Medical Organization’s Goldyne Savad Institute of Gene Therapy, has been awarded a grant from the European Society of Anesthesiology (ESA) for her work regarding the beneficial effect of using fresh blood for transfusions in surgery patients.

The €60,000 grant is awarded each year to only two recipients. Dr. Abramovitch’s study, entitled "Modifications of the Liver Regenerative Process as a Consequence of Bleeding and Transfusion of Red Blood Cells with Different Storage Time: Fresh vs. ‘Aged’," has thus far revealed that patients who lose blood during and after surgery for tumor excision do better with transfused blood that has just been donated, as opposed to blood that has been stored for a long time in the blood bank. “The liver regenerates better with newer blood,” Dr. Abramovitch explains. “No one knew that before.”

Her finding could, for example, affect the treatment of patients who undergo partial hepatectomy. "In these difficult times, when funding for research is hard to get,” comments Dr. Abramovitch, “this grant helps greatly to continue and deepen our study in the next three years. Of course, it is very flattering to get world recognition of the importance of our work by a European organization, in addition to the recognition and support received from the Chief Scientist of the Israeli Health Ministry."

Comments

No comments yet.
First Name
Email
Comment
Enter this word:

Related Stories

alt_text

Thursday, Jan 11 2018

Hadassah’s Heart Institute: Innovation at the Forefront

Prof. Chaim Lotan, head of the Hadassah Medical Organization’s Heart Institute, has made it a personal objective to foster innovation in cardiovascular technology.

READ MORE ›
alt_text

Thursday, Jan 11 2018

Medical Clown Nehama’s Blog, Chapter Five: Out of Love

“I met Masha in the surgery waiting room at Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem,” says Medical Clown Shira, as she proceeds to convey this story: Masha is a three-year-old girl who lives in Russia. Every three months, she comes to Hadassah for an oncological examination under full anesthesia.

READ MORE ›
alt_text

Wednesday, Jan 10 2018

Drug Company Collaborates with Hadassah Liver Specialist in Fighting Liver Disease

Dr. Rifaat Safadi, head of the Hadassah Medical Organization’s Liver Unit, in its Institute of Gastroenterology and Liver Diseases, is collaborating with Can-Fite BioPharma Ltd. to explore further the healing effects of a new drug that has proven in preclinical studies to mitigate inflammatory diseases of the liver, such as NASH (non-alcoholic steatohepatitis).

READ MORE ›
alt_text

Wednesday, Jan 10 2018

Bedridden Teen Walks Again, Thanks to First-in-Israel Complex Spinal Surgery at Hadassah

Yusef Rabaya, age 19, spent most of his life in bed at home in Jenin. Born with cerebral palsy (CP), he could sit only if he was propped up. Standing was excruciating and dangerous--and could cause permanent paralysis.

READ MORE ›

Donation Questions

donorservices@hadassah.org

(800) 928-0685

Membership Questions

membership@hadassah.org

(800) 664-5646

Missions Department

missions@hadassah.org

(800) 237-1517

Contact Us

40 Wall Street

New York, NY 10005

support@hadassah.org

More ›

Show More