In the presence of Belgium Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Didier Reynders, the Jules Bordet institute of Brussels and Hadassah Medical Organization today ratified an agreement of collaboration in healthcare, medical education, clinical research and hospital management.
Jules Bordet Institute is Belgium's only hospital dealing exclusively with cancer. Joint research with Hadassah has already begun in breast cancer and pediatric oncology, with other fields to follow soon.
Representing Hadassah Medical Organization, HMO Deputy Director responsible for research Yaakov Naparstek said, "In signing business agreements, there's always the feeling that one side is getting more than the other. In contrast, when you sign an agreement to share information, you both enjoy the growing reservoir of knowledge."
"This is a very emotional experience for me," said Foreign Minister Reynders. "There isn't a more meaningful way to cooperate than treating breast cancer and cancer in children. Hadassah is also a bridge for peace. Working together, these two great hospitals are finding ways to add to the betterment of humanity."
Speaking for the Jules Bordet Institute, Professor Maurice Sosnowski, Head of the Department of Anesthesiology and President of Hadassah International Belgium said,
"Joint science and research is proof that the stupidity of hatred contributes nothing to humankind, but cooperation and life-saving medicine will save the world."
The ceremony took place in the Abbell Synagogue, home of the Chagall Windows. The delegation toured the hemo-oncology ward and laboratories for gene therapy.
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