Our Impact

Since inception AUSiMED has facilitated, funded and supported:

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Medical research collaborations between Israel and Australia

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Medical research collaborations between Israel and Australia

8

Fellowships providing unique training for Australian and Israeli doctors

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Fellowships providing unique training for Australian and Israeli doctors

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Short stay trips for leading Australian clinicians and medical researchers

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Short stay trips for leading Australian clinicians and medical researchers

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National health initiatives
that improve health care in Israel

2

National health initiatives
that improve health care in Israel

MEDICAL RESEARCH
DEVELOPING NEW TREATEMENTS

Finding a treatment for Vascular Dementia (VaD) (2018-19)

Supported by: AUSiMED donors
The researchers: Prof Ashley Bush (Aust) and Prof Bernard Lerer + Dr Amit Lotan (Israel)
The medical problem: VaD is the second most common form of dementia. There are no specific treatments for VaD.
The research: A pre-clinical study to assess a new approach to prevent the cerebral cell death that leads to VaD.

Developing a blood test for detecting recurrence of brain tumours (2018)

Supported by: The Finkel Foundation and other donors
The researchers:
Prof Andrew Kaye (Australia) Prof Tali Siegal (Israel)
The medical problem: Glioma is a highly malignant tumour, treated by surgical excision, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, but still has an extremely poor prognosis. The research is developing a blood test that can predict recurrence of brain cancer (glioma) after surgical excision. If validated, the blood test will allow patients to be tested much more cheaply and easily. This way any recurrence of a tumour will be detected and treated much earlier.

Developing a new stem cell therapy for immune disorders (2017-2019)

Supported by: The Munzer family
The researchers: Professor Reuven Or and Dr. Osnat Almogi-Hazan, (Israel)
The medical problem: In autoimmune diseases and transplantation, increased activity of the immune system can cause tissue damage.
The research: to develop new therapies for treating immune disorders.

Bowel Cancer Research Project (2016-17)

Professor Tony Burgess from Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (Australia) and Professor Alexander Levitski from Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel) advanced the development of a new immunotherapy for resistant forms of bowel cancer - the third most common cancer in the world.

Clinical trials are now underway which may result in bowel cancer treatments for patients who have not responded to existing drugs.

The project was supported by The Finkel Foundation, other donors and a Victorian Government matching grant.

Triple Negative Breast Cancer Research Project (2016-17)

Professors Shani Paluch-Shimon and Bella Kaufman and Dr Maya Dadiani (Israel) investigated the cancer stem cells of post-treatment tumours from Triple Negative Breast Cancer patients and compared the treatment response of BRCA-carriers and non-carriers. The results have important prognostic implications for TNBC patients.

The project was supported by AUSiMED donors.

CLINICAL AND RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS
KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER

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Clinical and Research Fellowships

Supported by the Lowy Foundation, the GBM Group and other donors, AUSiMED has facilitated and funded 8 Fellowships in Australia for future leaders in Israeli medicine. The AUSiMED’s Fellows contributions to medical discoveries and advancing health care in Israel are above and beyond expectations. They include:

  • amazing medical breakthroughs;
  • new diagnostic tools;
  • translation of newly acquired skills to Israeli settings;
  • establishment of Israeli-Australian collaborative research projects;
  • major improvements in health care delivery in Israel; and
  • numerous scientific papers in high-level academic journals.

ISRAEL SHORT STAYS
PROGRAM

Short Stay Program

Supported by the Lowy Foundation, the GBM Group and other donors, AUSiMED has facilitated and funded 8 Fellowships in Australia for future leaders in Israeli medicine. The AUSiMED’s Fellows contributions to medical discoveries and advancing health care in Israel are above and beyond expectations. They include:

  • amazing medical breakthroughs;
  • new diagnostic tools;
  • translation of newly acquired skills to Israeli settings;
  • establishment of Israeli-Australian collaborative research projects;
  • major improvements in health care delivery in Israel; and
  • numerous scientific papers in high-level academic journals.

NATIONAL HEALTH INITATIVES
SUPPORTING COMMUNITY IN ISRAEL

The Goshen Project

The Goshen Project is transforming paediatric healthcare in Israel — particularly in disadvantaged communities. AUSiMED began supporting The Goshen Project in 2015 thanks to the generosity of Sam and Minnie Smorgon and their family. During 2015-18, AUSiMED funded two training Fellowships in Community Paediatrics in Australia and contributed to the translation and adaptation of materials from Australian to Israeli needs and context. Over the next 3 years (2018-2020), thanks to the renewal of funding from the GBM Group, AUSiMED is supporting the expansion of Goshen’s programs in disadvantaged communities amongst the Bedouin in the Negev as well as communities in northern Israel. These programs will substantially increase Goshen’s national presence and its ability to improve health outcomes in early childhood for children and families.

The Dream Doctors Project

Supported by: Moose Toys
Enabling 1000s of children in Israel undergoing traumatic medical procedures to meet with a medical clown during their hospitalization to help reduce pain and anxiety. The project is also involved in humanitarian missions, scientific research studies, training and medical clowns and providing them emotional support.

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