What’s Canada’s connection to IMRIC?

Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University (CFHU) is committed to promoting collaborations between Israel’s and Canada’s most brilliant minds. CFHU has succeeded in creating several key partnerships between leading researchers in both countries and redoubling the efforts to eradicate the diseases that affect us all.

  • CFHU is a registered charity and all charitable gifts to IMRIC are tax deductable.
  • All donations are processed over a CFHU secure server.
What is IMRIC?

The Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada, located at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem conducts fundamental and applied research in the field of biomedicine. The research that is performed is on the genes and proteins that control fundamental processes in living cells. IMRIC’s unique feature is the scientific collaborations between brilliant researchers in Canada and Israel. Together the researchers endeavour to unlock the mysteries of disease by uncovering information on their causes, treatment, and prevention. Through these collaborations, IMRIC strives to spread the application and dissemination of knowledge through publication, education, and international cooperation. IMRIC aspires to be one of the most innovative biomedical research organizations in the world. The researchers in Israel and Canada work together in a multidisciplinary approach to broaden the base of knowledge of specific cellular and molecular changes that may be involved in causing disease.

Driven by fundraising initiatives and support from Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University (CFHU), IMRIC’s work is vital in understanding most illnesses that challenge medical science, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases, and infectious diseases.

How is research at IMRIC being conducted?

Research done at IMRIC falls into five departments and eight teaching divisions, in four research centres and 9 research hubs.

The five departments are:

  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    • Interested in the use of biochemical cellular and molecular biological methodologies in attempts to explore mechanisms underlying physiological and pathological processes, as well as the development of therapeutic agents and strategies

  • Developmental Biology & Cancer Research
    • Devoted to understanding how the human body develops from a single cell into a small embryo and then to an adult organism with multiple tissues and cell types
    • Learning about control of genes at a molecular level and how this works to help shape the organism through cell movement and differentiation
    • Deciphering  basis of stem cells and working at ways to re-program body cells so they can be used for tissue repair in many different diseases
    • Research will aid in the treatment and prevention of diseases such as diabetes and neurological disorders
    • Research is the heart of deciphering basic defects in cancer and developing new approaches to the treatment and prevention of it

  • Immunology & Cancer Research
    • Investigates the body's ability to combat cancer and other deadly viruses and how the body recognizes and conquers diseased cells
    • Original AIDS research fostered here with the goal of developing a vaccine for the disease

  • Medical Neurobiology
    • Working on understanding how the brain and nervous system operate and govern our physical and mental tasks or emotional drives
    • Major basic research areas are: cellular and molecular biology of neurons, development of the brain and nervous system, degeneration, plasticity and repair of the brain and nervous system, neural signaling, learning and memory, motor control, genetics, and cognition and behaviour
    • Major clinical research efforts are focused on mechanisms of diseases of the nervous system, studies of brain imaging techniques, and the development of novel therapies

  • Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
    • Research focused on life processes that can be explained in terms of molecular events in individual cells
    • Research interests lie in the following categories:
      • Bacteria
      • Yeast
      • Parasites
      • Cellular mammalian systems
      • Multi-cellular mammalian systems

The teaching divisions are:

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Metabolism and Endocrinology
  • Cell Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Neurobiology
  • Human Genetics

The four research centres are:

  • The Lautenberg Center for General and Tumor Immunology
  • The Kuvin Center for the Study of Infectious and Tropical Diseases 
  • The Hubert H. Humphrey Center for Experimental Medicine and Cancer Research
  • The Rogoff Center for Research in Physiology

The 9 research hubs are:

  1. Brain Disease Research Center - BCRC. Director: Prof. Shlomo Rotshenker.
  2. Cancer Epigenetics. Coordinator: Dr. Asaf Hellman
  3. The Tumor and its Microenvironment. Coordinator: Dr. Ittai Ben Porath.
  4. Mitochondria. Coordinator: Prof. Ophry Pines.
  5. Virus-host Interactions and Viral Pathogenesis. Coordinator: Prof. Albert Taraboulos.
  6. Autism. Coodinator: Prof. Abraham Fainsod.
  7. Developmental Processes, Malformations and Diseases. Coordinator: Prof. Joel Yisraeli.
  8. Cardiovascular Research. Coordinator: Prof. David Gertz.
  9. Metabolic Disease. Coordinator: Prof. Yuval Dor.
What is unique about IMRIC?

IMRIC is unique because of its collaborations with Canadian researchers. Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University (CFHU) has successfully created several key partnerships between leading Canadian and IMRIC researchers, bringing brilliant minds in both countries together and redoubling efforts to eradicate the diseases that affect us all.

Where is the institute located?

IMRIC is located in Israel at the Faculty of Medicine at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Ein Karem campus.