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The Out of Body Experience

By:

Molly Livingstone

Molly Livingstone

Molly Livingstone never did well at science, but that hasn’t stopped her from appreciating it. Here at the Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada (IMRIC) she is able to witness first-hand, the innovative breakthroughs changing the face of medicine, on a daily basis. Living in Israel, Molly has the opportunity of visiting the IMRIC labs, talking with the students and faculty about their latest research, and getting to know the people behind these great minds.

The virtual Out of Bode Experience, Prof.Olaf Blanke Lab

You’ve probably uttered the saying, 'out of body experience', at least once in your life…maybe already once this year, but what if you actually did have an ‘out of body experience’? Our own Prof. Amir Amedi had the opportunity to make that saying more of a reality during a recent conference.

After giving the keynote speech on merging of the senses in sighted and blind, Prof. Amedi became part of the experiment in Researcher Prof. Olaf Blanke’s Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience. There he took part in a virtual ‘out of body experience (OBE).’ Blanke’s research focuses on the merging of the sense in relation to the body; the virtual OBE that his lab has created shows how the brain can be tricked and how sensing one's own body can have a powerful influence on sense of self and physical location.

Check out Prof. Amedi’s photos he shares with us, as well as the video explanation. We look forward to following Prof. Amedi to all his conferences and seeing what exciting research goodies he takes part in along the way.  

The TED Talk

Videos with Impact: Watch, Share and Inform

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Molly Livingstone

Molly Livingstone

Molly Livingstone never did well at science, but that hasn’t stopped her from appreciating it. Here at the Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada (IMRIC) she is able to witness first-hand, the innovative breakthroughs changing the face of medicine, on a daily basis. Living in Israel, Molly has the opportunity of visiting the IMRIC labs, talking with the students and faculty about their latest research, and getting to know the people behind these great minds.

The personal side of cancer captured in video clips

This past week I have noticed so many incredible videos online about cancer. The stories that we once only heard about in secret from our closest friends and family are now being put in the spotlight of social media. And while these stories are often painful and have sad endings, it is important that we continue to share them.

The personal side of cancer also sheds light on the vital basic research side, not as colorful but just as important. The researchers are working hard to investigate and come up with better medicine and hopefully down the line, a cure. For us, the people outside of the lab, we have to do our part and stay informed and updated. Videos like these help us to share, educate and promote new studies and breakthrough science.



Take a moment to watch these short clips and share this post with your friends and family, inside the lab and outside too.

Grab a Tissue and Roar for Science

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Molly Livingstone

Molly Livingstone

Molly Livingstone never did well at science, but that hasn’t stopped her from appreciating it. Here at the Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada (IMRIC) she is able to witness first-hand, the innovative breakthroughs changing the face of medicine, on a daily basis. Living in Israel, Molly has the opportunity of visiting the IMRIC labs, talking with the students and faculty about their latest research, and getting to know the people behind these great minds.

Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock performs Katy Perry's Roar

Last month I wrote about a viral video created in an Israeli hospital to inform people to wash their hands. I thought the video was a great way to promote hygiene and really showed the hospitals commitment to patients and people just like me.

Once again, I have stumbled upon another viral video, but this one really pulls at the heartstrings. If you haven’t seen this posted on your friend’s Facebook page already, then please let me be the first to share this with you. It is a sweet cover of the popular Katy Perry song, “Roar.” What makes it so sweet? The cover includes both children and staff at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Children’s Hospital.

It’s hard to watch it all the way through and not tear-up worse than those silly romantic-comedies you swear you will never see again. The children, of all ages, are adorable and you can see the staff’s love for their patients. For me, it is a reminder of the profound purpose of innovative research. Once again, it is the students and teachers at IMRIC, working away in their labs, that will eventually contribute breakthrough science and cures, for children just like those in this video.

A few months ago I sat with 25-year-old PhD Student Muhannad Abu-Remalieh discussing his research on cancer cell metabolism. He talked about his passion for the science, as all the students I meet with always do. He also talked about the unique experience of applying his research to actual patients since IMRIC has the privilege to work with Hadassah Hospital on-campus.

Not only is this vital to the research, but for students like Muhannad, they are able to realize time and time again how important their research is for people here and all over the world. Researchers understand the end result of their studies, and it is more than notes in a notebook or what is on the other side of the microscope; but, the clarity of knowing their work is truly changing lives.

Grab a tissue and watch the video and then check out IMRIC’s research that will hopefully give these children another thing to sing about, outside hospital walls.

Understanding Stem Cells

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Molly Livingstone

Molly Livingstone

Molly Livingstone never did well at science, but that hasn’t stopped her from appreciating it. Here at the Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada (IMRIC) she is able to witness first-hand, the innovative breakthroughs changing the face of medicine, on a daily basis. Living in Israel, Molly has the opportunity of visiting the IMRIC labs, talking with the students and faculty about their latest research, and getting to know the people behind these great minds.

What is a stem cell

I stumbled upon this incredible new educational project informing people about stem cells. Often readers like you and me can’t wrap our heads around scientific research because of the complicated investigations and language that scientists speak in.

With the help of the Stem Cell Network Public Outreach Award, these researchers decided to break down the science in a series of animated videos to answer basic questions, in about one-minute.

Below check out some of these Stem Cell Shorts, with special guest narration by Canadian stem cell researcher, Dr. Jim Till of the University of Toronto, Dr. Janet Rossant and Dr. Mick Bhatia.  And make sure to spread the knowledge by sharing this blog post with your friends. 

What is a stem cell? Narrated by Dr. Jim Till from Stem Cell Network on Vimeo.

To check out more click here

Back to the basics: Washing our Hands

By:

Molly Livingstone

Molly Livingstone

Molly Livingstone never did well at science, but that hasn’t stopped her from appreciating it. Here at the Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada (IMRIC) she is able to witness first-hand, the innovative breakthroughs changing the face of medicine, on a daily basis. Living in Israel, Molly has the opportunity of visiting the IMRIC labs, talking with the students and faculty about their latest research, and getting to know the people behind these great minds.

hand washing

While the IMRIC researchers are working on the latest breakthroughs in medical research, there’s always the simple known facts of how to stay healthy that the rest of us know about. One of these main issues is simply washing your hands.

Good hygiene is often taken for granted today, what with all the cleaning products, sanitizers and good smelling soaps; but there are still many people who forget the basics along the way. Here in Israel there has been a new push for washing your hands since the recent outbreak of polio in the sewage system. Since the disease is lurking in the water, most Israelis have now vaccinated their children with the live virus, which means you must be extra careful because it could spread if precautionary measures are not taken seriously.

A simple way to contract any disease is not taking care of your hygiene.  We learned as young children to wash our hands with soap and water, but somehow along the way, people have forgotten about it. Research has reported that up to one million deaths could be prevented annually by washing our hands. 

So to help remind us of the simple yet extremely effective technique, the doctors and nurses at a hospital in Jerusalem decided to take measures into their own hands, cleaned with soap and water, of course. They produced a music video to encourage the public to take action, and what do you know it went viral. I wanted to share it with you and even though it is in Hebrew you can understand the message loud and clear with just he visual production. Stay clean and stay healthy.