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Before the Breakthrough, There's the Basic


Most of us know when we are getting sick. First you feel more tired than usual. Your body aches, and you start asking people to see if you have a fever. Then there are the sniffles, a cough and possibly a sore throat, and suddenly you're calling in to work to let them know you are taking a sick day.

It's commonsense for us to be able to detect and figure out that we are catching a cold. It's the basics of health in this day and age.  We don't have to be a scientist or doctor to know that using a whole tissue box in three hours is not the normal, healthy you.

In fact if you think back to your school days, when you really didn't want to get out of bed and learn long division, you'll remember how you knew how to fake a cold. Did you grab at your stomach? Tell your mom you could barely move? Or make an academy award winning performance of sneezes and coughs?

The common cold is a basic. And that's my point.

In today's medical research world, everyone is always talking about a cure for cancer or HIV and AIDS, stem cell research or the latest advancement. All of it is exciting, but it is important to remember that before the breakthrough there has to be the basic.

Passionate Curiosity: The Virtual Cane

IMRIC's Dr. Amir Amedi of and Shai Agassi of Project Better Place share science

Albert Einstein, one of the most influential scientists of our time and a founder of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem once said, "I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious." I believe it is that passionate curiosity that takes science to a whole new level. Researchers — who dream about their investigations and jump out of bed to get to their labs — are not just stumbling on medical breakthroughs; they are the force behind them.

Case in point: Dr. Amir Amedi and his team at the Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada (IMRIC) at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Dr. Amedi and his bright young team of scientists have created a virtual cane that will vastly enhance the mobility of sight-impaired people, giving them the opportunity to have a higher quality of life. The new gadget can assist blind people in estimating the distance and height of various obstacles they deal with on a daily basis.

License to Kill -- AIDS

NKCell and Influenza

IMRIC research shows Natural Killer (NK) Cells can be harnessed to create an AIDS vaccine.  

IMRIC Partners Top Researchers with Canadian Institutions to Develop New Treatments for Spinal Cord Injuries.

Prof. Aharon Lev Tov and members of his IMRIC research team
It had been 25 years since "Man-in-Motion" Rick Hansen crossed the Allenby Bridge from Jordan into Israel on his round-the-world wheelchair tour.    This past December, he crossed that bridge again -- this time to visit IMRIC.  

Virtual Cane for the Visually Impaired Presented at International Presidential Conference

IMRIC Researcher Dr. Amir Amedi
The device, developed by IMRIC researcher Dr. Amir Amedi and his team was presented for the first time at the Israeli Presidential Conference, which is held in collaboration with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.