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Vlog #1: Prof. Abraham Fainsod on latest Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder research

Blog: Faculty
Prof. Abraham Fainsod

I am back at IMRIC after my sabbatical in Winnipeg, Canada. It was an incredible year of research and plenty of cold weather outside of the lab. Check out my vlog in which I discuss my research, breakthrough and the progress of the Canada-Israel International Fetal Alcohol Consortium. I look forward to sharing more with you throughout the year. 

January: Cervical Cancer Awareness Month...Get Informed!

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.  While the researchers at IMRIC are working on breakthrough medicine and cures, it is our job to be informed and do our best to stay healthy.

Cervical cancer is a cancer that starts in the cervix, the lower part of the uterus, and is the third most common type of cancer in women.  Women can routinely check for cervical cancer through a Pap smear. It is recommended to start screening for cervical cancer by the age of 21, with a test done every two years. It is important to keep these routines because cervical cancer generally develops slowly.  If detected early by a Pap smear in the precancerous condition known as dysplasia, it is 100% treatable.

Almost all cervical cancers are caused by HPV (human papilloma virus). HPV is a common virus that is spread through sexual intercourse. It is important to note that cervical cancer has no real symptoms so without testing it is hard to know if you in fact have the cancer. However, cervical cancer can spread to the bladder, intestines, lungs, and liver. Patients with cervical cancer do not usually have problems until the cancer is advanced and has spread.

In June 2006 a vaccine to prevent cervical cancer called Gardasil was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The vaccine prevents infection against the two types of HPV responsible for most cervical cancer cases.

Whether you are a mother or a boyfriend, it is important to make sure that the women around you are aware of this cancer and take preventive measures. We will let the scientist focus on the complicated research stuff and do our part to simply spread the word that this month is about getting informed and taking action.

Check out more information, stories and fascinating articles about cervical cancer and share our blog to spread awareness and support.

Canadian cervical cancer awareness and support group now available online

Cervical Cancer Awareness Month: 7 Celebrities Touched By The Disease

New cervical cancer screening guideline says start Pap tests later, screen less often

Intervention proves successful in protecting Appalachian women from cervical cancer

My story: I fought cervical cancer before I was 30 

Vlog #2: IMRIC Grad Student Ella: It's Your Turn to Test-run the Equipment, get ready to see through sound!

Blog: Student
IMRIC Grad Student Ella Striem-Amit


I'm back with my second vlog and very excited to show you how to learn to see through sound using the vOICE, the sensory substitution software created by Dr. Meijer. In our IMRIC lab, under the guidance of Prof. Amir Amedi, we focus on teaching blind subjects to see through sound. In this vlog I actually explain and ask you to join me in experimenting with the sounds. You will have a the real experience of how our blind subjects learn how to take sound and use it to see. I am excited to share my work and research with you and look forward to more vlogs to come. 

For more on our research check out Prof. Amedi's Ted Talk

Check out Ella's first vlog here

Hebrew University: A Universally-Minded Institution in the Jewish Homeland

Blog: Guest
Hebrew University


When I began my position with Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University at the end of the summer, there was a major misconception held by some of my friends when I told them the name of the organization, specifically the ones who are unaware of the institution:

Hebrew University?  Oh, neat, so is that something to do with Jewish studies? Zionism? Are you working at an Israeli advocacy group, Noah?”

And to be fair, to those who aren’t as familiar with Israel, hearing the words Hebrew University certainly denotes a more Jewish nature before anything else. After all, Oxford is not called English University and University of Delhi does not feature Hindi in its title. Hebrew University is a flagship for Jewish studies and language studies, but has evolved to become a beacon for medical research, agricultural innovations and technological advancements, among other things.

To read the whole post click here.

Prof. Amir Amedi's TEDx Talk: "Seeing with the Ears. Hands and Bionic Eyes"

Prof. Amir Amedi TEDx Jerusalem

Check out Prof. Amir Amedi's fascinating lecture at the first-ever TEDx Talk Jerusalem. His talk discusses the incredible research and breakthrough developments in creating sight through sound.