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Developmental Processes, Malformations and Diseases
Research Hub for Developmental Processes, Malformations, and Disease (Developmental Node)
 
The Developmental Processes, Malformations, and Disease Research Hub brings together a multidisciplinary group of researchers who have a common interest in understanding mechanisms involved in developmental biology and how these mechanisms impact on both basic and clinical science.  It has become increasingly clear in recent years that a fundamental understanding of the processes that underlie basic embryonic development, including cell fate determination, differentiation, and survival, polarity and compartmentalization, cell-cell interactions, signaling, cell migration, and organogenesis, is of absolute importance in identifying, characterizing, and treating many malformations and diseases.  Accordingly, our hub includes basic scientists, clinicians, and physicians working in these fields, who are interested in understanding how these areas are interrelated.
 
Our lively weekly seminar series provides a forum in which graduate students, post docs, and more senior scientists, from both within and outside the Faculty, present their research.  For many of us, this seminar series has been the inspiration for countless experiments, ideas, collaborations, grant proposals, and courses that have evolved from the interactions fostered by these weekly meetings. 
 
Additionally, we have also invited internationally recognized scientists in the fields of developmental biology, malformations, and related diseases to spend an intensive short visit at IMRIC.  Generally, these scientists give a lecture to the faculty at large, meet with individual faculty members working on related topics, and participate in a special workshop with our graduate students.  The students receive in advance several papers, specially selected by the speakers, that are designed to facilitate an in-depth analysis of topics stemming from the speaker’s area of expertise.  Over lunch, 7 – 10 selected students meet together with the speaker and discuss these issues.  In addition, each student also presents a little description of his or her work, which is discussed by the speaker and the other students present.  It is hard to overestimate the tremendous benefits that stem from these opportunities to interact with scientists of this caliber in such a direct and intimate way: new ideas, problem solving, insights into how science is done, potential collaborations, and invaluable contacts, to name just a few.
 
Members of the hub:
Prof. Joel Yisraeli1 (coordinator), Prof. Chaya Kalchaim.1, Prof. Avihu Klar1, Dr. Adi Inbal1, Dr. Oded Behar1, Prof. Zeev Paroush1, Dr. Offer Gerlitz1, Prof. Abraham Fainsod1, Prof. Ilana Ariel2, Dr. Galina Skarzinski2, Prof. Dan Deutsch3, Prof. Orly Alpeled4, Dr. Ayala Frumkin4, Prof. Gideon Bach4, Dr. Debra Wohl2, Prof. Simcha Yagel2, Dr. Ronit Haimov-Kochman2, Dr. Yuval Cinnamon4, Dr. Tally Burstein-Cohen3
1IMRIC, Hebrew University Medical School; 2Hadassah Hospital, Mount Scopus; 3 Faculty of Dental Medicine, Hebrew University; 4 Hadassah Hospital, Ein Kerem 
 
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