The Faculty of Medicine at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is an internationally acclaimed research institution, which provides an environment that fosters pioneering efforts and scientific inquiry. In particular, the Faculty offers the perfect setting for preclinical and clinical researchers to interact, thus facilitating innovative approaches to bio-medical research and health care. Indeed, the diverse and extensive range of research in the Faculty reflects intensive collaborations at both the clinical and the basic scientific levels. Interdisciplinary research focuses on critical areas such as cancer, diabetes, microbiology, infectious diseases, medical neurobiology, immunology, developmental biology, drug design and delivery systems, and bioinformatics.
The Faculty comprises some 600 clinical and preclinical academics and researchers, embodying a wealth of knowledge, expertise and commitment. Faculty members collaborate with colleagues from major medical institutions around the globe, and are highly successful in attaining competitive research grants. Their work is frequently published in high-ranking international journals and is widely cited. Notably, 12 Faculty members have been awarded the Israel Prize, two are recipients of the prestigious Wolf Prize and 23 received prestigious ERC research grants.
The Research in the Faculty is organized in two research institutes: The Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada (IMRIC) that encompasses all research disciplines in the School of Medicine and the Institute for Drug Research (IDR) based in the School of Pharmacy.
The Interdepartmental Equipment Units in the Faculty provides machines and instruments, training and service in all cutting-edge modern technologies, such as cell imaging, genome deep sequencing, chemical analyses (NMR, MS, etc.) and more. The Computer Authority of the Hebrew University created a modern network that supports high-power computational requirements of researchers as well as efficient computer communication modalities. Collectively, all these efforts provide an excellent ambience for extraordinary research projects run by researchers. This is clearly evident from prestigious national and international awards and research grants and funds endowed upon them. Notably, 12 Faculty members have been awarded the Israel Prize, two are recipients of the prestigious Wolf Prize and 23 received prestigious ERC research grants.
Major research fields in IMRIC include:
- Infectious diseases and parasitic diseases
- Cancer research- prevention, diagnosis and treatment
- Brain research and neurodegenerative diseases (e.g., epilepsy, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, spinal cord injury, autism)
- Metabolic diseases and Nutrition (e.g., Diabetes, Obesity)
- Developmental biology
- Stem cells research
- Human genetics
- Inflammatory and autoimmune disease
Major research fields in IDR include:
- Pharmaceutical chemistry: Design and synthesis of novel drugs
- Pharmacology: molecular mechanism of action of drugs
- Pharmacy: pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and methods of delivery of drugs)
- Nano-technological innovations in drug delivery systems.
Equally important, more excellent research in the Faculty of Medicine is conducted by researchers in the School for Public Health, School of Occupational Therapy and School of Nursing, as detailed in their respective websites.