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MUSC, Israeli Institutions Partner on Stem Cell Research

MUSC President Ray Greenberg and Rambam CEO / Director General Rafi Beyar sign a memorandum of understanding on behalf of MUSC, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, and the affiliated Rambam Medical Center.

Scientists and researchers from across the globe convened last month in Charleston at the Medical University of South Carolina’s new bioengineering building to mark the first international symposium on cardiovascular regeneration. In addition, MUSC
President Dr. Ray Greenberg and Dr. Rafael Beyar, CEO and Director General of Rambam Health Care Campus, signed a memorandum of understanding for further collaboration among the medical university and the Technion and the Rambam Health Care Campus, located in Haifa. Charleston Mayor Joe Riley also proclaimed November 17 and 18 “MUSC-Technion-Rambam Collaboration Days” in the City of Charleston, urging all residents to join in recognizing the potential
this joint research effort brings to the area.

The symposium launched a broader, long-term research partnership between scientists in Israel and Charleston in the pursuit of scientific breakthroughs in stem cell research.  Some of the innovations the universities will collaborate on include:

  • Create new skin, muscle and organs to replace failing ones
  • Restore a regular heartbeat, without a mechanical pacemaker
  • Replace tissues damaged during a heart attack
  • Repair a weakened artery, thereby preventing a ruptured aneurysm

According to officials from the participating organizations, the collaboration offers American and Israeli scientists the possibility for bilateral NIH (National Institutes of Health) funding and accelerates development of patentable, therapeutic techniques that can be taken to market. Under the terms of the partnership, two-way information sharing will take place through visiting professorships,
working sabbaticals, joint grant applications, shared educational programs, joint research projects and annual symposia where findings can be shared and further explored.

“This is another wonderful example of the positive developments coming from the South Carolina-Israel Collaboration,” said Tom Glaser, President of the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce, SE Region that has organized the unique initiative of South Carolina’s three major research universities and the private sector through the support of Charleston-based The InterTech Group.

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