Institute For Medical Research, Israel-Canada

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Institute for Medical Research, Israel-Canada, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
המכון למחקר רפואי ישראל-קנדה, האוניברסיטה העברית בירושלים
ChairpersonProf. Rami I. Aqeilan

Institute for Medical Research, Israel-Canada (IMRIC) is a research institute affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


The Institute for Medical Research was founded in 2008. It conducts fundamental and applied research in the field of biomedicine and has five departments: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Developmental Biology and Cancer Research; Lautenberg Center for Immunology and Cancer Research; Medical Neurobiology; and Microbiology and Molecular Genetics.

IMRIC also offers a bachelor's degree course in Biomedical Sciences (B.Sc.Med),[1] teaches the basic sciences for the undergraduate, pre-clinical programs of the Hebrew University's Faculty of Medicine and is the largest educational institute in Israel for graduate studies in Biomedical Sciences having about 600 master and doctoral students. The doctoral programs offer a wide range of multidisciplinary research areas in basic medical science and related fields and collaborative programs with clinicians from the Hadassah Medical Center.

The first and founding IMRIC chair was Professor Eitan Yefenof, who oversaw the establishment of the institute and shaped its vision and scope. The second chair was David Lichtstein, from 2008-2012. Since 2020, the chair of the institute has been Professor Rami Aqeilan who took over from Professor Haya Lorberboum-Galski, the chair from 2012-2020.

IMRIC is supported in part by the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University (CFHU)[2] through the establishment of scholarships and research funding. In addition, the CFHU aids in creating key collaborative medical research partnerships between Canada and Israel, such as the Alex U. Soyka Pancreatic Cancer Research Project,[3][4][5] the Grafstein Network for Cancer Research[6] the Canada-Israel International Fetal Alcohol Consortium[7][8] and the Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Cancer Genomic and Immunotherapy Program.

Hebrew University researchers

IMRIC is also the largest educational institute in Israel for graduate studies in Medical Sciences. In 2016, it had 600 master (MSc) and doctorate (PhD) students.[9]


  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (24 research groups)
  • Developmental Biology and Cancer Research (23 research groups)
  • Lautenberg Center for Immunology and Cancer Research (14 research groups,) The center was established in 1968 as the first department of Immunology at the Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School and named after the US senator, Frank Lautenberg.
  • Medical Neurobiology (30 research groups)
  • Microbiology and Molecular Genetics (33 research groups)

Teaching divisions[edit]

The Institute provides a bachelor's degree in Biomedical Sciences.[10] In addition its faculty teaches the basic sciences for the undergraduate, pre-clinical programs of the Faculty of Medicine.[11] These include programs for Medicine, Military Medicine, Dentistry, Biomedical Sciences, and Nursing. In 2016, more than 2800 students were enrolled in these programs.[12]

Research hubs and centers[edit]

Research Hubs gather together scientists and clinicians focusing on a specific subject or disease, integrating various scientific and medical disciplines. Each hub consists of researchers from IMRIC, Hadassah Medical Center, The School of Pharmacy, The School of Public Health, Shaare Zedek Medical Center and more. The following research hubs are currently active:

  1. Epigenetics and Common Human Diseases[13]
  2. The Tumor and its Microenvironment[14]
  3. Mitochondria[15]
  4. Developmental Processes, Malformations and Diseases[16]
  5. Cardiovascular Research[17]
  6. The Herbert and Dorothy Nadolny Cardio-Metabolic Diseases Research Hub[18]
  7. Microbe Brain Storming - MIBS[19]
  8. Muscle Degeneration Diseases[20]
  9. Virus-host Interactions and Viral Pathogenesis.

There are six research centers affiliated with IMRIC: The Lautenberg Center for General and Tumor Immunology; The Kuvin Center for the Study of Infectious and Tropical Diseases;[21] The Brain Disease Research Center - BDRC;[22] The Autism Center;[23] The Hubert H. Humphrey Center for Experimental Medicine and Cancer Research;[24] and The Rogoff Center for Research in Physiology.

Awards and recognition[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]

  • Hagai Bergman [he] Professor, Department of Medical Neurobiology
  • Howard Cedar, Emeritus Professor, Department of Developmental Biology & Cancer Research
  • Aharon Razin, Emeritus Professor, Department of Developmental Biology & Cancer Research
  • Eli Keshet, Professor, Department of Developmental Biology & Cancer Research
  • Yinon Ben Neriah, Professor, Department of Immunology & Cancer Research
  • Hanah Margalit, Professor, Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
  • Ofer Mandelboim, Professor, Department of Immunology & Cancer Research

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Teaching Division of Biomedical Sciences". 2015-04-20. Retrieved 2016-06-17.
  2. ^ "The Canadian Centres at Hebrew University | CFHU". Retrieved 2016-05-03.
  3. ^ "Uncovering the molecular events driving pancreatic cancer". Retrieved 2016-06-17.
  4. ^ "Canadian and Israeli researchers meet to discuss underlying mechanisms that drive pancreatic cancer". 2015-06-18. Retrieved 2016-06-17.
  5. ^ "New Canada-Israel research partnership to identify molecular drivers of metastatic pancreatic cancer | Ontario Institute for Cancer Research". Archived from the original on 2016-06-29. Retrieved 2016-04-06.
  6. ^ "The Hon. Jerry and Carole Grafstein Network for Cancer Research at IMIRC". 2016-04-16. Retrieved 2016-06-17.
  7. ^ "Province of Manitoba | News Releases | Manitoba Partners with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of Manitoba to Support FASD Research".
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Doctoral studies". 2015-01-13. Retrieved 2016-06-17.
  10. ^ "IMRIC's academic programs".
  11. ^ "Welcome to the Faculty of Medicine". Retrieved 2016-06-17.
  12. ^ "Teaching Divisions". 2016-05-18. Retrieved 2016-06-17.
  13. ^ "Cancer epigenetics". Retrieved 2016-05-03.
  14. ^ "Cancer Research Hub". Retrieved 2016-05-03.
  15. ^ "Mitochondria". Retrieved 2016-05-03.
  16. ^ "Developmental Processes, Malformations and Diseases". Retrieved 2016-05-03.
  17. ^ "Cardiovascular research". Retrieved 2016-05-03.
  18. ^ "Metabolic disease". Retrieved 2016-05-03.
  19. ^ "The "Microbe Brain Storming Hub" (MIBS)". Retrieved 2016-05-03.
  20. ^ "Research hub for muscle degeneration diseases". Retrieved 2016-05-03.
  21. ^ "The Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Faculty Research Interests". Retrieved 2016-05-03.
  22. ^ "Brain Diseases Research Center". Retrieved 2016-05-03.
  23. ^ "Autism". Retrieved 2016-05-03.
  24. ^ "The Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Faculty Research Interests". Retrieved 2016-05-03.
  25. ^ "Teva Founders Prize and Research Grants| Teva pharmaceutical Social Responsibility - Teva Founders Prize and Research Grants". Retrieved 2016-09-20.
  26. ^ "Rothschild Prize".
  27. ^ "The Rappaport Prize for Excellence in the Field of Biomedical Research - Rappaport Prize". Retrieved 2016-09-20.
  28. ^ "Boyalife, Science & Science Translational Medicine Award in Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine". Science | AAAS. Retrieved 2016-09-20.
  29. ^ "BoyaLife". Retrieved 2016-09-20.
  30. ^ Buganim, Yosef (2016-06-17). "Back to basics". Science. 352 (6292): 1401. Bibcode:2016Sci...352.1401B. doi:10.1126/science.aag1215. ISSN 0036-8075. PMID 27313030.

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