Cardio and Cancer: Medical Advances From Israel
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Representing AABGU in Session 3: Israel Then and Now at the 31st Annual Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El Torathon
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Amir Ganiel, M.D., is a cardiothoracic surgeon and a graduate of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, who is now affiliated with Soroka University Medical Center in the Negev. Born in Jerusalem, Amir is a former Israeli swimming champion and record holder who participated in the World Championships in Berlin, Germany, and is cited as one of the greatest Israeli swimmers, with 11 records to his credit. His son, Imri, represented Israel in the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Glenn F. Rall, Ph.D., has expertise in cancer research, immunology, and virology. He serves as chief academic officer and director of the joint Fox Chase Cancer Center (FCCC) and Temple University postdoctoral program. FCCC and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have a formal affiliation. Under this umbrella, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have twice awarded highly competitive grants to Dr. Rall and his collaborator at BGU, Dr. Jacob Gopas, for their work on viruses, in particular measles. Understanding how these viruses work will lead to the development of new treatments and drugs to combat different types of cancer.