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Why is Rambam investing in
           a Health Discovery Tower?
           R.B. - Medicine today is increasingly driven by tech-
           nology. At the same time, we understand that
           treating the human condition is a multidisci-
           plinary undertaking which involves all aspects of
           the medical and allied health sciences. The Health                $20M
           Discovery Tower will bring together under one roof
           health and medical researchers, clinicians and                     CAMPAIGN
           biomedical entrepreneurs to promote learning
           and advance medical therapies, diagnostic tools   The University of Haifa has embarked upon its $20 million fundraising
           and patient care. It will house innovation labo-  campaign for construction of the Health Discovery Tower. This center
           ratories alongside facilities for basic research   for innovation and translational research – the first such venture in
           related to clinical, public health and health ser-  Israel – is a unique collaboration between two leading research
           vices. The Tower will pool the talented resources   universities and a premier medical center. For more information about
           from Haifa’s renowned institutes – the Universi-  how to support this historic opportunity please contact the Office of
           ty of Haifa, Rambam and the Technion-Israel   the Vice President for External Relations and Resource Development.
           Institute of Technology, and serve as a unique         Construction is slated to begin in January 2018.
           model worldwide for knowledge translation, ex-
           change, and transfer. Its location on the Rambam
           Health Care Campus – adjacent to outpatient
           clinics, a faculty of medicine, children’s hospital,  “”
           oncology center, heart hospital and advanced
           clinical resources – will further expedite innova-
           tion in the life sciences industry.      By merging
                                                    health research
           What makes the University of Haifa       with patient-        critical gaps in socioeconomic health disparities
           an attractive partner for this venture?  centered             (see pages 6-7 for full article).  In recent years,
           R.B. - The University of Haifa is the largest research   medical   joint teams from Rambam and the University have
           university in the northern region, with a strong              hosted dozens of delegations from the US, Canada,
           foothold in health-related fields. It is widely rec-  services under   China, India, Africa and South America, who come
           ognized as a leader in public health, cancer re-  one roof we   to learn from the hospital’s successful patient care
           search, neurosciences, bioinformatics and epi-  will create an   delivery system and Israel’s advanced health eco-
           genetics research. As Israel’s largest academic   environment   nomic model.
           research hospital in the northern region, Rambam   primed for
           already boasts a long-standing synergy with the               How will the average healthcare consumer
           University’s Cheryl Spencer Department of   excellence in the   benefit from medical advances born here?
           Nursing and School of Public Health. The Health   development   R.B. - Collaborative research at the Health Discovery
           Discovery Tower will further strengthen these ties   of therapies   Tower will accelerate patient-oriented research
           and fortify our mission of delivering exceptional   and diagnostic   and innovative interventions for specific diseas-
           patient care, medical education and cutting-edge   tools that will   es and unmet clinical needs. Israel is already an
           research.                                                     international leader in medical breakthroughs in
                                                    change the face      central disciplines such as cardiovascular medi-
           What will be some of the initial areas of collaboration?  of healthcare   cine, orthopedics, ophthalmology, and inpatient
           R.B. - Rambam and the University of Haifa are   in hospitals,   centered digital health, and has earned a reputa-
           already working closely on a number of collabo-  doctors’ offices,   tion for its budding life sciences industry. The
           rative projects.  A team of physicians, researchers   and homes   shared R&D environment will undoubtedly lead
           and clinicians are using fMRI brain imaging to                to improved services and technologies and dra-
           advance our understanding of chronic pain and   worldwide.    matic advances in personalized medicine. In ad-
           improve motor recovery of stroke patients. In   - Prof. Rafael Beyar  dition to scientific gains and health benefits, I
           addition, Rambam’s Department of Otolaryngol-                 believe this joint venture will also have a broad
           ogy and Head and Neck surgery is partnering with              educational, economic and social impact for the
           the University’s School of Public Health to stream-           region and future generations.
           line patient-centered health delivery and close

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