Agreement with Institute of Medical Research Israel Canada will advance spinal cord injury research
TORONTO, Dec. 1 /CNW/ - As part of the 25th anniversary of his Man In Motion World Tour, Rick Hansen is in Israel on Dec. 2 to announce a partnership with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem that will further advances in spinal cord injury research.
This is the first of four international trips that Hansen will make to mark the anniversary of his wheelchair tour (40,000 km, 34 countries), and recognize international achievements in finding a cure for spinal cord injuries and creating accessible communities.
After stopping in Jordan, Hansen will visit the Institute for Medical Research Israel Canada (IMRIC) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to sign a memorandum of understanding. This agreement between the Vancouver-based Rick Hansen Institute (RHI) and IMRIC broadens the Rick Hansen Spinal Cord Injury Registry, an international registry to collect and analyze valuable data on spinal cord injuries and clinical treatments.
"This agreement will lead to innovative approaches that improve outcomes for people with spinal cord injuries," says Rami Kleinmann, National Director, Canadian Friends of Hebrew University (CFHU). "IMRIC is bringing together the best minds in science, across disciplines and across countries, to create new approaches to meet the great medical challenges of the day. Working with the Rick Hansen Institute is a prime example of how IMRIC is building bridges to enhance knowledge."
CFHU is raising $50 million to harness the incredible talent of researchers at the IMRIC (www.imric.org) and their Canadian partners. Earlier this year the Rick Hansen Foundation, the University of British Columbia, and the CFHU partnered to honour one of Vancouver's notable doctors, Dr. Phil Switzer and raise funds for spinal cord research. In the spring of 2011 CFHU will be partnering once again to raise funds for spinal cord injury research in Calgary.
Part of the 25th anniversary of Man In Motion includes the launch of an awards program for "difference makers". In Israel, Hansen will present two Rick Hansen Difference Maker Awards, to Dr. Aharon Lev Tov, Chairman, Medical Neurobiology, IMRIC, Hebrew University, and to Yuval Wagner, Chairman and Founder of Access Israel.
About the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University:
Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University (CFHU) is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the awareness, leadership, and financial support of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. CFHU also facilitates medical research collaborations through the Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada (IMRIC). IMRIC, at the Hebrew University brings together the world's greatest scientists from across disciplines and across countries to create innovative approaches to meet the challenges of medicine in the 21st century. Founded in 1944, CFHU has chapters in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver, and has been an integral force in Hebrew University's rise to international prominence. For information, see www.cfhu.org.
About the Hebrew University of Jerusalem:
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem opened in 1925, 23 years before the State of Israel was established. The first Board of Governors included Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Martin Buber and Chaim Weizmann. Today, Hebrew University is Israel's premier academic institution, ensuring that its 24,000-plus students, scientists, researchers and scholars of today become Israel's leading contributors tomorrow. Its mission is three fold: 1) serve Israel by training its scientific, educational and professional leadership; 2) serve the Jewish people by preserving and expanding their cultural, spiritual and intellectual heritage; and 3) serve humanity by extending the frontiers of knowledge through research and by developing technologies.
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