A collaboration agreement in the fields of healthcare, medical education,
clinical research and hospital management was signed on Tuesday between the
Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) and the Jules Bordet Institute in Brussels –
Belgium’s only hospital dealing exclusively with cancer.
with Hadassah has already begun in breast cancer and pediatric oncology. Other
fields are to follow soon.
Present at the Jerusalem ceremony was Didier
Reynders, Belgium’s foreign minister and deputy prime
Representing HMO was its deputy director for research, Prof.
“In signing business agreements, there’s always the
feeling that one side is getting more than the other,” said Naparstek. “In
contrast, when you sign an agreement to share information, you both enjoy the
growing reservoir of knowledge.”
Reynders called it a “very emotional
“There isn’t a more meaningful way to cooperate than treating
breast cancer and cancer in children,” he said.
“Hadassah is also a
bridge for peace. Working together, these two great hospitals are finding ways
to add to the betterment of humanity.”
Speaking for the Jules Bordet
Institute, Prof. Maurice Sosnowski – who is both head of its anesthesiology
department and president of Hadassah International, Belgium – said: “Joint
science and research is proof that the stupidity of hatred contributes nothing
to humankind, but cooperation and life-saving medicine will save the
The ceremony took place in the Abbell Synagogue, home of the
Chagall windows, at Hadassah University Medical Center in Ein Kerem.
delegation toured the hospital’s hemo-oncology ward and laboratories for gene
An agreement on research cooperation in giving medications to
children was also signed Tuesday by the Hebrew University’s School of Pharmacy
and Drexel University and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. It took place in
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat’s office at City Hall and was attended by Michael
Nutter, mayor of Philadelphia.