The BDS movement has not prevented Prof. Eitan Kerem, director of the pediatric branch at Hadassah University Medical Centers, from being elected to an honorary fellowships of Britain’s Royal College of Paediatrics and Child health, in recognition of his expertise as a leading researcher of cystic fibrosis (CF).
CF is a hereditary disorder affecting the exocrine glands that triggers the production of abnormally thick mucus, leading to the blockage of the pancreatic ducts, intestines and bronchi and often resulting in respiratory infection. Many victims eventually require lung transplants.
Kerem received the honor this week in Liverpool at an impressive ceremony in which he was praised for his “pathfinding research in the field and his endless struggle for the rights of children wherever they are.”
The Jerusalem pediatrician was also cited for his globally recognized humanitarian contributions and advancing peace by bridging the gap between Israeli and Palestinian children in his CF clinic.
He was the first to prove that one can bypass genetic defects in patients with CF, and induce the functioning of defective proteins from birth. He was also a partner in the process of setting standards to create a seal of approval for the treatment of CF in Europe and around the world.