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International Partnership Fosters Research, Education Opportunities

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is poised to expand its opportunities for research into the treatment of traumatic injuries as part of an agreement signed in Israel with the Hebrew University School of Medicine.

Jay A. Perman, MD, president of UMB, accompanied Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley to the university in Jerusalem as part of a weeklong business and research development visit to the Middle East. Perman signed the memorandum of understanding on April 23 along with the president of Hebrew University, Menahem Ben-Sasson, PhD and Eran Leitersdorf, MD, dean of the faculty of medicine.

The agreement establishes a framework for researchers at both institutions to cooperate in identifying and pursuing joint exploration and teaching opportunities. It builds on previous fruitful collaborations among Israeli physicians and the emergency preparedness experts at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Perman said, "The memorandum says that we are committed to talking with each other about areas in which we have common interest and common strengths. And with the signing of the memorandum I will come back to my institution and begin discussions with the deans and say, Here is what I learned at the Hebrew University, and here are the opportunities for us, in order to have further, more detailed discussions. In the end, this agreement will provide education and research opportunities for faculty and students across the university."

Perman added he was struck by the number of research collaborations that already exist among faculty members at UMB and those at Hebrew University and Hadassah Medical Center, saying, "I met many faculty members and Israeli Defense Force leaders who received part of their education and training at our University."

One particular area of interest is Hebrew University's new National Institute for Research in Military Medicine, which it is launching as a joint project with the Israel Defense Forces Medical Corps. Officials of Hebrew University made a point of emphasizing the institute, which will focus research and training in health matters affecting members of the armed forces.

Perman added that he was impressed by the research and training opportunities in emergency preparedness and planning for mass casualty situations. He said, "Every one of us must appreciate the importance of such work given the events in our country over the last few weeks. UMB has enormous contributions to make. Our Center for Health and Homeland Security, and the capabilities of our world-famous Shock Trauma Center pair together very well with the research, education, and service missions of Hebrew University and Hadassah."

Leitersdorf emphasized the importance of mutual research, saying, "We will do research in military medicine. We will do research in trauma. And we will do research in other related topics of mutual interest to you in Maryland and to us in Israel. Welcome to our faculty."

The UMB delegation will meet with officials from two other Israeli universities, Tel Aviv University and The University of Haifa, later this week to approve additional cooperative agreements.

Posting Date: 04/25/2013