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Technion, Brazil’s Albert Einstein Hospital team up on research, student swaps

Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, founded by Brazil’s Jewish community 66 years ago, specializes in cardiology, oncology, orthopedics, surgery, and neurology

Shoshanna Solomon is The Times of Israel's Startups and Business reporter

Left to right Technion President Prof. Uri Sivan signs the agreement to collaborate with Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein in Sao Paulo, Brazil; and Resource Development Prof. Alon Wolf; May 6, 2021 (Sharon Tzur, Technion Spokesperson’s Office)
Left to right Technion President Prof. Uri Sivan signs the agreement to collaborate with Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein in Sao Paulo, Brazil; and Resource Development Prof. Alon Wolf; May 6, 2021 (Sharon Tzur, Technion Spokesperson’s Office)

The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology has signed a memorandum of understanding with Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein in Sao Paulo for a three-year collaboration between its faculty of medicine and the Brazilian hospital, one of Latin America’s largest.

As part of the accord, the Technion’s Rappaport Faculty of Medicine and the Sao Paolo hospital will enable student exchanges, clinical trials, and collaboration on research projects.

Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein specializes in cardiology, oncology, orthopedics, surgery, and neurology. The hospital, which was founded by the Jewish community of Brazil 66 years ago, was named as the best hospital in Brazil in 2020 by Newsweek.

As part of the collaboration, students studying at the Technion’s medical school will go to the hospital each year for clinical rounds, which most students typically do in hospitals in Israel; similarly, students studying at the hospital in Brazil will be able to do their clinical rotation in the Technion medical school’s affiliated hospitals, and in some cases, graduate students will be allowed to spend an extended period at the Technion and its affiliated hospitals, a statement said.

“The essence of our collaboration agreement is bettering the lives of people by promoting and disseminating knowledge,” said Technion president Prof. Uri Sivan at the signing ceremony by video conference on May 6.

“Our hospital symbolizes the value of saving lives, which is so important in Jewish tradition,” said the president of the Albert Einstein Hospital, Dr. Sidney Klajner. “Albert Einstein was founded on four Jewish precepts: mitzva, refua, chinuch and tzedakah (good deeds, healing, education, charity).” The collaboration will “help improve human life in Brazil and Israel,” he added.

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