Every Israeli deserves top quality medical treatment, especially during the hardest times. For cancer patients from Southern Israel, surviving their illness is doubly difficult, as there is today no comprehensive cancer center in the South of the country. Soroka believes that this must change, and so we are working to establish Israel’s finest cancer center, to provide world-class treatment and research for the 1,000,000 residents of Israel’s south, and for all Israelis needing medical care. Please read more about the center in development and goal, and consider becoming a partner in this important initiative.
- To create an extensive, up-to-date, leading research platform based on the proven scientific capabilities of Ben-Gurion University (BGU) researchers and Soroka clinicians
- To enable research during residency in various medical professions and thereby encourage outstanding MD graduates of BGU’s Goldman Medical School to remain in the Negev
- To serve as a magnet for physician-researchers from outside the Negev
- To encourage excellent clinicians, physician-researchers, and leading researchers to remain in the Negev
What Has Already Been Achieved
In 2010, Soroka established its Clinical Research Institute to create an infrastructure for clinicians performing clinical research and to foster collaboration with academia and industry. Since its opening, the Clinical Research Institute has been involved in over 200 research projects with the participation of more than 120 clinicians and BGU staff, resulting thus far in some 80 scientific publications. The Institute works in three main areas:
- Actively supporting clinical and translational research, allowing access to state-of-the-art trial planning and management
- Conducting educational activities specifically tailored to enabling practicing physicians to achieve a level of knowledge adequate for conducting clinical research
- Establishing an infrastructure for the transfer of clinical/scientific findings into day-to-day medical practice
The Clinical Research Institute has been successful in obtaining competitive research grants, further advancing its ability to perform meaningful clinical research. It has developed scientific cooperation with research groups from Harvard University in the fields of intensive care, environmental medicine, and cardiology. These significant achievements, attained in such a short time, demonstrate the tremendous potential of providing the required resources to clinicians eager to participate in research.
Physicians who travel abroad for postdoctoral training consistently state that the inability to perform significant research is a major barrier to their return to Israel in general and to Soroka/BGU in particular. We believe that recruiting leading physicians to Soroka and researchers in biomedical sciences to BGU is of great strategic importance to both institutions and to the health of the region’s population.
Looking Toward the Future
In designing the future joint research center, we have emphasized the creation of an infrastructure that will support the major types of research in which our clinicians and researchers can collaborate at Soroka and BGU in a way not currently possible. The availability of a world-class research center will radically change the decision-making process of potential recruits to Soroka and BGU for combined clinical and research leadership positions and thus has the potential to transform healthcare in the region.
The Advanced Technologies Park (ATP) was recently inaugurated in the immediate vicinity of Soroka and BGU and is currently being populated with leading hi-tech and biotechnology companies from Israel and abroad. This unique project creates additional venues for innovative research involving Soroka and BGU researchers as well as biotechnology and biopharmaceutical companies, from start-up companies that arise from translational research performed at Soroka and BGU to existing companies that will bring additional expertise and capabilities to the area.
The collaboration of a leading tertiary hospital, a major research university, and the newly founded technology park will create a unique opportunity for the Soroka-BGU Joint Research Center. The new center will build on the success of the Clinical Research Institute and leading biomedical research groups at BGU, providing an outstanding platform for translational biomedical research. Research projects with applicative potential will be able to simply cross the street to BGU for additional research and refinement, to Soroka for bedside trials, and finally to the industrial biotech park for development.
We plan to build the Soroka-BGU Joint Research Center on the northeastern side of the Soroka campus, facing BGU’s faculties of Health Sciences and Natural Sciences and within walking distance of the ATP. The new research center will become the central location for translational biomedical research in Israel’s South. In order to achieve these goals, the center will focus on facilities not currently available to clinician-researchers at BGU or elsewhere in the Negev. The Soroka-BGU Joint Research Center will include facilities for three major areas of research:Enter your text here...
- Translational research: Laboratory space and facilities will be made available to clinicians initiating or cooperating on advanced basic research with applicative possibilities. We see great potential in areas such as the brain and neurology, cancer, surgery, and infectious diseases.
- Clinical research, expanding the currently active Clinical Research Institute: We will focus on creating state-of-the-art infrastructure, including the employment of skilled manpower in clinical research programs.
- Population-based studies aimed at promoting the health of the Negev’s population: These efforts will require data management facilities and the ability to store and analyze serums and tissues on a large scale.
In addition, building a Biobank of the region’s population (overseen by the Ethics Committee) will facilitate genomic and other correlations for clinical studies and the provision of personalized medicine tools for the region’s population.
Soroka-BGU Clinical Research Institute Building
Total space: approximately 4000 square meters
Projected cost: US $18 million
- Research laboratories
- Site for clinical and epidemiological research
- Biological samples bank
- Auditorium and seminar rooms
- Ethics Committee office
Soroka - Ben-Gurion University Clinical Research Institute
Soroka Medical Center is one of the largest hospitals in Israel, and the only tertiary hospital that serves the Negev region, in which over one million people live in an area comprising Soroka Medical Center is one of the largest hospitals in Israel, and the only tertiary hospital 60% of the country. The Negev is characterized by an ethnically diverse population with unique health characteristics and lower-than-average socioeconomic status. Soroka is the only hospital in Israel that is operated jointly with the community primary care system as part of the southern region of Clalit Health Services. Clalit operates over 190 community clinics that provide care to approximately 60% of the region’s population. This unique setting offers an opportunity to investigate the effect of incorporating new scientific findings into medical practice.
The Soroka - BGU Clinical Research Institute, to be built on the Soroka campus, will face Ben- Gurion University’s faculties of Health Sciences and Natural Sciences and be within walking distance of the Advanced Technology Park. The Research Institute will become the central location for translational biomedical research in the southern half of Israel.
The Institute will include facilities for four major research areas:
- Translational research – laboratory space and facilities will be made available to clinicians initiating or cooperating in advanced basic research with applicative potential in areas such as brain and neurology, cancer, surgery, and infectious diseases.
- Clinical research – expanding the existing Clinical Research Center. We will focus on creating state-of-the-art infrastructure and employing skilled personnel for running clinical research programs.
- Population-based studies aimed to promote the health of the Negev’s population – These efforts will require data management facilities and the ability to store and analyze serums and tissues on a large scale.
- Building a Biobank of the region’s population (under the strict supervision of the ethics committee) – This will enable genomic and other correlations for clinical studies and facilitate the development of personalized medicine tools for the population.
Soroka - BGU Clinical Research Institute
Total space: 4,000 square meters (approx. 43,000 square feet)
The Institute will include six state-of-the-art basic science research laboratories. Each laboratory will host a Soroka - BGU research group for a period three years. Donor recognition will be provided via naming of the laboratory, prominently displayed at the facility and on all official publications. Research projects emanating from the laboratory will be presented at national and international conferences and published in the scientific literature, and will also feature the donor’s name.
Naming Opportunity: $100,000 for each laboratory
Clinical Research Center
In 2010, Soroka established its Clinical Research Center to create the infrastructure for clinicians performing clinical research and to foster collaboration with academia and industry. Since its opening, the Clinical Research Center has been involved in more than 200 research projects with the participation of more than 150 clinicians and BGU staff. These research projects have resulted thus far in more than 100 scientific publications.
1) active support of clinical and translational research through access to state-of-the-art trials, planning, and management; 2) educational activities specifically tailored to enabling practicing physicians to achieve a level of knowledge that will allow them to successfully conduct clinical research; and 3) the establishment of the infrastructure necessary for the transfer of the clinical/scientificfindings into day-to-day medical practice.
The Clinical Research Center has been successful in obtaining competitive research grants, further advancing its ability to perform significant clinical research. The significant achievements of the Clinical Research Center demonstrate the potential inherent in providing the required resources to clinicians eager to participate in research.
The new Clinical Research Center facility within the Soroka - BGU Clinical Research Institute will comprise several research units (Environmental Health, Population Research, Computational Medicine, and so on). Donor recognition will be provided via naming of the units of the Clinical Research Center and will be prominently displayed at the facility and on all official publications. Research projects emanating from the Clinical Research Center will be presented at national and international conferences, published in the scientific literature with the name of the donor of the relevant unit of the Center.
Naming Opportunity: $500,000 for each Clinical Research Center unit