While there are many things we have learned from COVID-19, the importance for collaborative research to overcome global challenges in health is unquestioned.

This is reflected in the merger of AUSiMED and HAMRC.

The boards of AUSiMED and Hadassah Australia Medical Research & Collaborations Foundation (HAMRC) have announced an agreement to merge under the AUSiMED banner.

The merger took effect with the first meeting of the re-constituted AUSiMED Board on 18 August, 2021.

The decision was made to accelerate and expand medical research collaborations between leading Israeli and Australian institutions. The aim is to drive improvements in global health, particularly when the world is dealing with the greatest health challenge in more than a generation. 

The merger will enhance AUSiMED’s capacity to support medical research excellence in both countries by:

  • increasing opportunities for Australian researchers to link with world-leading medical institutions throughout Israel;
  • enabling better use of the specialist resources that both AUSiMED and HAMRC bring to bear;
  • increasing of the number of high-quality and exciting medical research projects and fellowships we are able to support; and
  • providing a destination for philanthropic support where the focus is on collaborative medical research. 

Members of the new AUSiMED board

  • Antony Cohen (Chair)
  • Dr Errol Katz (Deputy Chair)
  • Professor John Eisman AO
  • Ron Finkel AM
  • Ross Kennedy
  • Professor Sharon Lewin AO
  • Alan Liddle
  • Dug Pomeroy OAM 

The respective Medical Science Review and Development Committees have also merged. Dr Karen Teshuva will continue in her role as National Program Director and Rosemary Carrick and Dorit Jaffe will assist AUSiMED in development activities.

In 2022, AUSiMED will be supporting:

  • Three Paediatric Fellowships at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and Alfred Medical Centre in Australia
  • A Youth Mental Health Learning Exchange program between Orygen (Australia) and Enosh (Israel)
  • A collaborative research project between the Hudson Medical Research Institute (Australia) and Rambam Medical Center (Israel) to develop a new treatment for ovarian cancer
  • A collaborative research project between Monash University (Australia) and Hadassah Medical Center (Israel) to advance the discovery of a new treatment for Chronic Kidney Disease
  • The 2nd International Conference on Trauma & Mental Health to be held 18-20 September 2022 in Jerusalem

The AUSiMED Board is committed to creating new opportunities for collaborative medical research and investing in fellowships and international knowledge exchange programs.