Developing a Vaccine for Alzheimer’s

Published on Dec 3, 2015 by the Jewish Home Family YouTube channel – The Jewish Home Family, in partnership with Englewood Hospital and Medical Center and American Friends of Bar-Ilan University hosted international lecturer and neuroscientist, Dr. Eitan Okun, who presented his work to develop a vaccine for Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. Okun’s research team at Bar-Ilan University’s Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences, in Ramat Gan, Israel, focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms that link to impairments in learning and memory during aging. Dr. Okun develops novel interventions toward earlier detection and delay of neurodegenerative disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and ischemic brain stroke.

Research in these areas is conducted by using state-of-the-art techniques and an interdisciplinary approach. Techniques include the use of imaging tools, including a brand new fluorescence microscope equipped with hardware and software for stereological analysis of brain structures and fluorescent markers in 3D. Complementing these techniques is a behavioral wing equipped with tools for unbiased analysis of complex cognitive behaviors in animals, and a virtual reality technology for assessing cognitive capacity in humans.

The event was the culmination of a year of centennial events celebrating the Jewish Home Family’s 100 years of service to the community. The Jewish Home Family is the organizational parent of the Jewish Home at Rockleigh – Russ Berrie Home for Jewish Living, the Jewish Home Assisted Living – Kaplen Family Senior Residence, the Jewish Home at Home and the Jewish Home Foundation of North Jersey. The mission of the Jewish Home Family and its constituent organizations is to provide the very best care, service and guidance for the benefit of our elderly and their families, at home and at our facilities, now and into the future, regardless of race, religion or financial ability, consistent with our Jewish traditions and values.

Englewood Hospital and Medical Center (EHMC) is one of New Jersey’s and the nation’s leading providers of comprehensive, high-quality, humanistic care. Founded in 1890, the fully accredited 531-bed nonprofit community teaching hospital has consistently ranked among top hospitals for clinical excellence and patient safety, including recognition in 2014 as one of only 94 U.S. hospitals and the only Bergen County hospital to earn The Leapfrog Group’s “Top Hospital” designation. EHMC is among the 6 percent of Magnet-designated U.S. hospitals, a nursing excellence distinction that has been earned three times by its nursing staff. In 2014 and 2015, EHMC was named among the top 5 percent in the nation for patient safety by Healthgrades. Englewood Hospital and Medical Center is nationally recognized for its cardiac surgery and cardiac care, breast imaging and cancer care, spine surgery, orthopedic sur­gery, and maternity care, and is an internationally recog­nized leader in patient blood management and bloodless surgery. EHMC is a Joint Commission-designated Primary Stroke Center and holds disease-specific Joint Commission certification in hip replacement, knee replacement, and spi­nal fusion. EHMC’s physician network, MD Partners, comprises more than 20 practices throughout northern New Jersey, includ­ing in Bergen, Hudson, and Essex counties, and Rockland County in New York. A teaching hospital, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center offers training programs in numerous specialties. The medical center is an affiliate of the Hacken­sack University Health Network.

American Friends of Bar-Ilan University supports Israel’s fastest growing university, with 33,000 students in its academic community. The University seeks to produce students who excel in the sciences, humanities, law, engineering, Jewish studies and the arts. From its leadership in scientific research to 1,800 courses offered by the world’s largest Jewish studies faculty, BIU fuses cutting-edge technology and Jewish heritage into a culture of excellence.

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