International Conferences
Our Efforts to Promote
International Scientific Exchange
In recent years, many medical solutions in the fields of orthopedics
and neurosurgery have been developed around the world that are
helping alleviate some of the more painful and debilitating symptoms of
cerebral palsy. Recent advances have also made it possible to treat a
number of muscle movement and tension problems.
In order to provide the best and most up-to-date treatments and therapy,
Tikvah Layeled organizes and co-sponsors conferences and symposiums
that attract some of the world's distinguished medical and scientific authorities
in pediatric neurological development. These gatherings are the focal point of
interaction between Israeli doctors and research scientists and their international
colleagues and have led to important advances in the treatment of Israel's cerebral
palsy patients, directly improving the level of medical care of C.P. children in
Israel. These meetings have significantly reduced the need for Israeli families to
travel abroad in search of help for their handicapped children.
Conference participants have included Dr. Warwick Peacock, Chief of the
Department of Pediatric Neurosurgery at UCLA Medical School who
developed new surgical techniques in neuromuscular interaction; Dr.
Leila Arens, a South African pediatric neurologist who specializes in pre
and post surgical clinical problems and rehabilitation methods; and
Dr. Paul Jordan of New York, the world's foremost authority on gait
difficulties, who has revolutionized the method of fitting orthopedic
footwear to handicapped children.
1. In September 1987, a revolutionary operation that eases muscle intransigence in cerebral palsy patients was performed in Israel. For this operation, as well as others, Tikvah Layeled brought medical experts from abroad to teach the technique and participate in seminars and medical conferences.
This gathering was jointly hosted by Alyn Hospital and Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem, and Asaf Harofeh Hospital in Tel-Aviv.
2. In June 1990, Tikvah Layeled, in conjunction with distinguished physicians and noted specialists, sponsored its Second International Symposium, the first of the "New Horizon" series. Held at the Ramada Continental Hotel in Tel-Aviv, it brought together world renowned neurologists and neurosurgeons specializing in the treatment of handicapped children. They shared ideas and procedures in diagnosis and treatment of the handicapped related to the brain and nervous system.
3. The Third International Symposium sponsored by Tikvah Layeled took place in July 1992 on the "Developmentally At-Risk Infant", held at the Land of Israel Museum in Tel-Aviv. It focused on medical care and treatment of infants from the moment of birth.
4. In February 1998, Tikvah Layeled sponsored its Fourth International Symposium, the second of its "New Horizon" series, on "New Horizons in Pediatric Neurology and Neurosurgery", at the Hyatt Hotel in Jerusalem. Hundreds of internationally recognized medical experts: neurologists and neurosurgeons participated, including: Prof. Fred Epstein, Beth Israel Hospital, New York; Prof. Harold Hoffman, Sick Children's Hospital,
Toronto; Prof. Paul Rausman, Boston; Prof. Alex Bernstein, NYU, New York; Prof. Shlomo Constantini, Ichilov Hospital; and Prof. Warwick Peacock. The topic was muscle spasticity in CP children. Botulinium, a new method for reducing spasticity was introduced.
5. In March 2009, Tikvah Layeled sponsored its Fifth International Symposium, the third of the "New Horizon" series at the Royal Beach Hotel in Eilat. The topic was "New Horizons in Pediatric Neurology, Neurosurgery and Neurofibromatosis."
6. The Sixth International Symposium was held in May 2009 at the Share Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem in conjunction with other Israeli hospitals. The subject of the meeting was "Advances and Updates in the Treatment of Cerebral Palsy". One of the featured guest lecturers was Professor Berkowitz from Detroit, Michigan.
7. The next forthcoming meeting, "The 18th Mediterranean Meeting of Child Neurology in conjunction with the 5th Fred J. Epstein International Symposium on New Horizons in Pediatric Neurology, Neurosurgery and Neurofibromatosis, is scheduled to be held in March 2012 at the Dead Sea.
By sponsoring these conferences and coordinating medical exchange programs, Tikvah Layeled has become one of Israel's leading resources for the most up to date cerebral palsy treatments and surgical procedures of medical breakthroughs taking place abroad. It has also helped facilitate treatment for Israeli children at the world's leading C.P. therapeutic and surgical centers.
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