(L-R) Prof. Ran Kornowski, Amos Ben Yosef, transplant recipient, and Dr. Schmuel Fuhs
Gene transfer to the heart is no longer a script for science fiction. Prof. Ran Kornowski, Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Institute and Catheterzation Laboratories at Rabin Medical Center, conceived of the idea of gene transplantation seven years ago. After completing preliminary work, he and Dr. Shmuel Fuchs, a senior cardiologist, teamed up with researchers in the USA to develop this innovative technique in collaboration with GenVec and Biosense- Webster, a Johnson & Johnson company. Prof. Kornowski used a novel gene therapy approach to treat Amos Ben Yosef, a 68-year-old man, of the case of angina pectoris because Amos could no longer undergo any other surgical or catheterbased interventions. Two years of trials are now underway with the hope that the newly created blood cells will enhance blood flow to the heart and improve its function.
Surgical robotics is an advanced technology and phenomenal in its achievements, that combines tiny instruments with a sophisticated camera attached to the surgeon’s wrist to provide 3D images in real time.
Building on their established international partnership, GE Healthcare and Rabin Medical Center are developing innovative products and working on creative medical solutions to facilitate the early diagnosis of medical problems in pregnant women and their fetuses.