Protecting Health with the Environment (and NASA) in Mind


(Blanket of smog hovers over Tel Aviv and Jaffa)

How many courses do doctors-in-training take in areas of the environment and public health? Either very few or none at all, we are told. Knowing about the dangers of the environment can help physicians diagnose diseases, and push for a general clean-up of our cities’ water and air.

So hopes Tel Aviv University. Today the university launches a new effort to link public health and the environment using applied technology. Called Health and Environment Linked for Information Exchange-Israel (HELIX-Israel), the initiative includes interactive discussions among the potential partners from the public health, environment, and technology sectors.

Lecturers will have presented technology applications, the importance of communication with the public, and even using NASA satellite information to help protect public health.

Ultimately, writes the Porter School who sent the release, HELIX-Israel will produce innovative tools for monitoring the interaction of health and environment with the potential to result in early warning systems to protect public health in Israel.

Speakers today included reps from the Ministries of Health and Environmental Protection, IBM, NASA, Clalit Health Services, Maccabi Healthcare Services, and others.

Dr. Itamar Grotto, Director of Public Health Services, Ministry of Health, Dr. Yishayahu Bar-Or, Chief Scientist, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Dr. Mira Marcus-Kalish, Nano2Life Joint Research Coordinator, Tel Aviv University, will chair the three sessions of the workshop.

For more information on the meet and future plans, contact Dr. Amanda Niskar, director HELIX-Israel from the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, School of Public Health, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at Tel Aviv University. Her email is [email protected]

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