PARC Webinar Series - 2023

Monday December 4, 2023: Trauma Focused Interventions during Wars: Role of Advanced technologies

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Moderated by Dr. Neta Yitzhak and Prof. Tamar Weiss

Greetings and Overview

Dr. Neta Yitzhak, Dept. of Psychology and Helmsley PARC PI, The Helmsley Pediatric & Adolescent Rehabilitation Research Center, ALYN Hospital, Jerusalem, Israel
Prof. Tamar Weiss, Executive Research Advisor, The Helmsley Pediatric & Adolescent Rehabilitation Research Center, ALYN Hospital, Jerusalem, Israel

Special Session: Trauma focused interventions for Israeli civilians and soldiers: Role of virtual reality & the Metaverse
Prof. Albert A. "Skip" Rizzo, PhD, Director, Medical Virtual Reality - Institute for Creative Technologies; Research Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry and School of Gerontology, University of Southern California, LA, USA

General discussion
Moderated by Dr. Neta Yitzhak & Prof. Tamar Weiss


Monday September 11, 2023: Rehabilitation and Supportive Care  – Partners throughout the Journey

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Moderated by Naomi Shoshani

Supportive rehabilitation: From theory to practice Ronit Wajntraub, Dept. of Nursing, ALYN Hospital, Jerusalem, Israel

Summary of five year’s clinical experience in pediatric supportive care Dr. Iris Fried, MD, Head, Pediatric palliative care service, Shaare Zedek, Jerusalem, Israel

Policies to integrate a supportive frame of mind into the rehabilitation program Dr. Maurit Beeri, Director of  ALYN Hospital, Jerusalem, Israel


Monday July 10, 2023: Role of assistive technology for children with cerebral palsy

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Moderated by Dr. Naomi Gefen

Cerebral Palsy- Looking back moving forward Dr. Sarah Capelovitch, Pediatric PT. Senior Bobath Instructor for CP and allied neurological conditions; Past president of EBTA -European Bobath Tutors Assoc., Rehovot, Israel

Role of assistive technology in early intervention for children with cerebral palsy Dr. Ginny Paleg, PT, DScPT, MPT, Montgomery County Infants and Toddlers Program, Silver Spring, Maryland, USA

An historical perspective on evaluation tools for assistive technology Prof. Jeffrey W. Jutai, PhD, Faculty of Health Sciences, Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario Canada


Monday June 5, 2023: Revolutionizing Healthcare with Artificial Intelligence: Opportunities and Challenges

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Moderated by Mr. Arie Melamed-Yekel

ChatGPT and the future of medicine: Will AI replace clinicians? Dr. Tomas Karpati, MD, Head of Healthcare Analytics Lab (HEAL), Digital Medical Technologies Department, Holon Institute of Technology

Current and future applications of AI in rehabilitation Prof. Dahlia Kairy, Program in Physical Therapy, University of Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Prof. Tamar Weiss, Executive Research Advisor, ALYN Hospital and Professor emeritus, University of Haifa

Legal and ethical challenges in medical applications of AI Ms. Tamar Tavory, ADV, special counsel, Arnon-Tadmor Levy & Co.


Monday May 8, 2023: Using ultrasound to assess lower limb muscle-tendon unit properties in cerebral palsy: Impact on clinical decision making in pediatric rehabilitation

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Moderated by Dr. Simon-Henri Schless

On the origins of muscle weakness and deformity in children with spastic cerebral palsy Dr. Adam Shortland, Consultant Clinical Scientist of the One Small Step Gait Laboratory, Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital, London, and Senior lecturer in Clinical Biomechanics at King's College London, UK

3D ultrasound imaging for estimating passive and active muscle-tendon properties in cerebral palsy Dr. Francesco Cenni, Postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Can ultrasound improve clinical decision making for individuals with CP? Dr. Simon-Henri Schless, Manager of the ALYN Motion analysis and Biofeedback laboratory, PARC PI, ALYN Hospital; Teaching fellow, Tel Aviv University


Monday March 13, 2023: Upper extremity spasticity in children

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Moderated by Dr. Sharon Eylon

Evidence-based surgical treatment Dr. Shai Luria, Head of Hand and Microvascular Surgery Unit, Hadassah Medical Organization; Chairman, Israeli Society for Surgery of the Hand;
Senior Lecturer, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Evaluation of function Shoshana Steinhart, Dept. of Occupational Therapy, ALYN Hospital

What have I learned? Dr. Maxim D Horwitz, Consultant Hand and Wrist Orthopaedic Surgeon, MBChB FRCS(Orth) DipHandSurg, Consultant Hand and Orthopaedic Surgeon, Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust and Honorary Consultant, St Mary’s NHS Trust

Revising your plans – Dr.  Horwitz’s case study

Revising your plans – Dr.  Luria’s case study

Monday February 6, 2023: Precision Medicine in Pediatric Rehabilitation: Current Status & Future Developments

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Moderated by Prof. Tamar Weiss

Topic Overview Dr. Keren Politi, Head, Pediatric Neurological Services, ALYN Hospital PI, Helmsley Pediatric & Adolescent Rehabilitation Research Center, Jerusalem, Israel

Metabolomics as a clinical tool for diagnosing and managing inborn error of metabolism Dr. Yehoshua (Josh) Manor MD, Sectional Physician, Department of Metabolic Disorders, Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Israel

From personalized medicine for individuals to precision medicine for populations Dr. Shane Wald Altman, Co-founder & CEO and Dr. Noa Bielopolski, Director of Science, QRGenetics, Tel Aviv, Israel


Monday January 9, 2023: Role of cognitive control in emotion regulation, mood, and mental health: Implications for everyday life and for rehabilitation

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Moderated by Dr. Naomi Gefen

The association between ecological cognitive control and emotion dysregulation in ADHD Dr. Mor Nahum PhD. PI, Computerized Neurotherapy Lab, Senior Lecturer, School of Occupational Therapy, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel

Less Inhibited and More Depressed? The Interplay between Mood, Inhibitory Control and Depressive Symptoms Dr. Neta Yitzhak Ph.D, Rehabilitation Psychologist, ALYN Hospital and ALYN PARC PI, Jerusalem, Israel; Postdoctoral Fellow, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Training Interoception for Enhanced Cognitive Control Prof. Jyoti Mishra PhD MBA, Founder and Director, NEATLabs, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of California San Diego; Dept. of Psychiatry, UCSD, San Diego, USA