: Science and Medicine

Dr. Stuart Apfel

Stuart Apfel is an Associate Professor of Neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and at Downstate Medical Center, and has recently become an adjunct faculty member at Yeshiva University where he teaches an undergraduate course in neuroscience. His scientific research has largely focused on the potential clinical application of neurotrophic factors for the treatment of peripheral neuropathy and other neurodegenerative disorders, and on other aspects of translational medicine. He is a founder of Parallax Clinical Research, a consulting firm that works closely with biotechnology companies and pharmaceutical companies assisting them with advancing potential therapeutics from the laboratory to clinical trials, and ultimately to approval. Dr. Apfel is a popular lecturer at Einstein and Downstate, and has won teaching awards. In addition to his scientific activities, he gives regular shiurim in his community of West Hempstead, and has lectured widely on a variety of Torah related topics, mostly focused on Science and Judaism, Jewish History, and topics in Tanach. Sample Titles The Evolution of the Human Brain Repairing the Nervous System Why do we age, and what can we do about it? Alzheimer’s disease – Can we reduce our risk? From a Single Cell to the Most Complicated Structure in the Known Universe – Embryonic Development of the Brain Our Aging Brain – Can We Keep it Young? Sleep and Dreaming – How and Why Learning and Memory – How it Happens and How to Improve It Understanding Modern Medical Research The Torah Perspective on the Inflationary Universe and Dark Energy Adam and Chava and the Origins of Humanity Talmudic Medicine and other forms of Alternative Medicine Does God Play Dice with the Universe? – Understanding Chance from a Torah Perspective Should a Jew Believe in Evolution? The Mind / Brain / Soul – A Torah, Scientific, and Philosophical Perspective Torah Perspective on the Human Genome Project Orion and the Pleiades from the Perspective of Chazal The God Gene – Are we Genetically Programmed to Believe in God?...

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Dr. Keith-Thomas Ayoob

Keith-Thomas Ayoob is the director of nutrition services at the Rose F. Kennedy Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center and associate professor of pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York City, where he has maintained a clinical practice for over 25 years. Dr. Ayoob is active on the national scene having been an American Dietetic Association national media spokesperson from 1995-2004. Continuing to be sought by the media for commentary on topical health and nutrition research, he has given over 1,000 interviews on television, radio and in the print media. His extensive television appearance list includes NBC’s Today Show, the CBS Morning Show, CNN, ABC’s Good Morning America, ABC World News Tonight, and PBS’s Keeping Kids Healthy. Dr. Ayoob’s sound, consumer-friendly advice is also sought by food, and healthcare, and non-profit organizations. He is on several professional advisory boards, including the Children’s Advertising Review Unit of the National Advertising Review Council, and was recently appointed to New York State’s Children in the Performing Arts Advisory Board. He is frequently an invited presenter at numerous state and national professional conferences. In 2005, he authored the book, “The Uncle Sam Diet,” based on the 2005 US Dietary Guidelines. Dr. Ayoob earned his masters and doctoral degrees in nutrition from Columbia University, and received a bachelor’s degree in nutrition science from the University of California at Davis. Sample Titles Obesity Children’s Nutrition Cardiovascular Nutrition Food Faddism Nutrition Myths and...

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Dr. Nir Barzilai

Dr. Barzilai is the Director of the Institute for Aging Research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. He is The Ingeborg and Ira Leon Rennert Professor of Aging Research, Professor of Medicine and Molecular Genetics and a member of the Diabetes Research Center, the Divisions of Endocrinology and Geriatrics. He is also the Director of the Diabetes Research and Training Center Physiology core. Dr. Barzilai’s interests focus on several basic mechanisms in the biology of aging, including the biological effects of nutrients on extending life and the genetic determinants of life span. Indeed, he has discovered the first longevity gene in humans, and is further characterizing the phenotype and genotype of humans with exceptional longevity through an NIH supported Program Project. He is also leading a Program Project to investigate the metabolic decline with aging and its impact on longevity. He received numerous grants, among them ones from the National Institute of Aging (NIA), American Federation of Aging Research, and the Ellison Medical Foundation. Dr. Barzilai has published over 160 peer-reviewed papers, reviews and chapters in textbooks. He is an advisor to the National Institutes of Health on several projects and initiatives and study sections. He serves on several editorial boards and is a reviewer for numerous other journals. Dr. Barzilai was a recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the Beeson Fellow for Aging Research, the Senior Ellison Foundation award, the Paul Glenn Foundation award and the NIA- Nathan Shock Award for his contributions in elucidating metabolic and genetic mechanisms of aging, and will receive the 2010 Irving S. Wright Award of Distinction in Aging Research Award. In his capacity as the Director of the Institute for Aging research at Einstein he leads or assists in 5 large programmatic (P01) approaches to biology of aging, a training grant (T32) and has additional individual grants (R01). Sample Titles Aging...

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Rabbi Mordechai Becher

Rabbi Mordechai Becher, originally from Australia, an instructor at the James Striar School of Yeshiva University and a senior lecturer for the Gateways Organization. Rabbi Becher received his ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. He taught at Ohr Somayach, Neve Yerushalayim and Darchei Binah in Jerusalem for 15 years, served in the Israel Defence Forces and taught in a number of Rabbinic training programs. His latest book, Gateway to Judaism, published by Shaar Press, is now in its sixth printing. Rabbi Becher has lectured for the UJA, Jewish Federations, the Zionist Organization of America, Hillel and is on the speakers’ bureau of the Israeli Consulate in New York. Rabbi Becher has answered thousands of questions on the Ask-the-Rabbi website, and has taught in Canada, the United States, England, Israel, South Africa, Australia and Russia. Sample Titles “An Eye For An Eye”: What Does it Really Mean? What If We Found Moshe’s Tefillin – Archaeology and Halachah Occupied or Liberated: Whose Land Is It Anyway? Jewish State or State for Jews? The Ideal of a Jewish State in Jewish Thought Cloning in Halachah “Triage” Rationing Resources, and Priorities in Medical Emergencies The Sabbath : Who Invented the Weekend Anyway? Exile of the Body, Exile of the Soul: The Exodus as a Metaphor. Freewill and Conditioning: A Delicate Balance. Jewish Law in a Non-Jewish Society Strings Attached: The Mitzvah of Tzitzit From Cairo to Cambridge: Jewish Treasures of Egypt (Cairo Genizah A/V) A Prophet for Our Time: The Life and Philosophy of Rabbi Samson Raphael...

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Rabbi Dr. J. David Bleich

Rabbi J. David Bleich is an authority on Jewish law and ethics and bioethics. He holds the Herbert and Florence Tenzer Chair in Jewish Law and Ethics, is a professor of Talmud (rosh yeshiva) at Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University and heads RIETS’ postgraduate institute for the study of Talmudic jurisprudence and family law. Rabbi Bleich has also been teaching at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law since 1981, with specialties in Jewish law and bioethics. His recent courses include Introduction to Jewish Law, Advanced Jewish Law and Jewish Law and Contemporary Legal Issues. Rabbi Bleich, spiritual leader of the Yorkville Synagogue in Manhattan, is the author of “Jewish Bioethics, With Perfect Faith: Foundations of Jewish Belief, Contemporary Halakhic Problems” (four volumes), and “Time of Death in Jewish Law and Judaism and Healing.” He has written extensively on the applications of Jewish law to contemporary social issues and on the interface of Jewish law and the American legal system. He is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, a postdoctoral fellow at the Hastings Center, fellow of the Academy of Jewish Philosophy and a member of the Governor’s Commission on Life and the Law. Rabbi Bleich received a BA from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, an MA from Columbia University and a PhD from New York University. He was ordained at Yeshiva Torah VoDaat in New York, and was conferred with Yadin Yadin ordination from Rabbis Moshe Feinstein and Mendel Zaks. Sample Titles: Adoption Agencies Hilchos Ishus Contemporary Bioethical Issues Kefiah BeGet Gitin Hebrew Names P’ru Urv’u Dating of Ketubah and Checks War Heter Iska Kutim Agunot Resources in Halachic Literature Adultery The right to die Withdrawl of Treatment Avaryanim Bizman Hazeh Nimtza Echad Karov O Pasul Transplants Get Me’useh Piscatorial Kashruth Tinok D’Lo Chakim Vlo Tipesh Sechar Sofer Vegetarianism & Shechitah Status of Shoteh Agunah Civil Marraiges Sheimot B’Get Contraception Surrogate Motherhood Tnai Bnisuin Erkaot Tuvei Ha’ir Ki Matza Ba Ervat Davar Inflation...

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Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander

Rabbi Dr. Kenneth (Kenny) Brander is Vice President for University and Community Life at Yeshiva University.  He concurrently serves as the inaugural David Mitzner Dean of Yeshiva University Center for the Jewish Future. The CJF shapes, enriches and inspires the contemporary Jewish community by convening the resources of Yeshiva. It does so by infusing the student body with the spirit of leadership and a sense of klal Yisrael. CJF serves to build, cultivate and support communities, rabbinic and lay leaders, and individuals. Furthermore, CJF is creating a global movement that promotes the values of Yeshiva. Rabbi Brander is rabbi emeritus of the Boca Raton Synagogue, founding dean of the Boca Raton Community Kollel and founder of the Weinbaum Yeshiva High School of Broward and Palm Beach counties. During his 14 years of service to that community, he oversaw its explosive growth from 60 families to some 600 families. Rabbi Brander is a 1984 alumnus of Yeshiva College and received his ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary in 1986. At RIETS, he had the distinction of serving as personal aide to the esteemed Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik. He also received special ordination from Machon Puah, a center of medical ethics in Israel, and from former Chief Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu in the field of medical ethics. He received his PhD in general philosophy from Florida Atlantic University. Sample Titles Playing God: Can I Choose my Child? PGD and Genetic Screening – A Torah Perspective My Egg, My Husband, Her Womb, Whose Child? The Ethics of Reproductive Medicine Through the Prism of Jewish Law The Ethics of Reproductive Medicine in Jewish Law: A Torah Perspective End of Life Issues Through the Prism of Halakhah Fertility Procedures The Gift of Life: Donating Organs; A Jewish Perspective Our Health and Well-being: Compassionate and Halakhic Treatment of the Terminally Ill Patient Stem Cell Research – The Definition of Life as seen in Parshat Mishpatim Ethics of War “Is Zionism Diametrically Opposed to Judaism?” Contemporary...

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Dr. Edward Burns

Dr. Edward Burns is executive dean of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. In this capacity, he has responsibility for the support of clinical and basic science research, the College’s doctoral and post-doctoral programs, the clinical and scientific relationships with the College’s hospital affiliates, the development of scientific discoveries into biomedical technology and the licensing of these technologies to pharmaceutical and biotechnology partners. He also oversees the College’s policies relating to the responsible conduct of research and biomedical ethics. Dr. Burns is a graduate of Yeshiva and received his medical degree from Einstein. Over a 20-year period he has been a faculty member of the College and is a professor in the departments of pathology and medicine. He served as director of clinical hematology at Einstein Hospital and vice-chairman and director of laboratories at Einstein and Montefiore hospitals. He has written more than 50 articles in medical journals and chapters in books, has authored a textbook and holds five U.S. patents for his own inventions. Since joining the Einstein faculty, Dr. Burns was awarded the Sam Rosen Award for outstanding clinical teaching and the Harry Eagle award for excellence in basic science teaching. Sample Titles What Research Has In Store for...

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Dr. Ekaterina Dadachova

Dr. Dadachova is currently the Sylvia and Robert Olnick Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research and an associate professor of nuclear medicine and microbiology and immunology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. She received her Bachelor of Chemistry degree in 1986 from Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia. After obtaining her PhD in physical chemistry in 1992 from the same institution she emigrated to Australia where in 1993 she started postdoctoral work at the biomedicine and health program, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization (ANSTO). Dr. Dadachova was given a task to develop a separation procedure for production of radioactive isotopes for medical applications. In 1995 she was invited as a guest scholar to Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), TN where she worked for 6 months at the production of isotopes in nuclear reactor and at making radioactive antibodies for cancer treatment. On return to ANSTO from ORNL she was promoted to research scientist position. In 1998 Dr. Dadachova was invited by Dr. Martin Brechbiel, of the National Cancer Institute, NIH to join his radioimmune and inorganic chemistry section as a visiting associate. During her 2 years at NIH she participated in all aspects of pre-clinical development and evaluation of radioactive drugs from chemistry to experimental therapy and toxicity studies. In 2000 Dr. Dadachova was recruited by the department of nuclear medicine, AECOM as assistant professor of nuclear medicine and director of radiochemistry. She has developed an active research program in novel therapies of cancer and infectious diseases using radioactive drugs. To date, Dr. Dadachova has published 91 peer-reviewed papers and is named inventor on 12 patents. Ongoing research projects in her laboratory are funded by NIH, research foundations and industry grants. She currently serves on the editorial boards of “Nuclear Medicine and Biology” and “Cancer Biotherapy and Radiopharmaceuticals” journals. Sample Titles Melanin Pigment as an Energy Transducer in Microorganisms and its Potential Applications in Bioremediation New Approaches to the Therapy of Infectious Disease Bismuth-213 in Radioimmunotherapy...

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Dr. Carl Feit

Dr. Carl Feit is a noted cancer research scientist and holds the Dr. Joseph and Rachel Ades Chair in Health Sciences at Yeshiva University. Dr. Feit has chaired the science division of Yeshiva College since 1985. Prior to coming to Yeshiva, Dr. Feit was a research scientist at the immunodiagnosis laboratory at the Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research. Dr. Feit serves on the editorial board of Cancer Investigation. He is also a Talmudic scholar and has lectured and taught Talmud classes for many years. He is a founding member of the International Society for Science and Religion. Dr. Feit has a BA from Yeshiva College, earned his PhD from Rutgers University, and is also an ordained rabbi. Sample Titles Chaos and Cloning: The Interplay of Science and Halacha Science and the Relationship to Torah Extraterrestrial Life Torah U’Madda Darwin and Drush – The Interplay Between Torah and Biology Point and Counterpoint – Jewish Responses to Evolution in the 20th Century Human or Golem: Therapeautic Cloning and Definitions of Humanhood in Jewish Law Science as a Paradigm for Halakhic Thought: An Introduction to the Theology of Rabbi Joseph B....

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Dr. Jonathan Feldman

Dr. Jonathan Feldman is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology of Yeshiva University, and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology & Population Health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2002 from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ with a dissertation on comorbidity between panic disorder and asthma. He completed his clinical internship at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Feldman completed a T-32 Post-doctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Psychology at Brown Medical School, Providence, Rhode Island. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the State University of New York at Binghamton with Honors in Psychology and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. In 2000, he won the American Psychosomatic Society Scholar Award. Dr. Feldman received an Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (National Research Service Award) to fund his dissertation research. Dr. Feldman’s research focuses on asthma disparities between Puerto Rican, African-American, and Mexican-American children. He is examining the role of maternal psychiatric disorders, children’s perception of asthma symptoms, and treatment adherence in the management of asthma among inner-city families. Dr. Feldman’s research also focuses on cultural adaptation of a behavioral treatment for Latinos with panic disorder and asthma. Dr. Feldman has received grant funding from the NIMH, NICHD, and American Lung Association to support his research. Sample Titles Psychosocial Factors and Asthma Psychological Factors and Asthma in Children and Adults Behavioral Treatment of Asthma and Panic Disorder Treatment Adherence and Symptom Perception in...

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