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Research Hubs
Centers of Excellence at the Faculty of
Health Sciences
The Research Hubs program was developed to move beyond the classic academic paradigm of departments and/or divisions, to provide optimal conditions for boundary-crossing, problem-based medical research.
The increasing cost, complexity, and range of skills required by such research has led in recent years to the recognition that a single researcher or a single lab is often incapable of arriving at groundbreaking developments on their own. The main goal of the Hubs program is to facilitate collaboration among clinicians and scientists, encouraging targeted and applied research that spans disciplines and transcends the interests of individual scientists. This, we believe, is the key to translating the findings of laboratory research into clinical practice and to bridging the gap between the lab and the patient’s treatment.
Ten research hubs were established as stages for precisely that – to create extraordinary opportunities for members to jointly tackle complex medical challenges, generating groundbreaking, internationally recognized excellence in research. The Hubs formalize interactions between researchers from different disciplines and institutions, pooling resources and building the infrastructure for joint scientific research.
Each hub is co-directed by a clinician and a researcher in different disciplines and/or divisions who lead a multidisciplinary team of hospital and community- based physicians, health practitioners, and scientists in wide-ranging fields. Hub teams focus on identifying a need or problem and subsequently they design and carry out research to effectively respond to that need. They meet regularly, but continue to work independently on pieces of the problem.
Long-established collaborations with Ben-Gurion University’s Faculty of Heath Sciences’ affiliated hospitals* and healthcare providers, and the incorporation of clinicians as partners in the Hubs endeavor, provide unprecedented access to a broad clinical field covering the entire Negev region and beyond. Invaluable access to the detailed electronic medical records of the Negev’s varied population sectors and multiple ethnicities enable hubs researchers to seamlessly track patient data from diagnosis to medical intervention.
Novel thinking is already emerging in approaches to providing better, more effective intervention in treatments of autism, diabetes, obesity, fertility, infections, wounds healing, and much more. New paradigms are being developed for empowering families, caregivers, and communities, and new ways of understanding a range of associations – between external and internal wounds, microbiomes and infections, microbiomes and reproduction, the brain’s flexibility and motor ability – are emerging.
This unique approach serves as a virtual laboratory for investigating complex, vital health issues that address global needs. By applying advanced multidisciplinary thinking to crucial enduring challenges, breakthroughs can be achieved more easily, thereby improving lives of individuals, families, and communities.
*Soroka University Medical Center in Beer-Sheva; Barzilai University Medical Center in Ashkelon; the Beer-Sheva Mental Health Center; and most recently, Assuta Medical Centers in Ashdod and Tel Aviv.

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