The initiative to establish a new Institute of Thrombosis and Hemostasis Research at the Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer and Sackler Faculty of Medicine, the Tel Aviv University was by Mr. Michael Biron from Ramat Gan, Israel.
Mr. Biron was the devoted husband of the late Mrs. Amalia Biron who died of a hemato-oncologic disorder and was under the care of Professor Uri Seligsohn for 13 years. Mr. Biron wished to commemorate his wife by creating a new Institute and managed to obtain the appropriate funds from a European Foundation.
After thorough designing of the Institute, construction, purchasing of necessary research equipment and recruiting the scientific personnel, the Institute was inaugurated on February 18, 2004 in the presence of the leaders of Tel Aviv University and the Chaim Sheba Medical Center. The inauguration was accompanied by a 2 day International State of Art Seminar, in which 14 of world renowned scientists lectured (see link).
The opening of the Institute augmented significantly the research activities of Professor Seligsohn's team that for many years has been engaged in studying a host of issues related to thrombosis and hemostasis.
At the time of this writing the scientific team of the Institute comprises one MD, 4 Senior PhDs, one laboratory technicians and one scientific secretary. The staff works in collaboration with the personnel of the National Hemophilia Center and Coagulation Clinic and the Clinical Coagulation Laboratory, both located on the ground floor of the Institute.
The main research groups at the Institute are working on molecular-genetic, biochemical, and pathophysiologic aspects of platelet and blood coagulation disorders. Since its opening, the researchers at the Institute have been publishing annually 5 – 10 papers in leading scientific journals, and have presented the work at International meetings.