Medical science

Medical science

Maurice and Vivienne Wohl’s commitment to medical research was informed by a growing interest in healthcare. They knew that investing in ambitious projects could make a huge difference in the world and their philanthropy resulted in the establishment of facilities which were pioneering and at the forefront of medical science. Today, with new medical challenges calling for innovative and different approaches, the Foundations continue their legacy of seeking projects that have a universal impact on disease.

The Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute, King's College London

The Maurice Wohl Charitable Foundation

The Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute at King’s College London is a bold new venture which will see the UK leading the way in research into and treatment of patients with neurological disorders, such as stroke, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and motor neurone disease.

It is hoped the Institute will have a ground-breaking impact on neurological illness, as it seeks to identify factors which predispose individuals to these disorders, improve the accuracy of diagnosis, test new therapies and develop new methods of care to support the needs of the local community and beyond.

www.kcl.ac.uk/index.aspx

Ovarian Cancer Action, Vivienne Wohl Unit at Imperial College, London

The Maurice Wohl Charitable Foundation

For people of Ashkenazi Jewish descent, the likelihood of carrying the BRCA1 and 2 gene mutation, which increases the risk of breast, ovarian and other cancers, is 20 times higher than for the general population.

This statistic alone was motivation for the Maurice Wohl Charitable Foundation to support research into the disease, and Vivienne’s tragic early death from ovarian cancer also made it a personal mission for the trustees.

With the support of the Maurice Wohl Charitable Foundation, Ovarian Cancer Action has established the UK’s only dedicated research centre into the disease.

ovarian.org.uk/about-ovarian-cancer

The Wohl Ward, Reuth Medical and Rehabilitation Center, Tel Aviv

The Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Philanthropic Foundation

Reuth Medical Center is a 350-bed facility providing treatment, rehabilitation and care for patients who are comatose or on ventilator support. With funding from the Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Philanthropic Foundation, Reuth has updated one of its departments to now provide dialysis to patients who are on ventilator support machines.

Prior to this unit opening in 2013, patients with these needs could only be treated in acute care hospitals. Now, at Reuth, they can get the life-saving treatment they need combined with an appropriate rehabilitation package, giving them the best possible chance of a good recovery.

www.reuth.org

The Maurice Wohl Surgical Complex and The Vivienne Wohl Department of Paediatric Surgery, Shaare Tzedek Medical Center, Jerusalem

The Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Philanthropic Foundation

The Maurice Wohl Surgical Complex and Vivienne Wohl Department of Paediatric Surgery at the Shaare Tzedek Medical Center in Jerusalem was the last project Maurice Wohl personally approved before his death.

The funding paid for the renovation of operating theatres to cutting-edge specifications, allowing the hospital to embrace the latest surgical techniques. Each theatre is connected to an elaborately engineered computer network that maximises the surgeons’ control over the procedures and also allows the operations to be observed by physicians outside the theatre or even elsewhere in the world via the Internet.

www.szmc.org.il

The Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Biology Endowment, The Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Institute for Drug Discovery, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot

The Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Charitable Foundation

The Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot is one of the world’s leading multi-disciplinary research institutions, constantly pushing the boundaries of science ‘for the benefit of humanity’.

The Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Biology Endowment was established in 2011 to provide an annual grant for research scientists involved in the advancement of medicine with particular focus on cancer treatments.

In 2013, a further grant was made to found the Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Institute for Drug Discovery, which constitutes one of the four principal pillars of the Israel National Centre for Personalised Medicine. Scientists believe the future of modern medicine is in using data from a patient’s DNA sequence and cell composition to suggest personalised treatment for the best possible outcome. Such an approach also opens the way to preventative treatment of disease.

http://g-incpm.weizmann.ac.il/drug-discovery/maurice-and-vivienne-wohl-institute-drug-discovery