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Interdisciplinary Colloquium in Medicine & Humanties


  • Karen Avraham,  Ph.D., Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University

  • Noam Shomron, Ph.D., Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University

  • Galit Wellner, Ph.D., Faculty of Humanities, Tel Aviv University



About the Colloquium

Medicine and Humanities share a common research subject - The human being. The basic and fundamental differences are related to methodologies and research strategies that may either lead to similar or to very different conclusions. The colloquium examines how both disciplines deal with various issues, inquires about similarities of conclusions, and wonders about ways in

which cross-disciplinary differences may enrich and increase the accuracy of research outcome.


The colloquium meets every month during the semester


Program for Spring Semester 2019

27/3/2019 9:30-11:00

Dr. Hagai Boas (The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute), “The political economy of transplant organs”


Prof. Shai Izraeli (Head of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Division, Schneider Children's Medical Center), “History of cancer treatment”


April 10, 2019, 10:00-11:30

Dr. Denisa Kira (Marie Curie Research Fellow at BISITE, University of Salamanca, Spain), “Playing and hacking with your medical data”


Dr. Omry Koren (Bar Ilan University’s Medical School, Sefat), “Microbiome: Diversity within our body”


May 7, 2019, 10:00-11:30

Dr. Oren Asman (Tel Aviv University), “Medical ethics in the digital age”


Prof. Hagit Messer-Yaron (Faculty of Engineering, Tel Aviv University), “On the Role of Engineers in Ethically Aligned Design of Autonomous Intelligent Systems”


May 28, 2019, 10:00-11:30

Ruth Anderwald and Leonhard Grond (Artists, Austria), “On Dizziness”


Prof. Nachum Dershowitz (Computer Science, Tel Aviv University), “AI and historical manuscripts: Building a coherent picture in order to tell a story”


June 12, 2019, 10:00-11:30

Prof. Ian McGonigle (Nanyang University, Singapore), “GenomeAsia100k and the problem of defining an ethnic group for the purpose of creating a reference genome”


Dr. Reut Matar (Genetics Institute, Rabin Medical Center), “In vitro fertilization and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis”


Past Lectures, Winter Semester 2018 


  • Dr. Noam Shomron, “Genomics: Decisions You Make When Reading Your DNA” (in English)

  • Dr. Galit Wellner, “Self Tracking and Personalized Medicine: Rethinking the Patient”

  • Dr. Oded Rechavi, “Heritable  Memories”

  • Prof. Eva Jablonca, “Epigenetics and Social Justice: The Epigenetic Impacts of Poverty, Hunger and Severe Psychological  Pressure”

  • Prof. Karen B. Avraham, “Genetics and the Culture of Deafness: Are They Compatible?” (in English)

  • Dr. Carmel Vaisman, “Forget What You Know About Disability: How Cyborg Discourses Reconfigure Disability”

  • Prof. Jonny Gershoni, “Don't debate - Vaccinate!" (in English)

  • Dr. Ehud Lamm, “Exposing Medical Pseudo-Science May Be Unethical”

  • Dr. Adi Barzel, “Engineering the Genome to Cure Innate Diseases and Cancer”

  • Dr. Yaron Cohen Tzemach, “Plato and Aristotle Go to the Doctor: On Medicine and Economics in Greek Philosophy”

  • Dr. Vered Padler-Karavani, “Aiming at the Sweet Spot of Human Diseases”

  • Dr. Shlomit Yadlin-Gadot, “A Maze of Mirrors: Hidden Social Agents in the Human Mind”


Participants:  Open forum for faculty, students of all disciplines and the wide audience. 



Karen Avraham

Professor, Department of Human Molecular Genetics & Biochemistry, Sackler Faculty of Medicine

Vice Dean for Preclinical Affairs, Sackler Faculty of Medicine

Scientific Board Member, I-CORE for Gene Regulation in Complex Human Disease

President, Federation of the Israel Societies for Experimental Biology (ILANIT)

President, Israel Society of Auditory Research

Associate Editor, European Journal of Human Genetics

P.hD., Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University

Galit Wellner

Galit studies digital technologies and their inter-relations with humans. Galit was the vice-chair of Israeli UNESCO’s Information for All Program (IFAP), a board member of the FTTH Council Europe, and a founder of a startup.
Before that, she worked for hi-tech companies and startups in strategic marketing. Galit holds LLB and LLM from Tel Aviv University, and a certified software developer degree from IDF’s Mamram.​

PhD, Faculty of Humanities, Tel Aviv University

Noam Shomron

Noam has received his Bachelors degree in Biotechnology; his Masters degree in Gene Therapy; and his graduate studies in Genetics. As a Post-Doctorate affiliate at MIT in Cambridge, USA, Noam gained expertise in combining high-throughout data with computational analysis in order to decipher gene regulation in health and disease. Today Noam heads the Functional Genomics Laboratory at Tel Aviv University’s Medical School, as well as serving as the Editor-in-Cheif of "Geneitcs Research" a Cambridge University Press Journal.

PhD, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University ,

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