Lopatie hall, Weizmann Institute of Science  

Advances in medicine come from the combination of scientific research and comprehensive patient care that addresses all aspects of life. In previous conferences we built the foundation of the evolving field of neurorespiratory medicine and presented the state-of-the-art management of neuromuscular patients who require respiratory support. We now want to move forward by introducing in the coming conference a combination of basic science with less conventional supportive care approaches. The conference will culminate in an open discussion regarding all aspects of patient care in the home setting. We will also be glad to hear of current research in Israel and will have a poster presentation for original research and the best abstract will be chosen for oral presentation. We encourage your active participation and hope that this conference will lead to future collaborations, as well as research and development of better tools. 

Our guest speaker this year is Dr. Gil Wolfe (see short bio below), who will discuss the state of the art approach to respiratory emergenies in neuromuscular diseases. 

Organizing committee:

Daniel Starobin, M.D., Assuta Medical Center, Ashdod

Ilana Schlezinger M.D., Rambam Medical Center

Michal Haran M.D., Kaplan Medical Center

Gilad Haran PhD, Weizmann Institute of Science










































Opening Remarks

Ilana Schlesinger M.D., Ramban Medical Center


1st session: Beyond Respirators

Chairpersons: Zeev Meiner M.D., Hadassah Mount Scopus Medical Center

                    Daniel King M.D., Meir Medical Center


The pros and cons of cannabis in ALS and other neuromuscular diseases

Amnon Mosek M.D., Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center


Beyond Respirators: Herbs and other interventions to improve function and quality of life in neuromuscular diseases

Liora Oriel M.D.


The dance of life: Muscle movement and cellular energy production in health and disease

Atan Gross PhD., Weizmann Institute of Science


Coffee break and poster presentation


2nd session: Breathing Matters

Chairpersons: Vivian Drory M.D.,  Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center

                    David Linton M.D., Hebrew University


Non-invasive ventilation made simple

Michal Haran M.D., Kaplan Medical Center


Diagnosis and treatment of respiratory emergencies in Myasthenia Gravis and other neuromuscular diseases

Gil Wolfe M.D., University at Buffalo, New-York, USA


Major issues in home-care respiratory support: a “pros and cons” discussion

Moderator: Ariel Rokach M.D. MHA, Shaare Zedek Medical Center

Panel: Netta Roth LL.M; Ehud Deviri M.D., Yuval Volhendler RN, Clalit Health Services, Michal Shitrit CRT, Shaare Zedek Medical Center

      - Should patients receiving respiratory support be allowed to change their own          respirator parameters?

      - Who should be the case manager for patients with home-care respiratory



Prize for best abstract and oral presentation


Closing Remarks

Daniel Starobin M.D., Assuta Ashdod Medical Center



                                   Gil I. Wolfe, MD, FAAN

                                 Irvin and Rosemary Smith Professor and Chair, Department of Neurology

                                 University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences/SUNY

                                 1010 Main Street

                                 Buffalo, NY 14202

                                 Tel: 716-829-5063

                                 Fax 716-829-4411

                                E-mail: gilwolfe@buffalo.edu


Dr. Gil I. Wolfe is Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurology at University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, SUNY, where he serves as the Irvin and Rosemary Smith Endowed Chair. In 2017 he was named a Univ. at Buffalo Distinguished Professor.  Prior to January 2012, Dr. Wolfe was Professor of Neurology at the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. In September 2004, he was named as the Dr. Bob and Jean Smith Foundation Distinguished Chair in Neuromuscular Disease Research. He served as Co-Director of the Muscular Dystrophy Association Clinics and Director of the Myasthenia Gravis and Peripheral Neuropathy Clinics at UT Southwestern. He was also the Clinical Vice Chair for the department.


Dr. Wolfe completed his undergraduate studies at Princeton University and attended medical school at UT Southwestern. He completed an internal medicine internship and trained as a neurology resident and neuromuscular/electromyography fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center in Philadelphia. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in neurology, neuromuscular medicine, and clinical neurophysiology.


Dr. Wolfe is the immediate past chair of the Medical/Scientific Advisory Board (MSAB) for the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America (MGFA). His main research interests include idiopathic and immune-mediated peripheral neuropathies and myasthenia gravis. He co-directs the MDA Clinic and also directs intraoperative monitoring for the Univ. at  Buffalo Dept. of Neurology.  He has authored or co-authored over 120 papers and 20 chapters on neuromuscular disorders. His research has been sponsored by the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Muscular Dystrophy Association, MGFA, and Food and Drug Administration. He is actively involved in the training of younger physicians. He was the director of the neuromuscular medicine and clinical neurophysiology fellowships and the neurology residency training program at UT Southwestern. He has received excellence in residency teaching awards on several occasions at UT Southwestern and Univ. at Buffalo. He received the Doctor of the Year Award from the MGFA in 2015.  In 2018 he received the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.Dr. Wolfe serves on the medical advisory boards for the MGFA, Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association, and GBS-CIDP Foundation International and has been elected to Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Neurological Association.  

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