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Prof. Yaakov Naparstek

Prof. Yaakov Naparstek

Dr. Naparstek is a graduate of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical School in Jerusalem, Israel. He is Boards certified in Internal Medicine, Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology and Allergy. He has been a research fellow and a visiting Professor at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Tuft’s University, Boston, The NIH, Bethesda and Stanford University, Stanford.

Dr. Naparstek is a Professor of Medicine in the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and is the incumbent of the Leifferman Chair in Rheumatology. He was the Chairman of Medicine in the Hadassah University Hospital for 13 years as well as the Senior Deputy Director General for Research & Academic Affairs at the Hadassah University Hospital.

His main research interests are in the fields of autoimmunity, SLE, autoimmune arthritis and type 1 diabetes. In recent years his research group focused on the identification of target antigens in SLE and in autoimmune arthritis and diabetes and in the attempts to develop antigen-specific therapeutic modalities to those diseases.

In addtion to his academic and clinical activities, Dr. Naparstek has been involved in several medical humanitarian activities, such as the Israeli Medical Rescue Team for Campuchean refugeees in Cambodia, and served as a  medical advisor to the Ministry of Health in British Guiana.

Dr. Naparstek is the Head of the Israelli Cell Therapy and Gene Therapy Committees of the Israeli MOH, and was a member of the National Committee for the Israeli "Health Basket", in addition to many other national and international committees. He is the founder and chief scientist of the Verto Medical and Protab Therapeutics biotechnological companies and a consultant and SAB member in other medical-biotechnology companies. Dr. Naparstek is the recipient of national and international awards, including the 2011 Elkeles Prize in Medicine and the author of more than 100 publications and chapters in books as well as many patents in the field of autoimmune inflammatory diseases.