Alpha Omega Charitable Trust Report

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Following dedication of the ‘Advanced Restorative Treatment Clinic’ at the Tel Aviv University Dental School, during Professor Ilana Eli’s deanship, the Trustees are in regular discussion with the new Dean, Professor Ervin Weiss, regarding potential projects. The Trust has committed to jointly sponsor a surgery in the new ‘Special Care Dentistry Centre’ for a total of $30,000 to be dedicated next summer in honour of Emil and Suzy Landes in recognition of their many years of service to Alpha Omega and on Emil’s retirement as a Trustee.

After many years of collaboration with the recently retired Dean of the Hadassah School of Dental Medicine, Professor Adam Stabholz, the Trust is delighted to be working closely with the new Dean, Professor Aaron Palmon. Following last year’s donation to purchase a ‘Mobile Operating Microscope’ to enhance the teaching of clinical dentistry for both undergraduates and postgraduates, we are thrilled to be supporting the establishment of a ‘Digital Laboratory’ for $20,000 and also the purchase of essential sterilisation cassettes for $5,000. Also at Hadassah, the Ino Sciaky Prize for Oral Medicine was awarded to Dr Ori Finfter together with a $500 bursary.

Further to extensive discussions with Professor Eli Machtei, Head of the School of Graduate Dentistry at the Rambam Medical Centre in Haifa, the Trust is delighted to sponsor the new ‘Maxillo-Facial Reconstruction Department’. Specialists work closely with other healthcare professionals to produce artificial prostheses (eg maxilla, nose, ear and certain extra-oral prostheses) and this complex care enhances the quality of life and self- esteem for soldiers, victims of terror and cancer patients. To support this key development for the region, the Trust has agreed to provide $37,500 and await confirmation that the project is to proceed. This facility will be one of only three in the country and the only one that also runs a highly regarded postgraduate training programme.

In association with Mrs Susan Zamet, the Trust continues to o er the ‘Dr John Zamet Memorial Prize in Periodontal Research’ in recognition of John’s significant contribution to clinical periodontology. Strict criteria have been established for award of the prize and two senior academics assess the submissions. We are delighted that the 2015 prize was awarded to Lewis Winning of the Belfast Dental School. Lewis presented a summary of his research ‘the association between subgingival periodontal pathogens and systemic inflammation’ at the Alpha Omega London Annenberg Meeting on 3rd June 2016 when Mrs Zamet presented Lewis with his award and four runners up were highly commended. Moving forward, the Trust is delighted to confirm that the Zamet family have kindly agreed to sponsor the award again in 2017 with a prize fund of $3,000.

In addition to the above, the Trust is supporting the following projects:

Aleh Negev Suction system for new dental clinic  $5,200
Beit Issie Shapiro Clinic Oxygen unit, anaesthetic equipment and supplies $10,000
Emunah Afula Orthodontic treatment for children $6,500
Norwood Oral hygiene care for residential special care patients $7,500 / annum
Poriya Hospital  Piezosurgery equipment $4,000
Shaare Zedek Hospital Patient bed stretcher in the emergency room $5,000

Professor Andrew Eder (Chairman, Alpha Omega London Charitable Trust)
Dr Andrew Dawood (Chairman, AO London Chapter)
Dr Stephen Handelsman (Secretary, Trust)
Dr Emil Landes (Trustee)
Dr Mervyn Druian (Trustee and International President Elect)
Dr Richard Horwitz (Treasurer, AO London Chapter and Trust)
Dr John Wolffe (Trustee and Past International President)

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