Meet the Faculty

  • Mia Horowitz, Israel, Conference Co-Chair

    Mia Horowitz, Israel, Conference Co-Chair

    Mia Horowitz graduated from the department of Genetics, The Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot Israel, in 1980. Following a two and half years as a post-doctoral fellow under the supervision of Prof. P. A. Sharp at MIT, Massachusetts, USA, she joined the Weizmann institute as an investigator. 
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  • Ari Zimran, Israel, Conference Co-Chair

    Ari Zimran, Israel, Conference Co-Chair

    Professor Ari Zimran is Director of the Gaucher Clinic at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, Israel. This is the world’s largest referral center for Gaucher disease, where more than 750 patients are followed and about 350 patients are treated with enzyme replacement therapy.
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  • Gheona Altarescu, Israel

    Gheona Altarescu, Israel

    Gheona Altarescu obtained her magna cum laude diploma in Medicine at the Jassy University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Romania. She performed her training in  medical genetics at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, USA during the years 1997 to 2000 under the supervision of Dr. Roscoe Brady. 
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  • David Begley, UK

    David Begley, UK

    David J. Begley PhD is Senior Visiting Research Fellow at Kings College London, UK. He received his BSc (1967 Zoology) and his PhD (1971) from the University of Nottingham. His laboratory is part of the Drug Delivery Group in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Division at Kings College, investigating the blood-brain barrier, in particular, drug delivery to the central nervous system (CNS) with a special emphasis on lysosomal storage disorders and other inherited neurometabolic diseases.
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  • Yona Darf, Israel

    Yona Darf, Israel

    Yona is a dance instructor for Israeli and modern dance. She has worked in management for the past 8 years.  In addition she runs a dance studio from her home in Israel. She is the mother of five children, two of them have Morquio syndrome MPS IV A.
  • Aimee Donald, UK

    Aimee Donald, UK

    Dr Aimee Donald is a Paediatrician training in the UK at the Manchester Centre for Genomic Medicine. She has a specialist interest in Paediatric Neurodegenerative disease and a PhD in neuronopathic Gaucher disease, a thesis in which she explored the phenotypic spectrum of patients in the UK and examined disease-specific clinical outcome measures.
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  • Amos Korczyn, Israel

    Amos Korczyn, Israel

    Professor Amos D. Korczyn is the Sieratzki Professor of Neurology at Tel-Aviv University.  He is the Chairman of the Department of Neurology at the Tel-Aviv Medical Center since 1981.  Professor Korczyn graduated from the Hebrew University – Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem in 1966, where he also received an M.Sc degree in pharmacology (cum laude). 
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  • Frances Platt, UK

    Frances Platt, UK

    Professor Platt obtained a BSc in Zoology at Imperial College University of London and a PhD in animal physiology from the University of Bath. She was a post-doctoral fellow at Washington University Medical School in St Louis, USA. 
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  • Shoshana Revel-Vilk, Israel

    Shoshana Revel-Vilk, Israel

    Shoshana Revel-Vilk is based at the Gaucher Unit, Shaare Zedek Medical Center, affiliated with Hebrew University Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel. Shoshana completed her fellowship in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Pediatric Thrombosis and Hemostasis at The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada in 2002. 
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  • Arndt Rolfs, Germany

    Arndt Rolfs, Germany

    Arndt Rolfs, MD, Professor for Neurology and Psychiatry, is appointed CEO and founder of Centogene AG, and Director of the Albrecht-Kossel-Institute for Neuroregeneration at the University of Rostock, Germany. He received his approbation for human medicine in 1985 from the University of Mainz, Germany and the University of Vienna, Austria. 
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  • Anthony Schapira, UK

    Anthony Schapira, UK

    Professor Anthony Schapira MD DSc FRCP FMedSci was appointed in 1990 as Chairman of the University Department of Clinical Neurosciences, at the Institute of Neurology, Queen Square and Professor of Neurology at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and the Royal Free Hospital. He is currently Vice Dean of University College London Medical School and Director of the Royal Free Campus. 
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  • Ellen Sidransky, USA

    Ellen Sidransky, USA

    Dr. Ellen Sidransky is Chief of the Section of Molecular Neurogenetics \in the National Human Genome Research Institute at NIH. Dr. Sidransky graduated from Brandeis University, received her M.D. from Tulane University and trained in pediatrics at Northwestern University, and in clinical genetics at the NIH. 
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  • Shlomo Vilk, Israel

    Shlomo Vilk, Israel

    Rabbi Shlomo Vilk is the head of the Jewish religious and academic center 'Machanaim' in Israel and serves as the rabbi of Ya'el congregation in Jerusalem. Rabbi Vilk studied at several universities and Jewish centers and received his rabbinical ordination from The Chief Rabbinate of Israel. He holds a BA and MA in Jewish and general Philosophy.
  • Bryan Winchester, UK

    Bryan Winchester, UK

    Bryan Winchester is an Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, University College London. He has taught Biochemistry and carried out research on various aspects of lysosomal storage diseases at London University for over 40 years.
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