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Meet Our Speakers (Prelimary)

Doron Garfinkel

Chair, Appropriate Medication Use in the Elderly Conference,

Head, Center for Appropriate Medication Use, Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer; Medical Director, Assuta Homecare Hospice, Israel


Lecture title:

The benefits of breaking the guidelines – linking real EBM, patient-centred medicine & patients' values


Ohad Avny


Director, Beit Hakerem Clinic, Hospice Care Unit, Clalit Health Services Jerusalem District;  

Department of Family Medicine and Clinical Teacher - Medical Humanities Program, Faculty of Medicine, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel 


Lecture title:

Thoughts on guidelines, prognostication, and clinical sense in the management of medical care for the elderly in a primary clinic


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Shiran Cohen

Clinical Pharmacist, Israel Elwyn (IE), Shaare Zedek Medical

Center, Jerusalem, Israel

Lecture title:

Polypharmacy of neuro-psychiatric medications in patients with intellectual               disabilities: Change is possible

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Ehud Grossman

Professor of Medicine

Head, Internal Medicine wing,

The Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Israel

Lecture title:

Personalized approach to blood pressure treatment in the very elderly

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Anat Kaplun

Department of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel




Lecture title:

Effect of guided imagery on musculoskeletal pain


Alon Margalit

Developer & Academic Director of CoMed, "Ofek" institute for Bio-Psycho-Social Education in Medicine, Israel




Lecture title:

CoMed as an effective approach in reducing poly pharmacy

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Yael Orion

Director, Geriatric Internal Medicine Department, Sourasky, Tel Aviv Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel


Lecture title:

Older and wiser about pain - Introduction

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Itamar Raz

Medical Director, Diabetes Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Head, Israeli Council of Diabetes,





Lecture title:

Diabetes in the elderly - State of the art


Michal Schwartz

Professor of Neuroimmunology

Department of Brain Sciences

Weizmann Institute of Science

Rehovot, Recipient of the 2023 Israel Prize in Life Sciences, Israel

Lecture title:

Transforming understanding of brain immunity: Harnessing the immune system to defeat Alzheimer’s Disease




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Daphna Shefet

Director of Geriatric Psychiatry and Coordinator of Ambulatory Services in Shalvata Mental Health Center (Clalit), Hod Hasharon, Israel




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Oren Tene

Psychiatrist, Vice-Chair of the Psychiatric Division and Director of Ambulatory Psychiatry, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel

Lecture title:

Mild Neurocognitive Disorder (MCI): Looking past memory




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Simon Vulfsons

Director, Institute for Pain Medicine, Rambam Medical Center, Haifa, Israel

Lecture title:

Non pharmacological pain management




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Shimona Yosselson Superstine

Division of Clinical Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel


Lecture title:

Cannabis use as a possible cardiovascular risk factor in the old




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Head, Department of Medicine 'B' & Zabludowicz Center for Autoimmune Diseases, Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Israel

Lecture title:

How can cannabis assist controlling polypharmacy in rheumatology


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Istanbul University

Istanbul Medical School (İstanbul Tıp Fakültesi)

Department of Internal Medicine (İç Hastalıkları Anabilim Dalı)

Division of Geriatrics (Geriatri Bilim Dalı), Istanbul, Turkiye

Lecture title:

Turkish inappropriate medication use in the elderly (TIME) criteria to improve prescribing in older adults: TIME-to-STOP/TIME-to-START



Shiraz Doron Shay

Geriatric Department, Ichilov Hospital, Israel

Lecture title:

Exploring the barriers and enablers of sleep medication deprescribing in older adults

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Vered Hermush

Medical Director, Geriatric Wing, Laniado Hospital, Netanya, Israel





Lecture title:

Cannabis as a treatment for dementia




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Amos D. Korczyn

CONy President 
Department of Neurology, 
Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv,






Lecture title:

Is Alzheimer’s disease a disease?

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Emily G. McDonald

Associate Professor of Medicine and the Associate Chair of Quality and Safety for the Department of Medicine, McGill University, in Montreal, Canada

Lecture title:

Advocating for medication appropriateness and public awareness: how the Canadian Health Authority moved beyond access and affordability

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Dana Peer

Gerontologist, Occupational Therapist and Dementia Care Specialist, Israel

Lecture title:

No more “diagnose and adios”: Physician – caregiver partnering in dementia care.

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Head, Institute for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Bone Metabolism,

Meir Medical Center, Kfar Saba,


Lecture title:

The right treatment for the right patient


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Aviv Segev

Head, Center for Advanced Diagnostics & Treatment of Psychotic Disorder, Shalvata Mental Health Center, Hod Hasharon, Israel

Lecture title:

Beyond 'start low - go slow': It's safer to taper: dose reduction and deprescribing of antipsychotics




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Oren Shibolet

Director, Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Tel Aviv Medical Center and Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel

Lecture title:

The history of proton pump inhibitors-past, present and future




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Deputy Director, Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Israel

Lecture title:

The risk and the risk-benefit: Fracture prediction in patients with osteoporosis




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Martin Wehling

Professor em. of Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany

Lecture title:

Who protects physicians and patients from guidelines?




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Andrej Zeyfang

Medical Director. Department of Internal Medicine Diabetology, Geriatrics and Palliative Care, Medius Kliniken Ostfildern-Ruit, Germany

Lecture title:

Insulin therapy in the elderly




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School of Nutritional Science

Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel


Lecture title:

Potential impact of implementing a digital meal tracking system on health and personalized
nutrition for elderlies


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Audiology Coordinator, Audiocenter Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain

Lecture title:

The elderly patient and the state of the art of the new ear 3D laser scanners


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Aviva Elad

Founder & Director, "Ofek" Institute for Bio-Psycho-Social Education in Medicine by CoMed Approach, Israel

Lecture title:

A case presentation demonstrating the strength of ‘CoMed’ in reducing

extreme poly pharmacy

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Rivka Inzelberg

Specialist in Neurology

Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Faculty of Medicine and the Sagol School

of Neuroscience, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel

Lecture title:

Medication use in the dementia of Parkinson's Disease and Lewy Body Dementia




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Yoram Maaravi

Department of Geriatric Medicine & Rehabilitation of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Centers, Jerusalem, Israel


Lecture title:

PPI in the elderly-How did we get this far?

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Gabriela Mizrahi

Reuth Hospital and Maccabi Health Services. Sports Medicine/Secretary and Instructor of the Israeli Society of Musculoskeletal Medicine (ISMM)

Lecture title:

Therapeutic options for musculoskeletal pain in a pain clinic

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Tammy Porat-Packer

Hospital Deputy Director & Head of the Multidisciplinary Innovation Team, Shoham Medical Center, Pardes Hanna, Israel




Lecture title:

Zooming in on innovation for the elderly

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Vanessa Rouach

Institute of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Hypertension, Tel Aviv-Sourasky Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel



Lecture title:
Vitamin D: less is more

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Natalie Shalit

Director, Pain Management Unit for the Elderly, Sheba Tel Hashomer Hospital, Tel Hashomer, Israel

Lecture title:

Israeli guidelines for pharmacological treatment of pain in the elderly




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Rotem Tellem

Head, Palliative Care Unit, Geriatric Division, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel

Lecture title:

Safe and effective use of opioids in older adults




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Roie Tzadok

Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel

Lecture title:

Proton pump inhibitors long term use-trends and patterns over 15 years of a large health maintenance organization




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Dana Weiner

Director, Division of Nutrition, Sheba Medical Center, Ramat Gan, Israel

Lecture title:

Weight your medication - how does body composition affects your reaction to drugs




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