The BRAIN Initiative on The Charlie Rose Brain Series

22 07 2013

Please see the Charlie Rose Show Brain Series that discusses the greatest mysteries in science and one of the greatest challenges in medicine: The BRAIN. In this show you can see and hear the GREAT: Eric Kandel of Columbia University, Thomas Insel of the National Institute of Mental Health, Story Landis of the National Institute of Health, Cornelia Bargmann of Rockefeller University and William Newsome of Stanford University. ENJOY!





The Science of Mental Illness for Middle School Students

13 07 2013

If you are a teacher, check out this NIH Curriculum Supplement for Middle School students entitled: The Science of Mental Illness. In this supplement students gain insight into the biological basis of mental illnesses and how scientific evidence and research can help us understand its causes and lead to treatments and, ultimately, cures. As you can see below, it includes six interesting lessons.

Major Concept for Students
1. The Brain: Control Central The brain is the organ that controls feelings, behaviors, and thoughts, and changes in the brain’s activity result in long- or short-term changes to these.
2. What’s Wrong? Mental illnesses such as depression are diseases of the brain.
3. Mental Illness: Could It Happen to Me? Though everyone is at risk, factors such as genetics, environment, and social influences determine a person’s propensity to develop a mental illness.
4. Treatment Works! Medications and psychotherapies are among the effective treatments for most mental illnesses.
5. In Their Own Words Mental illnesses affect many aspects of a person’s life, but they can be treated so that the individual can function effectively.
6. You’re the Expert Now Learning the facts about mental illness can dispel misconceptions.

A New Job Board for Applicants with disabilities

10 07 2013

 Today I wish to briefly introduce a new Job board for applicants with disabilities. This unique job board was established by the Israel Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor and is aimed to further enhance work inclusion of people with disabilities in Israel.  For more details (in Hebrew) see: or join the facebook page:

As part of this project, I had the privilege to write a guide for Job seekers with disabilities. In this guide, I sought to present relevant information about the job search process and to provide practical tools that will assist  job seekers in this complex journey. Furthermore, I discuss the disability disclosure issue, that is, whether, and when the person should disclose her/his disability (to read more on this issue see I will share this guide with you in the next few days. I will also share a review that I wrote about job boards to people with disabilities, worldwide.