GPS for Brain Surgeons

A line of products trusted by neurosurgeons and neuroscience researchers on six continents was developed by a Christian-Arab couple in Nazareth, Israel.

Two Arab Nazarenes meet at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, fall in love, get married and move back home to start a high-tech business financed only by the sale of their car.

Doesn’t sound like a recipe for success? Well, it worked out fine for Imad and Reem Younis, whose company Alpha Omega is a world leader in producing pioneering products for neurosurgery and neuroscience research.

Last June, Alpha Omega was named the 2012 American Israeli Company of the Year by the American Israeli Chamber of Commerce in Atlanta, Georgia. One of its international sales and support offices in based in Alpharetta, near Atlanta.

Reem Younis, a civil engineer (her husband’s degree is in electrical engineering), explains: “Alpha Omega’s knowhow is ‘driving’ safely inside the brain with an electrode, recording neural activity, stimulating neural tissue, processing and analyzing the data.

“In simple terms, you can look at it as a GPS inside the brain that guides the neurosurgeon to the required location, where a permanent electrode is implanted. This treatment is supposed to eliminate disease symptoms, and the patient can go back to his or her normal life.”

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Over the past week 100 million tons of water has poured into the Sea of Galilee

Sea of GalileeThe relentless heavy rain that poured down on Israel since the weekend added 69 centimeters to the level of the Sea of Galilee — with a rise of 14 centimeters in the last 24 hours alone, the Israel Water Authority said on Thursday.

Amir Givati, Director of Surface Water at the Hydrological Service of the Water Authority, told The Times of Israel that the rainstorm has added an estimated 100 million cubic meters of water to the lake.

The Sea of Galilee, also known as the Kinneret, is Israel’s largest source of fresh water.

Though the rains are expected to abate later Thursday, Givati said the lake would continue to rise as melting snow from the north fed into the reservoir. Read more from The Times of Israel.