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Shuly Wasserstrom

        Refael Shamir, right,                                                     to serve as Mayor's
          presents his Letos                                                      social media specialist
          physiological mon-
          itoring technology                                                       Shuly Wasserstrom was recently hired as
          at a conference in                                                      Communications  and Social  Media Spe-
        Lisbon. Now Shamir                                                        cialist to Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler.
             is working with                                                       Shuly   attended
         Univerity of Oregon                                                      Portland   Jewish
          graduate students                                                       Academy  through
           and Ph.D. candi-                                                       8th grade. She spent
          dates to  adapt his                                                     time in Israel during
             technology for                                                       and after  college,
              U.S. markets.                                                       getting her start in
        Israeli visiting scholar at UO                                            journalism  at  the
                                                                                  Jerusalem Post as a
                                                                                  Breaking News Ed-
        BY DEBORAH MOON                      and respiratory rates throughout the day.   itor, Newscast Host
         Israeli innovator Refael Shamir arrived in   “The device can be attached to clothing   and Features  Writer. She spent over six
        Eugene early this month as a visiting schol-  and allows a robust measurement to allow   years in the newsroom at KOIN 6 News,
        ar at the University of Oregon, where he  people  to give  to  their  family  doctor  an   rising to Social Media Manager, before tak-
        will work with graduate students and Ph.D.  objective, rather than the usual subjective   ing this new role. She was also a freelance
        candidates to adapt his physiological moni-  assessment,  when they  ask questions like   writer for Oregon Jewish Life magazine.
        toring technology for the U.S. market.  ‘how do you feel’,” says Shamir. “It is an   Her mother, Judy Margles, is the Execu-
         Shamir, 31, is the founder of Letos, a com-  aid for diagnostics for doctors.”     tive Director of the Oregon Jewish Muse-
        puter software start-up that specializes in be-  Shamir  has  already  spent  a  couple  of   um  and  Center  for Holocaust  Education,
        havioral sciences, affective-neuroscience and  months working with UO  remotely and   and her father, Steve, is a professor of Ju-
        well-being technologies. In Oregon, he will  will be in Eugene for two months.   daic Studies at Reed College.
        work on adapting the technology for which   His project with UO  is part of the NGI
        he developed the hardware in Israel before  Explorers  program,  which provides Eu-
        moving the company to Germany in 2018 to  rope’s top  researchers  and  innovators  an   Volunteers sought for
        continue the development of software.  immersive experience in the United States.   mobile vaccine unit
         Unlike cardiac monitors used in hospitals   “NGI connected me with UO and financed   The  Congregation  Neveh  Shalom
        or head or wristband monitors, the  Letos  the process,” he says. “NGI is a consortium   COVID-19 Outreach  and  Services
        monitor does not require skin contact and  of  three  organizations  in  Europe.  Together,   team is launching its own mobile vac-
        can be worn comfortably on the outside of  they use a pot of funding to connect European   cine unit. Under the leadership of CNS
        clothes  to accurately  monitor  respiration  researchers with U.S.-based universities.”  board member  Dr. Michelle  Alberts,
        rates and pulse. A recent study by the Uni-  Born in Jerusalem, Shamir was just 17   CNSCOS will host its own COVID-19
        versity of Potsdam showed the technology  when he began his studies at the Jerusalem   vaccine  events  and  work with  part-
        provided data consistent with more intru-  College of Engineering while still in high   ners around the greater Portland area.
        sive monitors.                       school. He was able to continue his stud-  This program will give CNSCOS new
         “We provide a remote, discrete solution  ies during his military service. Following   flexibility  to  reach  as  many  people
        …  to monitor physiological  parameters  graduation, he worked in Israel in industry   as possible. As booster shots become
        (such as heart  and respiratory  rates)  for  and startups for five years, including work   available and children become eligible

        the  purpose of objectively  assessing user  on medical  devices  supporting diagnosis,   to receive a COVID-19  vaccine,  it’s
        comfort and well-being,” says Shamir.  specifically cervical cancer.        imperative  that  we have more avail-
         “Together with UO, we wish to adapt the   “When you work for start-up companies,   able vaccinator teams.

        solution  for the  U.S. market  to  provide  large corporates come to the start-ups and   We need a pool of volunteer medical
        early signs of a developing infectious dis-  offer  them  some  of  their  next-generation   professionals (currently working or re-
        ease (such as COVID) from the comfort of  developments to see if the start-ups can help   tired) who are trained to administer vac-
        our homes, while maintaining the highest  find uses for such technologies,” says Shamir.   cines. We’re looking for volunteers who
        levels of security and privacy standards.”  “During my last year working for that start-  would be able to work one to two vac-
         The original premise of the technology  up, I came across a very specific technology   cine events per month at various times of
        was to offer the field of psychology an as-  that was initially aimed at long-term moni-  day. If you’re not a medical professional,
        sessment of stress levels. But Shamir says  toring of patients in clinics and hospitals to   we also need volunteers to work at our
        stress-related acceleration of heart and respi-  replace the 12-lead electrocardiogram that   vaccine events in other ways.
        ration are also early indicators of infection.   might be used for overnight observations.”  If you’d like  to  be  a  vaccinator,
         “An early reaction that manifests via the   Shamir founded Letos to use the technol-  or other volunteer  role to help with
        increase of resting heart rate over 24 hours  ogy in a more consumer-oriented approach.   events,  fill  out  the  interest  form  at
        is an early prediction  of infection,  which   This  is his second time  in  the  United   tinyurl.com/CNSVaccineTeam.  In  the
        manifests a few days before symptoms of  States. In 2018, he was invited as a speak-  next couple of weeks, you’ll receive
        fever and cough for COVID or other dis-  er to discuss wearable  technology at  a     a more detailed  form with questions
        eases,” he says.                     NVIDIA GTC conference                  about your availability. For questions,
         Letos  offers  a  consumer-oriented  ap-  For more information  on Letos, visit   email covid19@nevehshalom.org.
        proach with  at-home  monitoring  of heart  crunchbase.com/organization/letos.
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