Al Jalila Foundation to host inaugural international scientific symposium

April 1, 2014 11:17 am

Al Jalila Foundation, a global philanthropic organisation dedicated to transforming lives through medical education and research, will host an inaugural biomedical research symposium on April 2, 2014 under the theme ‘Medical Research Today, Saving Lives Tomorrow’.

Professor Sehamuddin Galadari, Chairperson of Al Jalila Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Committee, will lead the conference, which will be held at Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Centre and be open to all professionals in the field of biomedical science.

Professor Galadari commented: “The Symposium will allow regional scientists to draw from a wealth of scientific and medical expertise, and network with international counterparts in order to enhance biomedical and translational research in the UAE. Our aim is to build lasting partnerships with global medical institutions so that we can produce research that is relevant, and therefore, contribute towards the well-being of the nation, in line with the UAE Vision 2021.”

The conference will be attended by a number of prominent international scientists including: Professor Yusuf Hannun, Director, Stony Brook Cancer Center; Professor Lina Obeid, Professor of Medicine, Stony Brook University Medical Center; and Professor Pann-Ghill Suh, President, UNIST Academy-Industry Research Corporation (Korea).

Professors and PhD students from UAE University will interact with the international guests to discuss issues surrounding diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular diseases, cancer and mental health. These five regional health problems have been identified by Al Jalila Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Committee as a focus for the conference due to their prominence in the region.

Dr Abdulkareem Al Olama, CEO at Al Jalila Foundation, said, “We are excited to collaborate with so many brilliant international scientists and hope that the symposium will inspire local students to pursue biomedical science as a career. Building a platform for young scientists to develop through dialogue, debate and education is an important step towards establishing a thriving medical research sector with local capabilities and global ambition.”

Al Jalila Foundation will be launching medical research fellowship programmes and grants to UAE-based students and scientists at the Scientific Symposium to provide them with the opportunity to study at prominent institutions and return to Dubai with valuable insight.

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