UAE university to set up health institute
Al Ain, May 9, 2010
United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) has announced plans to set up a health institute at its campus in Al Ain. The Global Health Institute will conduct research in co-ordination with local and international partners to address health problems in the region.
The initial areas of research the institute hopes to undertake include epidemiology, ethnography, migrant health issues, epidemic disease and air transport, and areas surrounding refugee health.
The primary partnership will be with the University of California System-wide Global Health Institute, with more planned with Yale, and other universities in Bergen, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur.
UAEU said it has appointed Sir Richard Feachem, Professor of Global Health at both the University of California, San Francisco and the University of California, Berkeley, and director of Global Health Group at UCSF Global Health Sciences, as the advisor for the next three years.
Sir Richard will serve as a member of the UAEU Global Health Institute Advisory Board and work closely with the Provost, Vice Provost for Health Sciences/Dean of Medicine and the Director of the Institute.
Dr Abdullah Al-Khanbashi, vice chancellor of the UAEU, said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Sir Richard Feachem to the UAEU. The primary mission of UAEU is to be a research engine to benefit the people of the UAE and its future generations.'
'It is therefore fitting and timely that the university should be drawing together the greatest global health scholars from around the world to provide research on the health issues our great Nation and wider region are facing. In this context, we believe that Sir Richard will add huge value to our institute and to health research in the UAE,' he added.
'The UAE is a vital hub in the global network and is therefore ideally suited to house this new global health institute. In addition to partnering with the leading global health experts like Sir Richard, we will also recruit high quality talent from within the UAE,' Al-Khanbashi said.
'In collaborating with our partners and training National undergraduate and graduate students the UAE will become a global research hub for the Middle East and Asia,' he added.
Sir Richard said: 'It is an honour for me to play a role in the newly established institute advisory board. It will play an integral role in establishing and progressing the institute, and drive forward health research in the UAE.'
'Having participated in the UAE Global Health conference at UAEU at the beginning of the year, I have seen the commitment of the University and the Emirate’s leadership to increase the quality and quantity of research in Abu Dhabi, as well as seeing first hand how impressive the campus facilities are and the levels of investment that are being made to ensure success,' he added.-TradeArabia News Service