UAE Press: Biomedical centre is UAE’s healing touch for humanity

ABU DHABI: In an editorial on Sunday, a local newspaper said that the UAE’s first independent biomedical research centre has opened its doors at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has infected more than 21 million people and claimed in excess of 764,000 lives across the world, thereby providing a much-needed boost to global efforts to fight the virus and find long-term solutions to prevent potential outbreaks in the future.

“His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, stressed the same vital role to be played by the institute when he toured its world-class facilities during its inauguration last week,” said Gulf News.

“Medical research is an integral part of prevention and medical security in the UAE. Supporting research helps ensure sustainable economic, social and human development,” Sheikh Mohammed said at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Medical Research Institute.

The editorial further noted, “Whether it’s pioneering the Arab world’s first mission to space or partnering and hosting a stage-3 clinical trial for a COVID-19 inactive vaccine in the country, the UAE’s quest for scientific achievement has always followed a simple guiding principle advocated by the UAE leadership since its inception: every project, innovation or discovery must not only benefit the UAE and its people but also help in the progress of humanity.

“This is the reason why the UAE has made it a point to freely share the findings of all its missions with the global scientific community whether it’s the Hope Probe to Mars or the coronavirus vaccine trials.”

The paper continued, “In this case, the biomedical research institute will be a key centre for helping heal the world, studying diabetes, obesity, heart and kidney disease, various types of cancers and mental health. It will also examine genetic diseases that are common in the UAE and explore preventive measures. Initiatives such as this research centre also go a long way in encouraging young Emiratis to pursue scientific breakthroughs and bridge the medical research gap in the region.”

“Established with an initial investment of AED300 million as part of the Al Jalila Foundation, the facility is expected to bring a four percent return on the investment amounting to AED10.5m annually, which will be reinvested in healthcare and research programmes,” the Dubai-based daily concluded.

 

Source: Emirates News Agency (WAM)

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