Project Summary:

In its endeavor to disseminate ethical principles in biomedical research and clinical investigations, King Abdullah International Medical Research Center established a Bioethics section. It is one of the few prestigious entities that implements these principles within the context of international standards. The Bioethics Section even blends Islamic teachings and local cultural values with its international equivalent. In particular, the “Universal Declaration for Bioethics and Human Rights” (UNESCO) constitutes the backbone for these undertakings. The main spheres of the dual purpose include protecting human subjects involved in clinical research, patients’ rights and addressing dilemmas faced in biological research. An agreement has been signed between KAIMRC and UNESCO that fosters academic collaboration between both institutions.

Thus, a momentum has evolved, allowing for KAIMRC to excel to the top of the list for achieving recognition as the designated UNESCO chair for Biomedical Ethics.