● H.E. Dr. Bandar Al Knawy and Dr. Ahmed Alaskar to lead a landmark event on Medical Research: Future Planning

A landmark event took place on Tuesday October 18 at King Abdulaziz Medical City, where H.E. Dr. Bandar Al Knawy, Chief Executive Officer, MNGHA and President, KSAU-HS, led a senior strategy meeting entitled “ Medical Research: Future Planning” with the participation of all the academic medical center internal stakeholders including Ministry of National Guards Health Affairs (MNGHA) hospitals, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences (KSAU-HS) and King Abdullah International Medical Research Center (KAIMRC).

H.E. Dr. Bandar Al Knawy, introduced the meeting by highlighting the importance given to medical research at MNGHA through major investment in infrastructure development through the construction and equipment of three dedicated research buildings equipped with the state of the art biomedical research equipment in three regions, Riyadh, Alahsa and Jeddah.

H.E. Dr. Al Knawy, has also expressed his strong support to medical research as well as the need for more collaborative efforts to strengthen the innovation system with the participation of all internal stakeholders. He also, stressed the importance of making an impact through the research programs through a focused strategy and targeted research programs.

Dr. Ahmed Alaskar, Executive Director of KAIMRC, presented an overview of KAIMRC strategy and achievements. A number of key performance indicators for biomedical and clinical research were presented as well as some outcomes and outputs of medical research at MNGHA. While still a young research enterprise, KAIMRC has made a significant progress towards becoming a vibrant biomedical research center in the country.

Dr. Alaskar presented a long term vision and a clear strategy for KAIMRC and some of the major projects underway including the medical biotechnology park, a cornerstone of KAIMRC strategy towards achieving better innovations and exploiting commercial potential of new research discoveries in the academic medical center.

After a productive discussion among the audience, H.E. Dr. Al Knawy and Dr. Alaskar thanked all the participants for their contribution to this important event and enthusiasm about medical research and their keen interest to explore and establish further collaborations among the hospital, the university and the research center teams. Additional follow up meetings will take place soon.