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● Second Workshop for Strategic Planning for Medical Research at KAIMRC

After a successful workshop on strategic planning for medical research that took place last week at the Academic Medical Center with large participation of clinicians from hospitals at the Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs (MNGHA) and scientists from King Abdullah International Medical Research Center (KAIMRC), today, the second workshop of this series of strategic planning took place with an enthusiastic crowd from King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences (KSAU-HS).

H.E. Dr. Bandar Al Knawy, Chief Executive Officer, MNGHA and President, KSAU-HS has reiterated the importance that biomedical research plays in the academic medical center’s journey to excellence in healthcare and education. The importance given by MNGHA to biomedical research could be easily seen through major investments made in infrastructure development for three major research buildings in three different regions in the country and all equipped to conduct cutting edge biomedical research.

H.E. Dr. Al Knawy invited all faculty at the university to seek further collaborative opportunities with researchers at KAIMRC in order to build stronger Research and Development enterprise.

Dr. Ahmed Al Askar, Executive Director, KAIMRC presented the roadmap of R&D at KAIMRC with current achievements and future directions towards achieving significant economic and health impact. A hallmark of KAIMRC R&D roadmap was the set up of a vibrant Medical Biotechnology Park.

Dr. Alaskar has also presented some of the many ongoing collaborative research projects between KAIMRC scientists and KSAU-HS faculty as well as some projects with potential significant impact.

A discussion session highlighting great interest in further strengthening collaborative opportunities between KAIMRC researchers and KSAU-HS faculty took place. A number of challenges have also been discussed and a way forward to address these challenges has been explored.

H.E. Dr. Al Knawy has closed the workshop by inviting all faculty of KSAU-HS and scientists at KAIMRC to strengthen the research collaborative ties with a stronger focus in few selected strategic R&D areas.

A report from this series of workshops is being developed and will be shared with the academic medical center’s stakeholders to further boost the R&D health and economic impact.