The Al Janadriyah National Heritage and Cultural Festival is one of the main festivals in the Kingdom. The estimated number of visitors each year is over 2 million. The Al Janadriyah Village covers a huge area, more than 1.5 sq. km and is divided into sections according to the different Provinces of Saudi Arabia such as Jizan (Gazan), Asir, Riyadh, Hail, Tabuk, Eastern Province and Makkah. Each province area has buildings, replicas of the architectural style typical to the region. Each year there is a visiting country at the festival and in 2017 the guest country is Egypt. Janadriyah showcases the largest governmental institutions, such as the Ministry of National Guard, Health Affairs as well as various social projects, non-profit organizations, private companies and charity foundations. Several marketplaces, art exhibitions, food stalls, stages for traditional dance performances and commercial pavilions are present.
KAIMRC’s involvement in Janadriyah is to showcase all the work of the various departments and to disseminate information to the public. Using the opportunity Janadriyah provides, KAIMRC communicates its research and findings to the public and media, portrays a positive image, and creates a strong relationship with the audience.
Innovation and Technology Transfer Management Office (ITTMO)
ITTMO was established in 2012 as a KAIMRC initiative to manage the intellectual property generated through research at KAIMRC, KSAU-HS and MNGHA. The primary function is to register patents and trademarks at patent offices globally, manage patent licensing and commercializing, as well as promote awareness of intellectual property. In terms of technology transfer, ITTMO emphasizes maximizing research return on investment to establish a knowledge-based economy, and contribute financially to the organization. Some of our successful patents have been presented in 3D models and explained as evidence of the success of the research output from our organization.
Research Training and Development Section (RTDS)
RTDS is participating at Janadriyah to introduce and distribute the annual events calendar. The Section is dedicated to provide and facilitate educational programs and activities for KAIMRC, KSAU-HS and MNGHA staff and professional students at all levels.
Medical Genomics Research Department (MGDR)
At the MGRD booth, we welcome visitors by giving them a KAIMRC gift, and explain the role of KAIMRC and its different departments. We provide a general overview of Genetics, Genomics, DNA as hereditary material and some interesting facts about Genetics. We also discuss cancer and genetic diseases, and their link to DNA defects. We explain MicroArray and hybridization, Sequencing and Cell Culture concepts with examples of their usage and benefits. This is followed by a brief talk related to the department’s accomplishments and new scientific discoveries in this field. To conclude, we ask visitors their interests in the subjects discussed and how can they be involved intellectually. The MGDR booth in Janadriyah covers departmental education, services and applications.
Saudi Stem Cells Donor Registry (SSCDR)
Janadriyah Festival is considered as one of the most important campaigns for SSCDR to attend. It is the fifth time of SSCRD participates in the Janadriyah festival. During the festival, the primary focus of SSCDR is to raise awareness and educate visitors regarding stem cells and the importance of stem cell donations.
SSCDR have 5 booths during Janadriyah 2017. SSCDR booths are in Jazan (Male), Baha (Male), Madinah (Male), Assir (Female) and KAMIRC (Male, Female). Each booth has 3 stages:
1. Awareness stage: Responsibility of Ambassadors
2.Registration stage: Responsibility of KAIMRC staff, SSCDR staff and Ambassadors
3.Collection stage: Responsibility of KAMIRC and SSCDR staff
SSCDR Data Management Center
In 2017, we have implemented a SSCRD Data Management Center at Janadriyah Festival. The scope of work includes:
– Samples are collected on-site, and gathered every two hours. The SSCDR team continuously visits the booths at Jazan, Baha, Madina, Assir and KAIMRC to collect the donated blood samples and consent forms.
– Blood samples with consent forms are segregated per booth and per gender for statistical purposes.
– Blood samples with consent forms are reviewed for quality purposes. Acceptable samples are scanned immediately using a barcode reader to enter the donor in the SSCDR Donor Database.
– Once the samples and consent forms are received (barcode read) in the database, they are separated. Consent forms are arranged in sequence and samples are packed into bundle of tens.
– Samples packs are collated, sealed and labeled for shipment to the Histogenetics laboratory in the United States.
– Arranged (sorted by barcode number) consent forms are scanned to produce a copy and arranged into sequence and the data encoded.
– Encoding is done by the SSCDR team and KAIMRC.
– Encoded consent forms are sent back to SSCDR headquarters for filling and safe keeping. The main objective of SSCDR Data Management Center is to achieve full processing of samples and consent forms at the time of donor collection. We aim to have a zero backlog at the end of the Janadriyah Festival. With the implementation of sample processing during the event, we are able to complete some aspects of sample and consent form processing without compromising the quality and efficiency of work.
– The daily update during the 2017 Janadriyah Festival is accurate because we are able to process the samples and consent forms on site. Rejected samples, such as mislabeled or without labels are also identified immediately.
The purpose of the Research Office’s presence at the Al Janadriyah Festival is to enhance community awareness of clinical and biomedical research, and to answer all questions related to research studies. In addition, it informs the audience about the services provided to researchers in KAIMRC. These services include consultation for writing research proposals, facilitating the approval process of all submitted research proposals, providing highly qualified and trained research coordinators, supporting and managing externally sponsored clinical trials, and monitoring research studies.
The Experimental Medicine booth raises awareness about the research-related animal facilities available in Riyadh, Jeddah and Al Ahsa. The roles of the team, the suitability of the environment to care for the animals and their treatment inside the facility are explained. The department also provides training for researchers to work with the animals, e.g. controlling animals, drawing blood, giving injections, and performing surgery and anesthesia.