King Abdul Aziz University (KAU), represented by the Center of Excellence In Genomic Medicine Research, signed a cooperation agreement with the Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs represented by King Abdullah International Medical Research Center (KAIMRC) and King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences (KSAU-HS) on Monday, the 12th of February 2018.
The MoU was signed by HE President of King Abdulaziz University, Dr. Abdulrahman Obaid AI-Youbi and H.E. Chief Executive Officer of Ministry of National Guard – Health Affairs, President of King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Board of Directors Head of King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, Dr. Bandar Al Knawy, with a number of officials from both sectors.
The agreement comes within the framework of continuous and joint work between the two parties and the enhancement of exchanging scientific and practical expertise. The agreement also aims at conducting distinct research projects in the field of genetics and personalized medicine, which aims at providing the appropriate treatment for each patient according to his genes, As well as working on the preparation of specialized reference laboratories that will contribute in cutting the cost of sending samples abroad, and in turn, locally accurate results will be more reliable which is a strategic objective for self-sufficiency.
Under this agreement, the two parties will exchange consultations of common interest related to their work and activities, provide joint technical consultations in the field of medical research, diagnostic services and related sciences, and implement joint national projects, as well as exchange information and technical data, especially in the fields of research and diagnosis of many of the terminal and cancerous diseases.
HE President of King Abdulaziz University, Dr. Abdulrahman Obaid AI-Youbi, applauded the joint relationship between the University and the Ministry of National Guard – Health Affairs, considering that the agreement will be an extension of a long joint between the two parties, which will enable everyone to benefit from the human and technical capabilities available: ” The leaders and researchers enthusiasm of both sectors towards national research projects and primarily in the service of patients, calls for being optimistic about the success of this joint agreement”.
Board of Directors Head of King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, H.E. Dr. Bandar Al Knawy pointed out that: ” Through this agreement, we seek to achieve the scientific renaissance in the field of research in the Kingdom, gain the trust of the community, and assume the responsibility of such institutions and towards them, while enhancing the role of economic interest of scientific research, which reflects the vision of the Kingdom and its leadership in the advancement of science and research and investing that economically towards income diversification”.