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UAEU Global Healthcare Conference in January

UAEU Global Conference in January to Discuss Urgent Research Agenda for Diabetes

Under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Chancellor of the United Arab Emirates University, Global and the UAE Asia-Middle East Connections

United Arab Emirates University is convening sixty of the world’s leading health scientists, researchers and clinicians in Al Ain, UAE.

The conference, Global Health and the UAE: Asia-Middle East Connections conference will discuss critical global health threats and help set the research agenda for 2010 onwards. The conference, which is the first of its kind on this scale, is being held in collaboration with Yale University, the University of California, American University of Beirut, the Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Hong Kong, and Unifob Global at the University of Bergen, Norway.

This landmark conference will be addressing a number of topics, including the prevalence of diabetes throughout the Middle East and Asia, with particular reference to the UAE.

A number of experts will be presenting their research and findings on the disease. Among them will be Dr. Fatma Al-Maskari, Associate Professor of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, UAEU, who will be presenting her findings on the directs costs associated with diabetes mellitus and its complications. Also speaking will be Professor Hussein Saadi, Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, UAEU, who will be discussing the most appropriate screening strategies to try and determine which method is most applicable to the UAE.

Dr Abdullah Al-Khanbashi, Vice-Chancellor, said: “The prevalence of Type II diabetes among Emiratis is one of the highest in the world. Therefore, we are excited to be able to contribute directly to global healthcare research in this area, particularly when it is also an area that is of great importance to the future health of our society. From the outset of this conference, there can no longer be any doubt that the UAE is a fully committed part of the global health debate. This event is the first of its kind on this scale and illustrates UAEU’s ambitions to further its credentials of being a first-class 21st century research university. The coming together of this group of people provides a rare opportunity to establish collaborative efforts between UAE and academics and their international counterparts.”

The conference, Global Health and the UAE: Asia-Middle East Connections will run from 4th to 8th January 2010 at UAEU in Al Ain in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, UAE.

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