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Dubai Meeting on Enhancing Inter-regional Cooperation in Biomedical Science

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A Roadmap for enhancing inter-regional collaboration in biomedical science, and with the research infrastructures IT Future of Medicine (ITFoM) and Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure (BBMRI) in particular, was discussed at a meeting held on the 2nd of February in Dubai. The meeting was hosted by the United Arab Emirate’s National Research Foundation (UAE NRF) and under the directorship of Dr Husam Sultan Al-Ulama. The meeting was chaired by Declan Kirrane (ISC) and attended by Prof Kurt Zatloukal (BBMRI), Prof Hans Lehrach (ITFoM), Mrs Avril Doyle (former MEP), Prof Peter Boyle (iPRI), and Markus Pasterk (iPRI) amongst others.

The meeting was a direct follow-up to the European Parliament hearing held on the 22nd November 2011, chaired by Dr Angelika Niebler, MEP, which sought the optimal format for scientific dialogue between the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the EU.

Four conclusions arose from the meeting:

  • The NRF articulated a firm commitment to the pursuit of high quality science and the health of the UAE population
  • The NRF committed to pursuing a Science Cooperation Agreement with the EU
  • Both the NRF and university representatives (UAE, UAEU) expressed a firm intent to participate in both projects, ITFoM and BBMRI
  • The NRF committed to hosting a conference symposium in biomedical science in October 2012, with focus on BBMRI and ITFoM.