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Sharjah plans diabetes and nanomedicine research centres

Sharjah’s plans to establish two medical research centres were unveiled this week by the Ruler of Sharjah and President of the University of Sharjah (UoS) H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi. A centre of excellence for diabetes and endocrinology research and a centre for nanomedicine, both of which will be located at the University of Sharjah.

The new diabetes and endocrinology research centre has been planned in light of the high level of diabetes in the populations of the Arabian Gulf region, and the United Arab Emirates in particular. The centre is expected to advance diagnostic and therapeutic research at national and regional levels, opening up new opportunities for research partnerships.

The new nanomedicine research centre will conduct advanced applied nanomedicine research to find new treatments for cancer, diabetes and other diseases. Nanomedicine is simply the medical application of nanotechnology, such as the usage of of nanomaterials and nanoelectronic biosensors.

Established in 2004, the University of Sharjah’s College of Medicine is accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and listed by the World Health Organization. The college has strategic relationship with the US National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) and a number of institutions in the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, France, India, Egypt and Japan. The university also has colleges for health sciences, dental medicine and pharmacy, and is home to Sharjah Institute for Medical and Health Sciences Research (SIMHR).

Adjacent to the University of Sharjah’s medical campus is the 325 bed University Hospital Sharjah (UHS). The hospital recently announced AED 16.8 million (US$ 4.6m) of expansion plans, adding 10 new speciality units, including an Interventional Cardiology Unit, a new Haemodialysis Unit, a Paediatric Emergency Room, a Refractive Surgery Centre, and a specialised Long-Term Unit. The hospital added Neuro-Spinal Surgery, Bariatric Surgery & Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery services earlier this year.

Healthcare is one of four industry sectors identified for their investment potential by Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), based on market needs and Sharjah’s own competitive advantages. Other key sectors are travel and tourism, transport and logistics, and environmental services.

Source: University of Sharjah, University Hospital Sharjah, Shurooq

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