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First MENA's Moonshot Initiative for Healthcare Research to be launched in Abu Dhabi.
Filed on 2018-10-07 | Last updated on 2018-10-07 10:13:15

ABU DHABI, 6th October, 2018 (WAM) -- Abu Dhabi will see the launch of the inaugural edition of the Moonshot initiative for Healthcare Research for the first time in the MENA Region in Abu Dhabi on 11th October 2018.

Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, VPS Healthcare, one of the UAE's leading healthcare groups, is launching the initiative in collaboration with Al Bayt Mitwahid Association (ABM).

The initiative aims to bring together key decision-makers from the public and private sector alongside leading academics to discuss and establish a robust framework for healthcare research in the UAE.

The event will shed light on methodologies for establishing a research agenda that fosters innovation and entrepreneurship in order to attract local and international researchers who can help shape the future of UAE's education, social development and the healthcare industry. In line with the UAE Vision 2021, the Moonshot initiative aims to fuel the UAE's development towards a knowledge-based economy.

The full-day event will facilitate dialogue between renowned industry experts from leading global healthcare and research institutions including Mayo Clinic, The University of Texas MD Adnerson Cancer Center, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, Google Research, and Koninklijke Philips.

The speakers will discuss the importance of investing in the adoption of healthcare research through cutting-edge technologies and examining how artificial intelligence is set to change the face of healthcare globally.

Additionally, key panel discussions will stress on the importance of establishing a robust research ecosystem that is founded on the synergy between public and private institutions.

Saif Ali Al Qubaisi, Chairman of ABM, said: "We are honoured to support VPS Healthcare with the Moonshot initiative, an innovative program which will act as a catalyst for setting the future agenda of healthcare research in both the UAE and the region. At Al Bayt Mitwahid, healthy living is one of our key pillars and our work with VPS Healthcare on such initiatives ensures that we meet our mandate to continually provide residents with the highest quality services, creating healthy and vibrant communities."

Dr. ShamsheerVayalil, Chairman and Managing Director of VPS, said: "We are pleased to partner with Al Bayt Mitwahid to launch such a prestigious and important initiative in the region. The Moonshot initiative is sure to become one of the key fixtures in the UAE healthcare and research industry calendar, undoubtedly taking the sector to new frontiers. At VPS, we are committed to taking an active role in the UAE government's efforts to develop world-class medical research projects through public-private collaborations.'' ''Through the Moonshot initiative, it gives us great pleasure to take part in shaping the future of healthcare research and innovation in the UAE while promoting a culture of knowledge-sharing that ensures the sustainability of the healthcare sector."

Students from educational institutes across the UAE will have the opportunity to engage with the speakers and get a first-hand knowledge about the subjects at discussion. In addition to also giving the opportunity for the healthcare professionals to benefit from their insights and perspective.