Molecular medicine centre to open in Bahrain

November 27, 2011

A molecular medicine centre offering a rare opportunity in the Arab world for fighting and possibly eradicating inherited diseases and genetic disorder will open in Bahrain on Monday.

In a region marked by the high prevalence of genetic diseases, the clinics of Princess Al Jawhara Centre for Molecular Medicine and Inherited Disorders are seen as a ray of hope in offering diagnostic services in screening inherited diseases and boosting the development of scientific research in genetics.

It was built thanks to a donation from Saudi Princess Al Jawhara, with land provided by King Hamad Bin Eisa Al Khalifa.

The centre, a pioneering step in the Gulf region and in the Arab world in the follow-up and treatment of genetic diseases, will also work on scientific research as well as on raising awareness and health education in all communities of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

The opening will feature an international scientific conference in which six senior doctors and scientists from the United States, Europe, and the Middle East will highlight the latest techniques in molecular diagnosis of abnormalities of genes and chromosomes in the stages of pre-pregnancy, prenatal, and advanced molecular diagnosis in the field of pediatrics, neonatal and reproductive health, Dr Abdullah Al Tareef said.

A senior British lawyer specialized in the protection of scientific discoveries in medical science will help define the intellectual property rights of the universities and the protection of scientific discoveries.



About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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