Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases opens

AL AIN — The UAE is committed to continuously improve its health care system, Shaikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Education, has said.

By Lana Mahdi

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Published: Mon 28 Feb 2005, 9:27 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 3:40 PM

“We in UAE have been an important participant in globalisation for the past two decades. We have witnessed the globalisation of travel with the advent of the jet aircraft and even more recently, the globalisation of communication the evidence of which is satellite TV news and the cell phone,” Shaikh Nahyan, who is also the Chancellor of the UAE University, said, opening a medical conference on emerging diseases here.

The conference from February 26 to March 1, is being organised by the Research Priority Group ‘Immunoregulation and Infection’ of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHC). Experts from more than 35 countries are attending the meet at the Al Ain Intercontinental Hotel.

He expressed his appreciation of the role that the UAE has played in the health care field under the leadership of the late Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and under the guidance of the President, His Highness Shaikh Kalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Professor Norbert Nowotny, the chair of the conference organising committee, said that in a decade of struggling with SARS, chicken flu, BSE, West Nile virus infections and many others, there is no need to emphasise the importance of emerging infectious diseases, and the need to be updated on these infections.

“I am glad that so many outstanding scientists accepted our invitation to give keynote presentations on viral, prion, bacterial, parasitic, and fungal emerging infectious diseases. Besides the topics covered by the invited speakers, short oral presentations will be selected from the submitted abstracts, and posters will be presented on all areas of emerging infectious diseases,” said Professor Norbert.

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