Emirati inventors discuss ways to improve health of community

Session on ‘Future of Innovation in the Health Sector’ looked at development of medical research to ensure treatment of common diseases, as well as to find new ways to improve the performance of the sector.

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Published: Mon 18 May 2015, 12:24 AM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 10:38 PM

Dubai - ‘Hybrid specialties’ are the next phase in the medical field, said Professor Ali Al Naqbi, inventor of the artificial liver, during a session on ‘Future of Innovation in the Health Sector’ organised by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation (MBRCGI) as part of ‘UAE Innovation Dialogue’ sessions. The session — that was attended by officials of the Ministry of Health and saw more than 100 participants — highlighted the experiences of a group of Emirati inventors in the medical sector.

It also looked at development of medical research to ensure treatment of common diseases, as well as to find new ways to improve the performance of the sector in view of its importance in people’s lives and health of the community.

The session was attended by Professor Ali Al Naqbi; Dr Arif Alnoriana, the first Emirati doctor to perform robotic heart surgeries; and Reem Marzouki, inventor of a car for people with special needs. Dr Saqr Al Mualla, Deputy Director of Al Qasimi Hospital, was the moderator.

Speaking at the session, Professor Ali Al Naqbi described hybrid specialties as the next phase in the medical field, combining two specialties such as industry and medicine. In this connection, he cited his invention of the artificial liver, which serves the needs of patients from the medical point of view by facilitating the production of proteins.

Alnoriana said that robotic cardiac surgery was not available in the UAE until last June because of the nonavailability of hardware. Now, the UAE has become the only country in the world along with the US to adopt this technique in heart surgery. This has also contributed in making the UAE a leading heart care destination in the region.

Emirati inventor Reem Marzouki explained that innovation is not limited to those with talent. She said it may even be a case of pure coincidence, noting the experience of a female pilot who had lost her hand but was able to fly a plane again using her feet. Marzouki said this incident was the inspiration behind her invention of a car for people with special needs.

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