Research integral to boost public health, says expert

Research is important in health care and more needs to be done to increase and hasten medical research here, said Dr Ali Al Obaidli, chief academic affairs officer at the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (Seha).


Olivia Olarte-Ulherr

Published: Thu 19 Dec 2013, 1:24 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 6:43 PM

“Research is an integral part of all processes to fuel the health of our population,” Dr Al Obaidli said. He was speaking at the opening of the fifth annual Seha Research Conference, where he was also the chairperson of the organising committee.

Over 900 delegates attended the two-day medical event under the theme ‘Clinical Trials and Disease Registries’.

“We are lagging behind in publication, we are lagging behind in peer-reviewed journals,” he stated and urged participants to put in more efforts into carrying out research and in reducing the time it takes to convert those findings into practice.

He cited spondylitis (inflammation of the vertebrae), which in the past was thought to affect only one per cent of the population in the region, but is actually eight per cent.

Noting Seha’s commitment in advancing research agenda through programmes such as this, Dr Al Obaidli said Seha has sponsored 17 outstanding young physicians for a year-long intensive research training programme at Harvard Medical School.

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