x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Health conference will set agenda for region

Some of the world's leading public health experts gather to discuss the role of the Middle East in the most pressing global health issues.

ABU DHABI // Some of the world's leading public health experts are to gather in Al Ain tomorrow for a five-day conference to discuss the role of the Middle East in the most pressing global health issues. Topics including genetic diseases, reproduction, pandemics and mental health will be on the agenda at Global Health and the UAE: Asia-Middle East Connections.

Hosted by the UAE University, the conference is expected to set the research agenda in the region for the coming years. Among the participants: Dubai Health Authority, Emirates Airline, Emirates National Oil Company, the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi, Yale University and Harvard University. The UAE University team hopes to identify between six and 10 research topics that can be studied to "contribute to the health and stability of this country and region", said Professor Rory Hume, the provost of the university.

The conference will be opened by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Chancellor of the UAE University. Today in The National, three of the 60 speakers write about some of the pressing issues. munderwood@thenational.ae