Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 11 December 2019

Khalifa University students selected for US paediatric summer programme

The students were selected along with 20 others from universities around the world for the programme at Children's National Medical Centre in Washington.

ABU DHABI // Four students from Khalifa University have been selected to take part in a summer programme at a US paediatric hospital.

The students were selected along with 20 others from universities around the world, and will participate in the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Paediatric Surgical Innovation’s student innovators programme at Children’s National Medical Centre in Washington.

The three undergraduates – Mohammed Alteneiji, Salim Almulla and Mohammed Alharmoodi – and one graduate student, Sarah Bawazir, will spend two months at Children’s National. It is the fifth consecutive year that UAE students have been selected to participate in the programme.

They will work on projects with physician-scientists and bioengineers, mainly focusing on robotics in medicine and innovation in patient care and disease treatment, as well as scientific research and mobile app development, according to Wam, the state news agency.

“During their stay here, we want them to gain a better understanding of the innovation behind paediatric health care, and acquire the necessary skills and knowledge,” said Dr Peter Kim, vice president of the institute.

The programme is an “extension of our shared vision with the UAE, to significantly and measurably advance medical innovation” to improve surgical outcomes for children, he said.

A medical “hack-a-thon” will also be part of the programme, asking students to develop ideas to improve rehabilitation through the use of technology and robotics.

The Sheikh Zayed Institute was founded in 2010 through a US$150 million (Dh551m) from the Abu Dhabi government, according to Children’s National.

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Updated: July 20, 2016 04:00 AM

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