Khalaf Al Habtoor, the Chairman of the Al Habtoor Group, met with executives from the Dubai Harvard Foundation for Medical Research (DHFMR) at his company’s head office on Al Wasl Road, Dubai on September 22, 2011.
Dr David E Golan – Dean for Graduate Education Special Advisor for Global Programmes and Professor of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology Professor of Medicine Harvard, Dr Robin Wheatley – Director of Administration for the Dubai Harvard Foundation for Medical Research and Al Habtoor discussed the progress of The Khalaf Al Habtoor Research Fellowship, as well as possibilities for future collaboration.
The Khalaf Al Habtoor Harvard Medical Research Fellowship was founded in May 2011. It offers an opportunity for a qualified post-doctoral researcher from the UAE or the Middle East to work for up to three years at a research centre or laboratory based at Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health or one of the Harvard Medical School affiliated hospitals.
The fellowship was set up to explore fundamental scientific questions leading to a better understanding of the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of a number of diseases. Applications have already been submitted and reviewed and the successful applicants have been selected by a DHFMR’s Scientific Advisory Committee, whose members are leaders of the Harvard Medical School and the Middle East academic research community.
Dr Golan, Dr Wheatley, Khalaf Al Habtoor and Mohammed Al Habtoor, Vice-Chairman and CEO of the Al Habtoor Group, made a decision about the winner of the fellowship. The name of the recipient will be announced at a press conference early next year.
“I’m delighted to have this opportunity to support the next generation of researchers in the Middle East by endorsing the work of the Dubai Harvard Foundation for Medical Research”, Khalaf Al Habtoor commented following the meeting, “I look forward to meeting with the fellowship recipient, to congratulate him or her on their achievement and hear their chosen topic of research.”