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GMU Launches Zebrafish Installation for Cancer Research in Partnership with Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Prize for Medical Sciences

Officials at the inauguration of the Zebrafish Facility for Cancer Research. – Photo provided

Posted: Sat, Nov 27, 2021, 11:16 PM

A new cancer research institute has been inaugurated in the United Arab Emirates.

The Thumbay Research Institute for Precision Medicine (TRIPM) at Gulf Medical University (GMU) launched a zebrafish installation for cancer research in partnership with the Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Prize for Science medical.

The facility is the second such facility in the United Arab Emirates. The zebrafish (Danio rerio) is an ideal model for studying a wide variety of types of human cancer. They are easy and inexpensive to grow and maintain in a laboratory environment. This animal model allows for easy genetic manipulation and transplantation of human cancer cells to better study cancer behavior in real time. The model has gained ground in the fields of cancer biology, drug discovery and immunotherapy.

The inauguration took place in the presence of Abdulla Bin Souqat, Executive Director of the Prize, Professor Hossam Hamdy, Chancellor of the GMU, Professor Salem Chouaib, Vice-Chancellor for Research, and other Vice-Chancellors, deans and professors.

Calling this a historic achievement, Prof Hamdy said the facility would take GMU to the next level of research and advanced research programs.

Professor Salem Chouaib, Director of TRIPM, said: “This facility is important to both GMU and TRIMP, as the zebrafish has become a unique and key model for understanding the biology of cancer in humans, and the zebrafish has replaced other modes of research. This installation will be decisive in carrying out ambitious and advanced research programs. “

Bin Souqat said, “We believe that the inauguration of this facility will strengthen the research culture in the UAE. The award is considered to be the first non-governmental organization to establish medical research funding in the United Arab Emirates since 1999 and has a long history of collaborating with universities, research institutes in medical research, and it also aims to involve the health professionals.

TRIPM will serve as a bridge between scientists, faculty members and clinicians who will work together synergistically in a well-focused program to achieve scientific excellence in research.


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