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Qatari leader sees how Imperial is improving the health of tomorrow's babies


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Friday 27 January 2006
By Tony Stephenson

Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned, Consort to the Emir of Qatar, visited Imperial College London yesterday to learn about the latest medical developments aimed at improving babies' health.

Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned and Dr Tidu Maini

Welcoming Her Highness to the College for the first time, Dr Tidu Maini Opens in new window, Pro-Rector for Corporate Affairs described Imperial's history and its research strengths.

Professor Stephen Smith Opens in new window, Principal of the Faculty of Medicine, highlighted current medical research projects and new developments before inviting two senior research leaders from the Faculty to talk about their research in paediatrics.

Professor Nicholas Fisk Opens in new window, Professor of Foetal Medicine, described the difficulties in delivering medicine to babies while they are still inside their mother and also outlined potential opportunities for the development of new drugs and techniques in this area.

David Edwards Opens in new window, Professor of Neonatal Medicine, described the use of new imaging technologies to improve outcomes for newborn babies, including the CoolCap study which helps cool the brains of oxygen deprived babies, preventing brain damage.

Imperial student, Kamal Nagi and Her Highness

Her Highness also heard about the creation of Imperial's diabetes centre in Abu Dhabi. Dr Maha Barakat Opens in new window, Medical and Research Director of the Imperial College London Diabetes Centre, described how the new centre hopes to help tackle the diabetes epidemic in the United Arab Emirates through treatment, research, training and education, and public health campaigns.

Her Highness was presented with a bouquet by Imperial student, Kamal Nagi, a fourth year chemical engineering undergraduate.

Dr Tidu Maini, Pro Rector for Corporate Affairs, said: "It was a real honour for Her Highness to choose to visit Imperial. The Qatar government has long had an interest in how the latest scientific and medical advances can make an important difference to the world. Her Highness's visit to Imperial, allowed us to demonstrate our research of the highest international quality, and of the highest relevance to mothers and babies."

Her Highness is on an official visit to Britain, also meeting Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Her Highness was accompanied by Dr Shaikha Al Missned, President of Qatar University, Dr Abdulla Al-Kubaisi, Director of the Office of Her Highness, Dr Ghalia Al-Thani, Chairperson of the National Health Authority, Board of Directors, and Dr Fathy Saoud, Higher Education Advisor, Qatar Foundation.

Her Highness is the Chairman of the Qatar Foundation's board of directors. The Qatar Foundation is located in Education City, a 2,500 acre campus outside Doha.

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