Community Jameel Saudi unites KAU, Imperial College scientists to combat infectious diseases

April 20, 2021

JEDDAH — Community Jameel Saudi and King Abdulaziz University (KAU ) announced the launch of the Jameel Fund for Infectious Disease Research and Innovation (Jameel Fund) in Saudi Arabia to combat COVID-19 and related diseases, including the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

The collaboration aims to accelerate the development of clinical solutions to treat a range of infectious diseases in the Gulf region and worldwide. The launch of the fund coincides with the 75th anniversary of Jameel family philanthropy.

The Jameel Fund targets several high-impact projects that advance our ability to understand, prevent, diagnose, and treat coronaviruses and other infectious diseases.

Alongside practical solutions, research articles to be produced out of the collaboration will be reviewed by specialist researchers before they are made available and published for free by both sides.

The Jameel Fund for Infectious Disease Research and Innovation will also be supervised by a joint committee comprising representatives from KAU and counterparts from Imperial College London.

The fund will support Saudi researchers through many phases, the first of which will be launched in 2021 by supporting the projects of researchers in King Abdulaziz University.

Prof. Dr. Abdul Rahman Bin Obaid Al-Yobi, president of KAU, said: "This agreement is part of the strategic goals of KAU to contribute to developing an environment that stimulates and supports creativity and innovation.

“KAU also shares the same interest with Community Jameel Saudi for serving the community through remarkable contributions. We thank Community Jameel Saudi for their confidence in the ability of Saudi universities and researchers to combat a set of pressing health challenges in the Gulf region and world."

Hassan Jameel, vice-chairman of Community Jameel, said: “This agreement builds on the broad efforts made by the Community Jameel Saudi in developing skills and its commitment to support scientific research and empowering Saudi community and scientists by providing innovation opportunities for a better future.

“It also aims to strengthen the relationship between the Community Jameel Saudi and KAU and its partners from international institutions such as Imperial College through many programs that aim to open new research horizons that have a profound impact on enabling Saudi scientists and researchers to find new ways to respond to some urgent health challenges in the Kingdom."

Out of its keenness to create a safe and healthy society, Community Jameel Saudi recently signed several cooperation agreements with King Abdulaziz University to support scientific research focusing on infectious diseases, and also to promote collaboration in various academic and development fields.

The agreements also aim to support Saudi researchers at KAU and encourage cooperation with research bodies from inside and outside Saudi Arabia to enhance the quality of scientific research. — SG

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