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Hospital signs agreement to develop medical research program with Saudi Arabian University

St. Michael’s Hospital entered into a landmark agreement recently with King Saud University that will provide collaborative research opportunities to help speed the transfer of medical discoveries from the laboratory bench to patient bedsides.

Toronto, February 2, 2009

King Saud University President Dr. Abdulla Abdulrahman Al-Othman and Dr. Arthur S. Slutsky, Vice President of Research at St. Michael's Hospital, sign an agreement between the two institutions in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on January 27.

St. Michael’s Hospital entered into a landmark agreement recently with King Saud University that will provide collaborative research opportunities to help speed the transfer of medical discoveries from the laboratory bench to patient bedsides.

The agreement, signed in Saudi Arabia on Jan. 27, will see the creation of the King Saud University medical research program at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital.

The Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, comprised of the Keenan Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing International Centre in Health Care Education, will be a trailblazing facility bringing together leading edge research and new models of education to shape the future of medicine and bring advances in health care to patient bedsides faster than ever before.

Housed at the Knowledge Institute, the King Saud University medical research program will bring University faculty members, post-doctoral fellows and technical staff to the Knowledge Institute to provide research expertise while providing opportunities to engage in clinical and teaching opportunities. Collaborative research activities will focus on translational and epidemiological research, led by Dr. Subodh Verma and Dr. Muhammad Mamdani of the Hospital. Hospital faculty members will also travel to King Saud University to lecture, train KSU faculty, provide advice on research programs and to provide research mentorship to University faculty and students.