New UAE-backed research lab opens in London
A laboratory offering life-saving support to children with rare illnesses has been unveiled in London. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, wife of the UAE's Founding Father Sheikh Zayed and chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, previously donated around AED278m to the project, and H.H. Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan officially opened the facility this week.
Its goal is to aid clinicians and scientists in finding cures for rare diseases. Run in partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital in London and the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, the laboratory is hoped to be a powerful force driving research into life-threatening illnesses that are uncommon and difficult to treat.
The building itself is adjacent to Great Ormond Street Hospital and houses specialist research equipment and scientific technology. The facility is being used to look into certain rare cancers as well as other terminal illnesses, like cystic fibrosis, to give children with such illnesses a better chance of being cured.
By Martha Davies