A team from the Sheikh Zayed Institute at Children’s National recently returned from a wonderful trip to Abu Dhabi! During the visit, our CEO Dr. Kurt Newman and our Chairman of the Board Mr. Jim Lintott had the privilege of meeting with His Excellency Falah Al Ahbabi, General Manager of Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council, to discuss the importance of high quality pediatric care in Abu Dhabi. AMEInfo covered their visit, posted here.
The team was also honored and pleased to speak with the esteemed leaders and teams at Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC), Abu Dhabi Technology Development Committee (TDC), Abu Dhabi Council for Economic Development (ADCED), Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD), and Khalifa University, who all share a passion for educating our next generation and encouraging them to pursue careers in medicine and technology.
At Khalifa University, Dr. Kevin Cleary, Technical Director of Bioengineering at the Sheikh Zayed Institute, had the great opportunity to present before a class of biomedical engineering students. He talked about the importance of engineering to the medical field, and highlighted some of his specific areas of research in robotics, medical devices, and medical imaging. He showed video and photos of the Sheikh Zayed Institute’s state-of-the-art Pain Medicine Care Complex and talked about his work with the 3D printer. He also talked about ongoing research projects that the Sheikh Zayed Institute is conducting in partnership with Khalifa University - all with the goal of making pediatric surgery more precise, less invasive, and pain free. Several of the 2013 Student Innovators from Khalifa University were in attendance, and shared their personal experiences at the Sheikh Zayed Institute, and the hands-on research they were able to conduct during their summer internship. We hope their stories inspire even more students to join us from Khalifa University and across the UAE for next Summer’s program.
Following his presentation, Dr. Cleary sat down with two reporters to discuss the important role of robotics and engineering in the medical field as well as the shared vision between Children’s National and Khalifa University to train the UAE’s next generation of scientists, engineers, and physicians.