ATLANTA, GA DECEMBER 5-7, 2011 Innovations in Healthcare ResearchSelwa A. F. Al-Hazzaa, MD, FRCS (Ophthal)Professor, Head & Consultant of OphthalmologySenior Clinical Scientist & Consultant in GeneticsKing Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre
Advances in healthcare have also created new challenges Aging and lifestyle changes Increasing cost of healthcare punctuated by alarming rise in the number of patients with: • Diabetes • Heart Diseases • Cancer • Hereditary Diseases
Innovations that Promote Sustainability & Addresses the Challenges Early Detection (screening, prevention, or delaying onset of disease) Better Treatment (personalized medicine, customized treatment, smart
Bench-to-Bed Side Approach Radiopharmaceutical productions IMRT Cell biology Cell therapy and gene therapy Genomics and proteomics Health statistics and informatics Center for clinical research
Preventing Hereditary Disease in the Circle of Life Conception Pre-marital Screening & Pre-implantation Counseling Genetic Diagnosis Marriage Pregnancy Genetic & Biochemical Testing Molecular Prenatal Testing • Amniocentesis Diagnostics • CVS • Cell-free fetal DNA Growth & Birth Development Newborn Screening
Commitment to Saudi Arabia Saudi Diagnostics Limited (SDL) Commercial arm started in 2008 owned by KFSH&RC & Sultan bin Abdulaziz Humanitarian City Provides tests for regional medical institutions with highest international standards Introduced molecular cytogenetic testing (karyotyping) in the Middle East Provides testing for all known hereditary diseases Three new Saudi biotechnology companies under development
The Future is Now King Abdullah Oncology and Liver Transplant CenterThis initiative will address the growing number of patientssuffering from cancer and liver diseases. Proton Carbon Ion Therapy FacilityThis initiative will bring the Kingdom to the level of the ten most-advanced radiotherapy facilities in the world for treatment of cancerpatients. Saudi Biotech ComplexThis initiative supports the national comprehensive plan for scienceand technology, providing specialized medical services in the area ofbiotechnology and manifests the Research Centre’s commitment totranslational research.
The Future is Now Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) Expanded KFSH&RC’s capability to treat patients with differenttypes of cancer and tumor sites. Also became reference site for“Image-Guided Radiotherapy” (IGRT). RadiopharmaceuticalsThis initiative supports advanced acceleratortechnology, radiochemistry, radio-pharmacy, andradiopharmaceuticals research. It allows for expansion of services andsolidify the Kingdom’s role as the primary supplier forradiopharmaceuticals in the region. Advanced programs in Stem Cells, Gene Therapy, GenomicsThese programs offer tremendous potential for the treatment of manyhuman diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and genetic diseases.