A senior professor at one of the world’s leading hospitals stated that a new UAE-supported research centre would help doctors develop cures for children fighting rare diseases even faster than ever before.
Bobby Gaspar, professor of pediatrics and immunology at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, stated that the Zayed Centre for Research into Rare Diseases in Children would support hundreds of clinicians and researchers to make crucial medical advancements to upgrade the lives of innumerable children when it launches in July.
The facility, which is going to be situated in London, profited from a £60 million (Dh278m) donation made by Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, the wife of the UAE’s Founding Father Sheikh Zayed, and chairwoman of the General Women’s Union.
Prof Gaspar stated that the work that would take place in the Zayed Centre for Research would allow them to make discoveries and unfold cures for rare diseases faster than ever before, giving children everywhere the opportunity to lead a longer and fuller life.
The centre would run in collaboration with Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, would drive forward research into odd disease like childhood cancers, muscular dystrophy, and cystic fibrosis.
The professor told the audience which also included His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces and his Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan, which the human body itself contains the key to deal with a whole host of diseases.
He stated that inside every cell there is a nucleus, and inside the nucleus there are 23 pairs of chromosomes, and inside it there are 25,000 genes that manage everything human beings are, i.e. from how tall one is to the color of our hair.
محمد بن زايد وملك الأردن يحضران في مجلس قصر البطين محاضرة بعنوان “إحداث تغيير شامل في طب الأطفال في العالم”، القاها كل من البروفيسور بوبي غاسبر والبروفيسورة مانجو كوريان من كلية لندن الجامعية. pic.twitter.com/EpkdPcOyzq
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Professor Gaspar presented a motivating example of a gene therapy success story, while displaying a picture of a young child from Poland. He said that a single gene in her bone marrow signified that she won’t be able to generate any white cells, which are there to protect people from bacteria and viruses. Lack of WBC proved deadly for her. The only treatment that was available was to conduct a bone marrow transplant from another person in order to rebuild her white cells. After the transplant, she grew into a healthy child and was cured of her illness.