Today, Pr Christian Bréchot welcomed on the Institut Pasteur’s campus in Paris, Her Excellency Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, Chairperson of Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Vice-Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation to sign a Memorandum of Understanding. This agreement will allow the two institutions to cooperate in the fields of academics, research, teaching and knowledge sharing. It set the basis for building joint research projects, establish scientist and faculty exchanges programs and develop students’ mobility between the two institutions.
One of the Institut Pasteur’s fundamental missions is to bring its expertise to support capacity building in biomedical research through training and education. The Institut Pasteur has organized in 2016 in Doha an intensive course on outbreak investigation to train health professionals in managing epidemic risks. The agreement with Hamad Bin Khalifa University enlarges the frame of the partnership to higher education and research institutions led by the Qatar Foundation. It will include in addition to infectious diseases, research on chronic/non transmissible diseases most prevalent in the region like diabetes, cancer, neurodegenerative and genetic diseases.