New York University Abu Dhabi signs MoU with Department of Health – Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, 28th June, 2018 (WAM) — NYU Abu Dhabi, NYUAD, signed an inaugural Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, on Thursday with the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi, DoH.

The two organisations are collaborating on the NYUAD’s UAE Healthy Future study, a long-term ongoing study that was launched by the NYUAD Public Health Research Centre in 2017, to understand the causes of common chronic diseases among Emiratis, focusing particularly on priority areas of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. The study aims to recruit 20,000 UAE nationals between the ages of 18-40, with over 5,000 participants already signed up.

The MoU was signed by Mohamed Hamad Al Hameli, Under-Secretary of the DoH, and Fabio Piano, Provost of NYU Abu Dhabi, at the university’s campus on Saadiyat Island.

The collaboration will support the mission shared between the two organisations to improve the health of the local population. The results of the UAE Healthy Future Study will be significantly improved by linking the participants’ results (with their informed consent) with data collected by the Department of Health. Furthermore, the study will also work closely with the DoH to collect additional information on the participants’ diets a key risk factor for obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

Speaking about the MoU, Al Hameli said, “The signing of the MoU to study the UAE Healthy Future is a fundamental pillar to build a healthier future for society. Hence, this will aid in finding the radical solutions to prevent society from chronic diseases and providing a healthier lifestyle for the future generation in the emirate of Abu Dhabi in the belief that prevention is better than cure.

“This agreement marks the beginning of a remarkable opportunity for collaboration with the DoH on the landmark UAE Healthy Future study. This partnership is a testament to the NYUAD Public Health Research Centre’s significant efforts and exceptional dedication to the success of this first-of-its-kind study, and we are honoured that our partners at the DoH recognise its potential impact on the future health, lifestyle, and well-being of the UAE.”

The NYUAD, in association with its Abu Dhabi partner, Tamkeen, is leading the UAE Healthy Future Study in collaboration with the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi, alongside the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company, Zayed Military Hospital, United Arab Emirates University, Zayed University, Khalifa University, Emirates ICT Innovation Centre, Mubadala Healthpoint Hospital, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Capital Health Screening Centre, Daman, Higher Colleges of Technology, and the NYU Langone School of Medicine.

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