10th December 2020, Dubai: The award ceremony of the Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences (SHAMS) took place at 7pm last night with a concluding display on Burj Kalifa. Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, UAE Minister of Finance and President of the Dubai Health Authority, the SHAMS award celebrated its eleventh term (2019-2020) and 21st year.
The ceremony was held virtually and witnessed the honouring of ten winners across various categories of the award. H.E Abdul Rahman Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of SHAMS, emphasised the significance of choosing Artificial Intelligence (AI) in healthcare, as the topic for the eleventh term of the Grand Hamdan Awards. He said this choice reflects “His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s vision as the driving force behind the Awards to include innovation in healthcare and scientific research.”
His Excellency praised the fruitful cooperation between the Award and the Office of the National Program for Artificial Intelligence, affiliated to the Prime Minister’s office. He especially noted His Excellency Omar Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications, as well as members of the joint scientific committees. He also conveyed the congratulations of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan to all the winners of this term, to join the collection of distinguished scientists who have been honoured in its previous terms. The Minister thanked His Highness for his keenness and continuous, unlimited support for the Award. He also thanked the members of the Board of Trustees, members of the General Secretariat of the award, the scientific committees and all attendees.
During his speech, His Excellency Omar Sultan Al Olama, expressed his happiness in participating in this distinguished event to celebrate the achievements of the winners of the Award. He also extended his appreciation to all the workers in the health sector, headed by His Excellency Abdulrahman Muhammad Al Owais.
He also stressed that the UAE has embodied a vision to invest in the most advanced AI technologies and tools and their applications in the various vital sectors, especially in the medical sector, thereby promoting a healthy lifestyle for all the members of society.
“I can only express my sincere thanks, appreciation and gratitude to H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Patron of the Award for his continuous support and his vision to empower scientists and the sciences and his relentless pursuit of innovations in this field. May Allah grant him success and grant us all the power to serve the interests of the people”, the Minister said.
Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Award has contributed to innovative and creative initiatives in the advancement of the medical and health sectors within the country and abroad. During the ceremony, a short clip of the work and achievements of the Award over the past 20 years was screened. This was followed by the unveiling of the names of the winners and celebrating their significant acheivements.
The Grand Hamdan International Award was presented to Prof.Bradley Nelson, from the United States of America, Head of Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering and Professor of Robotics and Intelligent Systems at ETH University in Zürich. His research focuses on micro-robotics and nano-robotics, highlighting its applications in biology and medicine.
Prof. Bradley Nelson, the winner of the Grand Hamdan Award in the lights on the Burj Khalifa on 9th December 2020
The Hamdan Award for Volunteers in Humanitarian Medical Services was awarded to the Supreme National Committee for Volunteerism during Crises, created by a decree from the Cabinet of the UAE as an initiative to support community services efforts and aims to develop an integrated and sustainable national volunteering system during times of crises.
Kuwait: In the Arab World Awards category, the Hamdan Awards for best Medical College, Institute, or Centre in the Arab World, was given to the Dasman Diabetes Institute. The institute was established under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmed Al Sabah and the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) to address the diabetes epidemic in Kuwait, through focused research, integrated prevention, training and education.
Saudi Arabia: Professor Khalid Matar Al-Otaibi was presented with the Hamdan Award for Honoring Distinguished Personalities from the Arab World. Prof. Al-Otaibi is a urologic surgeon, endoscopy consultant and full-time Professor at Imam Abdul Rahman bin Faisal University, Dammam. He is the first surgeon in the Middle East to perform laparoscopic surgery to successfully remove kidney tumours.
UAE: Among the UAE awards, the Hamdan Award for; Outstanding Clinical Department in the Public Sector in the UAE, was given to the Radiology Department in Rashid Hospital, Dubai Health Authority. The department is known for the quality health and educational services at a regional level and is recognised as an excellence centre for stroke, inflammatory bowel disease and multiple sclerosis.
The winners of the Hamdan Award for Distinguished Medical Personalities in the UAE are:
Two research papers won the award for the best research published in the Hamdan Medical Journal. This includes an article authored by Dr. Abdulaziz Tlili and his team, entitled “Two new mutations, ESPN c.2257T>C and ESRRB c.10583 C>A, cause hearing loss in UAE families”. Prof. Haider Raza and his team authored the other winning article, “Streptozotocin-induced molecular and metabolic targets in pancreatic beta-cell toxicity”.
The ceremony concluded with a dazzling display of all the winners of the eleventh term on the façade of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, in honor of their achievements in the field of medicine and scientific research.
Notes to editor: About Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences
On the 10th of April 1999, the late Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, issued the Supreme Decree No. (5) to establish the Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences, with the objective of honouring scientists from every part of the world who tirelessly pursue distinctive medical research that serves the larger interests of humanity. The Board of Trustees and the General Secretariat of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences was formed on the 1st of May 1999, under the directives of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance.
The Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences is one of the most outstanding awards from the GCC countries, and has consistently acted as a motivating force towards promoting the medical services by honouring the scientists and the distinct working parties in academic and therapeutic scopes alongside medical and humanitarian services all over the world.
The Award clearly recognizes the importance of scientific research in boosting the progress of UAE, and plays a proactive role in funding domestic health researches through a pioneering program. The Award has proved to be widely successful, as it has been recognized by international observers and was testified by leading researchers vying for the award. This success reflects on the foundation’s international reputation and its high scientific credibility and level of performance.