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Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi expands clinical trial efforts to address community health concerns and strengthen healthcare in the UAE


  • Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi explores use of genome-based research for near-term diagnosis of obesity and breast cancer
  • Multidisciplinary research unit-led diagnostic research targets major regional diseases and improves overall population health

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: The Cleveland Abu Dhabi Clinic, part of M42, is setting research benchmarks through leading breakthrough observational and interventional studies focused on diagnosis, prevention and treatment. The research department at the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is comprised of dedicated multidisciplinary research teams conducting studies aimed at reducing the impact of major diseases on community health. The department has more than 200 active studies, 60 of which are starting in 2022. Research on key topics such as digestive disorders, neurological disorders and heart disease is sometimes conducted in collaboration with various other local and regional institutions.

Under the Abu Dhabi Department of Health’s efforts to improve overall healthcare for the people of the UAE, the hospital aims to use the research as part of its wider efforts, working with other partners to advance treatment options in the UAE and the GCC region as well as Abu Dhabi stakeholders.

Three ongoing studies focusing on liver health, breast cancer and obesity. All three studies were dedicated to the UAE population and used genome-based approaches, focusing on genomic or DNA data. With this approach, research results can be compared and validated to accelerate the development of new treatments and personalized healthcare solutions for these diseases. The Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is urging the public to register as participants in future clinical trials to ensure the success of such efforts.

Dr Sawsan Abdel-Razig, Chief Academic Officer, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, said: “The mission of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is to provide world-class care to the UAE community and the wider region. Our research department, together with our multidisciplinary team, Working with universities and other strategic partners to advance healthcare in the community.Through our broader education and research efforts, we are investing in the next generation of clinical nurses and healthcare leaders to develop new treatments, advanced diagnostics and preventive care programmes, which will benefit the people of the UAE for years to come.”

The first of the three studies, conducted in collaboration with another M42 company, the Imperial College London Diabetes Centre, is the first prospective metabolic study of obesity, diabetes and fatty liver disease in the UAE population. In collaboration with Khalifa University, the second study explores obesity and bariatric surgery and is the first genetic study of metabolic disease.

Finally, a pilot study of breast cancer health awareness among women in the UAE aimed to identify disease patterns in the local population and raise awareness of the need for regular mammograms.

All three studies aim to strengthen healthcare in the UAE and were made possible through the participation of numerous study participants. Research programs and studies at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi comply with strict guidelines set by the Abu Dhabi Department of Health. Participants in these research projects will be treated with the highest standards of security and protected by the strictest confidentiality.

To register interest or to join a clinical trial at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, please email: researchnurse@ClevelandClinicAbuDhabi.ae.

For more information, or to make an appointment with Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, please call 800 8 CCAD (2223), visit www.clevelandclinicabudhabi.ae or download the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi Patient Portal app.


About the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, an M42 company, is a multispecialty hospital located on Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE. Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is a unique and unrivaled extension of the US-based Cleveland Clinic model of care, designed to meet a range of complex and critical care needs unique to the Abu Dhabi population.

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi has the following institutes and departments: Cardiology, Vascular and Thoracic, Neurology, Gastroenterology, Ophthalmology, Respiratory Medicine, Intensive Care, Oncology, Transplantation, Surgery Specialties, Internal Medicine Specialties, Emergency Medicine , Anesthesiology, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Imaging, Quality and Patient Safety, Clinical and Nursing, Research and Education. In total, the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi has more than 50 medical and surgical specialties.

The campus also houses the Fatima Bint Al Mubarak Centre, a separate specialized cancer centre. This state-of-the-art facility offers patients diagnostic and treatment options through world-class facilities across 24 clinical departments, including a range of cancer subspecialties and programs: blood cancers, breast cancers, endocrine cancers, gastrointestinal cancers, urology Reproductive system cancer, gynecological cancer, head and neck cancer, nervous system cancer, breast cancer, ophthalmic cancer and soft tissue cancer, etc.

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi offers patients in the region direct access to the world’s best healthcare providers and Cleveland Clinic’s unique model of care, which includes state-of-the-art facilities and world-class service standards, closer to home.

please visit us www.clevelandclinicabudhabi.ae

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