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King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (Established 1976)
Primate Center, Lab or Research Program
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Director: Shaheen M. Nakeeb
Phone: 966 (1) 442-4780   Fax: 966 (1) 442-7854   E-Mail:
PO Box 3354, MBC 03, Riyadh 11211 SAUDI ARABIA
Department: Comparative Medicine

Mission: Our mission is to be a center of ecxcellence in biomedical research. We are dedicated to the advancement of science, and the translation of research findings into better health care. We strive to provide an environment that enhances individual growth, collaboration, achievement and recognition.

Principal Research Programs: Cancer; Connective Tissue; Biomechanics; Endocrinology; Metabolism; Genetics; Immunology; Allergy and Infectious Disease; Pharmacology and Toxicology

Training Opportunities: In-house training in the following areas: Arabic and English languages, Management Development, Medical Terminology, Anatomy and Physiology. Provide training opportunities for Saudi Universities as internship or practicum training as part of requirement for graduation by these universities; In coordination with hospital departments, Training and Development develop qualification training programs for newly hired Saudi Career Development Program (SCDP) participants. The purpose of this program is to enhance Saudization by providing on-the-job training for Saudi staff, administer collaborative training programs with international institutes for paramedical training, coordinate, administer and follow up hospital scholarship recipients abroad.

Financial Aid: Educational facilities and programs are available. Interested individuals must provide their own financial support.

Number of Staff: 20

Supported Species: 45 Papio hamadryas (hamadryas baboon)

Publications: "Research Centre Bulletin" (semi-annual)

Comments: The Animal Facilty is a service laboratory in the Department of Comparative Medicine. It strives to support and faciliatet the needs of the scientists and physicians at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre and other private and public agencies conducting ethical, peer reviewed research and development that utilizes various species of laboratory animals. Modern surgical facilities equipped with anesthesic machines, heart-lung machine, monitoring devices, diagnostic radiographic and fluoroscopic equipment. An ample indoor and outdoor primate faciliity is used for housing locally available Papio hamadryas baboons. Plans for building a new Primate Research Center are in progress.

Last Updated: 2001-11-14

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