On Sunday, January 1, the Developmental Programs Unit of the Vice Rectorate of Graduate Studies and Scientific Research held an open discussion at the Centre for Female Scientific and Medical Colleges in Al-Malaz. The meeting was initiated by the Advanced Proteomics and Cytomics Research Chair (CAPCR), which invited two international researchers to discuss future collaboration. The main purposes for organizing this event were to explore potential research topics for collaboration between CAPCR and researchers in Al-Malaz, attracting and incorporating more women into research chairs and discussing King Saud University’s Research Chairs Program in general.
In particular, the topics included drug discovery from natural products, extraction and screening of the natural products from plants and microorganisms and research application fields, in addition to explanations about the structures of natural products, marketing and related topics.
Following an introduction, a word of welcome by Mohammad Wadaan, who serves as the Rectorate's Assistant Vice Rector and CAPCR Supervisor, discussions were held between panelists, as well as with those in the audience.
The distinguished participants included:
- Prof. Wadaan;
- Prof. Ludger Wessjohann of the Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry;
- Dr. Mohammad Nur-e-Alam, Professor of Chemistry of Natural Products from Biotica Technology Limited in London;
- Dr. Wael Hozzein, Associate Professor of Microbiology and a member of CAPCR; and
- Dr. Mohammad Abbas, Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry and a member of CAPCR.
The visitors were received by Dr. Einas Sulaiman Al-Eisa, Dean of KSU’s Centre for Female Scientific and Medical Colleges in Al-Malaz, and Assistant Vice Rector for Graduate Studies and Scientific Research for Development Programs Dr. Ebtesam Al-Olayan. The event was attended by many female researchers and scientific field operators who were keen on following up on the issue of Research Chairs.
Dr. Hozzein talked about CAPCR and the operational procedures of the Chair and its five divisions and labs, such as its world-class lab equipment which can be used for sample testing, and substance extraction for research implementation by female researchers when conducting experiments.
The session ended with the following recommendations:
- Developing a long-term plan for attracting female graduate students in KSU's research chairs and assisting them with guidance and concrete support.
- Consolidating cooperation in chairs between male and female researchers, focused on the pursuance of common research goals.
- Creating means of marketing research products internationally.
- Organizing summer training courses for BS students that can improve their research skills.
The discussion session was followed by a tour in the Central Laboratory to see the available facilities and to discuss how to maximize the benefits from these facilities. At the end of the visit, professors Wessjohann and Nur-e-Alam noted their high regard for the vigorous scientific activity taking place on the Al-Malaz campus, and the growing body of research accomplishments at KSU. They expressed their hopes that the University continues its smooth path towards international leadership.
The origins of the Center for Female Scientific and Medical Colleges in Al-Malaz date back to 1976 when KSU established a Center for University Studies for Girls with facilities in Olaysha and Al-Malaz. These two centers were separated in the early 1980s, with the Olaysha campus offering courses in education, arts, languages, business administration, law and political science, while the Center for Female Scientific and Medical colleges in Al-Malaz, focused on science, medicine, computer science, pharmacy, nursing, dentistry, applied medical sciences and health sciences.
The Central Laboratory, located on the Al-Malaz campus since 1981-1982, is considered one of the core educational and research centers in Saudi Arabia. It provides a unique service for all female students, researchers and faculty.