The visit to France by a King Saud University delegation led by Rector Abdullah Al-Othman, yielded the foundation of a national program based in Riyadh, whose objective is genetic discoveries and their basic applications to genetic diseases responsible for immunodeficiency and infectious diseases.
Dr. Saleh Al-Muhsen, Associate Professor of the University's Pediatrics Department, responsible for the program, stated that this project has been born after Rector of King Saud University when Dr. Al-Othman signed a collaboration agreement with distinguished researcher Professor Jean Laurent Casanova, who heads the genetics lab for infectious diseases at Necker pediatrics hospital, University of Paris-René Déscartes, France.
Dr. Al-Muhsen added that the importance of this project lies in the national results that would be achieved in collaboration with numerous parties within and outside the University. The people responsible for the program, which is the first of its kind in the Arab world, will strive to make it a leading program not only at the local level but also at the international one. The program will contribute in training national cadres to be leaders in specialized research.
Dr. Al-Muhsen mentioned that Professor Casanova agreed to be affiliated to King Saud University as a visiting professor, thus joining the pool of talented and distinguished scientists that the University has recently sought to attract. It is worth mentioning that Professor Casanova is deemed to be one of the leading international scientists in the discovery of genes responsible for infectious diseases, and he has been awarded numerous prestigious international prizes.