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Prof. Ghislain Opdenakker, the President of Rega Institute for Medical Researche, University of Leuven - Belgium and Prof. Jovan Damm head of molecular immunology department, Rega Institute for Medical Research, University of Leuven - Belgium will visit Faculty of Medicine at King Saud University for 4 days starting from Friday 20/2/2009 .

This was stated by the supervisor of  Dr. Nasser Al-Rashid Research Chair for Ophthalmology Prof. Ahmed Abu El Asrar, and he added that both Prof. Opdenakker and Prof. Jovan Damm are members of the technical committee chair for Ophthalmology Researches funded by the His Excellency Dr. Nasser Al-Rashid. The main purpose of their visit to the Kingdom is to discuss the progress of the work in Research Chair for Ophthalmology and to provide expertise and consultation for the establishment of the laboratory and research center of Ophthalmology at Faculty of Medicine at King Saud University, and for conducting advanced researches in the field of Ophthalmology and surgery. This advanced Research Center of Ophthalmology will serve Researches Chair for Ophthalmology and Cataract Research Chair, which is supervised by Dr. Saleh Al-Obeidan head of Ophthalmology department.

Dr. Ahmad Abu El Asrar also pointed that the visit of international scholars will include conducting scientific meeting with members of Faculty of Medicine and giving scientific lectures at Faculty of Medicine as well as lectures to the ophthalmologists in Riyadh.

The scholars will meet Dean of faculty of Medicine and his staff, and His Excellency King Saud University Rector Prof. Abdullah Al-Othman and his deputy for knowledge exchange and technology transfer Prof. Ali Bin Saeed AlQhamidi, in order to discuss ways to develop scientific cooperation in the field of essential medical science research between the Faculty of Medicine - King Saud University and Rega Institute for  Medical Research, University of Leuven - Belgium.
It should be noted that Rega Institute, that the international scholars belong to, is one of the largest and most important centers of scientific excellence in the field of essential medical science researches and has a lot of significant achievements which have led to the development of treatment in several areas of the most important viral infections.