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Sheikh Abdullah Bahamdane, commended for having helped link the Kingdom’s business community with King Saud University’s research chairs, was recently named KSU’s Director of theSheikh Abdullah Bahamdan Chair for Evidence-Based Health Care and Knowledge Translation (EBHC) during an inauguration ceremony held in the College of Medicine’s Main Room.

KSU Rector Abdullah Al-Othman presided before an audience that included Dr. Mussaad Al-Salman, Dean of the College of Medicine, and Dr. Lubna Al-Ansary, the chair’s supervisor. King Saud University has developed 20 medical research chairs in such fields as heart disease, tumors, orthopedic surgery, cancer, sterility and childbirth, asthma, chairs that render qualitative services to citizens as well as expatriates.

“The Kingdom’s name should be equated in international events with that of King Saud University,” Dr. Al-Othman said. “We have no excuse not to realize the leadership picture [with] Sheikh Abdullah Bahamdane receiving the University Shield.”

Dr. Al-Othman used the occasion to applaud the efforts made by the Sheikh and his fellow businessman to support KSU’s overall research program and also extended praise for the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah, for recently having laid the foundation of KSU’s many projects and for having allowed the University’s Main Tower to bear his name.

The tower, King Abdullah’s Beacon of Knowledge, is considered to represent the fruit of the University Endowments Project which the Rector said would begin sometime in the next two weeks.

In his address, Sheikh Abdullah Bahamdane lauded the University's efforts to consolidate a societal partnership and afford businessmen the opportunity to effectively participate in developing the community. He added that financing Research Chairs has been enthusiastically supported by his fellow businessmen because the chairs have responded to the call of duty, serving religion and the nation. He said KSU also has abided the directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and His Crown Prince, May Allah and preserved them in order to promote Saudi universities to the ranks of international universities.

Sheikh Bahamdane concluded that it is gratifying that King Saud University, which he referred to as the nation’s “mother university,” has been working its way toward international leadership. King Saud University has created 20 medical research chairs in various fields and specializations such as heart disease, tumors, orthopedics, sterility research, infant care, ophthalmology, asthma, and other significant medical matters.

The chairs have conducted quality research supplemented by myriad medical conferences and workshops in which the university has recruited some of the world’s esteemed medical leaders to share their research successes and methods.

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