Friday, January 21, 2011

Children's National delegation arrives in U.A.E.

**A Children's National delegation is in the United Arab Emirates this week. Tania Paiva, Associate Director of Donor Relations, will provide regular updates as the trip progresses.**

Day 1 -- January 20, 2011

On Thursday, several members of our Children’s National delegation left Washington, DC, for Abu Dhabi.
Over the next few days, our team will participate in the Arab Health Congress 2011, the U.S.-U.A.E. Healthcare Trade Mission, attend partnership meetings with the Health Authority-Abu Dhabi (HAAD), and meet with colleagues from local hospitals.

As we made our way to Abu Dhabi, our doctors shared some of their thoughts and hopes for this trip:

Fran Cogen, MD, director of the Childhood and Adolescent Diabetes Program at Children’s National expressed her excitement as we traveled from west to east. “As we look to build our own pediatric diabetes center at Children’s National, it will be interesting to see what my colleagues in the United Arab Emirates do to deal with the challenges of treating children with diabetes. I look forward to the exchange of ideas, as I suspect that we are dealing with many of the same challenges. I really look forward to working together to address them.”

Evan Nadler, MD, principal investigator of the Systems Biology Initiative at the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation and Co-Director of the Obesity Institute at Children’s National shared his keen interest in learning more about Health Authority of Abu Dhabi (HAAD) efforts to combat the obesity epidemic, which he believes will help us improve our approaches as well.

Larry Mahan, PhD, director of Innovation and Business Development of the Sheikh Zayed Institute summed up the team's goals, “We would like to continue strengthening relationships with our partners in the United Arab Emirates, allowing us to find ways to mutually innovate healthcare to benefit the children of the United Arab Emirates, the United States, and the world.”

We will continue to share our experiences throughout this trip, please check back for updates.

--Tania E. Paiva, Associate Director, Donor Relations

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