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The Saudi Human Genome Program

Saudi Arabia has a high burden of genetic diseases, mostly due to the high rate of marriage of relatives (around 60% of the marriages). The genetic diseases show up in the form of severe inherited diseases, which manifest early in life, affecting 8% of births in the kingdom, and in the form of common genetic diseases, such as diabetes, that manifest later in life and affect over 20% of the population.

Incubating Innovation

Incubators, accelerators, innovation centers, launch pads. Everyone defines the idea a bit differently, but, generally, these infrastructures refer to a subsidized space where fledgling companies get support with the goal of propelling early businesses to success.

The Present and Future of Low-Cost Diagnostics

Imagine you’re in a rural health clinic in a Kenyan village. A child comes in with a fever. It could be any one of a number of life-threatening infectious diseases. There’s no refrigeration, no access to sophisticated laboratory equipment, and no highly trained personnel. How do you go about diagnosing and treating this child?

The Portable Eye Examination Kit

In 2010, the World Health Organization estimated that 285 million people exhibit some form of vision impairment. Of these, almost 40 million people are functionally blind [1]. Yet, 80% of blindness could either be treated or avoided at the point of onset.
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It’s All in the Eyes

In a blog post in January 2014, Google unveiled one of its latest forays into the health market—a smart contact lens for diabetics. It was sleek and appealingly futuristic, with a minute microchip equipped with tiny glucose sensors, embedded in a soft, biocompatible lens material.

Baby, Where Did You Get Those Eyes?

Mark Sagar is changing the way we look at computers by giving them faces—disconcertingly realistic human faces. Sagar first gained widespread recognition for his pioneering work in rendering faces for Hollywood movies, including Avatar and King Kong.

Wake Up and Smell the oPhone

Standing in a cool dark room with 15 or so others, I close my eyes as the scent of fresh rain wafts across my face. The sound of droplets bouncing off leaves and smacking the pavement dances around my head. If I keep my eyes shut, I can almost believe I’m in the middle of a tropical rainstorm.

From Annoying to Appreciated

Clinical decision support is about making the right thing to do the easy thing to do. And it’s about putting into place a process that will systematically guide decisions and actions toward the most effective and appropriate ones

Rethinking Education

The Engineers in Scrubs training program at the University of British Columbia, affiliated with the Faculty of Applied Science’s Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program, is not a typical graduate school course