Doha: Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) yesterday announced the appointment of Dr Hilal Lashuel (pictured), a prominent scientist in life sciences, as Executive Director of Qatar Biomedical Research Institute (QBRI).
Dr Lashuel, Associate Professor at the Brain Mind Institute of the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) School of Life Sciences, will assume his new position will contribute to the advancement of translational biomedical research and the development of innovative personalised medicine in Qatar.
Faisal Alsuwaidi, President of Qatar Foundation Research and Development (QF R and D), welcomed Dr Lashuel saying: “Building on his past experiences and previous activities with Qatar Foundation, we are pleased to have Dr Lashuel in the Executive Director role to guide QBRI in support of our vision of becoming a leading center for research and development excellence and innovation,” said Alsuwaidi.
Lashuel is internationally recognised for his work in the molecular basis of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and related disorders. His research has contributed significantly to the identification of novel disease mechanisms and therapeutic targets for the treatment of these conditions. His scientific contributions include more than 100 publications in major peer-reviewed journals including Nature journals, Cell, PNAS and Angewandte Chemie, as well as patents on novel strategies for preventing protein aggregation.
Dr Lashuel expressed his enthusiasm to take up the exciting and challenging position. “I am truly honoured and humbled by the trust and confidence Qatar Foundation have invested in me, and for giving me this unique opportunity to lead QBRI and contribute to achieving the objectives of the Qatar National Research Strategy and Qatar National Vision 2030,” he said.
“While there are challenges that lie ahead, I also see great opportunities to make transformative changes that will impact education, research, and healthcare in Qatar and the region.”