Early in 2018, the United Arab Emirates donated generously to help Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore establish the Sheikh Khalifa Stroke Institute. A gift of some $50 million allowed the medical center to create dual treatment facilities in Baltimore and Abu Dhabi to assist stroke patients. The program relies upon a multidisciplinary team of clinicians to offer state-of-the-art diagnostic testing and treatment protocols.
According to Yousef Al Otaiba (http://www.abeeralotaiba.com/about/), the UAE ambassador to the United States, the president’s illness in 2014 helped them choose strokes.
An Important Announcement
Officials gathered in New York City in late January 2018 to announce the founding of the Sheik Khalifa Stroke Institute. The event occurred at the site of the United Arab Emirate’s mission to the United Nations. The cooperation between the Baltimore medical facility and a partnering hospital in the UAE testifies to the significance of the initiative.
The sponsors hope to furnish cutting edge treatments for stroke patients. One facility will concentrate upon innovative new procedures for detecting strokes, while the other will direct research attention to developing treatment and rehabilitation protocols.
Johns Hopkins has worked closely with facilities in the UAE in the past. It currently maintains especially close ties with three hospitals in the Middle Eastern nations: Corniche, Al Rahba, and Tawam. The President of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, endowed a patient care facility at the Baltimore hospital in 2012.
Strokes: A Life-Threatening Medical Problem
Strokes represent a serious health concern around the world. These cerebrovascular incidents typically occur when a clot forms in a blood vessel and prevents blood (and hemoglobin) from reaching part of the brain. Some sources estimate approximately a third of all stroke patients perish from this condition. Survivors may require weeks, months, or even years of rehabilitative care in order to regain their coordination and strength. In some cases, strokes cause permanent disabilities.
Dr. Justin McArthur, M.B.B.S., M.P.H. serves as the Director of both the Johns Hopkins Department of Neurology and the recently established institute. Physicians at the Sheikh Khalifa Stroke Institute hope to pioneer new methods to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of strokes. The use of biomedical engineering and artificial intelligence may soon inform this process. Every year, strokes kill an estimated 5.5 million people worldwide (https/www.baltimoresun.com/health/bs-hs-hopkins-uae-stroke-20180130-story.html). Advances in the treatment of this serious medical condition may someday help to alleviate a significant cause of disability.