HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Institute for Computational Biomedicine at Weill Cornell Medical College

Thursday, 1 January, 2015

With the dual objective of supporting scientific advancement and reinforcing intercultural bridges, Alwaleed Philanthropies established the HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Institute for Computational Biomedicine (ICB) at Weill Cornell Medical College.

ICB aims at bringing together a critical mass of theorists and experimentalists to tackle the most challenging questions in computational systems biology and biomedical informatics.

The last decade witnessed major technological advances in the field – the development of large-scale methods for recording cellular activity, high throughput tools for monitoring gene expression, rapid screens for measuring behavioral performance, and powerful mathematic tools (statistical and dynamical systems-based) for analyzing and interpreting complex datasets. These advances open the door to major scientific discoveries and conceptual breakthroughs. ICB’s mission is to provide the resources and nurture the collaborative, multi- disciplinary environment that will make such breakthroughs possible.

In terms of bridging cultures through education, Alwaleed Philanthropies is collaborating with a number of universities to develop an exchange program where students from universities in Saudi can enroll as fellows in the different programs and centers in the US and Europe.