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Source: Qatar Tribune

THE World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), a global initiative by Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), has announced that its second summit will take place in Doha from February 17 to 18 February 2015.

WISH inspires and diffuses healthcare innovation and best practice through a global network of high-level policymakers, academics and industry leaders.

In preparation for the 2015 Summit, WISH announced the creation of six new research forums that aim to address some of the most challenging global health issues of our time. Chaired by internationally renowned experts, the forums will produce interdisciplinary, evidence-based reports on topics including communicating complex health messages, delivering affordable cancer care, dementia, diabetes, patient safety and wellbeing in children and young people.

President of Qatar Foundation Engineer Saad al Muhannadi said,”Qatar Foundation is proud to have established the World Innovation Summit for Health, which aims to ensure impactful outcomes in healthcare innovation in Qatar, the region and the world.

“The inaugural summit in 2013 established a dynamic framework for creating a global community of healthcare leaders to find innovative solutions to the most important global health challenges. Building on this exceptional success, evidenced by the quality and influence of its published reports, the delivery of enhanced healthcare around the world is driving the wheels of innovation ever further. The international collaboration of the WISH stakeholders will surely achieve sustainable and tangible improvements to global healthcare policies and systems.”

Professor The Lord Darzi of Denham, Executive Chair of WISH and Director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College of London, said:”Innovation is the answer to achieving better health for all of us, and the commitment to making this a reality at WISH 2013 was inspiring to witness. We need to understand what drives the implementation of innovation throughout global health systems, so WISH will continue to grow in ambition, impact and reach over the coming years.”

Egbert Schillings, WISH’s recently-appointed Chief Executive Officer, said:”I am joining WISH at an exciting time as it evolves in a leading influence within the global healthcare system not only through the Summit, but with action-driven communities that promise to accelerate the innovation cycle. In the coming months, we will be working hard to build on the success of last year’s Summit by developing our global community of innovators and supporting research into the most urgent healthcare challenges.”

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