“In this time of increasing conflicts in the Middle East, Science can play an important role in bridging the gaps created by religion, politics, culture, race and gender. The language of Science is the same in the Western world as in the Middle East; therefore it can enhance the understanding of each other as humans. The Science Bridge initiative is an important step in the right direction, by promoting collaboration in Science and research, we hopefully overcome the barriers created by unfamiliarity of each other. This initiative is an excellent idea and it has my full support.”

Essam M. Janahi graduated with a B.Sc. in Biology and Computer Science at University of Bahrain and completed his MSc. and Ph.D. in Molecular Biology & Pathology of Viruses at Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London. He has been an assistant Professor of Molecular Virology at University of Bahrain since 2008. His primary research interest focuses onmolecular biology of viruses, in particular hepatitis viruses. Other research interests include epidemiology of viruses and public health oriented projects.

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