Sheikha Moza opens 'A Journey to the Heart of Life' exhibition
12 Oct 2017
HER Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Msheireb Properties, officially inaugurated a new permanent exhibition titled 'A Journey to the Heart of Life', located at Bin Jelmood House at Msheireb Museums.
In line with Her Highness's vision, the exhibition is a collaboration between Msheireb Museums and biomedical research institutions including Qatar Genome Programme, Qatar Biobank, Sidra Medical Research Center and Weill Cornell Medical College.
The exhibition focuses on DNA and includes six sections that give visitors an opportunity to explore genetic inheritance and prehistoric human migrations. It aims to further guests' understanding of the advances in modern medicine and genomics, and its capacity to help with early detection of disease, as well as creation of personalised medicine.
Visitors use interactive and audiovisual displays to understand how leveraging genetics, genomics and observations from the past, can uncover Qatar's rich cultural and historic heritage.
The exhibition looks at the process of understanding genetics and genomics, and how that is reflected in the history of humanity. It tells a story of migration and integration across the earth, revealing the scientific underpinnings of humanity by advances in genetic research, and how this knowledge is being used to create a healthier society.
Abdulla Hassan al Mehshadi, CEO of Msheireb Properties, said:"Msheireb Properties is committed to supporting our community's development and contributing towards the goals of QNV 2030. Through this exhibit, we support innovations in education and showcase Qatar's leading position in scientific research to benefit humanity. We would like to extend our great thanks to all those involved in creating this fascinating exhibition, particularly Her Highness for her continuous support and wise vision."
Hafiz Ali, Msheireb Museums Director, said:"'A Journey to the Heart of Life' is the latest addition in our internationally acclaimed exhibits at Msheireb Museums. It completes the four-heritage house permanent collections, designed to tell the history of our land and people, and the journey to modern-day Qatar."
Dr Asma al Thani, Chair of the National Genome Committee, Vice-Chairperson of the Qatar Biobank for Medical Research Board of Trustees and Dean of the College of Health Science at Qatar University, said:"This exhibition was created to showcase the cultural and social diversity of Qatar and how this affects genetic traits. Genetic diversity is a gateway for science to understand societal differences and as such Qatar Biobank and Qatar Genome Programme is focused on research to develop personalised medicine. This will ultimately help create healthier lifestyles in the future to decrease serious diseases and potential hereditary medical issues."
'A Journey to the Heart of Life' exhibition is open from Monday to Thursday from 9am to 5pm, from 3pm to 9pm on Friday and from 9am to 9pm on Saturday.