LONDON, On behalf of H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union (GWU), President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF), H.H. Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has visited the Zayed Centre for Research into Rare Disease in Children in London to unveil a plaque, marking the completion of the building.

A partnership between Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), UCL and Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity, the Zayed Centre was made possible thanks to a generous Pound 60 million gift from Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak in 2014.

The Zayed Centre for Research into Rare Disease in Children will see hundreds of clinicians and researchers come together under one roof to advance treatments for children with rare and complex diseases.

On behalf of Sheikha Fatima, His Highness Sheikh Theyab said, The work of the Zayed Centre for Research into Rare Disease in Children will facilitate pioneering treatments and cures for children with the aim to accelerate ground-breaking outcomes to benefit more and more children. We are thankful to the Centre for its amazing efforts to protect the wellbeing of future generations.

His Highness Sheikh Theyab continued, The late Sheikh Zayed's vision continues, not by ancestry, but by those who share his values. The Zayed Centre's ambition and commitment are proof that his legacy is alive and continues to thrive.

The celebration event was also attended by Mansour Abdullah Khalfan Belhoul, UAE Ambassador to the UK; Matthew Shaw, CEO of Great Ormond Street Hospital; Ros Smyth, Director of Institute of Child Health; representatives from the charity and patients and their families.

The Centre includes an advanced suite of cleanrooms for the production of gene therapies, multiple tissue culture rooms for testing potential new treatments, a cardiac research suite with facilities for 3-d modelling as well an open plan laboratory with 140 laboratory bench positions.

In addition to the gift from Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, generous support for the Zayed Centre for Research was also provided by Research England, The Wolfson Foundation, John Connolly and Odile Griffith, and Scott Mead and family.

The Centre will welcome its first patients later this year.

Source: Emirates News Agency