Launched as the result of our collaboration with the prestigious Harvard School of Public Health, the Sabri Ülker Center is conducting important research projects for the future of health.

In parallel to a $24 million donation from Yıldız Holding, the Department for Genetics and Complex Diseases will be known as the Sabri Ülker Center for ten years beginning in 2014.

The center is directed by genetics expert Dr Gökhan Hotamışlıgil. Our donation will help fund studies and host scientists from Turkey and around the world, with a particular focus on preventing the development of chronic diseases.

A key event at the Sabri Ülker Center is the Scientific Biennial Project, which alternates between Istanbul and Boston. The biennial provides scientists the opportunity to seek new collaborations and find fresh perspectives.

Harvard School of Public Health

America’s first professional public health education center, the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) was founded in 1913 in a partnership between Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University. In 1922, it separated from MIT and continued its activities at Harvard.

Today, HSPH’s 400 international faculty members work in various fields and disciplines toward a healthier future for humanity. HSPH’s multinational staff hails from over 60 countries and includes physicians, health officials, nurses, lawyers and statisticians.

Departments at HSPH

• Biostatistics
• Environmental Health
• Epidemiology
• Genetics and Complex Diseases
• Global Health and Population
• Health Policy and Management
• Immunity and Infectious Diseases
• Nutrition
• Social and Behavioural Sciences

Faculty Milestones

HSPH took the first steps towards finding a polio vaccine by creating the virus in nerve-free tissue. This discovery brought them the Nobel Prize.

HSPH saved the lives of millions of children with their development of oral rehydration therapy. The therapy prevents death by dehydration, which can be triggered by various diseases that cause diarrhoea.

HSPH demonstrated that passive smoking is a health threat, paving the way for smoke-free offices and public spaces.

HSPH discovered that HIV was contracted from blood, then developed an efficient test to ensure the safety of blood donations.

HSPH discovered the tick which transmits Lyme disease.

HSPH demonstrated that excessive fat is unhealthy in human diet, and that trans fats are particularly dangerous.

HSPH proposed the Safe Surgery Checklist. Together with the World Health Organization, they made its use standard practice in hospitals, thus preventing the death or disability of thousands due to easily-preventable errors.

Hotamışlıgil Laboratory in Numbers:

• Number of employees: 27
• Of these, 9 are researchers, scientists, faculty members, and administrators
• 12 are colleagues who have finished their studies
• 3 are post graduate students
• 3 are research assistants
• Number of Turkish members: 7
• Total number of people who have held positions at the laboratory in its history: 84
• Number of Turks who have had positions at the laboratory in its history: 19
• Current number of active projects: 10
• Scientific papers published by Gökhan Hotamışlıgil since the laboratory’s foundation: 111 original articles; 37 books, chapters and critiques.

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