Dr. Fatima Al-Hamlan, Saudi scientist and assistant professor

Dr. Fatima Al-Hamlan
Updated 30 March 2019

Dr. Fatima Al-Hamlan, Saudi scientist and assistant professor

Dr. Fatima Al-Hamlan is a scientist and assistant professor at the Department of Infection and Immunity at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh. 

She joined the center as a post-doctorate fellow and global clinical scholar in June 2013, and remained in that position until March 2016. She became a research scientist and head of the Scientific Information Office in April 2016.

Al-Hamlan’s focus is on conducting women’s health research, and promoting the health and well-being of Saudi females.

Her research experience relates to pregnancy, mortality, parturition, blood pressure, diabetes, and sexual behavior as risk factors for the human papillomavirus infection.

She has been a founding member and vice president of the Riyadh-based Rofaida Women’s Health Organization since 2016. 

Al-Hamlan has received awards for her scientific contributions to her field of specialization, and for being an accomplished woman. 

They include the Women Pioneers in Health Sciences Research Award in 2018, and the Sayadati Young Saudi Scientist Award in 2015.

She holds a master’s degree in population genetics from Washington State University, and a Ph.D. in microbiology, molecular biology and biochemistry from the University of Idaho. 

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Al-Hamlan told Arab News: “Women have made strides in many fields in a short time. This has raised our expectations ... We want more and consider it our right.”


Plan approved to establish Institute of Traditional Arts in Saudi Arabia

The minister of culture announced last August that academies will be evaluated according to the market’s needs. (SPA)
Updated 23 October 2019

Plan approved to establish Institute of Traditional Arts in Saudi Arabia

  • The Institute of Traditional Arts aims to preserve the local identity through teaching arts, contributing to the preservation and development of the Saudi heritage, graduating qualified practitioners, and using arts to raise awareness

RIYADH: The minister of culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, on Tuesday, adopted a plan to establish the Institute of Traditional Arts at the Royal Academy of Arts.
The institute will begin receiving applications for the fall of 2020, targeting 1,000 students and trainees in long- and short-term programs.
The Institute of Traditional Arts aims to preserve the local identity through teaching arts, contributing to the preservation and development of the Saudi heritage, graduating qualified practitioners, and using arts to raise awareness.
The institute also aims to encourage artists through programs or partnership with relevant sectors.
The institute is part of the Academies of Arts’ initiative, which was announced in the Ministry of Culture’s first package last March, and the among the quality of life program’s initiatives. The minister of culture announced last August that academies will be evaluated according to the market’s needs, with the first being specialized in heritage and traditional arts and crafts.