From a press release issued by Nature Publishing Group embargoed until Wednesday, March 17, 2010:
Nature Middle East launches today at www.nature.com/naturemiddleeast. The new website from Nature Publishing Group (NPG) showcases scientific and medical research from the Arabic-speaking Middle East region and is continuously updated with articles in English and Arabic. The King Abdullah International Medical Research Center (KAIMRC), at King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences (KSAU-HS), Saudi Arabia, is sponsoring Nature Middle East.
Nature Middle East features news, features, and short ‘Research Highlights’. Written by the Nature Middle East editorial team, ‘Research Highlights’ are summaries of interesting, recently-published papers, authored by researchers based in the Middle East region, from across the scientific and medical literature. Local job listings are provided by NatureJobs, and event listings by Nature Events. A blog, House of Wisdom, and a forum on Nature Network enable the community to connect, network and exchange information and ideas.
Nature Middle East currently covers the following: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. Additional countries in the region may be added as Nature Middle East develops.
Nature Middle East is NPG’s third major portal focusing on emerging areas in scientific and medical research, following the launch of Nature India in February 2008 and Nature China in 2007. Nature.com regions pages are also available, including dedicated pages for several non-Arabic speaking countries in the Middle East. These sites bring together relevant high-quality research, news, opinion and business content, from the Nature family of journals, Scientific American and other NPG resources.
The launch of Nature Middle East will be formally celebrated at the Saudi eHealth conference (www.saudiehealth.org) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in May 2010.
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