Sadika A. Al-Awadi
Director and Consultant, Kuwait Medical Genetics Centre, Ministry of Health, Kuwait
Dr. Al-Awadi, MD (Dublin), FRCP (Edin) is the founder of the Kuwait Medical Genetics Centre (KMGC). A distinguished geneticist with more than 300 publications, Dr. Al-Awadi is also responsible for the creation of the Kuwait Down Syndrome Society and the Down Syndrome Parents League, that to this day provide indispensable services to families affected with Down syndrome. Dr. Al-Awadi has been honoured with the WHO Down Syndrome Research Prize for conducting valued research in this field, promoting and establishing specialized centres to treat patients with Down Syndrome, providing special medical services to patients with Down Syndrome to enhance their capabilities, integrating people with Down Syndrome into the community, and providing material and moral support to the families and staff working with these patients. Most notable has been her achievement in developing the personal and cognitive abilities and skills of people with Down syndrome to enable them to attain a high level of education, helping them to undertake normal life routines and to serve others with Down syndrome.