I thank the Mauritius Research Council for organizing the Public Lecture, on ‘Excitement and Opportunities in Biomedical Science’, given by Dr Shivraj Sohur from none other than the prestigious Harvard Medical School. Today my Ministry through the Mauritius Research Council continues on this path as part of our mandate to promote science and technology in Mauritius. It is a fact that the frontier of biomedical science has rarely been as exciting and as full of spectacular opportunities as it is today. From basic science through clinical research to health services research, the opportunities made available through the impressive advances of recent decades in the biomedical as well as the physical, computational, and behavioral and social sciences have brought us to a frontier of unprecedented opportunity. Today's revolution in biomedical science has raised new hope for the prevention, treatment, and cure of serious illnesses. I am sure that today’s lecture will enlighten all those present and the discussions will accordingly help Mauritius in consolidating its place as a regional leader in biotechnology.
- Rajesh Jeetah
- Dr Jeetah was elected Member of the National Assembly in December 2003 for the first time for Constituency No.7 (Piton/Rivière du Rempart), and remained so until April 2005. Dr Jeetah was re-elected as: • Member of the National Assembly for Constituency No.11 (Vieux Grand Port-Rose Belle), in 2005 and became Minister of Industry, Small and Medium Enterprises, Commerce & Cooperatives (2005 to 2008).He became Minister of Health & Quality of Life (2008 to 2010). • Member of the National Assembly for Constituency No.10 (Montagne Blanche- GRSE)in 2010 and became Minister of Tertiary Education, Science, Research and Technology till 2014. Education and Qualifications: a. University of Cambridge (2002 -2003) - ACU Research Fellowship b. University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) (1984-1993) • BSc (Hons) – Textile Technology • PhD – Textile Technology