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Environment and Public Health initiative officially launched with Harvard
2005-10-11 12:27:43

Nicosia, Oct 11 -- Cyprus enjoys its own place in the world map of scientific research following the official launching this week of the academic year of the Cyprus International Institute (CII) for the Environment and Public Health, an initiative that has been promoted by the government of Cyprus and Harvard University.

Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health Dr Barry Bloom said that the results of the Institute's research would be for the benefit of all people in the region, provided that the governments make use of the scientific results and enforce policies to improve the quality of life.

Dr Bloom was speaking at a press conference in Nicosia for the occasion of the High Level Meeting of Ministers from the eastern Mediterranean region, who were briefed on the CII objectives.

The Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health congratulated the Cyprus government for its initiative to launch the CII and noted that the improvement of the quality of life in the region would be a great investment for the future.

Cypriot Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Mr. George Lillikas, said that he was optimistic that the CII would very soon offer tangible and positive results.

He added that bilateral meetings would follow between the CII, the government of Cyprus and the governments of the region, to discuss the details of their participation in the Institute’s programmes.

Moreover Mr. Lillikas said that conferences will be organized with the participation of scientists from the region, ''without any discrimination or exclusions'', noting that Turkey has been invited to participate to this initiative for the eastern Mediterranean, but has not replied.

CII Director, Professor Philip Democritou, said that the research programmes that begun in September, deal with the influence of environmental factors on the genetic material of Cypriots, on diabetes, asthma, as well as smoking.

The Institute's website can be found under www.hsph.harvard.edu/cyprus.

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