Research Collaboration in a Changing World

The mind-blowing progresses achieved in communications technology allowed us to live in an increasingly interconnected world than couldn’t be foreseen before. Research collaboration is amongst the first priority fields expected to get benefit from this progress (Hall et al., 2018).
Evidently, research collaboration served to improve diagnosis and treatment through facilitation of development of consensus and evidence-based diagnosis guidelines and management recommendations (Jayne and Rasmussen, 2015; Crawford et al., 2015; Noordhoek et al., 2016). This may be particularly important for rare diseases (Julkowska et al., 2017; Cordero, 2020).
Research collaboration requires efficient common platforms. Examples of these platforms include the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health and the ‘ELSI 2.0’ initiative (Yoshizawa et al., 2014), the English Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs) (Lockett et al., 2014), the European Multicentre Bronchiectasis Audit and Research Collaboration (EMBARC) project (Chalmers et al., 2017), the TransAtlantic RetroPeritoneal Sarcoma Working Group (TARPSWG) (van Houdt et al., 2019) and Commonwealth Neuroendocrine Tumour Research Collaboration (Singh et al., 2020).
The value of international research collaboration was magnificently expressed in the international management of the covid-19 crisis. In a very short time, great achievements have been made in understanding the disease pathogenesis and developing diagnosis guidelines and therapeutic interventions (Kinsella et al., 2020). In the Arab World, research collaboration among Arab countries and between Arab countries and the rest of the world remains far behind the available potential and greater efforts are needed to cover this gap (Sweileh et al., 2015; Aggarwal et al., 2020).
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