The Supreme Board of Trustees of Nazarbayev University (NU), Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools, and the Nazarbayev Foundation recently met with Kazakh Prime Minister Olzhas Bektenov to discuss the latest scientific achievements taking place at NU. During the meeting, research teams from NU laboratories showcased their work on projects related to artificial intelligence, optoelectronics for green technologies, and advances in the diagnosis and treatment of complex diseases.

One of the highlights of the meeting was a presentation by Dos Sarbasov, Director General of the Astana National Laboratory (NLA), who shared information about his team’s work on developing effective cancer treatment. He reported encouraging results from initial phase 1 and 2 studies of the drug. Another notable presentation was by Ainur Akilzhanova, acting director of the Center for Life Sciences at the NLA, who discussed creating a “genetic profile” of citizens in Kazakhstan. This genetic profile could help identify disease predispositions and contribute to public health protection and indigenous medicine development in Kazakhstan.

In addition to these presentations, Bektenov outlined specific tasks aimed at integrating science and production as well as expanding access to scientific infrastructure for the Kazakh research community. The accelerator for research into water purification and hydrogen production created in collaboration with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the United States was also presented.

By Samantha Johnson

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