Centre of Medical and Bio-allied Health Sciences Research (CMBHSR)

Introduction

Ajman University Center for Medical and Bio-Allied Health Sciences Research (CMBAHSR) is the University’s central point for connecting Ajman university researchers to opportunities for funding and a variety of research-related services.

Research in Medical and Bio-allied Health Sciences is contributing to the development of life -changing technologies with significant impact on individuals and communities.

CMBAHSR researchers are:
  • Engaged in studies of chronic disease prevention and management, public health policy and practice, all with a view to developing strategies that improve well-being.
  • Conducting fundamental research into the molecular, and biophysical determinants of disease states.
  • Improving medical diagnostic procedures and drug design.
  • Using developments in artificial intelligence to deliver personalized care for medical conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, Diabetes mellitus and metabolic syndrome, neurosciences, cardiovascular and renal sciences.
  • Developing new and improved technologies for the targeted release of therapeutic agents.
  • Improving the quality of health services for vulnerable populations through the development and implementation of innovative research and training programs.
  • Integrating research and education programs to enhance health care practices in UAE.
Vision

In support of Ajman University’s goal of being recognized as one of the top universities regionally and globally, the CMBAHSR will continue to provide research opportunities and funding, facilitate the achievement of excellence in research, and support commercialization of research results.

Mission

The CMBAHSR provides a comprehensive suite of high-quality services, expert knowledge, experience, and professional networks in support of the research enterprise.

Objectives
  1. To identify, promote, and facilitate research funding opportunities.

  2. Build opportunities to increase interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research.

  3. To enhance institutional infrastructure and processes that support and enable research excellence and impact in medical and health sciences.

  4. To encourage and support engagement in high-quality research and knowledge transfer activities amongst its pool of world-class researchers.

  5. To facilitate and support the achievement of excellence in research and commercialization of research results.

Research Groups Overview and Members

Interdisciplinary Population Health

The aim of research in Interdisciplinary Population Health is to further advance the expertise and competence of academic health disciplines through the development of discipline sharing and integration. It also aims to address social and collaborative issues amongst the health disciplines away from discipline-related academic outcomes.

The team will collaborate with health organizations, governments, industry, and other research institutes, locally and internationally to tackle the essence, process, and outcomes of population health concepts with the ultimate goal of enhancing the health condition of the population. The research will adopt established interdisciplinary methods of preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic approaches in addressing health problems of the people equally; leading to enhanced health outcomes and effective and efficient running of health management systems that cater to the health needs of the population.

Interdisciplinary Population Health

Coordinator

College

Dr. Sanah Hasan

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Members from Ajman University

Dr. Nadir Kheir 

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Dr. Muaed AlOmar

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Dr. Subish Palaian 

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Dr. Alaa Al-Amiry

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Dr. Raghad Hashem

College of Dentistry

Dr. Abdul Rahman Saleh

College of Dentistry

Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome

Coordinator

College

Dr. Musaab Omer

College of Medicine

Members from Ajman University

Dr. Zain Mirgani

College of Medicine

Dr. Amine BAHI

College of Medicine

Dr. Abdallah Alzoubi

College of Medicine

Dr. Ibrahim Bani

College of Medicine

Dr. Anastasiya Spaska

College of Medicine

Neuroscience

Coordinator

College

Dr. Amine BAHI

College of Medicine

Members from Ajman University

1) Dr. Alfreda Stadlin

College of Medicine

2) Dr. Nisha Kumari

College of Medicine

3)Dr. Gabriel andreda

College of Medicine

4) Dr. Pedzisai Mazengenya

College of Medicine

5) Dr. Solomon Senok

College of Medicine

6) Erum Khan

College of Medicine

Cardiovascular and Renal

Coordinator

College

Dr. Ahmad Ahmeda

College of Medicine

Members from Ajman University

1) Dr. Nisha Kumari

College of Medicine

2) Dr. Solomon Senok

College of Medicine

3) Dr. Musaab Omer

College of Medicine

4) Dr. Abdallah Alzoubi

College of Medicine

Epidemiology and Community Medicine

Coordinator

College

Dr. Ibrahim Bani

College of Medicine

Members from Ajman University

1) Dr. Sinclaire Steele

College of Medicine

2) Dr. Yahia Mohamed

College of Medicine

3) Dr. Alfreda stadlin

College of Medicine

4) Dr. Ahmad Ahmeda

College of Medicine

5) Erum Khan

College of Medicine

  1. Drug Design, Development, Delivery, Analysis and Mechanistic Studies (D4AMS)

D4AMS is an established component of the CMBAHSR within Ajman University (AU). The members of the team shall work on the convergence of health and medical sciences between the AU’s medical, dental, biological/biochemical, pharmaceutical, and biomedical engineering programs to address the UAE’s most pressing health problems, and the world at large by improving biomedical and health care research.

D4AMS’ efforts are targeted at the discovery of new drugs, low-cost and high-quality personalized yet scalable healthcare, disease prevention, early detection and containment, and new modes of medical science education.

D4AMS has the resources, facilities and equipment for drug design, development (including synthesis and characterization), analysis & formulation development, and characterization & clinical studies.

Drug Development, Design, Analysis, Delivery and Mechanistic Studies

Coordinator

College

Dr. Sai Boddu

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Members from Ajman University

Prof. Nageeb Hassan 

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Prof. Moyad Shahwan

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Dr. Moawia Altabakha

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Dr. Akram Ashames

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Dr. Farah Hamad

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Dr. Zehra Edis

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Dr. Richie Bhandare

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Dr. Elshaimaa Arafa 

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Dr. Samir Bloukh 

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Dr. Nihal Ibrahim 

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Dr. Manal Buabeid 

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

  1. Medical Instrumentation and Signal Processing

Since engineering has always been progressing side-by-side with medicine and biology, the aim of the Medical Instrumentation and Signal Processing (MISP) team is to collaborate with other groups within CMBAHSR, other research centers within AU, as well as external research entities (outside AU) to deliver novel research work that will have a positive impact on society and advance knowledge in healthcare. The research interests of the team lie in several areas such as sensor fabrication, neuro-engineering, medical electronics, biomaterials, bio-signal processing, and image processing. In addition to the regular members of the team, faculty members and industry specialists from all engineering and information technology disciplines are invited to add to the existing expertise of the team in order to create the ideal environment for tackling contemporary and complex research problems.

Medical Instrumentation and Signal Processing

Coordinator

College

Dr. Fadi Jaber

Engineering and Information Technology / Biomedical Engineering

Members from Ajman University

Dr. Mohammed Nasor

Engineering and Information Technology / Biomedical Engineering

Eng. Mujeeb Rahman

Engineering and Information Technology / Biomedical Engineering

  1. Clinical and Translational Dentistry

The aim of Clinical and Translational Dentistry research is to collaborate with other colleges within the university and globally to achieve our goal of contributing justifiable and repeatable results that shed light on some frequently asked research questions. As an important constituent of a consortium of colleges in the region providing clinical good governance, it is our responsibility to contribute judiciously to the cause.

The Clinical and Translational Dentistry team’s efforts are concentrated on topics related to:

• Oral cancer, biochemical studies, and studies related to growth and development

• Studies related to metabolic syndromes, with emphasis on diabetes mellitus and obesity

• Translational research with relation to local delivery of drugs in animal model studies and ex-vivo studies as a multidisciplinary collaborative effort along with the Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy

• In-silica analysis using AI to evaluate microbial flora and cytology studies

• Incorporating big data and assessing its implications in dental treatment delivery

• Conducting cross-sectional analysis and population-based studies related to a specific dental disease.

Clinical and Translational Dentistry

Coordinator

College

Dr. Sudhir Rama Varma

Dentistry

Members from Ajman University

Prof. Abdulhaq Sulaiman

Dentistry

Prof. Mohamed Jaber

Dentistry

Dr. Ahmed Jagshi

Dentistry

Dr. Simy Mathew

Dentistry

Dr. Kelvin Ian

Dentistry

Dr. Alexander Luk

Dentistry

Dr. Okba Mahmou

Dentistry

Dr. Krishna Prasad Shetty

Dentistry

Dr. Khamis Gaballah

Dentistry

Dr. Gulrez Nadeem

Dentistry

Dr. Ebtesam Khalil

Dentistry

Dr. Adil Mageet

Dentistry

Dr. Maher Al shayeb

Dentistry

Dr. sayed Kuduruthullah

Dentistry

Note: Any qualified faculty members can join the research groups after obtaining the CEMBHSR Council approval.

Members of CMBAHSR Council

1- The Head of CMBAHSR, affiliated with the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

2- Coordinators of the research teams

3- Three research assistants (RAs)

4-Full-time Research Associate.

List of international collaborators

The suggested external partners are as follows. Others may also be considered.

 

Name

Contact address

1

Dr. Suchetha Kumari N.

K.S.Hegde Medical Academy NITTE (Deemed to be University) , Mangalore -

Karnataka, India

2

Dr. Jwala Renukuntla

High Point University, High Point, NC, USA

3

Dr. Hamzah Al Zubaidy

The University of Sharjah

4

Dr. Kebede Beyene

The University of Auckland, NZ

5

Dr. Djenane Ramalho de Oliveira

Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil

6

Dr. Ahmed Awaisu

Qatar University

Infrastructure & Facilities

The center will fund and support members to buy any instrument of interdisciplinary use that can aid the researchers to achieve impactful research, in addition to the existing infrastructure listed below.

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CORE FACILITIES:

1

Western plot

2

Tissue culture Lab

3

HPLC (Prominence-I new series),

4

FTIR (IRAffinity)

5

Fully automated chemistry analyser

6

Discover Microwave Synthesizer Rotary Evaporator

7

ELISA Reader with Washer

8

Mini-protein electrophoresis

9

DLS nano sizer, Climate Chamber

10

Ultra Sonicator, Carbon dioxide incubator

11

Refrigerated micro centrifuge (Z216 ML with rotor)

12

Makerbot 3D Printer (METHOD X), Freeze Dryer

13

Alga Pure HPLC Water System

14

Animal house facility- in process

FUNDING
Internal Funding:

AU will provide funds to members of the research center through internal research grants and infrastructure support for researchers in the medical and allied health sciences fields.

External Research Grants:

The center will target to gain the award of research grants from major national and international research funding agencies. In addition, researchers will be involved in joint research projects with a variety of national and international private and public institutions.

HIRING PLAN

1- The center intends to establish a post-doctorate research associate post. The specialization will be determined based on the demand of the research center members and other faculty members in the area

2- The center will hire up to three distinguished adjunct research associates who will conduct high quality research in collaboration with the members of the research center.