Research Matters

Discovering the unknown in neurological disorders

Discovering the unknown in neurological disorders

With an increasing global population and greater life expectancy, the diagnosis of neurological disorders, like Parkinson's disease is on the rise. Al Jalila Foundation awarded a research grant to renowned scientist Dr M Emdadul Haque from UAE University to study ‘Parkin in cancer and neurodegeneration: critical role of parkin as E3 ubiquitin ligase and redox molecule’. Parkin/PINK1 insu...

Leading scientist investigates novel cancer treatments

Leading scientist investigates novel cancer treatments

According to the World Health Organization, cancer is the second leading cause of death globally with about 1 in 6 deaths due to cancer. Each year, approximately 300,000 children alone are diagnosed with cancer. However, there is hope, as with access to quality treatment, more than 80% of children with cancer can survive, living full and healthy lives. It is this that drives Al Jalila Foundation t...

Autism expert seeks innovative treatment methods

Autism expert seeks innovative treatment methods

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a growing health concern around the world and is estimated that it impacts 1 in every 58 children globally. Research indicates that the disease manifests very early in development which requires early diagnosis and intervention. Dr Mohammed Uddin from Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences, an expert in the etiology of autism and neurode...

Local diabetes research is vital to fight the disease

Local diabetes research is vital to fight the disease

Despite the high prevalence of type 2 diabetes in the UAE, approximately 1 in 5 of the population suffers from the disease, epidemiological data about diabetes incidence and subgroups in the UAE in general, and particularly the Northern Emirates (Sharjah/Ajman), is very limited. Al Jalila Foundation research grant recipient Professor Nabil Sulaiman from University of Sharjah is leading a pionee...

Research investigates links between sleep and depression

Research investigates links between sleep and depression

According to the World Health Organization depression, a mental disorder accompanied by low self-esteem, loss of interest and low energy, continues to be on the rise globally. Unfortunately, current treatment methods are only effective on 50% of patients and even for those who do respond well it can take weeks or months to see any improvement. With new therapeutic avenues needed, Al Jalila F...

Researching the effects water-pipe smoke on heart health

Researching the effects water-pipe smoke on heart health

Cardiovascular disease continues to be the leading cause of death and disability in the world today. According to the World Heart Federation 17.5 million people globally die every year from cardiovascular disease and studies have identified it is a one of the primary reasons of death in the UAE, with 30% of fatalities attributed to the disease. Professor Abderrahim Nemmar from United Arab Emira...

Researchers delve into diabetes and fasting

Researchers delve into diabetes and fasting

Data shows that 1 in 5 people in the UAE has diabetes making it one of the most pressing healthcare challenges today. Fasting as part of religious practice is keenly observed in the region and many people with diabetes fast throughout Ramadan with no negative impact on their health while some are considered high risk. Al Jalila Foundation grant recipients, Dr Fatheya Alawadi and Dr Mohammed Has...

Scientist files patent for novel chemotherapy treatment

Scientist files patent for novel chemotherapy treatment

UAE breast cancer statistics emphasise the need for local research as it is the most common cancer affecting women with incidences steadily increasing and constituting 38% of all female cancers in the country. Al Jalila Foundation research grant recipient, Dr Ghaleb Husseini from American University of Sharjah, lead a ground-breaking study focused on improving treatment methods for breast cance...

Developing solutions to support mental health

Developing solutions to support mental health

During these uncertain times, mental health support has never been more vital and Al Jalila Foundation is proud to be at the forefront of pioneering research in the UAE by supporting scientists addressing the issue. Al Jalila Foundation research grant recipient, Professor Leontios Hadjileontiadis from Khalifa University, used cutting-edge technology to develop a first-of-its-kind mobile app ...

An inspiring role model for women in science

An inspiring role model for women in science

Dr Habiba Alsafar, a two-time Al Jalila Foundation research grant recipient, was a curious youngster who dreamed of becoming a scientist. Encouraged by her parents, she pursued her scientific aspirations gaining her PhD in Forensics and Medical Sciences and fulfilled her dream to ‘build the UAE’s capability in genetic research’. Today, Dr Habiba is a faculty member at Khalifa University w...

Improving women’s health and happiness

Improving women’s health and happiness

According to World Health Organization depression affects 350 million people worldwide and is a leading cause of disability, affecting more women than men. In the Arab world, it is estimated that 17.7 percent of the population suffers from depression. With these alarming statistics, mental health is a top priority on the UAE National Agenda and a focus for Al Jalila Foundation research. One ...

Unlocking Medical Solutions, Transforming Lives

Unlocking Medical Solutions, Transforming Lives

As the UAE looks toward the next 50‭ ‬years we are inspired by the great strides we are taking in medical innovation and the advancement of science‭. ‬It is hard to believe that less than a century ago‭, ‬we did not have cures for diseases like tuberculosis and‭ ‬polio‭. ‬It seemed impossible to imagine that entire continents could eradicate epidemics with a vaccine‭. ‬Over...

Dedicated to Research, Committed to Care

Dedicated to Research, Committed to Care

We are immensely grateful to our Founder, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, for championing innovation and research, and for establishing Al Jalila Foundation. Research provides a gateway to discovering new knowledge, advancing medical breakthroughs, and propelling economic development. In line with His Highness...

Dr Saba, a leading woman in science

Dr Saba, a leading woman in science

Worldwide, lung cancer is a leading cause of cancer mortality in both men and women and in the UAE it is ranked the second deadliest disease among UAE nationals. Al Jalila Foundation research grant recipient, Dr Saba Al Heialy, Assistant Professor of Immunology at Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences, is a brilliant researcher who aims to identify genes involved in sev...

Uncovering the sleep and weight loss connection

Uncovering the sleep and weight loss connection

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), more than 4.8 million people in the UAE suffer from obesity. These numbers underscore the need for long-term funding into scientific research to develop discoveries in the field of obesity. Al Jalila Foundation research grant recipient, Dr Teresa Arora from Zayed University, is conducting a pilot study to assess the feasibility of sleep improvem...

Exploring the mysteries of disease

Exploring the mysteries of disease

Dr Bashair Mussa from University of Sharjah (College of Medicine) is a cutting-edge researcher leading a study, with the support of Al Jalila Foundation seed grant, investigating the role of FOS and BECLIN1-inducing autophagy in pathogenesis of hypoglycemia-associated autonomic failure (HAAF) in diabetes. HAAF is a serious complication of diabetes which is associated with unawareness of hypogly...

Scientist studies the effect of carnosol on breast cancer

Scientist studies the effect of carnosol on breast cancer

Celebrated scientist and Al Jalila Foundation research grant recipient, Professor Rabah Iratni from United Arab Emirates University, is studying a naturally occurring polyphenol, carnosol, and its effect on breast cancer. Breast cancer ranks as the leading cause of cancer death in women worldwide with triple-negative breast cancers (TNBCs) being the most aggressive and invasive form with the wo...

Saffron key in cancer treatment

Saffron key in cancer treatment

According to the World Health Organization cancer is the second leading cause of death globally and researches around the world continue to search for a cure. Al Jalila Foundation research grant recipient, Professor Amr Amin from United Arab Emirates University, has been conducting a study since 2011 and found saffron to have anti-liver cancer properties working both to stop cell division and prom...

Research tackles world's greatest disease

Research tackles world's greatest disease

According to the World Health Organisation, cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death globally and it is estimated that 30% of fatalities in the UAE are attributed to cardiovascular disease. While improvements in lifestyle can support successful treatment there is much research to be done to provide better treatment options. Dr Maria Baias, Al Jalila Foundation grant recipient f...