The College of Medicine & Health Sciences continues to contribute to the UAEU's mission of being a leading research-intensive University. Our current research efforts are targeted towards solving health issues relevant to the UAE and the wider population, e.g. diabetes, cardiovascular & neurological diseases, genetic & immunological diseases, cancer, and injuries & accidents. Research can either be laboratory-based or clinical/community based.
A range of research grants are available for academic and scientific staff and graduate students. Our faculty can also apply for national and international grants, and collaborate with researchers abroad on multidisciplinary projects. CMHS researchers actively publish their research in international peer-reviewed journals and have made some significant scientific breakthroughs. The CMHS continues to be a leader in developing and supporting biomedical research.
Institute of Public Health
Microbiology & Immunology
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Psychiatry and Behavioral Science
The CMHS has established different Research Priority Groups to facilitate research. These include:
The Diabetes and Cardiovascular Research Priority Group (DCRG) was established in the autumn of 2001 alongside other research priority groups. The DCRG works closely with the Al Ain Diabetes Research Group and the Emirates Diabetes Society.
The group aims to:
Consanguineous marriages are prevalent in the UAE population and therefore recessively inherited single gene disorders occur more frequently in the UAE than in other populations with over 170 recessive disorders have been reported so far. In addition, the incidence of multifactorial diseases such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, certain cancers, neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases have been steadily rising in the UAE over the past few decades. This is mainly due to the rapid socioeconomic growth and a significant rise in life expectancy as a result of improved health care systems. The rapid increase in the prevalence of multifactorial diseases also suggest genetic predisposition to those diseases revealed by rapid changes in lifestyle including diet.
The mission of the Genetics and Development Research Priority Group is to provide the highest quality research into the basis of genetic diseases prevalent in UAE, provide high quality healthcare and education. In support of its mission, the group strives to (1) define the extent of genetic, developmental and multifactorial disorders in the country; (2) be the leading source of research into the causes and pathogenesis of these disorders and (3) seek new approaches to diagnosis, treatment and prevention of such disorders. Our mission is also to educate the next generation of health care leaders by providing continuing professional development to physicians with up to date courses and to educate the public by providing information on different genetic disorders and approaches to prevention.
The main aim of the Immunoregulation and Infection Research Priority Group (IIRPG) is to promote basic and clinical research in immunology, microbiology, and related disciplines. Through its wide membership, which encompasses investigators in a diverse number of departments in the College of Medicine and Health Sciences and affiliated hospitals, the Group aims to facilitate inter-departmental collaborations in basic and clinical research broadly related to immunological disorders, infectious diseases, and microbial pathogenesis.
The United Arab Emirates University Neuroscience Group was officially formed in 2006 by a decree from the Vice Chancellor of the University. The group consists of basic scientists and clinicians with a common interest in the nervous system. The primary goal of the group is to strengthen collaborative research ties between its members and promote neuroscience research in the UAE and the region. The group develop educational programs at the University that lead to higher degrees in Neuroscience, organize seminars, congresses and workshops, and participate in scientific activities of other groups in the field of neuroscience. Moreover, the group develops educational programs, provides professional development activities, information and educational resources for neuroscientists at all stages of their careers in the UAE and the region.
The Oncology Research Group (ORG) comprises colleagues at the College of Medicine & Health Sciences, the College of Sciences; UAEU and the Abu Dhabi Health Authority, who share an interest in oncology research. The objectives of the group are:
The Trauma Group has made major contributions in trauma education and research both nationally and internationally. The “hands on training” in point-of-care ultrasound has continued to flourish.
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