• Dr. Zakir Uddin
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  • Academic RankAssistant Professor
  • Email:zuddin@sharjah.ac.ae
  • Tel:+971-6-5057503
  • Specialization:Physiotherapy, Pain, Sensory Neurophysiology, Rehabilitation
  • Research Interests:(I) Detection of abnormal pain responses, (II) Identifying personal and physiological risk factors for development of chronic musculoskeletal pain, (III) outcomes measurement in rehabilitation in any suitable area such as designing outcomes measures for clinical studies, psychometric approaches/analyses, improve instruments/tests or justifying outcomes measures, (IV) study on neural circuits (e.g. sensory-motor pathway and functional pathways of spinal interneurons) and behaviors for optimizing rehabilitation (e.g. sensory and cognitive inputs to control complex movement pattern and spinal reflexes). Clinical interests focus on minimizing pain and disability in patients with chronic musculoskeletal and neurological disorders.

Education2010-2014 PhD (Rehabilitation Science), McMaster University, Canada 2004-2006 MSc (Physical Therapy), Kobe University, Japan 1994-1998 BSc (Physiotherapy), University of Dhaka (National Institute of Traumatology & Orthopedic Rehabilitation), Bangladesh

Employment History2015- Assistant Professor, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE 2014- 2015 Assistant Professor, Woosong University, Daejeon, South Korea 2014- Visiting Professor/Guest faculty, Bangladesh University of Health Sciences & Bangladesh Health Professional Institute under University of Dhaka 2011-2013 Teaching Assistant, McMaster University, Canada 2006-2009 Assistant Professor, Bangladesh Institute of Health Sciences, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh 2004-2006 Teaching and Research Assistant, Kobe University and Hiroshima University, Japan. 2002-2003 Lecturer, National Institute of Traumatology & Orthopedic Rehabilitation, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh 2001-2004 Consultant Physiotherapist, Ibn Sina Spine Center and Visiting Physiotherapist, Millennium Heart & General Hospital (ICU based), Dhaka, Bangladesh. 1999-2003 Private Practitioner, AlManar Medical Services, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Professional Activities2015- College Council member, College of Health Sciences, University of Sharjah, UAE 2014- Reviewer of Refereed Journals: (1) The Journal of Pain, (2) Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, (3) Molecule , (4) British Journal of Medicine and Medical Research (5) Materials (ISSN 1996-1944) 2014- Reader, student’s scholarly paper, MSc in Rehabilitation Science Program, McMaster University, Canada 2014- Coordinator, Woosong University Musculoskeletal Pain Club (No. of mentees: 24) Invitational Lectures and Workshops (Oral Presentation) Jun 2015 Title: Quantitative Measure of Pain. Research presentation at Gannon University, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA. Jun 2015 Title: The Effect of Pressure Pain Sensitivity and Patient Factors on Self-reported Pain-disability in Patient with Chronic Neck Pain. Invited as a scholar at the European Pain School 2015, Siena, Italy. Feb 2015 Title: Evolution of Pain Sensitivity and its Quantitative Measures. Research presentation at University of Connecticut, Connecticut , USA. Aug 2014 Title: Evolution of Pain Concept and its Clinical Measurement. Invited presentation at Briar Cliff University, Sioux City, Iowa, USA; & at Bangladesh University of Health Sciences (Sponsored by the Diabetic Association of Bangladesh). Aug 2014 Title: Sensory-motor interaction in chronic musculo-skeletal pain and its rehabilitation. Invited presentation at Bangladesh University of Health Sciences (Sponsored by the Bangladesh Physiotherapy Association). Jun 2014 Title: Psychophysical and patient factors as determinants of pain, function and health status in shoulder disorders. Invited as a scholar at the European Pain School 2014, Siena, Italy. http://www.europeanpainschool.eu/2014/programme.php May 2014 Title: The effect of Quantitative Sensory Testing and Patient Factors on Pain, Function, and Health Status in Shoulder Disorders. 35th annual meeting of Canadian Pain Society, Quebec city, Quebec, Canada (as a Hot Topic presentation). http://www.canadianpainsociety.ca/en/conference_2014/pdf/Registration_Program_Guide.pdf Mar 2014 Title: Detection of Abnormal Pain Response in Veterans with Chronic Pain. Invited presentation at the College of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA. Jan 2014 Title: The effect of Quantitative Sensory Testing and Patient Factors on Pain, Function, and Health Status in Shoulder Disorders. Bone and Joint Injury & Repair Conference, London, Ontario, Canada. Jan 2014 Title: Psychophysical and Patient Factors as Determinants of Pain, Function and Health Status in Shoulder Disorders. Research round presentation at School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University. Oct 2013 Title: Quantitative Sensory Testing in Musculoskeletal Pain. Invited presentation at Centre for the Study of Pain, Faculties of Dentistry & Medicine, University of Toronto. May 2013 Title: The Current Perception Threshold Test Differentiates subgroup of Mechanical Neck Disorder. 15th Annual Rehabilitation Research Colloquium, Queen’s University, Canada. May 2013 Title: Quantitative Sensory Testing in Musculoskeletal Disorders. Research round presentation at School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University. Canada. Feb 2013 Title: Knowledge Translation for the two Quantitative Sensory Tests: Cold Stress Test and The Ten Test and their usability with clinicians. Research round presentation at School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University. Canada. Nov 2009 Title: Integration of Pain and Cognition. Seminar at the Department of Kinesiology, University of Waterloo. Canada. Nov 2008 Title: Basic of Musculoskeletal Pain –research to clinical practice. A 6-days short training program/workshop at Bangladesh Institute of Health Sciences. Sep 2008 Title: Rethink the Health Care System of Bangladesh & Physiotherapy. World Physical Therapy Day Seminar at National Press Club, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Aug 2008 Title: TENS- The New Era of Medicine. A CPD course arranged by Bangladesh Physiotherapy Association at Bangladesh Institute of Health Sciences. Jun 2008 Title: Pain & Physiotherapy. An invited lecture at Bangladesh Rehabilitation Centre for Trauma Victims (BRCT). Apr 2008 Title: World History & Update of Physiotherapy. An invited lecture arranged by Bangladesh Physiotherapy Association at Center for Rehabilitation for the Paralyses (CRP), Dhaka. Mar 2008 Title: Basics of Pain Management: A Holistic Approach. An invited lecture at Gono University, Dhaka. Dec 2007 Title: Combat Back Pain as NCDs for Diabetic Patients. 13th Diabetic and Endocrine Conference, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Nov 2007 Title: Management & Complexity of Pain for Physiotherapist. A 8-hours CPD course & workshop at Bangladesh Institute of Health Sciences, Dhaka. Jan 2007 Title: Management of Back Pain in Diabetic Patients. A 2-hours workshop/seminar at Dhanmondi Health Care center, HCDP, Diabetic Association of Bangladesh Jul 2006 Title: Next Generation Medicine and Imaging Techniques. A 2-hours CPD course at PRCD Auditorium, Gulshan, Dhaka)

Professional Memberships2014- Life Member, IDB Merit Scholars Graduate Association in Bangladesh 2010- Member Canadian Pain Coalition (CPC) 2007- Regular member Bangladesh Society for Study of Pain (BSSP). 2004- Permanent member (17533), International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) 2003- General member (GM-67), Bangladesh Physiotherapy Association (BPA)

Selected Research Projects1. Predictors of chronic pain after shoulder surgery 2. Psychophysical and Patient Factors as Determinants of Pain, Function and Health Status in Shoulder Disorders

Selected PublicationsSelected Publications: 1. Uddin Z, MacDermid JC, Galea V. Executive Function: Application In Rehabilitation of Chronic Pain. Crit Rev Phys Rehabil Med. 2012;24(3-4):233-250. 2. Uddin Z, MacDermid JC, Packham T. The Ten Test for Sensation. Journal of Physiotherapy. 2013; 59(2):132-132. PMID: 23663804 3. Uddin Z, MacDermid JC, Galea V. A Knowledge Translation Perspective on Executive Function in Clinical Practice to Mitigate Chronic Pain. Health Science Inquiry. 2013;4(1):100-102. 4. Uddin Z, MacDermid JC, Packham T. Ice-water (cold stress) immersion testing. Journal of Physiotherapy. 2013;59(4):277-277. PMID: 24287228 5. Uddin Z, MacDermid JC, Galea V, Gross AR, Pierrynowski MR. Reliability Indices, Limits of Agreement and Construct Validity of Current Perception Threshold Test in Mechanical Neck Disorder. Crit Rev Phys Rehabil Med. 2013;25(3-4):173–185. 6. Uddin Z, MacDermid JC, Packham T. Clinical implementation of two Quantitative Sensory Tests: Cold Stress Test and The Ten Test. Physiotherapy Practice and Research. 2014;35(1):33-40. 7. Uddin Z, MacDermid JC, Ham H. Test-Retest Reliability and Validity of Normative Cut-offs of the Two Devices Measuring Touch Threshold: Weinstein Enhanced Sensory Test and Pressure Specified Sensory Device. Hand Therapy. 2014;19(1):3-10. 8. Uddin Z, MacDermid JC. Pain Hypersensitivity: A bio-psychological explanation of chronic musculoskeletal pain and underpinning theory. Pain Studies and Treatment. 2014;2(2):31-35. 9. Uddin Z . Bio-psychosocial Model of Health (Clinical Image). International Journal of Clinical & Medical Imaging. 2014;1(4):1000183. 10. Uddin Z, MacDermid JC, Galea V, Gross AR, Pierrynowski MR. The Current Perception Threshold Test Differentiates Categories of Mechanical Neck Disorder. J Orthop SportsPhys Ther. 2014;44(7):532-540. PMID: 24981222 11. Uddin Z, MacDermid JC, Woodhouse LJ, Triano JJ, Galea V, Gross AR. The Effect of Pressure Pain Sensitivity and Patient Factors on Self-reported Pain-disability in Patient with Chronic Neck Pain. The Open Orthopedics Journal. 2014;8:323-330. PMID: 25320651 12. Uddin Z, MacDermid JC. A knowledge translation perspective on the two quantitative sensory tests and their usability with clinicians. J Nov Physiother. 2015,5(2):257. doi:10.4172/2165-7025.1000257 View Publications: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Zakir_Uddin/publications Teaching Philosophy: My goal of teaching is to encourage students seeking answers, and it is the way that knowledge moves in an advancing way. I try to facilitate this advancement of knowledge. Evidence based knowledge and clinical problem solve are my philosophy of teaching. I believe that theoretical knowledge incorporated to applicable model help student to think critically about the clinical oriented physical disorders and as well as appropriate management of those disorders. The fundamental theme of my teaching philosophy is to encourage thinking in rational ways (reasoned thought). I emphasize learning to think critically about current trends and future directions, rather than simply memorization of facts. I think myself as a facilitator of learning, rather than as an expert of delivering information for students. I am always conscious about students’ different learning styles when planning for a curriculum or interacting with different rates of students. I believe that feedback from student is vital to the process of growth (as I learned from them, e.g., pacing of lectures delivery, help them to learn in a small group and discussions). I also encourage for informal discussion and express my willingness to help students and sort out any problems related to their learning with me. Professional Memberships: 2014- Life Member, IDB Merit Scholars Graduate Association in Bangladesh 2010- Member Canadian Pain Coalition (CPC) 2007- Regular member Bangladesh Society for Study of Pain (BSSP). 2004- Permanent member (17533), International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) 2003- General member (GM-67), Bangladesh Physiotherapy Association (BPA)

Theses and Projects Supervision2015- Undergraduate Project Supervisor, Department of Physiotherapy College of Health Sciences, University of Sharjah, UAE 2014- Thesis Supervisor, MSc in Rehabilitation Science program, Bangladesh Health Professional Institute under University of Dhaka

PatentsI developed an instruction manual on two simple Quantitative Sensory Tests for clinical application (available at, http://www.srs-mcmaster.ca/Portals/20/Research/An%20instruction%20manual%20for%20two%20Quantitative%20Sensory%20Tests.pdf), a 1-minture video on “how to do the Ten test to quantify sensation or pain” (available at, http://youtu.be/PwTlyghA7cI ), and a 3-minutes you tube video on “Two simple quantitative sensory tests” (available at, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktvjsqbIfUM) targeting knowledge users (e.g. clinicians, researchers and students). The developed cost effective QST tools are now using as a measuring tool for research at the McMaster & Western Universities.

Awards Recognitions2015 Invited scholar at the European Pain School 2015, Siena, Italy: US$1000 equivalent 2014 Travel award of the International Association for the Study of Pain: US$1200 2014 Founders grant of American Hand Therapy Foundation: US$1865 2014 Faculty of Health Sciences Plenary Graduate Student Publication Award, McMaster University 2014 Graduate Program Excellence Award, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University 2014 Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)-Travel Award: C$2200 2014 Rehabilitation Science Graduate Program Fund, McMaster University: C$2000 2014 Invited scholar at the European Pain School 2014, Siena, Italy: US$1050 equivalent 2014 Travel award, Bone and Joint Injury & Repair Conference: C$250 2013-2014 Rehabilitation Science Graduate Scholarship, McMaster University: C$9500 2013 Grad Studies Bursary, McMaster University: C$3250 2012-2013 Canadian Nation Scholarship, McMaster University: C$10,000 2012-2013 Students Association Bursary, McMaster University: C$500 2009-2013 Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Merit Scholarship for PhD study: US$160,000 2012 Canadian Agency for Drug and Technologies, Health Symposium Travel Award: C$1500 2012 Basmajian Travel Award of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University: C$250 2011-2012 Rehabilitation Science Program Funding- top up grant, McMaster University: C$5,000 2012 Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)-Travel Awards: C$1,000 2011-2012 Community Alliance for Health Research & Knowledge Translation on Pain- CIHR funded grant: C$5,000 2011-2012 Rehabilitation Science Program Scholarship, McMaster University: C$4,000 2008, 2010 International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), Travel Award for world congress on pain: US$2,500 2009 International Diabetic Federation (IDF), Young Scientist Grant: US$4,000

Services1. Academic education program development beside regular teaching and research duty 2. Knowledge translation from research evidence to the knowledge users (e.g. students, clinicians, stakeholder)

Teaching PhilosophyMy goal of teaching is to encourage students seeking answers, and it is the way that knowledge moves in an advancing way. I try to facilitate this advancement of knowledge. Evidence based knowledge and clinical problem solve are my philosophy of teaching. I believe that theoretical knowledge incorporated to applicable model help student to think critically about the clinical oriented physical disorders and as well as appropriate management of those disorders. The fundamental theme of my teaching philosophy is to encourage thinking in rational ways (reasoned thought). I emphasize learning to think critically about current trends and future directions, rather than simply memorization of facts. I think myself as a facilitator of learning, rather than as an expert of delivering information for students. I am always conscious about students’ different learning styles when planning for a curriculum or interacting with different rates of students. I believe that feedback from student is vital to the process of growth (as I learned from them, e.g., pacing of lectures delivery, help them to learn in a small group and discussions). I also encourage for informal discussion and express my willingness to help students and sort out any problems related to their learning with me.