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Research Goals and Objectives

Research in Biomedical and Molecular Imaging (BMI) at the University of Sharjah (UoS) is, by nature, dynamic and multidisciplinary attracting many disciplines from a variety of Colleges working together and complementing each other to achieve many goals. These include optimizing radiation imaging and image quality, extracting new information and interpreting its biological and physiological significance for both normal and pathologic tissues, and biological modeling. The rapid advances in material science have also contributed to the synthesis of new molecular probes with multifunctional targeting, imaging, and therapeutic abilities.

Another objective of this project is about focusing on radiation safety in medical radiation facilities. For the objective of radiation protection in medical and industrial fields, concretes and Lead-based materials have been broadly utilized, but these materials have several restrictions too. Concrete is prone to crack forming with the use, has wastage of water content when warmed up by radiation retention, and is non-portable and opaque. On the other hand, there are specific deficits of Lead (Pb) such as toxicity, non-transparency, low durability of lead. Therefore, the development of highly durable, environmentally friendly, non-toxic and superior materials, which can be used as an alternative to Pb is highly necessary. The doped glasses and superalloys are one of the most substantial alternative materials that can be employed as a shield for ionizing radiation facilities of diagnostic and therapeutic applications. However, it may not always be possible to conduct radiation-related studies and evaluate them experimentally. This can be considered primarily as possible biological effects and experimental costs of radiation. Therefore, numerical simulation studies to be carried out before production and experimental studies have an important place for radiation and radiation shielding materials.