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Research Highlights

 
Award to Dr. Iman Ibrahim from the College of Fine Arts & Design

Award to Dr. Iman Ibrahim from the College of Fine Arts & Design

H.E Dr. Abdullah Bin Mohammed Belhaif AlNuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure Development, rewarded Dr. Iman Ibrahim from the College of Fine Arts & Design for her role as the Head of the Scientific Committee for the 3rd Arab Ministerial Forum for Housing and Urban Development. Moreover, Dr. Iman received the Sharjah Award for Excellence in Education in the category of Distinguished Project: “Sustainable Courtyard” prepared by the Interior Architecture students in collaboration with Bee’ah Waste Management. Bee’ah supported the project with all waste materials that students used creatively for the College of Fine Arts & Design outdoor courtyards furniture pieces to be used by all students raising the awareness of sustainability, and working as one of the Creative Initiatives the Sustainable Circle practices.

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Best Paper Award in IEEE Conference

Best Paper Award in IEEE Conference

The paper “IoT Testbed Security: Smart Socket and Smart Thermostat” won the best paper award in IEEE Conference on Application, Information and Network Security (AINS) that was held in Penang, Malaysia on 19th – 21st November, 2019. The research paper is a research project conducted by the OpenUAE Research & Development Group for Dubai Electronic Security Center (DESC).

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University of Sharjah is a Community Partner for TIP

University of Sharjah is a Community Partner for TIP

University of Sharjah has recently joined as a Community Partner for Technology Innovation Pioneers (TIP), which is an initiative by the Federal Ministry of Economy and Department of Economic Development (DED) in Abu Dhabi. TIP aims to make the UAE a world-class hub for innovation by attracting the most talented experts from across the world. The partnership agreement was signed by Prof. Maamar Bettayeb, Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies. In September 2019, a joint lecture was given to the UoS students and faculty by Mr. Nader Hariz, Director of Business Development at TIP Program, and Dr. Mohamed Al Hemairy, Head of Technology Transfer Office at the University. The TIP Program brings new exciting challenges that add value to the UAE and the global innovation ecosystem, and invites inventors and entrepreneurs to provide technologically innovative solutions to solve the current global challenges in sectors such as EnergyTech, EnviroTech, and Healthcare.

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The Department of Applied Physics & Astronomy is No. 1

The Department of Applied Physics & Astronomy is No. 1

According to the Times Higher Education ranking, the Department of Applied Physics & Astronomy is No. 1 in the UAE and in the range 501-600 worldwide.

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Second Place in Physical Sciences according to the Times 2020 Subject Ranking

Second Place in Physical Sciences according to the Times 2020 Subject Ranking

According to the latest ranking release published by the Times Higher Education (THE), the University of Sharjah has realized another global achievement by obtaining the Second Place in the subjects of Physical Sciences according to the Times 2020 Subject Ranking. The Times assessment indicators in the field of physical sciences reflect the universities’ academic performance and research achievements and impacts in the subjects of mathematics and statistics, physics and astronomy, chemistry, geology, environmental sciences, earth, and marine sciences. It is worth mentioning that, with this achievement, the University of Sharjah has moved up to the 9th place in the Arab region and to the 500 places globally in this subject.

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A press release from Lund University, Sweden, highlighting a study that has been conducted at University of Sharjah

A press release from Lund University, Sweden, highlighting a study that has been conducted at University of Sharjah

The study is a collaboration between the University of Sharjah (Dr. Jalal Taneera, College of medicine) and Lund University (Dr. Albert Salehi) showed that activation of GPR183 receptor by a specific metabolite (7α, 25-dihydroxy cholesterol), which form in the liver leads to increased insulin release. That means that if you have high cholesterol then this specific metabolite is produced and the consequence is an increased insulin release, which leads to hunger, and if you eat more then you gain weight. The finding may also have another important significance as the production of insulin is also linked to increased hunger and obesity.

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Dr. Hamzah Al Zubaidi, Coordinator of the Improving Health Care Delivery and Medicines Use Research Group at the University of Sharjah, won a Cooperative Research Award from the Harvard Medical School Center for Global Health Care

Dr. Hamzah Al Zubaidi, Coordinator of the Improving Health Care Delivery and Medicines Use Research Group at the University of Sharjah, won a Cooperative Research Award from the Harvard Medical School Center for Global Health Care

Dr. Hamzah Al Zubaidi, Coordinator of the Improving Health Care Delivery and Medicines Use Research Group at the University of Sharjah, won a Cooperative Research Award from the Harvard Medical School Center for Global Health Care Delivery in Dubai for funding a project titled “Implementing a diabetes and cardiovascular disease risk screening program in community pharmacy in the UAE”. The award was in the amount of AED 276,000. Diabetes and cardiovascular diseases are major public health challenges in the UAE. From 2017 to 2019, Dr. Al Zubaidi worked with local collaborators and international experts to develop a screening program for diabetes and cardiovascular disease risk in community pharmacies for people over 40 years of age. The program was tested in 12 community pharmacies in Dubai, Sharjah, and Ajman cities. Over a period of 10 months, 568 people were screened in these pharmacies. Thirty-eight percent of those who were screened were found to have high blood sugar levels, and 14.6% had an elevated risk for cardiovascular disease. Moreover, 79.2% were overweight or obese. After testing, pharmacists explained the screening results to the participants and advised them of methods to reduce their risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, such as healthy lifestyle goals. Participants at high risk (58.6%) were referred to a doctor for further testing and treatment. It is feasible for community pharmacists to screen and refer individuals for diabetes and CVD risks in the UAE. The successful implementation of the screening model in community pharmacy, in terms of identifying at-risk individuals and advising them to visit their physicians for further evaluation, offers a new platform to increase screening capacity within the primary care setting, and represents a key opportunity for the early detection and intervention to tackle the increasing burden of both diseases. Early identification of people at risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease allows early intervention through lifestyle changes and/or medications that can delay the onset of, or prevent diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

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Initiative “lughati”

Initiative “lughati”

Lughati, the Sharjah-based initiative dedicated to supporting Arabic learning the smart way, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Sharjah. The MoU aims to conduct a research study to measure Lughati's impact on children and students who have been involved with the initiative throughout its first and second phases. The MoU, at the University of Sharjah, was signed by Badria Al Ali, Manager of the Lughati initiative and Prof. Maamar Bettayeb, Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies at the University of Sharjah. The signing ceremony was held in the presence of representatives from both organisations. Under the terms of the MoU, the Research and Graduate Studies Department at the University of Sharjah will conduct a study on the impact of Lughati initiative on the learning process of Sharjah's kindergarten and primary school students who were given smart tablet devices by the initiative. On the other hand, Lughati will provide the University of Sharjah's research team with data and samples taken from 100 teachers and 50 students. The study will aim to evaluate the initiative and measure its level of success in achieving its objectives and goals that seek to support the national Arabic curriculum and encourage students to use Arabic using modern scientific methods.

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Studies for Sheikh Zayed Housing Program

Studies for Sheikh Zayed Housing Program

Agreement has been signed between Office of Vice chancellor for Scientific Research and Graduate Studies and Sheikh Zayed housing program/ Dubai. In order to conduct the first two studies (The residential reality in the UAE: current characteristics and future visions). And the first objective of the study to know the degree of satisfaction of the families benefiting from the program about the current housing in terms of size, distance and design, and taking into account their needs. As well as the variables most related to the factors of satisfaction and dissatisfaction among beneficiaries of the Sheikh Zayed Housing Program. The second study entitled (A prospective study of the reality of the expected future needs of housing for citizens in the United Arab Emirates until 2040). Which aims to determine the impact of the demographic and economic factors witnessed by the UAE on the future housing needs. During the two decades and to identify the role of economic and investment plans currently facing to support the population movement to cope with the future preparation during the next two decades.

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Second: Conduct a study on Bullying among students in Sharjah Schools

Second: Conduct a study on Bullying among students in Sharjah Schools

A study has been conducted between the Family Development Centers that belong to the Supreme Council of the Family / Sharjah and Office of Vice Chancellor for Scientific Research and Graduate Studies to conduct study entitled: (Bullying among students in Sharjah Schools).The aim of this study is to measure the prevalence of these behaviors among school students in Sharjah, as well as to design preventive programs aimed at protecting young people and the community.

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Cooperation between the Family Development Foundation and the University of Sharjah

Cooperation between the Family Development Foundation and the University of Sharjah

An agreement has been signed between both Family Development Foundation /Abu Dhabi and the Office of Vice Chancellor for Scientific Research and Graduate Studies, which aims to cooperate in the field of studies and research that achieve the strategic objectives of the Family Development Foundation. Several studies have been conducted among these the study entitled : (Problems and challenges facing the family and Emirati women in the 21 century), which aims to identify the most important problems and challenges facing the family as a social institution and women as a social group in the United Arab Emirates in the twenty-first century in the following areas: - Social. - Health. - Economic. - Participation in public life. And, the second study entitled (A qualitative Study about Youth and Social network Sites), which aims to identify the most important social networking sites attractive to young people, topics discussed in these sites, the number of hours spent by the user of these sites, the positive and negative of social networking sites, and the concept of electronic addiction and its characteristics.

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Unprecedented Discovery of novel small molecule that target six drug targets upregulated in cancers

Unprecedented Discovery of novel small molecule that target six drug targets upregulated in cancers

Raafat ElAwady,1,2 Dr Srinivasulu Vunnam,1 Cijo George Vazhappilly,1 Taleb H. AL-Tel*1,2 1Sharjah Institute for Medical Research and 2College of Pharmacy University of Sharjah, Sharjah, 27272 UAE This invention describes novel heterocyclic systems, which possess many biological activities including but not limited to, anticancer activity and are useful in the treatment of many disease states related to cell proliferation. In particular, new pyran derivatives are provided having the general formula A and B, processes for their preparation, and methods for their pharmaceutical applications for example here as anticancer agents. These compounds were found to have antiproliferative effects against multiple cancer cell lines and showed considerably less toxicity to normal fibroblasts. These compounds exhibited typical anticancer properties by inducing caspase-mediated cell death mechanisms and arresting cancer cell progression. Further, these novel compounds were able to target multiple key proteins/enzymes, including thioredoxin reductase, glutathione reductase, transferrin receptors, inisitol-3-phosphate synthase, cystolic aminopeptidase and transketolase that are over-expressed in tumor cells, which may facilitate to address the current issues in therapy such as multi-drug resistance and/or tumor relapse.

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