Senior Scientists

Dr. Fouad Alshaban


 Senior Scientist
 Tel: +974 4495 6160
 Email: falshaban@hbku.edu.qa
BRIEF
BIOGRAPHY
Dr. Fouad Alshaban graduated from Baghdad College of Medicine, and became involved in the field of preventive medicine. He obtained his Ph.D. in preventive medicine in the United Kingdom. He held many different positions as a scientist working in academic research and as assistant professor in Occupational Medicine and Public Health. He was also a Planner and Advisor in different medical institutions, including the Iraqi Ministry of Health. Prior to joining the Shafallah Medical Genetics Center in 2009, he was Research Program Manager & Senior Research Coordinator in the Washington Hospital Center in association with Johns Hopkins University Hospital. He was head of Research of the Department of Research and Training at the Shafallah Medical Genetics Center where he was involved in setting up research policies and regulations as well as the establishment of the Institutional Review Board. Currently, Dr. Alshaban works as a Senior Scientist at QBRI Neurological Disorder Research Center. Dr. Alshaban published three books in the field of Public Health, Infectious Diseases and Nutrition and has many published articles in medical & non-medical magazines and journals.
RESEARCH
INTEREST
Dr. Alshaban’s research interest lies in the epidemiology of genetic diseases and particularly in autism spectrum disorder. He is involved in two research projects funded by QNRF (The flyer for Dr Alshaban's most recent project is available here). In collaboration with the University College of London, UK, he investigates the genomics, anthropology and social impact of genetic knowledge in Qatar. Furthermore, he studies the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Qatar in collaboration with the Oregon Health & Science University and the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center.
CURRENT
RESEARCH
PROJECT
Dr. Alshaban is a Co-Lead PI of the research project titled “Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Qatar” funded by Qatar National Research Fund. Which involve screening of more than 100,000 school children between the ages 5-12 years for ASD.
SELECTED KEY
PUBLICATIONS

D. Ahram, Y. Al-Sarraj, F. Alshaban. R. Taha, M. Kambouris, H. El-Shanti. (2016). Chromosomal microdeletions of 15q and 9q in two female patients with epilepsy, ID and autism spectrum disorder: A case report. In press

F. Alshaban, E. Fombonne, M. Aldosari, S. Alhaj, H. Alshammari. (2016).Validation of Arabic version of Social Communication Questionnaires in School screening in Qatar. In press.
COLLABORATIONS
Collaborator Name Institute Research Area
Dr Mohammad Aldosari Cleveland Clinic Autism
Dr Eric Fombonne Oregon Health & Science University Autism
Dr Lobna Hassan HMC Autism
Dr Mohd Alodat Qatar University Autism
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