Clinical Trials: A hopeful start in Saudi Arabia

Early signs suggest that Saudi Arabians are willing to embrace and participate in the kingdom’s new human clinical trials programme.

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Scope for greater use of digital tools in Saudi healthcare

June 1, 2020

A study on the use of smartphones in the Saudi healthcare system shows that while penetration rates are high, medical workers in the kingdom are reluctant to use mobiles for work purposes.  

The most discussed COVID-19 therapies

May 11, 2020

While the world waits for a vaccine, there are several treatment options being considered for use on COVID-19 patients.

Sticking to the facts in the pandemic

April 29, 2020

Bombarded with news, advice, and pseudo-science presented as facts, it is time to debunk some of the misinformation around COVID-19

Life on the COVID-19 frontline 

April 27, 2020

Egyptian anesthetist in London speaks about the realities of COVID-19 for health workers

COVID-19 research efforts draw on Saudi Arabia’s MERS experience

April 1, 2020

KAIMRC is central to the kingdom’s efforts to slow COVID-19 as it builds on MERS research infrastructure and applies knowledge from previous coronavirus outbreaks

HIV stem cell therapy: Why it’s too early to declare a cure

March 1, 2020

Gene-editing and stem cell therapy have emerged as promising approaches to the treatment of HIV/AIDS, but ideal recipients are rare

Seeking cures for Alzheimer’s disease

February 9, 2020

Advances in Alzheimer’s research over the past few years are increasing hopes of finding more effective treatments, while implicating bacteria as a possible cause

Searching for answers surrounding autism

February 4, 2020

Replicating a gene linked to autism in a monkey model could shed light on its underpinnings.

KAIMRC a strong player in quest for a MERS-CoV vaccine 

January 5, 2020

The medical hub’s research into a single-dose vaccine for the lethal Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is promising, but more evaluation and trials are needed, scientists say. 

A smart way to beat the heat

December 22, 2019

KAIMRC researchers develop a system that can regulate body temperature in real time to help treat heatstroke patients.

Obesity and anaemia rife among Saudi female adolescents 

November 3, 2019

Study shows obesity and iron-deficiency are common among young women in Riyadh.

Slightly raised risk of rare childhood cancers in IVF babies

October 8, 2019

Largest cohort study to date shows marginally increased cancer risk among IVF babies, but researchers say overall numbers very low

Train efficiently, not more

September 2, 2019

New research by the University of Glasgow suggests that 15 minutes of resistance training to the point of exhaustion three times a week can have the same health benefit as longer sets.

Putting Saudi Arabia on the clinical trial map

August 26, 2019

KAIMRC’s new initiative stands to kickstart Saudi Arabia’s clinical trials economy, and find treatments for its people.

A year of biomedicine breakthroughs

July 28, 2019

The latest global innovations in the study of disease

E-skin, the next prosthetics frontier

June 30, 2019

New electronic stretchable sensors can help alert burn victim and people using prosthetic limbs against dangers like fire. 

Screening for an enzyme defect in newborns

February 11, 2019

Study boosts argument for cord blood screening to detect an enzyme defect in infants.

Myrrh detoxifies when liver cannot

February 10, 2019

Myrrh, the resin from a shrub native to the Arabian Peninsula and Africa, relieves the symptoms of ammonia excess from liver disease.

Playing RNA viruses at their own game

February 10, 2019

Researchers in France turn viruses against themselves by exploiting their ability to mutate and evolve rapidly.

Healthy cells for healthy pregnancies

February 10, 2019

Activating a defence gene may reduce damage to cells involved in preeclampsia.

Saudis buck the diabetes trend

January 22, 2019

Type II diabetes and insulin resistance don’t go hand in hand among Saudis as frequently as they do in other populations.

Researchers take aim at Saudi Arabia’s diabetes crisis

June 11, 2017

A better understanding of the root causes of diabetes in Saudi Arabia could yield new therapeutic strategies.

Smart partnerships

December 12, 2016

While some Saudi enterprises strive to be the biggest, a new biotechnology park in Riyadh has set smaller perimeters with a sharp focus.

Striking at the heartland of the MERS infection

December 8, 2016

At least a dozen additional cases of MERS were reported in Saudi Arabia in September 2016, bringing the number of cases in the kingdom to more than 1,450, of which 610 have been fatal. 

A kingdom with a knowledge plan

June 20, 2016

A shift to a knowledge economy in Saudi Arabia is a necessity that holds much promise.