A pandemic for all ages

New research shows the impact of the global pandemic on families whose members suffer from childhood PTSD and autism.

COVID-19 has the capacity to worsen the mental health of children and their parents, says recently-published research. Justin Paget / Getty Images


The feature articles in KAIMRC Innovations offer a closer look at issues of science not just related to researchers, but also to the wider community. They offer a window into all the interesting things happening at KAIMRC, and also informs policymakers and society of the importance of science in transforming communities all around the world. With regular updates, this is the place to learn all about KAIMRC, its facilities and the people behind its pioneering work.

The psychological impact of COVID-19

February 28, 2022

The pandemic has brought a newfound appreciation of the importance of mental health. Research from across the globe is now providing insights into its psychological toll.

The mental health landscape in Saudi Arabia

February 21, 2022

Promoting and improving wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic, while reducing the stigma of mental illness

New type 1 diabetes treatment targets

January 30, 2022

New avenues are opening for better control of type 1 diabetes, with some now showing promise in clinical trials

Preventing diabetes

December 23, 2021

Predicting a person’s risk of developing diabetes could save lives and conserve valuable medical resources for those in the greatest need

Exploring the link between diabetes and COVID-19

November 29, 2021

Studying how SARS-CoV-2 infections affect diabetic patients reveals a complex relationship between the virus and metabolic glucose.

Depression linked to premature brain ageing

October 25, 2021

Evidence is accumulating that depression and premature brain ageing are intimately linked.

ChAdOx1: More than a coronavirus vaccine

September 27, 2021

At the core of a COVID-19 vaccine is a highly-adaptable technology with the potential to protect against a range of viruses.

Vaccines vs variants: An ongoing race

September 1, 2021

What does the rapid spread of SARS-CoV-2 variants that affect vaccine potency mean for the fight against COVID-19?

Reducing chronic maladaptive inflammation rejuvenates brain cells in mice

August 2, 2021

Scientists pinpoint a single molecular signalling pathway that could be used to reverse age-associated metabolic and immune dysfunction in mice.

A Triumph For Science: Hastening the race toward a COVID-19 vaccine

June 28, 2021

An unprecedented international response by researchers, funders and regulators made it possible to develop COVID-19 vaccines in record time

Fighting the pandemic on all fronts

May 31, 2021

KAIMRC is at the forefront of the nation’s fight against COVID-19 by ramping up coronavirus research, says Naif Alharbi, one of Saudi Arabia’s leading virologists. 

Hidden immune failure in severe COVID-19 cases

April 26, 2021

Two studies find that genetic anomalies and autoimmune antibodies dampen the immune response in severely ill COVID-19 patients.

The case for masks in combatting COVID-19 

March 29, 2021

Specific studies assessing face masks and COVID-19 transmission are limited, but related scientific evidence suggests that even simple fabric masks can make a difference

Reducing MERS mortality

February 22, 2021

Clinicians have tested a combination drug regimen that reduces the number of deaths from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome by a third.

Clinical Trials: A hopeful start in Saudi Arabia

August 19, 2020

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

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.

Healthy cells for healthy pregnancies

February 10, 2019

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

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.

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.