Assistant Dean for Postgraduate Studies and Research (ADPSR)
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Welcome to the office of Assistant Dean for Postgraduate Studies and Research at the College of Medicine and Health Sciences. The College offer several MSc and PhD programs. These programs cover a wide scope of areas of health-related sciences such biochemistry, genetics, clinical pharmacy, and public health. The College is continually active in biomedical and clinical research. The researchers were able to obtain funds from both internal and external revenues.


The office is responsible for the coordination of College's postgraduate programs in association with the Deanship of Postgraduate Studies and coordinating the funding processes pertaining to research and consultancy in association with the Deanship of Research.

                                                                  Dr. Mohd Azabi_edited Prof.Mohammed Al Za'abi 
 
PGS & Res Asst Prof, Asst Dean
PGS & Res

Overview
The Assistant Dean of Postgraduate Studies and Research office is responsible for the coordination of postgraduate admission and registration processes with the Deanship of Postgraduate Studies and the Deanship of Admission and Registration. The office together with the College Postgraduate Studies Committee have the responsibility of coordinating the running and reviewing of current postgraduate programs, introducing new programs and facilitating the funding of postgraduate students in the College.

 

MSc Programs
The College of Medicine and Health Sciences at Sultan Qaboos University is offering a master's Program in Biomedical Sciences in response to the increasing demand of graduates with specialized knowledge and practical expertise in the area of Biomedical Sciences. The number and variety of job opportunities for such well-qualified personnel is steadily expanding, both in the public service and in the private sector. The programs in the College of Medicine and Health Sciences are two-year full-time programs. Currently there are seven MSc programs in the College of Medicine and Health Sciences, some of these have been running actively.

 

Admission requirements
The Minimum admission requirements 

1.    Applicants should have a bachelor's degree in health sciences or medical laboratory sciences or an MD from Sultan Qaboos University, or from any recognized university.
2.    Candidates from other disciplines, such as Science or Agriculture, will be considered, but may need to complete additional qualifying courses to provide them with the necessary scientific background in the field of study.
3.    A Cumulative grade point average of not less than 2.75 on a 4-point scale or equivalent in any other system and the Deanship of Postgraduate Studies will make the assessment for equivalency acceptance.
4.    Work experience is a must for candidates with Cumulative Grade Point Average between 2.74 and 2.5 in the bachelor's degree.
5.    Achieve Band (6) in IELTS Academic with a minimum of 5 in each of its components or (550) in the TOEFL paper-based or (213) in      TOEFL through the computer or (79) in the TOEFL through the Internet.
6.    Applicants must be a full-time student for two years.
7.    Pass the interview held in the department (if necessary).
8.    Applicants must have completed all requirements for the bachelor's degree.
 

Overview

The Assistant Dean for Postgraduate and Research Office is responsible for coordinating the funding processes pertaining to research and consultancy in the COMHS in association with the Deanship of Research. The Office, together with the College Medical Research Committee, administers the funding processes of research projects through:

  • Receiving and reviewing research projects.
  • Monitoring the progress of approved research projects until completion.
  • Following and monitoring research to ensure no deviation from the approved protocol.
  • Suspending or withdrawing approval for any project, which no longer complies with the approved research protocol or where the research ceases to be ethically acceptable.
  • Maintaining a register of all applications, which records the history of each application/project until its finalization.

 

Research in College of Medicine and Health Sciences

  • Types of research fund

Project Type

Fund Limit (OMR)

Submission Deadline

Submission type

Deanship Fund Project (RF)

3,000

15th May and 15th November (two cycles)

Submit F1A & F2

Internal Grants Projects (IG)

10,000

1st March

ONLINE (RMS)

His Majesty Trust Fund Projects (SR)

*

1st of October to 30th November

ONLINE (RMS)

The Research Council Projects (RC)

Graduate Research Grant (GRG)

Undergraduate Research Grant (URG)

*

As per announcement

ONLINE (TRESS)

External Grants (EG)

*

Open

Submit F9

Research Consultancy (CR)

*

Open

Submit F9

Collaborative Funded Research Projects e.g. GCC/ UAE and SQU/QU

15,000 OMR

As per announcement

ONLINE (RMS)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Regulated by the funding body and announced in each call

RMS: SQU Research Management System; TRESS: TRC Research Electronic Submission System; RF: Deanship of Research Fund; IG: Internal grant; SR: His Majesty Trust Fund; TRC: Research Council; EG/ CR: External Grant/Consultancy.

 

 

 

 

  • Current active research projects

 

Project title

Investigator

Department

Start year

Duration (years)

Funding source

Effect of pre and perinatal exposure to Bisphenol-A on the development of atherosclerosis in adult offspring

Dr Srivansa Rao

Anatomy

2018

3

IG

Changes of Prolactin Sensitivity in Gestational Diabetes and Lymphangioleiomyomatosis

Prof Noested Gunnar

Biochemistry

2018

3

IG

Prevalence of Sleep Disorders among Omani Patients with Multiple Sclerosis, Tertiary Hospital Experience

Dr Abdallah AlAsmi

Medicine

2018

3

IG

Complete reference values and prediction equations for pulmonary function tests in Omani adults: A) reference values for lung volumes B) single-breath carbon monoxide diffusing capacity prediction equations.

Dr Jaya Nair

Medicine

2018

3

IG

Effect of prolactin receptor antagonist in treatment of cancer models.

Dr Amira AlKharosi

Physiology

2018

3

IG

The effects of Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and resveratrol in a WT mice model of male hypogonadism on bone density

Dr Husein Sakr

Physiology

2018

3

 

IG

Malformations of Cortical Development – Neurological, EEG, MR1 and Genetic Characteristic

Dr. Amna Al Futaisi

Child Health

2019

2

IG

Functional characterization of RYR3 mutations associated with neurodevelopment disorders.

Dr. Almundher Al-Maawali

Genetics

2019

2

IG

Genetic Analysis of Familial Lupus in Omani Population (Familial lupus)

Dr Jalila AlShekaili

Microbiology& Immunology

2019

2

IG

The impact of toll-like receptor 7 and 8 (TLR7/8)-mediated neutrophil activation on B cell responses and clinical and immunological features of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

Dr. Crystal Y. Koh

Microbiology& Immunology

2019

2

IG

Lacrimal drainage system patency following one month versus three months of lacrimal intubation removal after external dacryocystorhinostomy: A

randomize, comparative clinical trial

Dr. Abdullah Al-Mujaini

Opthamology

2019

2

IG

Effect of ageing on myogenic response and mechanotransduction of coronary arteries: role of TRPC6 and TRPM4 channels

Mr Sultan AlSiyabi

Physiology

2019

2

IG

Clinical and immunological features of patients with inflammatory neuropathies

Dr Mahmood Al Kindi

Microbiology& Immunology

2019

3

IG

Is Nifedipine superior to Atosiban for tocolysis in preterm labor?: A multicenter randomized control trial

Dr. Nihal Al Riyami

Obstetrics &Gynecology

2019

3

IG

Assessment of the accuracy of SPECT-CT and Echocardiography in assessing ejection fraction measurements - comparison with ejection fraction measurements of cardiac MRI in patients with borderline LVEF measurements

Dr Yassine Bouchareb

Radiology

2020

1

IG

Insulin signaling and glucose uptake in control and insulin resistance-induced rats. Comparison using rat skeletal muscle cells and monocytes.

Dr.Abdulrahim K. Al Abri

Biochemistry

2019

2

IG

Variability of Rivaroxaban Pharmacokinetics and its Genetic Predictors

Dr.  Murtadha Al Khabori

Haematology

2019

2

IG

Genotypic characterization and assessment of in- vitro synergistic antimicrobial combinations for Extremely Drug Resistant (XDR) and Pan Drug Resistant (PDR) Gram negative bacilli circulating in Oman

Dr. Meher Rizvi

Microbiology& Immunology

2019

2

IG

CMV Specific Immunity in Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant patients at SQUH (CMV Specific Immunity)

Dr. Khuloud A. Al Maamari

Microbiology& Immunology

2019

2

IG

Significance of the Prolactin Receptor in Glioblastoma

Dr. Amira Al Kharusi

Physiology

2019

2

IG

Investigation of SNAREs phosphorylation on GLUT4 trafficking and glucose homeostasis

Dr. Mohammed N. Al Tobi

Biochemistry

2019

3

IG

The impact of medical and surgical treatment on ovarian reserve in women with endometriosis

Dr. Maryam Al Shukri

Obstetrics &Gynecology

2019

3

IG

Mutations spectrum of the genetic disorders in the Omani Population

Dr. Almundher Al-Maawali

Genetics

2019

1

IG

Assessing the quality of life and exploring the experience of survivors of gynecological cancers in Oman.

Dr. Huda Al-Awaisi

College of Nursing

2019

1

IG

-Phase I: Prevalence and risk factors of Emotional and Physical Domestic Violence among Omani women attending a primary care setting in Al-Seeb: A cross sectional study

-Phase II: The effect of Emotional and Physical Domestic Violence on the outcomes of pregnancy; A prospective cohort study of Omani Women

Dr. Maisa Al Kiyumi

FAMCO

2019

1

RF

The impact of health care resources, socioeconomic status, and demographic factors on life expectancy in Oman: Evidence from 1979 to 2018 data

Dr. Moon Fai CHAN

FAMCO

2019

1

RF

Mechanical stability of femoral retrograde intramedullary nail as damage control device in unstable polytrauma patients

Dr. Rahil Muzaffar

Surgery

2019

1

RF

Knowledge, attitude, and practice regarding cervical cancer screening among Omani women attending the primary health centers in Oman

Dr. Rahma Al Kindi

FAMCO

2019

1

RF

Health Care of Adolescents and Young Adults with Chronic Rheumatic Diseases in SQUH

Dr. Reem Abdwani

Child Health

2019

1

RF

Depression among Omani type 2 diabetics in urban area: A cross-sectional study

Dr. Sanaa Al-Sumry

FAMCO

2019

1

RF

Arthroscopic Primary Repair of Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) of the Knee

Dr. Sultan Al Maskari

Surgery

2019

1

RF

Baseline Knowledge of Cancer, Cancer Related Factors and Communication Channels Among Omanis – HINTS survey

Dr. Adhari Al Za'abi

Anatomy

2019

1

RF

Immunological assessment of children undergoing Adenotonsillectomy at SQUH (Effect of AT on immune system).

Dr. Jalila AlShekaili

Microbiology& Immunology

2019

1

RF

Detection of gastrointestinal viruses before allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation and intestinal acute Graft-versus-Host disease

Dr. Khuloud Al Maamari

Microbiology& Immunology

2019

1

RF

Characterization of Genetic Mutations in Factor VIII Gene in Patients with Hemophilia A in Oman

Prof. Yasser Wali

Child Health

2019

1

RF

Characterization of neural crest derivatives in the double yap:taz zebrafish mutant.

 

 

Dr. Ruqaya Al Jabri

Anatomy

2020

1

RF

Comparison of Efficacy of Oral Azithromycin Versus Oral Doxycycline in the Treatment of moderate Acne Vulgaris and Determination of the Effects of These Treatments on Patients' Quality of Life

Dr. Asma AL Salmani

FAMCO

2020

1

RF

Familial Recurrence of Tetralogy of Fallot: focal genetic study on Omani families

 

Dr Humood Al Kindi

 

Surgery

2020

1

RF

Study of effects of hematological and oncological treatments on prepubertal boys testicular tissue function

 

Dr Halima Al Balushi

 

Anatomy

2020

1

RF

Validation of MALDI-TOF MS for molds identification and introducing antifungal susceptibility testing in SQUH (microbiology & immunology laboratory)

 

Dr Zaieema Al Jabri

 

Microbiology& Immunology

2020

1

RF

Comparison of Efficacy of Oral Azithromycin Versus Oral Doxycycline in the Treatment of moderate Acne Vulgaris and Determination of the Effects of These Treatments on Patients' Quality of Life

 

Dr Asma Al Shidhani

 

FAMCO

2020

1

RF

Adherence to levothyroxine among patients with hypothyroidism in Oman

 

Dr Rahma Al Kindi

 

FAMCO

2020

1

RF

High Grade Epithelial Ovarian Cancer: Overcoming Chemotherapy Resistance with Omani Marine Compounds

Dr. Ikram Burney

Medicine

2017

3

HMTF

Oman cascade screening in familial hypercholesterolemia index (Oryx)

Dr Khalid Al Rassadi

Biochemistry

2018

3

HMTF

Sleep and pregnancy Nocturnal Sleep Durations, Afternoon Siesta and Sleep Disturbances in Young Pregnant Omani Women and Related Outcomes

Dr Mohammed Al Abri

Physiology

2019

3

HMTF

Sexual stage specific protein genes of Theileria lestoquardi: putative target for transmission blocking intervention and markers for transmission dynamics

Prof. Hamza Babiker

Biochemistry

2017

3

CL

Effect of Flax Seeds and Sesamin in Diabetic Rats With or Without Experimentally -Induced Chronic Kidney Disease: Possible Interactions with Metformin or Lisinopril

Dr. Mohammed Al Zaabi

Pharmacology & Clinical Pharmacy

9/2019

2

TRC

Proteomics as Minimal Residual Disease Assessment in Patients with Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Dr. Murtadha  Khabori

Haematology

9/2019

2

TRC

Characterization of Hitherto Undiagnosed Adult Neurogenetic Disorders in Oman

Dr. Al Mundher Al Maawali

Genetics

9/2019

2

TRC

Duffy genotype in the Omani Blood Donors and its links with the susceptibility to malarial infections

Arwa Zakariya Yahya Al-Riyami

Haematology

9/2019

1

 

TRC

Whole genome sequence analysis of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Oman: A comprehensive approach to identification of drug resistant genotypes and insight into epidemiolog

Hamza Ali Babiker Mohamed

Biochemistry

12/2019

2

TRC

Complete genomic analysis of OMAN SARS-CoV2 coronavirus and genotype-clinical correlation

Dr Fahad Al Zedjali

Biochemistry

2020

1

TRC

Convalescent plasma in the treatment of COVID-19: a controlled clinical trial

Dr Zaid Al Hinai

Child Health

2020

1

TRC

Identification of asymptomatic carrier of SARS-COv2 among health care workers at Sultan Qaboos University Hospital, Oman

Dr. Amal Al-Shibli

Emergency Medicine

2020

1

TRC

Correlation between the levels of cytokines, CRP, LDH, and ferritin & COVID-19 infection severity and outcome

Dr Khlood Al Maamari

Microbiology & Immunology

2020

1

TRC

Emergency response to COVID-19 by Forward Triaging and Clinical Consultation using Telehealth Clinics

Dr Mahmood Al Jufaili

Emergency Medicine

2020

1

TRC

E therapy during COVID-19 Pandemic, a randomized controlled trial

Dr Hamed Al-Sinawi

Behavioral Medicine

2020

1

TRC

Radiomic Signature as a Non-Invasive Computational Tomography-Based Biomarker to Diagnose Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Dr Yassine Bouchareb

Radiology

2020

1

TRC

Portable Raman Spectrometer to differentiate infected from ischemic hone in sickle cell patients

 

Dr. Sultan Al Maskari

Surgery

2016

Open

CR

A phase III, Multicenter, Randomized, Double-blind Study to Assess Efficacy and safety of Two Doses of Crizanlizumab versus placebo, with or without Hydroxyurea/ Hydroxycarbamind Therapy, in Adolescent and Adult Sickle Cell Disease Patients with Vaso-Occlusive Crises (STAND) (CSEG101A2301).

Prof. Yasser Wali

Child Health

2019

Open

EG

An observational, multi-center study to evaluation the safety of deferasirox in the treatment of pediatric with non- transfusion-dependent iron overload

Prof. Yasser Wali

Child Health

2014

Open

EG

A Randomized open label multi-center, two arm phase ll study to evaluate treatment compliance, efficacy and safety of an improved deferasirox formulation (granules) in pediatric patients with iron overload

Prof. Yasser Wali

Child Health

2017

Open

EG

A Multi-Centre, Phase II, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study to Explore Efficacy and Safety of Sevuparin Infusion for the Management of Acute VasoOcclusive Cvisis(VOC) in Subjects with Sickle-Cell Disease (SCD)

Prof. Yasser Wali

Child Health

2017

Open

EG

A single-arm interventional phase IV, post-authorization study evaluation the safety of pediatric patients with transfusional hemosiderosis treated with deferasirox crushed film coated tablets

Prof. Yasser Wali

Child Health

2017

Open

EG

Epidemiology & Characteristics of Childhood Leukemia in Oman

Dr. Muna Al Saadoon

Child Health

2018

Open

EG

In Vitro Replication Studies

Dr. Fahad Al Zedjali

Biochemistry

2020

Open

EG

FINOMENA- Real World retrospective study of effectiveness and safety of Gilenya (FINgOlimod) in relapsing remitting Multiple Sclerosis in the Middle East and North Africa

Dr Abdullah Al Asmi

Medicine

2017

Open

EG

An open-label, multicenter, phase lllb study to assess the safety and efficacy of ribociclib (LEE011) in combination with letrozole for the treatment of men and pre/postmenopausal women with hormone receptor- positive (HR+) HER2-negative (HER2-) advanced breast cancer (aBC) with no prior hormonal therapy for advanced disease

Dr Khalid Al Bimani

Medicine

2017

Open

EG

CPZP034AIC04- PARACHUTE: PAzopanib Real-world Assessment of Clinical effectiveness and safety in patients wHo have Undergone Treatment in different sEttings in advanced renal cell carcinoma; a prospective, non-interventional, observational stud

Dr Shyam Kumar

Medicine

2017

Open

EG

An Open label Extention Study of GBT 440 Administered Orally to Patients with sickle Cell Disease Who Have Participated in GBT440 Clinical Trials

Prof Salam Al Kindi

Haematology

2016

Open

EG

A phase 3, Double-blind, Randomized, Placebo- controlled, Multicenter Study of GBT440 Administered Orally to Patients with Sickle Cell Disease

Prof Salam Al Kindi

Haematology

2017

Open

EG

Phase IV multicenter, observational study in Chronic Immune Thrombocytopenia patients on Revolade treatment in emerging   markets (CITE study)- Clinical Trial Agreement with Novartis

Dr Murtadha Al Khabouri

Haematology

2017

Open

EG

 

Researchers at College of Medicine and Health Sciences

Departments of the College (https://www.squ.edu.om/medicine/Departments )

Deanship of research

Deanship of research (https://www.squ.edu.om/research/ )

 

Links

            SQU RMS (https://squsys.squ.edu.om/RMS/default.aspx )

TRC website (https://www.trc.gov.om/trcweb/ )

Overview


The PhD Programs in the College of Medicine and Health Sciences are research-based programs aimed at developing research expertise in different specializations and equipping students with relevant specialized research skills. Coursework is prescribed if deficiencies are identified. 

Admission requirements 
The minimum admission requirements

1.    Applicants should have a master's degree in health sciences or medical laboratory sciences or an MD from Sultan Qaboos University, or from any recognized university.
2.    A Cumulative grade point average of not less than 3.00 on a 4-point scale or equivalent in any other system and the Deanship of Postgraduate Studies will make the assessment for equivalency acceptance.
3.    Applicants must be a full-time student for four years.
4.    Applicants should submit a statement on the objectives and goals pf research proposed
5.    Three letters of reference, at least 2 from academics, to show competencies in the discipline of interest and research capabilities. 
6.    Work experience is a must for candidates with Cumulative Grade Point Average between 2.74 and 2.5 in the bachelor's degree.
7.    Achieve Band (6) in IELTS Academic with a minimum of 5 in each of its components or (550) in the TOEFL paper-based or (213) in TOEFL through the computer or (79) in the TOEFL through the Internet.
8.    Pass the interview held in the department (if necessary).
9.    Applicants must have completed all requirements for the master's degree.


See PHD Programs:

 

Assistant Dean for Postgraduate Studies and Research (ADPSR)

College of Medicine and Health Science

Sultan Qaboos University 

 PO.Box: 35, 123,Al Khod, Muscat.OMAN

                 College of Medicine & Health Sciences,

Phone:   +(968) 2414 3550

URL: https://www.squ.edu.om/medicine/About-College/Assistant-deans/Assistant-Dean-for-Postgraduate-Studies-and-Research-ADPSR