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Alfaisal Scholar Program in Research Excellence

Journal Clubs

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ASPiRE Overview

The Alfaisal Scholar Program in Research Excellence (ASPiRE) is an in-house developed program that offers participants a unique and immersive experience in medical education, basic and clinical research. The ASPiRE program contributes to Alfaisal University College of Medicine's vision in preparing physicians who actively contribute to medical research.


Journal Club Overview

The ASPiRE Journal Clubs are interactive sessions that provide students with the opportunity to better understand the different sections of a research paper by aiding with increasing proficiency in reading, analyzing, and critiquing scientific literature. By participating in the journal club, students will not only be able to work on their presentation skills but will also be confident reading and analyzing any given research article they come across in the future. Having a good background in research is very crucial for every medical student and what better way to begin this journey than through participating in journal clubs!

ASPiRE Overview
Jounal Club Overiew

Target Audience

Medical students from all universities


On-campus at Alfaisal University

Journal Club 1

Article for Discussion

miR-23b-3p rescues cognition in Alzheimer’s disease by reducing tau phosphorylation and apoptosis via GSK-3b signaling pathways


Target Audience
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Dr. Ahmed Yaqinuddin

Vice Dean of Research & Graduate Studies

Chair of Graduate Programs

Associate Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology

Alfaisal University, College of Medicine

Ahmed Yaqinuddin, MBBS, PhD, FRCP (Edin) is a Senior Scientist and Associate Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology. He is also a founding faculty member of Alfaisal University College of Medicine. He currently serves as the Vice Dean for Graduate Studies and Research at the College of Medicine, Alfaisal University. Dr. Ahmed has authored more than 60 papers in indexed, highly reputed peer-reviewed journals. He has received several grants of about SAR 4 million over the years from both internal and external funding bodies including KACST and Saudi Ministry of Health. He has also authored a couple book chapters and presented his work in numerous international conferences in symposia. His research interests include DNA methylation, biomarkers, COVID-19 research, and medical education research. He is also passionate about developing innovative teaching and learning methodologies. Several of his innovative ideas have been published and are now adopted within the medical curriculum of Alfaisal University.

Journal Club 2

Article for Discussion

Effect of Tocilizumab on Disease Activity in Patients With Active Polymyalgia Rheumatica Receiving Glucocorticoid Therapy


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Prof. Imad Tleyjeh

Prof. Imad Tleyjeh is a Consultant of Infectious Diseases at King Fahd Medical City in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He is an Adjunct Faculty with the Division of Infectious Diseases and Public Health and the Division of Epidemiology at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Sciences, Rochester, USA, where he also holds the appointment of Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Alfaisal University.

Prof. Tleyjeh is a clinician-investigator who has written multiple book chapters and has around 125 peer-reviewed publications in high-impact journals with more than 30,000 citations. He is a certified instructor for the Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC) of the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC). He is also a member of the guidelines writing committee for Infective Endocarditis, at the American Heart Association.

Consultant and Head of the Infectious Diseases Division at King Fahad Medical City

Adjunct Faculty with the Division of Infectious Diseases and Public Health and the Division of Epidemiology, Mayo Clinic

College of Medicine and Sciences, Rochester, USA

Upcoming Article

Journal Club 3

Article for Discussion

Medical Masks Versus N95 Respirators for Preventing COVID-19 Among Health Care Workers



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Prof. Ziad Memish 

Dr. Ziad is widely recognized as a pioneer in Mass Gathering Medicine and Infection Control & established the WHO collaborating center for mass gathering medicine in the Ministry of Health and WHO Collaborating Center for Infection Control in the Saudi Ministry of National Guard (Health Affairs). He was the first Deputy Minister of health for public health, KSA (2009-2014). He sits on many WHO advisory panels including the WHO IHR Emergency Committee for COVID-19, WHO SAGE Working Group on COVID-19 vaccines, WHO Strategic Technical Advisory Group on Infectious Hazards, the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region Technical advisory group on COVID-19 and chair of the WHO Regional Technical Advisory Committee on vaccinations. 


He has presented many abstracts and plenary talks internationally and published more than 750 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. He is the editor-in-chief of 2 journals: Journal of Epidemiology & Global Health & Dr. Sulaiman Alhabib Medical Journal both published by Springer-Nature.  He has been recognized as a “Highly Cited Researchers” for his exceptional research performance by the production of multiple highly cited papers (those that rank in the top 1% by citation in the field) by the Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics) 4 years in a row 2018-2021.

Senior Consultant of Infectious Diseases & Director of Research & Innovation Center at King Saud Medical City, Ministry of Health 

Professor at the College of Medicine in Alfaisal University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Adjunct Professor in the Hubert Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Georgia, USA.