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Bioethics

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  • DR. ABDALLAH ADLAN

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In its endeavor to disseminate ethical principles in biomedical research and clinical investigations, King Abdullah International Medical Research Center established a Bioethics section. It is one of the few prestigious entities that implements these principles within the context of international standards. The Bioethics Section even blends Islamic teachings and local cultural values with its international equivalent. In particular, the Universal Declaration for Bioethics and Human Rights” (UNESCO) constitutes the backbone for these undertakings. The main spheres of the dual purpose include protecting human subjects involved in clinical research, patients’ rights and addressing dilemmas faced in biological research. An agreement has been signed between KAIMRC and UNESCO that fosters academic collaboration between both institutions.

Thus, a momentum has evolved, allowing for KAIMRC to excel to the top of the list for achieving recognition as the designated UNESCO chair for Biomedical Ethics.

Education

2011 – 2015, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) – Bioethics/Medical Ethics, The University of Birmingham, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, UK. Thesis Title: Biomedical Ethics of Donating Blood for Molecular and Genetic Research in Saudi Arabia.

2008 – 2010, Master’s Degree, Bioethics, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, School of Public Health, KSA: Thesis Title: Quality of Informed Consent for Invasive Procedures in Central Saudi Arabia.

2000 – 2006, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) – Biomedical Science, The University of Bradford, School of Medical Science, UK: , Thesis

Title: Characteristic of Haemophilus Influenza that Cause Eye Infections in Saudi Arabia.

1990-1995, Bachelors in Biochemistry, King Saud University, College of Science, KSA,

Experience

April 2016 up to date: Head-Bioethics Section/ Chairman-Institutional Review Board/ Associate Research Scientist, KAIMRC, KSA

July 2015 – April 2016: Associate Research Scientist, Biomedical Research Section, KAIMRC, KSA

March 2003 –Feb 2010: Senior Research Coordinator & IRB Officer, KAIMRC, KSA

July 1998 – March 2003: Acting Senior Clinical Research Coordinator, King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital, KSA

Aug 1995 –July 1998: Forensic Laboratory Chemist, Forensic Evidence Department, Ministry of Interior, KSA

Skills & Interest

Co-Founder KAIMRC Project: I helped to manage and coordinated the KAIMRC project from the inception of the idea in 2003 to the inauguration in 2006. I served in the early stages of most of its projects like DNA banking, Cord blood banking, Education Section and the IRB. In addition to those activities I founded/co-founded the Clinical Research Section and The Biomedical Ethics Section a.k.a Bioethics Section.

Teaching: As faculty member, I supported many training and academic programs such as the Master of Bioethics, Courses in Research Methodology, Research philosophy, and Research designs. I also founded the Clinical Research Program in 2008 which is still active.

Research Mentoring: As an experienced researcher, I have used both qualitative as well as quantitative research designs with their differences in methodological and philosophical levels.

Research Coaching: I served as a research coach for many Saudi Clubs for Masters and Ph.D. students who face difficulties in managing and conducting their academic research through one-to-one coaching and group workshops.

Certified Trainer: I have two “Train The Trainers” certificates: the first is an international one in Clinical Research from Barnet International. The second is a national one as public dialog speaker in King Abdulaziz Center For National Dialogue.

Research Interest: Research Ethics, Islamic Bioethics, Informed Consent, IRB Regulations, Cross-culture Research, and Imperial Biomedical Ethics.

  • UNESCO Bioethics Chair Programme
  • Debate of the Month Project
  • Bioethics Course
  • Public Awareness Programme
  • Bioethics Master Degree and PhD programs
  • Biomedical Ethics On-Line Counseling
  • Almutairi and Adlan. “A Closer Look at the Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) Outbreak in Saudi Arabia” J Nurs Care 2015, 4:6
  • Khedhiri, Mohamed, Abdallah A Adlan, and Mostafa A Abolfotouh. “Informed Consent in Clinical Care: Models of Patients’ Satisfaction and Attitude Based on General Trust and Risks Disclosure.” International Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences 46, no. 2 (2013): 1271.
  • Adlan, Abdallah A, and Henk AMJ ten Have. “The Dilemma of Revealing Sensitive Information on Paternity Status in Arabian Social and Cultural Contexts.” Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 9, no. 4 (2012): 403-09.
  • Abolfotouh, Mostafa A, and Abdallah A Adlan. “Quality of Informed Consent for Invasive Procedures in Central Saudi Arabia.” International Journal of General Medicine 5 (2012): 269.
  • Balkhy, HH, MS Bawazeer, RF Kattan, HM Tamim, SM Al Johani, FA Aldughashem, HA Al Alem, A Adlan, and LA Herwaldt. “Epidemiology of Acinetobacter Spp.-Associated Healthcare Infections and Colonization among Children at a Tertiary-Care Hospital in Saud Arabia: A 6-Year Retrospective Cohort Study.” European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases 31, no. 10 (2012)
  • Adlan, AA, AA AlRajhi, T Issa, JN Fletcher, and AM Snelling. “Characterisation of Ocular Isolates of Haemophilus Influenzae from Saudi Arabia.” Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science 43, no. 12 (2002): 1604.