- About Head
To extend the support of medical research in Eastern Region, King Abdullah International Medical Research Center–Eastern Region (KAIMRC-ER) was established in 2008 under the umbrella of the Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs. KAIMRC-ER is located in the Al Ahsa campus of King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences with eight state of the art laboratories, conference rooms, an audio-visual facility and an administrative area.
KAIMRC-ER has its Research Offices in King Abdulaziz Hospital, Al-Ahsa and Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal Hospital in Dammam providing comprehensive assistance to researchers and scholars in conducting clinical and non-clinical research in the region. KAIMRC-ER facilitates research in two hospitals and one KSAU-HS campus in terms of research activities.
KAIMRC-ER is planning to start research in basic sciences that will focus on metabolic disorders including obesity, diabetes, dyslipidemia and cardiovascular risk. It will also have a metabolic laboratory in the near future.
Dr Ali Al Qarni earned his M.B.B.S. degree from College of Medicine, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia and completed his internship at Asir Central Hospital, KSA in 1996. He attended an Officers Military Course for Physicians at King Khalid Military Academy, Riyadh in 1997. Dr Qarni completed his residency training program in 2001 at King Fahad National Guard Hospital Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He attained a Saudi Specialty Certificate in Internal Medicine and a Jordanian Board registration in Internal Medicine in 2002. Dr Qarni joined the University of Calgary, Canada in 2003 and earned his fellowship in Endocrinology in 2005, and also attended Specialized Training in Diabetes Care at the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, University of Calgary, Canada. He further pursued credited courses in Epidemiology, Medical Biostatistics and a higher diploma in Clinical Research.
Dr Qarni joined King Abdulaziz Hospital Al Ahsa, National Guard Health Affairs in 2002 as an Assistant Consultant in Internal Medicine Department. He rejoined as Consultant Endocrinologist in 2006 after completing his Endocrine fellowship in Canada. Since then, Dr Qarni held several clinical and administrative assignments in King Abdulaziz Hospital including Program Director for Residency Training Program, Chairman of the Academic Committee, Department of Medicine, Head of Endocrine Division, Medicine Department and Member of Institutional Regulatory Board (IRB). His current administrative appointments are Regional Head, King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, Eastern Region, Al-Ahsa, since 2008 and Deputy Executive Regional Director for Medical Services, King Abdulaziz Hospital, Al Ahsa since 2013.
Dr Qarni’s areas of interest in medical research include Prevalence and Management of Diabetes, Obesity, Hypothyroidism and Vitamin D Deficiency. He has numerous publications and pursuing some research projects under the umbrella of KAIMRC.
The Regional Head Office is the core of KAIMRC’s administrative affairs in the Eastern Region, reporting directly to the Operations Director and Executive Director of KAIMRC. Its functions include maintaining effective communication with KAIMRC Executive Office, Operations Department and other facilities, within and outside MNGHA, and determining the needs and ensuring the availability of manpower, equipment and operational support in KAIMRC-ER. It supervises and monitors performance of all support sections, and is responsible for the development and implementation of the strategic plan to achieve the mission and vision of KAIMRC. It also oversees all research activities at KAIMRC-ER and determines priorities to maintain the research progress at the eastern region.