ADEK to Foster and Grow a World-Class Academic Research Ecosystem in Abu Dhabi

NYU Abu Dhabi MRI physicist Osama Abdullah in a laboratory.

Ten NYU Abu Dhabi research and development proposals have been awarded funding from the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK). 

The successful grants were selected from over 320 proposals across two award programs, the Abu Dhabi Award for Research Excellence and the Abu Dhabi Young Investigator Award.

The proposals were judged by the ADEK research team along with international peer reviewers from leading research institutions around the world with criteria including research quality and originality, the feasibility of the proposal, relevance to strategic sectors in Abu Dhabi, qualifications of applicants, the potential impact on the sector and human capital development.

Abu Dhabi Young Investigator Award

Research proposed by MRI physicist Osama Abdullah was one of only six to be granted the inaugural Abu Dhabi Young Investigator Award (AYIA 2019). The Award is open to young researchers in Abu Dhabi who are within six years of obtaining their terminal degree (PhD or equivalent). Abdullah’s proposal will look at Integrating Advanced Imaging-Derived Biomarkers in the UAE Healthy Future Study. The UAE Healthy Future Study is led by NYU Abu Dhabi and is the first prospective study to provide scientific evidence of the causes of chronic diseases in the UAE. It plays an important role in the development of prevention methods for the benefit of the UAE and Arab societies. 

Abu Dhabi Award for Research Excellence

A further nine proposals were granted the Abu Dhabi Award for Research Excellence (AARE) 2019 to cover research and training related activities.

  • Alec Marantz: Lisaaniyat: A real-time MRI collection of Arabic speech in motion

  • Rebecca Morton: Face Communication in Human-Human and Human-Machine Interactions

  • Mohammed Daqaq: Exploiting B-stability to Develop a Novel Broadband Point Wave Energy Absorber

  • Kemel Celik: Synthesis of brucite from reject brine and its utilization for concrete block production and CO2 sequestration

  • Mohamad Eid: A Sensorimotor Skills Communication System for Periodontal Training

  • Christina Pöpper: Cross-Layer Approaches for 5G Security

  • Mohammad Qasaimeh: Novel Electro-Fluidic Tool for Subcellular Transcriptome Analysis of Cancer Cell

  • Yong Rafael Song: Brain organoids on-a-chip for the study of autism spectrum disorders

  • Kartik Sreenivasan: The structural and functional basis of working memory