NYU Abu Dhabi is leading a collaborative initiative to study long-term health trends in the UAE. Called the Abu Dhabi Cohort Study, the project tracks the health and lifestyle of Emiratis over the course of their lifetime, and it may offer insights into why the Emirati population has such a high rate of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. The project is one of the first of its kind in the Arab world.

Landmark Agreement

NYUAD has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Health — Abu Dhabi to better understand the causes of chronic diseases among Emiratis, including diabetes and heart disease.

Smoke and Mirrors

Study shows more women in the UAE are smoking than previously reported but not all will admit it.

Long-term Study of Emirati Health

The UAE has one of the world's highest rates of diabetes, but the causes of this high rate of disease are not clear. Now NYU medical scholars are seeking the answer to that and other public health questions through a long-term study of Emiratis' health.

In the News

New study of Emiratis provides further evidence that smoking medwakh leads to heart disease
Medwakh and shisha have been linked to mouth bacteria that can result in heart attacks
The National | August 12, 2018

5,000 Emiratis join first phase of major health study
The UAE Healthy Future study, a first-of-its-kind one investigating the root causes of high levels of diabetes, obesity, and heart disease in the UAE, has reached a critical milestone, securing the participation of over 5,000 Emirati volunteers, out of the required 20,000.
Khaleej Times | March 21, 2018

The Agenda – Smoking 
What is the best solution to get people to quit smoking? Is it minimum pricing or scary images or simply keeping cigarettes out of sight?
Dubai Eye 103.8 | March 20, 2018

States with strong tobacco control measures have fewer e-cigarette users
NYU study supported by NYU Abu Dhabi Public Health Research Center, finds smoking and vaping rates vary greatly by state.
Science Daily | February 27, 2018

The UAE healthy future study: a pilot for a prospective cohort study of 20,000 United Arab Emirates nationals.
The UAE Healthy Future study is a prospective cohort designed to identify associations between risk factors and these diseases amongst Emiratis.
Dubai Forum | January 07, 2018

NYU Abu Dhabi, Daman collaborate on a healthier future
WAM - Emirates News Agency | November 21, 2017

Diabetes Study Calls for 20,000 Emiratis
Doctors want 20,000 Emirati volunteers to help them better understand the UAE’s high rate of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. The long-term Healthy Future Study by New York University Abu Dhabi will be the country’s largest.
The National | February 19, 2017