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.

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NYU Abu Dhabi science research is frequently featured in local and international media.

NYU Abu Dhabi study providing insights into health and risk factors for UAE Nationals
The study aims to determine how the health of UAE Nationals is affected by their lifestyle, environment and genes, focusing on risk factors related to obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
Abu Dhabi Media Office | December 24, 2023

The UAE Healthy Future Study celebrates research milestone and announces next phase
The first prospective cohort study of its kind, run by NYU Abu Dhabi’s Public Health Research Center, is dedicated to improving the health of the UAE population through research.
Zawya | November 07, 2023

Meet Hyderabad-origin Dr Raghib Ali who was awarded OBE in UK
OBE is one of the most prestigious honors awarded in the UK and is given to individuals who have made a significant impact in their respective fields.
Siasat | February 05, 2023

New research highlights the problem of obesity among students in the Gulf
A study has shed more light on the problem of obesity in the Gulf region, with young people said to be storing up problems for the future by putting on weight.
The National | July 10, 2022

The UAE can help cure global diabetes by Raghib Ali
With an increasingly sophisticated medical and research infrastructure, the Emirates has the tools to help treat one of the most common illnesses around
The National | June 14, 2022  

MIxing vaccines: does it offer better immunity against Covid-19 stains and what are the side effects?
A clinical trial in the UK shows people who received both Astra Zeneca and Pfizer-BioNTech had a robust immune response against the Alpha Variant.
The National | November 28, 2021

Wearable technology has made patient monitoring easier, NYUAD professor says
Education and awareness can have a healthy impact on life, expert says.
Gulf News | April 06, 2021

Online registration open to participants of ‘UAE Healthy Future Study’
The UAE Healthy Future Study, in association with its Abu Dhabi partner, Tamkeen, aimed at determining the causes of common chronic diseases among the country’s national population, has begun recruiting online. The long-term study was launched at NYU Abu Dhabi, NYUAD, in 2017.
Emirates News Gazette | April 22, 2020

No one is safe from secondhand smoke, say experts in UAE
Passive smokers, including children, experience the same health effects as those who smoke themselves, experts said. And when people smoke in one room, it does affect the children or non-smokers in another room, they added.
Khaleej Times | January 30, 2020

Incense smoke could harm your health, says study
Burning incense at home could be harming your health, potentially increasing your risks of oral infection and other diseases, a new study at NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) has revealed.
Khaleej Times | October 31, 2019

Emiratis in Dubai can contribute to health study
UAE Healthy Future Study aims to enroll 20,000 Emirati participants by March 2021.
Gulf News | September 30, 2019

UAE lags in global diet study as medics urge people to eat more fruit and veg
The UAE has been carrying out its own comprehensive research into public health, the UAE Healthy Future Study, which aims to involve 20,000 Emirati participants and will look at, for example, risk factors for heart disease and diabetes.
The National | April 4, 2019

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