ADCAN Pharma
Delta Medical EST.



Kenichiro Kamei, PhD

Associate Professor, Biology and Bioengineering, Divisions of Science and Engineering, New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD)

Adi Idris, PhD

Lead, Antiviral Therapies group School of Biomedical Sciences | Faculty of Health| Queensland University, Australia

About the Conference

The College of Pharmacy at AAU extends a warm invitation to postgraduate students within the UAE and worldwide to attend the 2nd AAU Health and Biomedical Postgraduate Symposium scheduled for February 8th in Abu Dhabi, UAE. This event is meant to provide a unique opportunity for graduate students to enhance their science, advance their skills, explore various career opportunities, interact with experts and peers, expand their professional network, and win valuable prizes in a fun yet challenging setting.


Date:  Thursday, February 8th, 2024.
Location: Al Ain University- Abu Dhabi campus-Mohamed Bin Zayed City
Period: The symposium will be one day. The event is mandatory in person for UAE resident and online is optional for students outside UAE.


Eligible research includes six main domains: Health and Biomedical Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Drug Discovery, Artificial Intelligence in Health Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Nutrition and Food Science and Pharmacy Practice and Clinical Sciences.


The competition consists of three categories: oral presentations, poster displays, and a 3-minute thesis competition. Additionally, the conference will feature engaging talks, panel discussions, scientific and social events, such as team-based competitions, employment booth, and a Trivia Night. Valuable cash prizes will be awarded.


The competition is open to senior undergraduate students to present their capstone projects and to all graduate students who are currently enrolled in a master or PhD program or Alumni who graduated within the last year preceding the competition date. Only experimental, original research, comprehensive metanalysis or systemic reviews are allowed. To participate, please register and submit your abstract here


Important Deadline

Abstract Submission Deadline: Wednesday, January 10th, 2023


  • Health and Biomedical Sciences
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences and Drug Discovery
  • Artificial Intelligence in Health Sciences
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Nutrition and Food Science
  • Pharmacy Practice & Clinical Sciences


Organizing committee and chairs

 Symposium chairs

Khairi Mustafa Salem, College of Pharmacy, Al Ain University, UAE
Mohammad Ghattas, College of Pharmacy, Al Ain University, UAE

Organizing committee

Walaa Mousa, Al Ain University, UAE
Mahmoud Abu-Ghoush, Al Ain University, UAE
Rose Ghemrawi, Al Ain University, UAE
Zelal Kharaba, Al Ain University, UAE
Kawthar Kayed, Al Ain University, UAE
Mosab Arafat, Al Ain University, UAE


Scientific and social activities

Team-based scientific competition

Three distinct competitions will be organized, each corresponding to the primary domains of the conference: pharmaceuticals, clinical studies, and nutrition. Participating institutions will be represented by 4-5 student teams, ideally comprising 5 students per team. The competition format will be online, utilizing interactive learning platforms like Kahoot, Quizizz, or TalentLMS for an engaging and dynamic experience.

Three minutes thesis competition (3MT)

This competition is designed specifically for graduate students who have reached an advanced stage in their thesis work. The challenge is to condense the entirety of their research into a comprehensive narrative, highlighting its significance and impact, all within a brief 3-minute timeframe and in a language understandable to a general audience. The format for submission is a recorded video accompanied by a single slide presentation.


Employment booth

A meeting of academic job managers and Principal Investigators (PIs) will be held to discuss recruitment prerequisites and showcase potential job openings.

Trivia night

The trivia questions will focus on topics of general interest, primarily revolving around social themes like football, celebrities, history, culture, and amusing subjects such as cosmetic surgery. Participants will win instant drink or food tickets as prizes.



Registration and Welcome Coffee


Sponsor Exhibition Visit and Poster Presentation Session 1


Opening ceremony


Keynote speaker 1

Kenichiro Kamei, PhD
Associate Professor, Biology and Bioengineering, Divisions of Science and Engineering, New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD)

Talk title: Unlocking the Potential of Reverse Bioengineering for In Vitro Living System Reproduction



Keynote speaker 2:

Adi Idris, PhD
Lead, Antiviral Therapies group
School of Biomedical Sciences | Faculty of Health| Queensland University, Australia

Talk title: Harnessing the power of RNA-based therapeutics to combat viral diseases



Coffee break, Sponsor Exhibition Visit and Poster Presentation Session 1


3 Minutes thesis competition (3MT)

Moderator: Dr. Mohammad Al Ahmad


Lunch break


Oral Presentation Session 1

Parallel Sessions

Pharmaceutical Sciences Clinical Sciences Health Sciences Nutrition and Food Science Online Poster Session (1)


Oral Presentation Session 2

Parallel Sessions

Drug Design and Discovery Pharmacy Practice Biotechnology Artificial intelligence and Biomedical engineering Online Poster Session (2)


Coffee break, Sponsor Exhibition Visit and Poster Presentation Session 2


Career path: Industry, Academia, and Entrepreneurship

3 panelists

Industry: The transition of graduates to industry
Dr. Zuhdi Sawalhi, Corporate CEO, ADCAN Pharma:

Academia: The pathway to enter academia as faculty members and researchers
Dr. Nisreen Alwan, Associate Dean of Academic affairs, Abu Dhabi University

Entrepreneurship: The guidance to start-up a business
Dr. Zakieh Abuelkhair, Pharmacy Operations Manager, Al Thiqa Pharmacy.

Moderator: Dr. Mohammad Fauzi Boustanuddin


Closing ceremony and prizes


Casual Competition and prizes

Moderator: Dr. Nezar El-Bataineh

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