Dr Osama Tashani
School of Clinical and Applied Sciences, Portland PD609, City Campus, Leeds LS1 3HE
In 1967, the World Bank created a Middle East and North Africa region (MENA). This region comprises a group of diverse middle-income countries that share many historical, social and political characteristics. These countries are characterized by a relative lack of research, resources and policy to secure better health and social outcomes for the more than 300 million people who live in the region. Thus there is an urgent need to improve health and social outcomes through research and education that are rooted in the social and political context. The School of Clinical and Applied Sciences at Leeds Beckett University has a long-standing research interest in the MENA region.
In 2015, academics from this school established the MENA research group, which is a key theme in the University strategic plan. The aims of this group are 1) to coordinate the development and dissemination of research and 2) to provide a platform for increasing income through grant applications for research about MENA populations. Formation of this group has facilitated Leeds Beckett University, through cooperation with MENA research partners, to become a catalyst for health and educational research progress in the MENA region.
The MENA Research Group will facilitate the development of cross-University research links to promote research activity, to generate grant income and to develop research led teaching focussed on the MENA region.
The MENA Research Group aims to:
There are the following 5 key objectives:
Current research of staff in the MENA Research Group focuses on health issues such as pain management and infectious diseases. The following projects are already undergoing: