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Development of Aeroallergen-Specific Diagnostics and Immunotherapeutic Vaccines for Common Allergic Diseases in Syriaw Project
Syria (SMSA) - Damascus University
Clinical Pharmacy and Immunology
Prof. Issam Kassem
Associate Prof. Lama Youssef, B.Pharm., M.A., PhD (Clinical Pharmacy and Immunology) E-mail:
Phone: +963-935-797914 Assistant Prof. Majd Aljamali, B.Pharm., M.Sc., PhD (Molecular Biology) E-mail:
Arabic - English
Type of Research Project
- Clinical Project with Laboratory work
What is the background of the project?
Despite the plethora of studies supporting an increase in the prevalence of asthma and allergic diseases worldwide, the burden of allergies in the Syrian population has not been fully investigated. Such scarcity of epidemiological data is one manifestation of the lack of a national allergy strategy, which makes effective allergy management difficult.to achieve. Effective preventive and therapeutic strategies (i.e., avoidance and allergen immunotherapy) demand identification of the allergens. In-vivo testing or skin prick testing (SPT) is widely accepted as a safe, convenient, dependable, and affordable screening and diagnostic tool in the modern allergy practice. However, our preliminary findings have revealed inconsistency regarding the allergen panel and/or procedures used by allergologists and other SPT operators in the different local clinical settings. Alternative in vitro allergen-specific diagnostic testing of serum immunoglobulin E (IgE) dependent allergies (RAST, MAST, FAST, ELISA, ImmunoCAP) seem to be rarely used and mostly limited to research settings. Moreover, the health system in Syria has witnessed an extreme shortage of medical supplies, including diagnostic allergy testing and immunotherapy tools, due to the war and embargo by the EU and USA.
What is the aim of the project?
To examine hypersensitivity in a specified population in Syria.
What techniques and methods are used?
Mainly, prick test with clinical evaluation.
What is the role of the student?
- The student will observe the practical experiments but will be highly involved in the analysis of the results
- The tasks will be done under supervision
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
learn, participate in the project, present his work at the end.
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
Type of students accepted
This project accepts: - Medical students - Graduated students (less than 6 months) - Pre-Medical students from the American-British system
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