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King Saud University recently welcomed Dr. Jonathan Gibbins, a professor of cell biology, as a visiting professor in the College of Applied Medical Sciences.

Dr. Gibbins, director of the University of Reading Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research, discussed platelets, bleeding and clotting, and discussed research and the potential for increased collaborative work.

Dr. Gibbins is a leading international scholar in the field of blood platelets and their relationship to bleeding and clotting, and has published widely on the topic. He previously was on the faculty at the prestigious Oxford University in England.

The focus of his research is on molecular mechanisms that regulate platelet function, including the immune-like signaling mechanisms that regulate the balance between platelet activation and inhibition. Malfunction of these mechanisms can lead to excessive bleeding or, more commonly, thrombosis (causing heart attacks or strokes).

Dr. Gibbins also lectured to a large collection of researchers and graduate students on diseases of the heart and blood vessels at the College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Saud University’s College of Medicine and at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre.

He also met with fellow researcher Dr. Abdel Galil Mohamed Abdel Gader, a professor of physiology at King Saud University’s College of Medicine.

Dr. Gader - whose research interests are in haemostasis and thrombosis, transfusion medicine and sports medicine - currently is researching the factors involved in the fluctuations in the plasma tissue factor pathway inhibitor (TFPI) in childhood nephrotic syndrome and haemostatic changes in laparoscopic cholecystectomy.

Dr. Gader also teaches undergraduate medical students and those in postgraduate physiology programs at King Saud University.