In 2009, the King Saud University (KSU) College of Medicine and the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute (LKSI) of St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Canada created a unique partnership that became the impetus for the creation of the KSU Medical Research Program at LKSI.
King Saud University's leaders implicitly believe that improving the quality of higher education within the Kingdom necessitates the establishment of international scientific relationships. The success of the Medical Research Program at LKSI has been a result of the real collaborative efforts and the support of these leaders, according to Dr. Mohammed Al-Omran, an associate professor with KSU's Department of Surgery, as well the administrative and research lead for the KSU Medical Research Program at LKSI.
The Li Ka Shing Institute is a world-renowned center for medical education and research, which is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, one of the top ranking scientific networks in the world.
“This program is different from many such programs” said Dr. Arthur Slutsky, Vice President of Research with St. Michael’s and the Administrative and Research Lead for the KSU-LKSKI medical program.
“Since the program started in 2009 there have been more than 130 research collaborations between the two organizations including a number of publications in peer-reviewed journals and a U.S. patent. This is quite remarkable for a program that has only been around for a short time”.
Dr. Sharon Straus, Director of Knowledge Translation (KT) at St. Michael’s and the University of Toronto, has had an opportunity to meet and work with many of the program participants, several of whom have continued to collaborate with the KT program on systematic reviews.
“We have a reputation both nationally and internationally in focusing on the advancement of science and focusing on knowledge translation,” she said. “The students can develop the skills in research methods and knowledge translation that they can take back and us in their own practice.”
Students, faculty, residents, and technical staff who come to Toronto to train through the program gain world-class training in clinical research methods, have access to tremendous resources, and have an opportunity to collaborate on joint research projects.
“Participating in the program really opened my eyes to the career choices I wanted to make” said Husain Al-Mubrak, surgical demonstrator with KSU. “That’s the main reason I chose to go into academic medicine.”
Dr. Muhammad Mamdani, director of the Applied Health Research Center and the program’s clinical research lead added succinctly that “They are here to learn and they are here to become future leaders in research”
The KSU Medical Research Program attracts talented students and faculty from the University’s College of Medicine and offers them an unparalleled training experience in state-of-the-art research facilities at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge of St. Michael’s Hospital. Through this collaborative partnership, the program is improving the quality of health services locally and globally.
Listed below are the key members of the KSU Medical Research Program team:
Dr. Mohammed Al-Omran, KSU Administrative and Research Lead, KSU Medical Research Program;
Dr. Arthur S. Slutsky, LKSKI Administrative and Research Lead for the KSU Medical Research Program and Vice President of Research at St. Michael’s Hospital;
Dr. Andreas Laupacis, Executive Director of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital;
Dr. Subodh Verma, Basic Science Research Lead for the KSU Medical Research Program;
Dr. Muhammad Mamdani, the Clinical Research Lead, KSU Medical Research Program and Director, Applied Health Research Centre, St. Michael’s Hospital
Dr. Sharon E. Straus, Instructor, Responsible for KSU Medical Research Program systematic reviews and meta-analysis and the Director for the Knowledge Translation Program at St. Michael’s Hospital and the University of Toronto; and
Dr. Andrea C. Tricco, an instructor responsible for KSU Medical Research Program systematic reviews and meta-analysis at the and a scientist for the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute's Knowledge Translation Program.