The MRC staff members are of medical, health and science backgrounds; they are interested in all facets related to Mycetoma and have good track records in patients’ management, teaching, research and community development. Through clinical and basic research, the staff of the centre has continually explored new approaches to patients’ management.
Professor Ahmed Hassan Fahal MBBS, FRCS, FRCSI, FRCS(Gla), MS, MD, FRCP(London)
Professor of Surgery, University of Khartoum
Professor Fahal trained in medicine at the University of Khartoum, Sudan. He then pursued his post-graduate surgical training in Khartoum and London, leading to a consultant surgeon position at Soba University Hospital, Sudan. He is an experienced general surgeon with a special interest in mycetoma and tropical surgery.
At the University of Khartoum, he has served as the University Academic Secretary, Director of the Educational Development Centre for Medical & Health Professionals, and was the Founding Director of the Self Evaluation and Quality Enhancement Administration. He has been the Director of Scientific Research and Innovation at the Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research, Sudan.
Professor Fahal is the founding Director of the Mycetoma Research Centre (MRC) at the University of Khartoum. Professor Fahal successfully established the MRC from scratch by recruiting his own web of personal contacts to generate funds for the project. Today, the centre is recognised globally as a world leader and authoritative source of advice on mycetoma management and research and is now a WHO Collaborating Centre.
He is a high volume researcher who has published and presented his original research extensively and has become a world authority on mycetoma. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and authored a book on mycetoma, and many chapters of textbooks, booklets and clinical guidelines in a number of themes in surgery, mycetoma and medical education. He is involved in collaborative research work on mycetoma with many national and international institutes.
Professor Fahal’s expertise has qualified him to act as referee for seventeen scientific journals. He has used his personal influence to generate millions of dollars’ worth of funds for various research and academic establishments that would otherwise have been limited in their progress due to financial constraints.
He is a member of many national, regional and international academic and scientific associations and societies. He sits on various curricula, research ethics, accreditations and administrative committees at national and regional levels.
Professor Fahal is actively involved in teaching and organising workshops, training courses and conferences for medical and health professionals in the Sudan and the region. He has a special interest in e-Learning, medical informatics, and teaching and learning innovation. He is a WHO consultant in Medical Education.
He has a strong commitment to research, training and education, is actively involved in the teaching and research supervision of undergraduates and postgraduates, and is an external examiner in surgery for many national and regional medical schools.
Professor Fahal’s significant impact on the medical field is particularly commendable given the meagre resources that he has had to work with, and his contributions have reached beyond national borders to the international community.
Professor Fahal has received a number of awards and medals including the State of the Sudan Golden Medal for Excellence and the Promotion of Scientific Innovation in Medicine in 2000. He was also awarded the fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians, London for his distinctive achievements in medical education, teaching and scientific research.
Professor Ahmed Mohamed EL Hassan FRCP, PhD, DCP, FRCPath, DKSM
Emeritus Professor of Pathology
University of Khartoum
Professor EL Hassan graduated at the Kitchener School of Medicine in 1955 with distinctions in Medicine and Surgery and was awarded the Kitchener Memorial Prize for the best graduate. After House Officer jobs in Khartoum and Omdurman, he worked briefly as a medical officer in the Northern State and Khartoum. He joined the Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Khartoum as a Research Assistant in 1957. From 1960 to 1964 he trained at the University of London and University of Edinburgh and obtained a Diploma in Clinical Pathology from the University of London and a PhD in Immunology from the University of Edinburgh. He obtained his fellowship of the Royal Society of Pathologists in 1964 and the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Physicians in 1974.
Prof. El Hassan was promoted to Lecturer in 1962, Senior Lecturer in 1965 and Professor in 1966. He held several posts: Head Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Khartoum, Dean Faculty of Medicine and theDeputy Vice Chancellor University of Khartoum. He was the First Minister of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Sudan. While at the University of Khartoum, he was also President of the Medical Research Council and Director of the Tropical Diseases Institute of the National Council for Research, Sudan. He was also the President of the Philosophical Society of the Sudan. During the same period, he established the Institute of Medical Laboratory Technology as a joint venture between the University of Khartoum and the Sudanese Ministry of Health. With the late Professor Sayed Daoud, he established the First Sudanese Cancer Registry in the 1960’s. Since 2005 he established the Sudanese National Academy of Sciences and is its President.
He worked for nine years in King Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia where he helped in the establishment of the Department of Pathology in the College of Medicine and Medical Sciences of King Faisal University and was Director of Research, Publications and Translations. After returning from Saudi Arabia, he re-joined the University of Khartoum and established the Institute of Endemic Diseases where he was the first director.
Prof. El Hassan was visiting Professor at the University of London, University of Copenhagen and October the 6th University, Cairo. He was a member of the Research Advisory Committee of the Eastern Mediterranean Regional office for the World Health Organization and amember of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee of TDR, Geneva.
Prof. El Hassan received several awards: El Nelein Order of Merit, and State of the Sudan Golden Medal for Excellence and the Promotion of Scientific Innovation in Medicine in 2001, Sudan, Shousha Prize; WHO; Donald Mackay Prize of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine, London and Honorary DSC Ahfad University for Women. Recently a Centre for Tropical Medicine bearing his name was established in Gedarif State.
The main thrust of his research is in the field of Leishmaniasis, Mycetoma, Cancer and Population Genetics. He has more than 300 publications to his credit. Throughout his career, he trained many students to the level of MSc and PHD.
Prof. EL Sheikh Mahgoub. MBBS, Dip. Bact., MD, PhD, FRCPath
Professor of Medical Microbiology
Faculty of Medicine
University of Khartoum
Professor Mahgoub was educated in Sudan and qualified with MBBS from the University of Khartoum in 1961. He obtained Diploma in Bacteriology and PhD and from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in 1965 on Mycoses of the Sudan with special emphasis on Mycetoma. He obtained an MD from Khartoum University after presenting the results of his research on mycetoma in 1975. He was granted FRCPath, UK in 1982, for his scientific work and publications, mostly on mycetoma.
Between 1974 till to date, he worked as Professor and Head Departments of Microbiology in the Faculties of Medicine in Khartoum University, the University of Science and Technology in Jordan and Head of Pathology at King Saud University. He supervised and participated in teaching medical microbiology to medical, dental and postgraduate students.
At present, he is Professor of Medical Education & Research in the Sudan Medical Specialization Board, Khartoum. He leads in thedevelopment and monitoring the curricula of the various specialities, training in research methodology as well as supervision of students’ theses. Because of his interest and leadership in Research, he is the Chairman of the Research Technical Committee, Federal Ministry of Health. He is also Chairman of Research. Committee of Ahfad University and member of research committee, Faculty of Medicine, University of Khartoum. He is chairman of the Council of Research in Mycotoxins.
Prof. Mahgoub is the Educational Consultant to the University of Medical Sciences and Technology. He is also Member of Senate in Five Universities in Sudan. Quite frequently he conducts workshops on Medical Education and Research Methodology nationally and regionally.
Prof. Mahgoub Worked for the Eastern Mediterranean Region of the World Health Organisation (WHO/EMRO) in Alexandria, Egypt, between 1990 and1999 as Regional Adviser for Research and then Director of the Health Services Development Division.
Prof. Mahgoub has published 94 papers and chapters in textbooks, 48 of these are on mycetoma as well as two books on mycetoma and Tropical Mycoses.
He is a member of the International Society of Human & Animal Mycology, the British Society for Mycopathology, member of EMRO Advisory Committee on Health Research,
He is a WHO Consultant in Medical Education & Health Research, Member and President of the Sudanese Association of Pathologists and a member of two national and the regional Health Journal of WHO/EMRO.
Professor Mahgoub was granted the Ademola Prize of the London School of Tropical Medicine &Hygiene, and in 1989 he was granted the Shousha prize of the WHO.
Mrs. Bothina Mamoun Ali
Mr. Elsammani Widaa
Dr. Rowa Fathelrahman Omer Hassan
Dr. Eiman Siddig Ahmed Saad
Mrs. Lamis Beshir
Mrs. Lamis Yahia
Dr. Najwa Adam Mhmoud
Mr. Emmanuel Edwar Siddig Francis
Miss. Naglaa Hassan Altayeb Mohamed
Miss. Sahar Abdelrhman Abdella Abdelrhman
Mr. Abdalrazig Osman Abdalrazig Abdalhakam
Mr. Yassir Ali Adam
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