Mohamed Salama studies the interplay between genes and the environment in the development of neurodegenerative diseases, including dementia. By understanding disease risk factors, he hopes to offer protection and early care for patients. After successfully establishing his research unit in Mansoura University, Salama co-founded the Egyptian Network for Neurodegenerative Diseases (ENND) with colleagues from several Egyptian universities to study genetic and environmental risk factors that control neurodegenerative diseases. ENND launched the first nationwide project to characterize genes in Egyptian patients with Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurological disorders. Studying such factors in the Middle East—where similar studies are lacking—will improve knowledge of how these diseases occur and how they could be prevented.
Building on successful implementation of research studies, outreach programs, and environmental services, ENND is now expanding to include more countries in the area. This expansion will require better managerial skills, more international collaboration, and new partnerships with similar international networks and societies. The Atlantic Fellows program at GBHI will help Salama improve ENND and elevate its services and activities to the next level, which will result in improved services for patients with neurodegenerative disorders.
Bio: Mohamed Salama obtained his medical degree in 1999 from Mansoura University, Egypt. Through a DAAD scholarship (German Academic Exchange Service), he obtained his PhD degree in neurotoxicology in 2011 in collaboration with Philipps University in Marburg, Germany. Upon returning to Egypt, he established the Translational Neuroscience Research Unit at Mansoura University. Salama was selected as a Society of Toxicology Global Senior Scholar in 2013, and he was recognized by the Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Foundation for his continuing research in the field of neurodegeneration. Currently, Salama is the director of the Medical Experimental Research Center of Mansoura University.