Health researchers secure Saudi Arabia project funding

Health researchers from Aberdeen have secured significant funding for an innovative project to explore medication errors and adverse drug reactions in the Middle East.

Professor Derek Stewart from Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences, and principal researcher in RGU’s Institute for Health and Wellbeing Research (IHWR), leads an experienced research team which aims to help Saudi Arabia enhance its healthcare provision.

His team has recently been awarded a research grant of £130,000 from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s National Science, Technology and Innovation Plan.

The project involves researchers from RGU, the University of Aberdeen and Queen’s University Belfast working with a team from Saudi Arabia led by Dr Mansour Tobaiqy.

The recent award follows £350,000 in funding last year from the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) to identify what causes medication errors and the organisation’s subsequent reporting structures.

Professor Stewart has developed strong links in the Middle East and is delighted to build on the university’s existing portfolio of collaborative working in the region.

He said: “We are very proud to have secured a significant funding award from Saudi Arabia’s National Science, Technology and Innovation Plan. A lot of work went in to the application process and now we’re looking forward to starting our research.

“This is an exciting venture which will combine expertise in the UK and the Middle East to improve patient safety and appropriate uses of medicines.”

Professor Cherry Wainwright, Director of RGU’s Institute for Health & Wellbeing Research said: “This funding award not only reflects Professor Stewarts’ international reputation in the field of medication errors, but also reflects that this is a global problem that requires to be tackled.”

Professor Donald Cairns, Head of RGU's School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences, added: “This latest award is further recognition for Prof Stewart and his team and is one more example of the important relationships between staff from the school and colleagues from the Middle East and Gulf region. I look forward to receiving the first outputs from this important work.”

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Ross AndersonCommunications Officer | Health and Sport