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Role of Homocysteine in cardiovascular diseases

Another Alfaisal achievement is to be announced, in which we have one of our graduates, Dr. Sreyoshi Fatima Alam, currently a teaching assistant at our COM, published two papers, together with Dr. Paul Ganguly and Dr. Santosh Kumar. A third paper is also accepted in a prestigious book (Springer Publisher) and should be available before the end of this year. It all started with a start-up fund given to Dr. Paul Ganguly by Alfaisal University almost a decade back to buy an HPLC (high pressure liquid chromatography system) for the measurement of catecholamines and homocysteine. The team only perfected the techniques, and also received a substantial fund later from KACST to carry out research on homocysteine. With the help of Dr. Ganguly’s colleagues in Canada at St. Boniface Hospital Research Centre, Winnipeg, they were able to complete a small study and published the work entitled “Role of homocysteine in the development of cardiovascular disease” in Nutrition Journal in the year 2015. The publication has almost 400 citation in four years. The work became so important that Dr. Paul has also served as a reviewer of KACST and many International Journals on a routine basis in homocysteine research and got several invitations to speak about the importance of homocysteine in cardiovascular diseases. This summer, the team completed a difficult job by reviewing the historical perspective of homocysteine measurement that they consider has a pivotal influence on the researchers in this field. They were also successful in publishing the scholarly work entitled: “Measurement of homocysteine: a historical perspective” in the Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition. Both the journals have impact factor close to 3.0.

Dr. Ganguly has so far published 141 papers, of which 27 papers are directly from Alfaisal University, and this was possible because of a concerted effort of our students/graduates, COM Dean Prof. Khaled Alkattan, as well Alfaisal University. Dr. Ganguly is very proud to be a part of this place for giving him an opportunity to grow and to see that he has an equal opportunity to help our students/graduates in the field of research/scholarly activities for a long time to come.

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