The Public and Tropical Health Programmes at the University of Medical Sciences and Technology celebrated another success, to add to ongoing advancements in science, medicine and education.
On Saturday the 5th batch of from the MSc in Family Medicine has graduated with flying colors to constitute a significant landmark in the highly needed specialization, not only for UMST, but for the Sudan at large.
Forty one medical doctors graduated to add to the experts in health service and to add volume and value to the personnel working in the field.
Within this specific context, External Examiners of high caliber fully participated in conducting the exams and overseeing the process. Dr Badria Abdelraheem Elfaki and Dr Yousif Elgizoli were invited from Prince Sultan Military Medical City in Ryiad KSA. And they were joined by Professor Ahmed Gasim Elzubair.
All three examiners were highly impressed with the sound knowledge of the doctors, and they commended their excellent clinical skills. They all agreed that the graduated doctors are comparable, and in some areas, exceeded doctors examined by them at different parts of the Arab World, and they confirm that they would confidently recommend them as SAFE DOCTORS.
It is worth noting that the Programmes are run under the capable management and efficient supervision of Dr Hanan Tahir.
On Saturday the 6th the IEEE, Global Non-profit Association organized a whole day event at the Global Conference Center. The event was, which officially sponsored by the Faculty of Computer Science& Information Technology of UMST, boasted a number of expert speakers paramount amongst them Professor Sharif Babikir, President of the IEEE Association in Sudan. The well attended event has addressed issues pertinent to the development of relevant technology and practices. It also touched on the standards and measures required for implementing effective and sustainable services that translate IEEE’s slogan of ‘Leveraging Technology for a better Tomorrow’ into a reality that will contribute towards the welfare of all Sudanese communities.
UMST signed on Saturday the 29th of September a memorandum of understanding and cooperation with the Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore – Italy – to launch the Global MBA Impact in Entrepreneurship with full awareness of its huge impact on the industrial landscape in Sudan. The project was launched with the endorsement of the Italian Embassy in Sudan and the support of the Italian Agency of Cooperation and Development. The occasion, which was held at the Global Conference Center (GCC), was organized under the patronage of Dr Mousa Mohammed Karama, Minister of Industry and Trade.
Dr Abu Al-Bashir, Minister of State at the Ministry of Industry and Trade attended the occasion on behalf of Dr Mousa Karama, and subsequently addressed the meeting. The ceremony was also attended by Professor Hassan Mohammed Ahmed, President of the University, Fabrizio Lobasso, Italian Ambassador in Khartoum, Vincenzo Racalbotto President of the Italian Agency for Cooperation and Development, and Dr. Mohammed Faraj, Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration. They invariably provided invaluable information and intelligent insights in their well received deliveries at the meetinging.
They hailed the joint Global MBA program as an opportunity to create a network of cooperation between the Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and UMST. In addition to the reputable academic establishments, the project is also supported by the efforts of the industrial communities in Italy and Sudan. And it has been recognized by all participants as the program with its entrepreneurship leaning and orientation will ultimately succeed in creating jobs in both Italy and Sudan.
It is worth mentioning that this initiative is the first and only partnership between the Italian Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and a Sudanese university. Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore by committing efforts and resources to this joint academic venture with the University of Medical Sciences and Technology is fully acknowledging the abilities and capabilities of UMST that set it apart from other Sudanese centers of learning.
Date: Sunday 23/09 – Tuesday 25/09/2018
Venue: SEDI, Orange Building Six Floor
Prof. Hassan Mohamed Ahmed (president)
Dr. Siham Suliman (Dean, Prep. College)
Prof. Ahmed Gasim (Director, post graduate)
Dr. Amin Alagib, Director, SEDI
The workshop is mainly to the Teaching staff of university, to show them the different methods of assessment and student evaluation. Different Topics were discussed including role of the teacher, Criteria of a good test, small group and large group teaching, how to construct an MCQ (one-best answer).
Also how to conduct Objective Structured Clinical Examination and practical examination- Other exams e. g Structured Short Essay questions (SSEQ) and Outlines of Blue Print were also discussed and group discussion.
UMST Web Administrator at the Website and Information Unit at the university Eng. Ahmed Abobker was selected within the committee of the development of the Standard Website for Sudanese Universities. The committee was formed by the (ASU) Association of Sudanese Universities.
The committee was formed of top information technology engineers in several universities in Sudan and specialists in the design and development of the website, and its management in terms of performance and appearance and operating systems and servers suitable for these websites.
Keeping pace with the global technological development, and in order to preserve the appearance of Sudanese universities in the outside world. This work is due to the universities’ access to their content, academic performance and various activities to the world, to reach the global performance of the Sudanese universities and in turn to nominate them to enter the international universities classification.
The Selected members of the Committee are:
|Dr. Ali Elsaid Ali||Association of Sudanese Universities|
|Eng. Mustafa Ibrahim Hassan||Africa University|
|Eng. Entisar Ibrahim Ahmed Alhaj||Sudan University of Sciences & Technology|
|Eng. Ahmed Abobker Mohamed||University of Medical Sciences & Technology|
|Eng. Wali Eldin Aljamri Abdalla||Omdurman Ahlia University|
|Eng. Abubker Elmansi||Nobles College|
|Eng. Fatahelrahman Awad||Cambridge College|
|Eng. Dalia Ahmed Alsir||Association of Sudanese Universities|
|Eng. Azza Saddig||Association of Sudanese Universities|
To usher the start of the new academic year 2018-2019, the University welcomed and celebrated its new students in a well conceived and organized event on Saturday the 7th of September.
The joyous celebration was launched under the patronage of the Assistant to the President of the Republic, Mr. Mousa Mohammed Ahmed. The event evolved and revolved under the theme of “Sustainability of Excellence”.
The anticipated annual event has successfully conveyed the importance of togetherness, intimacy and the value of close ties as binding characteristics among members of the university as a closely knitted community.
The gathering was addressed by Mr. Mousa Mohammed Ahmed, patron of the ceremony, who maintained that the university has distinguished itself amongst national and regional academic establishments by securing and maintaining excellence in different academic disciplines and various fields of relevant activities.
He pointed out that the student usually has the two joys: the joy of being accepted at the university, and of graduation. He stressed that he came to share this joy with the students, and he urged them to reserve no effort in achieving the desired success, and he proceeded to remind them that they are real light -bearers and true builders of the country.
Professor Mamoun Hameida, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University, welcomed the new students and outlined the academic excellence of the UMST that was obvious to be seen by everybody. He explained that the students’ desire to join the university has exceeded its capacity to accommodate all those keen on joining its ranks.
He emphasized that the university has always been admired and respected for applying rigor standards in the application of recognized regulations regarding both academic standards and behavior. He maintained that UMST has benefited immensely from observing strictness and continued to gain good reputation and to maintain continuous successes.
In his speech, Prof. Hassan Mohamed Ahmed, President of the University, spoke about the various students’ activities that take place at the university, including cultural, social and sports activities. He stressed the University’s keen interest in resolving all problems encountering its students, and highlighted its commitment and sustained effort to negotiate and overcome all the difficulties facing the students. He called on the students to exert effort and effort to achieve academic excellence through continuous, consistent and persistent pursuance of academic excellence.
He also called for active participation in the students’ activities offered by the university in the scientific, cultural and sports fields.
Also speaking at the ceremony were the President of the University Students Association, and the representative of new student. At the beginning of the ceremony, the University Chorale presented the university anthem. It is also worth mentioning that he event was also adorned by a panoramic visual display reflecting the multiplicity and diversity f the activities conducted within the university.
“Heart disease remains a major killer with the World Health Organization estimating it will be second to cancers by 2030. It’s clear we need new treatment options,” said Mazin Sirry of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Medical Sciences and Technology, Khartoum, Sudan. Sirry was presenting an overview of the research project he is conducting while at STIAS in which he will use computer modelling to investigate the mechanics of biomaterial injections in hearts damaged by heart attack.
Myocardial infarction, or a heart attack, is a major cause of death globally. The South African Heart and Stroke Foundation estimates that cardiovascular diseases as a whole (including heart disease and strokes) kill 17 million people annually globally and are responsible for almost 1 in 6 deaths in South Africa.
“In ischaemic heart disease there is usually a blockage in the coronary artery – the heart cells without access to blood die off causing irreversible damage,” said Sirry. “This causes loss of contraction in the muscles affecting the pumping action of the heart and causing a heart attack or myocardial infarction. Heart cells do not regenerate so the damaged cells are not replaced thus causing long-term heart failure.”
Current treatments include drug therapy which aims to prevent clotting and reduce heart stress; interventions like the placement of a balloon and stent which dilates the occluded artery and restores blood flow; bypass surgery to replace the damaged artery; the use of mechanical support devices including placing a mesh around the heart to assist in pumping the blood; or heart transplantation.
“Each case has its own needs,” said Sirry, “and you need to choose the best tools.”
“However, for transplantation there is generally a shortage of donors, high cost and risk of transplant failure,” he continued. “It also requires specialised clinics that are not necessarily available on a large scale in low-income settings.”
It’s therefore clear that newer therapies are needed and one option is therapies based on cell-delivery approaches.
“This means injecting immature cells into the affected region to replace the damaged cells. The injection usually includes biomaterials along with the cells and has shown good results in reducing the size of the area damaged by the infarction.”
But the research in this area was not without debate because it wasn’t clear if the results were due to the cells or if the biomaterials alone had an impact.
“A 2006 study demonstrated that cardiac function might potentially be improved just by increasing the thickness of the ventricle wall by the use of biomaterials,” said Sirry. “In 2009 a research group at the University of Cape Town developed a synthetic polyethylene glycol hydrogel which on its own showed good results in preventing the adverse ventricular remodelling.”
“These and other studies showed that cell and biomaterial injection therapy is a new and promising treatment for myocardial infarction. However, it has not yet been fully optimised.”
It became clear that an increased understanding of the mechanical aspects of the heart was needed including understanding the alterations induced by the biomaterial injection at a microscopic level. This is where computational modelling was found to be extremely useful.
Sirry’s research therefore uses computer models to help to understand the underlying mechanical mechanisms and to predict the changes that occur when the gel is injected.
“This gives us important information on the volume, the geometry and shape of the gel within the tissues, the underlying patterns formed and, hopefully also information on the optimal location and timing of the gel injection. We hope to attain a realistic configuration of what happens to the gel once it is injected and how this might optimise treatment.”
“The aim is to understand the micromechanics of a biomaterial injected into an infarcted heart using computer modelling.”
“All previous studies have been at the level of the organ now there is a need to go to the microscopic level to obtain a more detailed model of how the gel configures itself within the heart structure. An infarct leads to huge microscopic changes, you therefore can only understand the positive outcomes of the use of the gels by looking at the microscopic level. Then you translate that information back from the microscopic to the organ level,” continued Sirry.
He hopes the project will provide a platform for understanding and addressing the microscopic aspects of treatment and, also importantly, will give information on what happens if you go back to injecting cells not just biomaterials. The ultimate goal is to eventually regenerate the damaged heart cells.
But Sirry was quick to emphasise that all of these studies are at a preclinical level and that it will be a long time before they are translated into generally available treatments therefore in the interim the best is to avoid the occurrence of heart attack as much as possible through healthy lifestyle choices.
Expanding the field of biomechanical engineering
Sirry also spoke about his efforts to establish a biomechanics educational and research laboratory at his home institute in Sudan.
“To date, there has been low interest or understanding of biomechanics generally in the Sudan,” he said. “People educated and trained in this field often don’t return to the country.”
“There is more of an emphasis on training around medical electronics and imaging but no actual biomechanics,” he added.
Sirry therefore aims to promote the field by contributing to research, education and training, developing capacity and increasing awareness of biomechanical engineering in the country as a whole and particularly among the medical profession.
His efforts thus far have resulted in increased interest and enrolment in biomechanics research as well as a first attempt to establish a simple educational motion-tracking laboratory which can be used to characterise human movement.
Michelle Galloway: Part-time media officer at STIAS
Photograph: Christoff Pauw
UMST is Proudthat Dr. Loai Osman from the First Medicine batch (2001) at The University of Medical Sciences & Technology. Dr. Loai Osman is a Pneumatolog, received his specialization training in Ireland and then in Britain. Dr.Loai and his Colleagues achieved pioneering procedure at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) to improve care for patients with suspected lung cancer.
The procedure uses an ultrasound probe – Radial EBUS in conjunction with real time Navigational Equipment – to take a sample of patient’s suspected tumour, which will enable hospital staff to diagnose the cancer.
The Hospital has become the first in the UK to establish a service with its own equipment to carry out navigational bronchoscopies, which is the medical equivalent of creating a sat nav map around a patient’s lung to take a biopsy
We at UMST Congratulate Dr.Loai Osman for the huge success, wish him the best of luck and to all successful Sudanese Doctors in UK.
Four research papers from UMST Faculty of Engineering were recently presented at the International Conference on Computer, Control, Electrical and Electronics Engineering (ICCCEEE18) held at Corinthia Hotel, Khartoum, during 12-14 August 2018. All four papers were based on recent graduation projects of final year undergraduate students from Electonics and Biomedical Engineering departments. The conference, organized by University of Gezira, was co-sponsored by Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), IEEE Region 8 (Europe, Middle East and Africa) and IEEE Sudan subsection.
Details of published papers:
Title: “Enhanced Smart Water Meter Efficiency Based On Mounting Position Selection and Extended Battery Life Time”
Authors: Khaleel A. Mohammed, Mark G. Munier, Priscilla P. William, Sami A. Nagar, Ali M. A. Ibrahim
Department: Electronics Engineering
Title: “Designing a Verbal Deaf Talker System Using Mouth Gestures”
Authors: Amro M. Hassan, Ashraf H. Bushra, Osama A. Hamed, Ahmed Labeeb
Department: Electronics Engineering
Title: “Mathematical Model Implementation of Network Decision Algorithms in Heterogeneous Network Based on QoS Parameters”
Authors: Aridegbe A. A. Ipaye, Israa I. O. Ahmed, Dimitrios N. G. Mitropoulos, Ali M. A. Ibrahim, Sami A. Nagar
Department: Electronics Engineering
Title: “Design of Noninvasive Continuous Glucose Monitoring System”
Authors: Ragda Mamoun, Mohammed El Hadi, Emtithal Ahmed, Omer Adam
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Faculty of Economics, Social & Environmental Studies (FESES) research project oral examinations for the final year students (batch 5) was held on 8, 9 and 10th of July 2018. A total of 32 students from four departments; applied economics (6 students), environmental studies (11 students), international relations (14 students), and sociology (1 students) defended their research projects, which were assessed by the external examiners and faculty staff. Overall, the students demonstrated strong knowledge and excellent research abilities. In addition, the external examiners expressed their appreciation for the efforts made by students and faculty members.