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The 1st Arab-American Frontiers symposium was held in partnership with the Kuwait Institute for Science Research (KISR). It brought together 97 outstanding young scientists, engineers, and medical professionals from 18 Arab countries and the United States to discuss exciting advances in the fields of water, renewable energy, diabetes, and agriculture. They also looked at the linkages that exist between those fields. Among the participants were those with no background in the fields highlighted at the symposium reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of this event and the goal to remove communication barriers between research fields.

The format of the Frontiers symposium allowed for extended interactions among the participants outside of the formal sessions. In Flash-Poster-Talks participants introduced their own research with more time during poster sessions to discuss details. The symposium was held on the campus of the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research.

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Program Overview


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The symposium is participant-driven: A small organizing committee of 10 participants makes the final selection of session topics, suggests speakers, and chairs the individual sessions during the symposium. The 1st Arab-American Frontiers Symposium was organized by:

Symposium co-chairs and co-organizers for the Linkages Session
Habibah Almenaie (co-chair), Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Kuwait
Rula Deeb (co-chair), ARCADIS U.S., Inc., USA

Agriculture Session
Asaad Khalid Ahmed, National Center for Research, Sudan
Ahmad Al-Salman, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman

Energy Session
Fajhan Almutairi, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Kuwait
Ghada Amer, Arab Science and Technology Foundation, Egypt

Water Session
Sherien Elagroudy, Ain Shams University, Egypt
Ziad Mimi, Birzeit University, Palestine

Diabetes Session
Narahari Puja, Merck & Co., Inc., USA
Lama Youssef, Damascus University, Syria


Agriculture Session

  • Use of Mathematical Models in Developing Strategies for Sustainability, Yaseen Al-Mulla
  • Addressing Climate Change Impacts in the Context of Multiple Stresses in North Africa Region, Balgis Osman Elasha
  • Role of GABA Shunt Pathway in Plant Abiotic Stress Tolerance, Nisreen Al-Quraan
  • Using Modern Tools to Investigate Control of and Engineer Specialized Metabolism in Medicinal and Invasive Plant Species, David R. Gang

Diabetes Session

  • Alarming High Prevalence Rates of Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome in Arab Countries: Data from Jordan, Yousef Khader
  • Diabetes Mellitus in the Middle East: Challenges for the Clinician, Marie Merheb
  • Designing Antigen-specific Immunotherapy for Treatment of Type 1 Diabetes, Kristin Tarbell
  • Regulation of Systemic Energy Balance and Glucose Homeostasis by Protein-Tyrosine Phosphatase 1B, Fawaz G. Haj

Energy Session

  • Waste to Energy via Thermochemical Pathways, Isam Janajreh
  • Developing Contacts for Improved Performance and Lifetime in Organic Photovoltaics, Dana C. Olson
  • Organic Solar Cells: Insights into the Design of Building Blocks and Low-Cost Solution Processes, Aram Amassian

Linkages Session

  • Recovering Ammonia for Hydrogen Biofuel Production during Anaerobic Digestion, Donna Fennell
  • Virtual Water Trade for Agriculture Water Demand Management, Mutasem El-Fadel
  • Mycological Linkages between Renewable Energy and Agriculture, Scott Baker
  • Management of Obesity in Diabetes: Making the U turn, Ebaa Alozairi

Water Session

  • Probing Shallow Aquifers in Northern Kuwait Using Airborne Sounding Radars, Essam Heggy
  • Latest Technologies in Water Desalination, Amy Childress
  • Water Reuse - Overview, Technologies, Public Awareness and Obstacles, Pascal Saikaly
  • Sustaining Financial Investment in the Field of Water Management, Mohamed A. Dawoud


The 1st Arab-American Frontiers Symposium was supported by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science, the Richard Lounsbery Foundation, and the U.S. Agency of International Development.