King Khalid University
A research team from King Khalid University, led by Dr. Nasser Awad, Professor Ali Al-Shahrani, Dr. Kamel Tamimi, and Dr. Mohamed Hamdy, brilliantly devised a method to increase the effect of the natural product of the nanoparticle hydroxyapatite molecule on liver cancer cells by loading it onto the micro-magnesium oxide molecules.
The new mechanism adapts a vector that does not pose any risk while generating zero levels of cell toxicity. Moreover, it encapsulates and carries compounds known to have a weak effect on liver cancer cells. It is worth mentioning that nanoparticles may be dangerous if given to cells without encapsulation. Nanoparticles are known to have the ability to penetrate the cell membrane unhindered thereby increasing their risk to healthy cells.
The results showed that the carrier's ability to increase the efficiency of the molecules by more than thirty times although it carries half of the dose that has been identified in the cell culture laboratory known as IC50 in the University Biology Department, which is one of the leading laboratories in the region in particular and the Kingdom in general. This indicates the achievement of the previously sought targets, as wrapping these molecules contributes to reducing the risk of these molecules on healthy cells. This directly contributes to the reduction of doses, which will inevitably reduce the side effects.
Economically, the new discovery reduces the cost because it depends on the amount used as a treatment. The most significant challenge for the research team was to increase the ability of the carrier to specialize itself so that it can identify cancer cells from other healthy cells. Consequently, the carrier will be able to control cancer cells effectively while reducing the side effects to a negligible level. Collaboration between the research team members from the Molecular Biology and Chemistry Departments are still underway until they achieve this goal.
Limiting the Effects of Nanoparticles
The research team stressed that this research does not provide cancer treatment; however, it accurately presents researchers with a new way to reduce the effects of nanoparticles on healthy cells and reduce the doses to be used. The spokesperson of the team, Dr. Kamel Tamimi, said that the scientific community approved this development. The research was published in a high impact factor magazine classified as ISI Molecules. After the publication of the research, the number of researchers who utilized the research piece and requested permission conservatively reached 500 in just a matter of months. This indicates the relatively high level of importance of the idea and the global applications it holds.
The Scientific Research Deanship at King Khalid University cherishes scientific research in the university. And that is why the research team seized the opportunity and thanked the Rector for his unwavering support and encouragement to scientific research pursuits with international ambitions. The research team further thanked the Scientific Research Deanship headed by its Dean, Dr. Hamid Al-Qarni, who is following this development step by step.
Within the third gathering of the Sports Federation of Saudi Universities, King Khalid University edged out competitors in the national university cross-country competition which was organized yesterday by the Sports Federation under the patronage of His Excellency the Minister of Education who is also the Chairman of the Federation, Dr. Ahmed Al-Issa. Bisha University hosted the event in the presence of His Excellency the Rector of Bisha University, Dr. Ahmed Naqadi, His Excellency the Governor of Bisha, Mohamed bin Saeed bin Sabra, the President of the Federation, Dr. Abdullah Al-Buqami, the Secretary-General of the Federation, Dr. Salah Al-Saqqa, and Dean of Student Affairs at the University of Bisha, Dr. Mohammed Al-Ajim.
Jazan University was runner-up in the 5.8 km race in which 150 runners participated representing 25 universities and governmental and private colleges. King Abdulaziz University came in third place while the Islamic University team came in the fourth place, followed by King Saud University in fifth place. The team of Umm Al-Qura University positioned into sixth place, and Al-Baha University came in the seventh place while the Taif University team achieved eighth place.
In the individual competitions, results were as follows:
- Runner Faisal Ethorchoy from the Islamic University won first place with 02:48:27 minutes.
- In second place was the representative of King Khalid University, Aqeel Al-Ameri, with 00:59:29 minutes.
- In third place was the runner from King Abdul Aziz University, Mohammed Medhaji, with 30:13:00 minutes.
- In fourth place was Issam Abdul Hamid with 30:24:00 minutes.
- Fifth place was achieved by the runner from Taif University, Yusuf Asiri, with 30:55:00 minutes.
- Fahid Al Harthy from King Khalid University came in sixth place with 30:59:00 min.
- In seventh place was the runner of the University of Hail, Abdul-Mohsen Al-Malaq, with 31:06:00 minutes.
- The runner from Taif University, Thamer Al-Mutairi came in the eighth place with 30:13:00 minutes.
- In ninth place was the runner from Tabuk University, Ahmed Magrashi, with 31:23:00 minutes.
- In tenth place was the runner from Jazan University, Bandar Hassan, with 31:24:00 minutes.
The Rector of the University of Bisha, in addition to the President of the Federation of Sports Universities, the Secretary-General of the Federation, and the Media Advisor to the Sports Federation and Media Committee Chairman, Dr. Turki Al-Ayyar, crowned the first place winners in the collective and individual competitions.
In his speech, the President of the Sports Federation for Saudi Universities, Dr. Abdullah Al-Buqmi, thanked the Rector of Bisha University for the great success achieved by the championship in terms of technical and organizational areas. He further praised the significant efforts made by the University Administration to equip the venue, the crowning ceremony, and the overall preparedness of post-competition celebrations. Finally, Dr. Al-Buqmi congratulated the winners and their universities and wished success to all competitors in their future athletic endeavors.
Dr. Ameen Ghamaz, Assistant Professor, Department of Islamic Studies, Faculty of Science and Arts at King Khalid University, participated in a study on the contribution of the Islamic Culture Courses at King Khalid University to the development of societal modest thinking at the international conference, "The Duty of Saudi Universities and Their Impact on Protecting Youth from Groups, Parties and Deviations." The conference was organized by Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University and took place at the Conference Building in the University City under the auspices of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz, may God protect him, in the presence of senior leadership, and the participation of more than one hundred scholars from different Arab and Islamic countries. The conference was held earlier last week.
The study had four research submissions and a keynote conclusion. The first research piece was a definition of the concepts of the study, in which Dr. Ghamaz identified the concept of moderation in Islam and other related concepts. Moreover, he clarified the concept of culture in general and Islamic culture in particular. The second topic was a presentation and analysis of deviant thought, its gravity, and the main reasons leading to it. Dr. Ghamaz defined deviant thought as an ideology that is characterized by excess and negligence. He spoke about the most important reasons leading to deviant thinking, the most important of which is the misinterpretation of the teachings of Islam and its principles, especially the texts related to jihad, succession and legal laws, the absence of the role of the family, the school and the university in some countries, and unscrupulous media tactics.
In the third topic, the researcher clarified the great role of Islamic Culture Courses in protecting university youth from deviant thought, through the following points:
- The focus of Islamic Culture Courses on the commitment to provide a moderate model of religion while striving to be a medium-dominant public culture.
- The contribution of Islamic Culture Courses in educating youth on the negative consequences of intolerance and extremism and taking lessons from the societies that suffer from this disease.
- The necessity of directing cultural courses to the minds of university youth and investing in them for the benefit of the homeland.
- The contribution of the Islamic Culture Courses to the dissemination of moderate thinking by responding to the suspicions of the extremists intellectually through scientific means.
- Cultural courses must strive to strengthen the spirit of national belonging as one of the great foundations of this religion.
He then explained the societal and religious responsibility of universities in spreading moderate thought using dialogue and discussion, as a method of teaching, and at the same time, avoiding the method of indoctrination in education.
Dr. Ghamaz: Universities must assume their responsibilities by carrying out educational activities and lectures aimed at protecting future generations and our society from any subversive thought that goes beyond the established boundaries of our Islamic faith and culture.
The researcher also pointed out that the universities must assume their responsibilities by carrying out educational activities and educational lectures aimed at protecting generations and society from any alien thought on our original Islamic faith and culture. He further related that they should also enhance the role of Sharia colleges and Islamic Studies departments in adopting moderate foundations while avoiding teaching abnormal opinions that counter the moderate approach in Islam.
In the fourth topic, the researcher presented the characterization of the Islamic Culture Courses at King Khalid University with a statement on the strengths in these courses, suggestions, and recommendations that promote the building of the moderate thinking among the students. At the end of the study, the researcher recommended that the courses of Islamic culture must be compulsory courses for all students in all Arab and Islamic universities. He also added that universities should benefit from the experience of King Khalid University in this field.
The researcher also recommended the formation of committees of professors of Islamic law, psychology, and sociology for the continuous evaluation of these courses, in line with national requirements. He also stated these courses should include a special chapter to introduce deviant groups and parties that emerge from time to time to the students.
In the end, the researcher thanked the organizers for this valuable conference, headed by His Excellency, Dr. Sulaiman Aba Al-Khalil, the Rector of KKU, and a member of the Senior Scholars Council. He also praised the efforts of Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University for their service to Islam and Muslims. It is noteworthy that all the research presented at the conference were printed in a scientific record consisting of ten volumes distributed to participants, attendees, and students.
On behalf of the King Khalid University Rector, the University Vice President for Academic Development and Quality, Dr. Merzin Al-Shahrani, sponsored the talent leading initiative, which was organized by the Talent, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship Center at the University, with the participation of the Labor Office and the Social Development Bank in the Asir Region.
Upon his arrival, Dr. Al-Shahrani was briefed on the exhibition accompanying the event. It included a number of remarkable projects submitted by talented students under the auspices of the Center for Talent, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship.
At the beginning of the ceremony, the Director of the Center, Dr. Mohammed Al-Maghrabi, delivered a speech in which he welcomed the Vice President, the attendees, representatives of the Labor Office, and the Social Development Bank, praising their participation and their efforts in supporting the university and its students.
Al-Maghraby emphasized that the center always seeks to highlight the extraordinary talents of students by turning them from just an idea into a reality. He further asserted that the center is always keen to exploit opportunities at the university and beyond by supporting exceptionally talented students, encouraging them, and providing facilities that optimize their creativity.
After that, a presentation was made to the audience about the Center for Talent, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship. The presentation showed the mission, vision, and tasks of the center, in addition to its objectives and achievements.
Al Shahrani: The University strives to highlight and enhance talent in precise alignment with Vision 2030.
In his speech, Dr. Merzin Al-Shahrani expressed his happiness with the achievements of the Center of talent, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship, thanking the sponsors for their efforts and their support. He also thanked the Association of Culture and Arts in Abha for actively participating in training and harnessing the talents of the university in precise alignment with Vision 2030. Dr. Al-Shahrani further pointed out that talented students in the university have recently won international awards, and this indicates the impressive progress the university has made in this regard. In a closing note, Dr. Al-Shahrani thanked the Rector of the University for his continuous support to serve talented students at the university, and all those who are in charge of the center.
This event is the first edition and will continue periodically in the future. The event also included a two-part exhibition for male and female students, which included a number of talents such as photography, drawing, editing, makeup and gift-wrapping.