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Professor Raj Kalaria, Professor of Cerebrovascular Pathology (Neuropathology). Personal chair appointed 1997. Lead PI, Newcastle Cognitive Function after Stroke (CogFAST) Longitudinal Study Director, Neurovascular Research Group (NRG), Institute of Neuroscience Co-ordinator, Newcastle NE ARUK Network Centre, Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK) Secretary-General, and International Society for Vascular Behavioural and Cognitive Disorders (VasCog). Prof. Kalaria Memberships is in Royal College of Pathologists (Fellow), Society of Biology (Fellow), International Society for Vascular Behavioural and Cognitive Disorders (Secretary-General), British Neuroscience Association (past Hon Sec), International Brain Research Organisation (past member of Executive Committee). His Honours and Awards, Gold medal from President Diouf of Senegal, appointed Officier L’Ordre National du Lion for services to promote research and teaching of neurosciences in Africa.


Robert Howie Logie is a Professor of Human Cognitive Neuroscience, Department of Psychology, University of Edinburgh Research and teaching interests lie in the cognition of human memory in the healthy, ageing, and damaged brain, focused on experimental behavioral studies of working memory. The approach is both theoretical and applied, with projects ranging from developing cognitive theories of working memory in the healthy brain through attention and memory deficits associated with focal brain damage and with neurodegeneration through age or brain pathology, to design of computerized aids for memory.

Prof. Logie Academic Leadership:

Head of Department of Psychology, University of Aberdeen 1997-2002

Research Director, School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, University of Edinburgh 2005-2013

2008 & 2014 UK National Research Assessment coordinator for Psychology submissions from University of Edinburgh

Head (Joint with S Della Sala), Human Cognitive Neuroscience group, University of Edinburgh 2004-

Group leader for Human Cognitive Ageing within the cross council funded Centre for

Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology 2008-2013 & 2015-2018.


Prof. Didier Le Gall,  Professor of Neuropsychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Angers and Neuropsychologist in the Department of Neurology at C.H.U. Angers. His research and publications focuses on various disturbances in the regulation of actions (apraxia, frontal syndromes, mental health). Vice-President of the Board of Directors, 1st Vice-President at Angers University (France).


Dr. Daniel Brian Kissinger, is Associate Professor in Department Chairperson. Dr. Kissinger has served as the chair of the UNO Department of Counseling since 2014. Prior to UNO, he was a tenured faculty member of the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville counselor education program. He has been a licensed professional counselor and supervisor for 20 years with experience working in inpatient and outpatient mental health clinics/hospitals, college counseling, and private practice settings.


Abdallah Badahdah, Ph.D. He is a sociology professor at University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. Dr. Badahdah taught in the Department of Sociology at the University of North Dakota for 12 years and served as the Director of the Sociology Graduate Program for several years. Prior to his tenure at the University of North Dakota, he worked in the field of management in both the public and private sectors for more than a decade.

Dr. Badahdah received his B.A. in psychology and a Ph.D. degree in sociology from Iowa State University, USA. He has given more than 50 regional, national, and international presentations and published in journals such as Child Psychiatry and Human Development, Evolution and Human Behavior, and AIDS Care and encyclopedia entries such as The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, Encyclopedia of Gender and Society and The Blackwell Concise Encyclopedia of Sociology. He has written research reports for many organizations such as the Saudi Ministry of Health, the Oman Ministry of Health/UNICEF, and the North Dakota Department of Health. In addition to being a board member for the Midwest Sociological Society (2011-2016), Dr. Badahdah has chaired and served as a member of numerous committees at the University of North Dakota, Qatar University, the American Sociological Association, and the Sociologists AIDS Network. Dr. Badahdah also has served on the review and editorial boards of several journals, including Health Behavior and Policy Review, Humanity and Society, the American Journal of Health Behavior and has been a frequent peer reviewer for numerous scientific journals.


Professor Abdrabo Moghazy Soliman (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen UK; Full Professor). Professor Soliman is a cognitive psychologist. He mastered the research literature in diverse research areas, including working memory, and human decision-making, including applications in the area of medical decision making as well naturalistic decision-making. His research interests include human cognition, medical cognitions in critical settings e.g., intensive care units, road accidents and naturalistic decision-making. Dr. Soliman has attracted research grant funding from different granting bodies. He generated research publications both in Arabic and in English in international journals and he is proactive in presenting his work at both regional and international scientific conferences.


Dr. Nasser Haidar MBBS, three MD degrees in Pediatric Medicine, Fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. Diploma in Health Care Management. Master degree in Medical Education.

Published 12 papers in Medical Journals. Formerly Chief Executive Officer of a University Hospital in Sanaa, Yemen. Currently, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care

Senior Consultant and Education lead in Pediatric Emergency, Hamad Medical Corporation.


Tarek Bellaj, PhD, is an associate Professor at Qatar University and Tunis University where he teaches neuropsychology and social neuroscience. His research interests are in cultural and clinical neuropsychology. His work incorporates multiple facets of these axes as applied to memory, executive functions, and emotional dysfunctions in neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disorders in Arabic culture. Dr. Bellaj has been the President of the Tunisian Psychological Society from 2007 to 2015.


Dr. Hmoud Olimat holds PhD and MSc in Sociology from USA, and MSW from McGill University/Canada. He is an academician, an administrator and proponents of change and development, through education, creativity and entrepreneurship. Dr. Olimat espouses theoretical knowledge with practical applications. He was the Vice President of the Hashemite University (2011-2012); he was the founding Secretary General of the Higher Council for the Affairs of Persons with Disability, (2007-2008) and the founding Dean of the Social Work Institute at the University of Jordan (2008-20011). Previously, Also, Dr. Olimat was Secretary General of the Ministry of Social Development for the Government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (2003-2006). He was involved with the development of national strategies on socioeconomic development, youth issues, family and child protections and disability issues. Dr. Olimat was the head of Jordanian delegation and member of the drafting committee of the convention on the rights of disabled person/UN General Assembly 2003-2006. He has consulted with many Jordanian and international organizations, including UNESCO, UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, and The National Council for Family Affairs, AIDOS (an Italian Organization for women development and empowerment) and Arab Women’s Organization. Dr. Olimat has published numerous articles in international and regional journals and presented his research locally regionally and internationally. His research focuses on social policy, social development and poverty, youth issues, and social problems in general. In addition, he participated in several international research pr.


Dr. Khalid Al- Muhannadi, Consultant Psychologist, Behavioral Healthcare Center. Expert of Arab office of Drugs Control. He has many books, research and studies in psychology and sociology. He has lectures and training courses in psychology and sociology and he has many programs radio & television.