Dr. Omar Abdel-Salam

Dr. Omar M.E.Abdel-Salam, MD, PhD has received PhD in Medical Sciences in the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest in 1997 after studying at the University of Pécs, Hungary, during the period of 1992-1997. He is currently working as a Professor of Pharmacology in the Department of Toxicology and Narcotics, Medical Division, National Research Centre, Cairo.

As a head of the Department of Toxicology and Narcotics, his research goals are in the fields of cannabis and other addictive drugs. His other research interests include: gastric acid secretion and its regulation; gastric mucosal injury; role of sensory nerves in gastric mucosal protection; hepatic protection; bile secretion; inflammation, analgesia, modulation by different agents; the role of antidepressants and the serotonin reuptake inhibitors in inflammation and nociception; neurodegeneration and neuroprotection.

Based on this research and training, he has received several awards and honors, such as: The Prize of The Hungarian Academy of Sciences and The Academic Press for the best book in medicine for the year 1998 together with Professor Mózsik Gy, and Professor Szolcsányi J.; Certificate of Excellency in Scientific Publication from the National Research Centre, Cairo in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 and is serving one of the active members of the Egyptian Society of Toxicological Sciences.

He is a member of the Editorial Board of: Inflammopharmacology, World Journal of Gastrointestinal Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Orphan Drugs: Research and Reviews, American Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences, Journal of the Egyptian Society of Toxicology, World Journal of Gastroenterology. He is also the secretary of the Drug Research Council of the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology in Egypt.

He has authored or co-authored 198 research articles, 15 book chapters, 1 book: “Capsaicin-Sensitive Afferent Nerves in Gastric Mucosal Damage and Protection”. Mózsik Gy, Abdel-Salam O.M.E., Szolcsányi J (eds).AkadémiaiKiadó, Budapest, 1997.

He is a co-editor of the book “Twenty Five Years of Peptic Ulcer Research in Hungary. From basic sciences to clinical practice (1971-1995)”.Author: GyulaMózsik; Lajos Nagy; AKirály. Publisher: Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, 1997 and Capsaicin - Sensitive Neural Afferentation and the Gastrointestinal Tract: from Bench to Bedside", book edited by Gyula Mozsik, Omar M. E. Abdel- Salam and Koji Takeuchi, ISBN 978-953- 51-1631- 8, Published: July 16, 2014. InTech.

He is the editor of the book “Capsaicin as a Therapeutic Molecule” Series: Progress in Drug Research, Vol. 68, Springer Basel.

  • Gastric acid secretion and its regulation.
  • Inflammation, analgesia, modulation by different agents
  • Role of serotonin reuptake inhibitors in inflammation and nociception
  • Role of antidepressant drugs in inflammation and nociception
  • Gastric cytoprotection.
  • Gastric mucosal permeability.
  • Role of vagus nerve in gastric mucosal defense.
  • Elucidation of the role of afferent nerves in gastric mucosal protection. Effect of capsaicin and its analogue resiniferatoxin on experimental gastric mucosal injury in the rat.
  • Gastric acid secretion. Role of capsaicin type agents
  • Gastric mucosal blood flow. Effect of capsaicin and its analogue resiniferatoxin on gastric mucosal blood flow in rats.
  • NSAIDs-induced gastric mucosal injury
  • Gastric acid secretion. Effect of various drugs
  • Biliary studies. Effect of various drugs
  • Inflammation, modulation by different agents
  • Role of serotonin reuptake inhibitors in inflammation, nociception and gastric acid secretion.
  • Hepatoprotection
  • Drugs of abuse
  • Cannabis effects on brain
  • Cannabis effects on liver
  • Cannabis effects on motor system
  • Cannabis effects on memory
  • Solvent abuse
  • Insecticide toxicity on brain and liver
  • Neurodegeneration and neuroprotection

  • Dr. Omar Abdel-Salam

    Head of the Department of Toxicology and Narcotics
    National Research Centre
    Cairo, Egypt
    Mobile No. 08598808425


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