RCSI Bahrain Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

The Dilmun Scholar Programme

A pioneering initiative in Bahrain and the region is our 5-year structured PhD Programme in collaboration with RCSI Dublin. The Dilmun Scholar Programme funds three Dilmun Scholars each year with EUR 200,000 grants over 5 years.

In our inaugural year, a number of excellent proposals were reviewed by international experts, with the selected broad topic areas being Translational / Clinical Science (Sepsis), Basic Science (Tissue Engineering) and Population Health (Diabetes) and our students will spend the first year in pre-doctoral studies in Dublin.


Subject AreaTranslational/ Clinical ScienceBasic SciencePopulation Health
RCSI Dublin investigator Dr Dermot Cox Prof. Fergal O Brien Prof. Zena Moore
RCSI Bahrain investigator Dr Manaf M. Alqahtani Dr. Michael B. Keogh Dr. Khalifa Elmusharaf
Project Title The Clinical Significance and Mechanism of sepsis-induced thrombocytopenia. Pro-angiogenic scaffolds, adipose derived stem cells and low level laser biostimulation: tissue engineering a novel autologous skin graft for diabetic wound healing in the Middle East. Diabetic foot ulcers in Bahrain: an epidemiological profile of the prevalence, clinical care, economic cost and impact on quality of life.


The launch of the new PhD Programme and the ability to offer these fully funded scholarships will greatly enhance our research offering at RCSI Bahrain, giving us the opportunity to engage at senior level with different pockets of learning each year. The Dilmun Scholar Programme 2016 subject areas:

Subject AreaProject TitleSupervisors
Population Health Services Improving Health Outcomes in Poorly Controlled Type 2 Diabetes (T2DM) Patients through a Nurse-Led Family Intervention. Professor Seamus Cowman (RCSI - MUB)
Professor David Whitford (RCSI Dublin)
Basic Science Understanding the role of the sigma-1 receptor: identification of interacting proteins. Professor Steve Safrany (RCSI – MUB)
Professor Leonie Young (RCSI Dublin)

To learn more about the Dilmun Scholarships, please contact:

Research Officer, Abeer Abdel Aal on: aabdelaal@rcsi-mub.com