Senior Scientists

Dr. Fouad Alshaban

 Senior Scientist
 Tel: +974 4495 6160

Dr. Fouad Alshaban graduated from Baghdad College of Medicine and became involved in preventive medicine. He obtained his Ph.D. in preventive medicine in the United Kingdom. He held many different positions as a Scientist working in academic research and as Associate Professor in Occupational Medicine and Public Health. He was also a Planner and Advisor in various medical institutions, including the Iraqi Ministry of Health. Prior to joining the Shafallah Medical Genetics Center in 2009, he was Research Program Manager & Senior Research Coordinator in the Washington Hospital Center in association with Johns Hopkins University Hospital. He was head of Research of the Department of Research and Training at the Shafallah Medical Genetics Center where he was involved in setting up research policies and regulations, as well as the establishment of the Institutional Review Board. Currently, Dr. Alshaban works as a Senior Scientist at QBRI's Neurological Disorder Research Center. Dr. Alshaban has published three books in the field of public health, infectious diseases and nutrition and has published several articles in medical & non-medical magazines and journals.


Dr. Alshaban’s research interest lies in the epidemiology of genetic diseases, particularly in autism spectrum disorder. He is involved in two research projects funded by QNRF (The flyer for Dr Alshaban's most recent project is available here). In collaboration with the University College of London, UK, he investigates the genomics, anthropology and social impact of genetic knowledge in Qatar. Furthermore, he studies the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Qatar in collaboration with the Oregon Health & Science University and the Cleveland Clinic.


Dr. Alshaban is a Co-Lead PI of the research project titled “Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Qatar”, funded by Qatar National Research Fund. This involves screening of more than 100,000 children (between 5-12 years of age) from across various schools for ASD.

1. Alshaban, F., Aldosari, M., El Sayed, Z., Tolefat, M., Saba El Hag, S., Al Shammari, H., Ghazal, I. & Fombonne, E. (2017) ‘Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Qatar: profiles and correlates of a large clinical sample’, Autism & Developmental Language Impairments. 2, pp. 1-7.
2. Alshaban, F. (2017) ‘Qatar and Autism’, Springer Science+Business Media LLC 2018 F.R. Volkmar (ed.), Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders,
3. Dina F. Ahram , Yasser Al-Sarraj, Rowaida Z. Taha, Saba F. Elhag, Fouad A. Al-Shaban, Hatem El-Shanti, & Marios Kambouris (2017),’ A chromosomal microdeletion of 15q in a female patient with epilepsy, ID, and autism spectrum disorder: a case report’, Clin Case Rep 2017 Jun 12;5(6):1013-1017. Epub 2017 May 12.
4. Aldosari, E. Fombonne, H. Aldhalaan, M. Ouda, S. Elhag, H. Alshammari, I. Ghazal, A. Alsaleh, T. Alqadoumi, R. Thomson, M. Al Khasawneh, M., Tolefat, and F. Alshaban (2018).Validation of Arabic version of Social Communication Questionnaires in School screening in Qatar. In press.
5. Kilshaw S, Al Raisi T, Alshaban F. (2015). Arranging marriage; negotiating risk: genetics and society in Qatar. Anthropol Med.; 22(2):98-113.
Collaborator Name Institute Research Area
Dr Mohammad Aldosari Cleveland Clinic Autism
Dr Eric Fombonne Oregon Health & Science University Autism
Dr Lobna Hassan HMC Autism
Dr Mohd Alodat Qatar University Autism
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