Issue 10
Monday, 20 June 2016
Charles Darwin University
Dr Mohamed Elgendi with his family at the University of British Columbia
Dr Mohamed Elgendi with his family at the University of British Columbia

Canadian uni honours CDU graduate

By Leanne Miles

A Canadian university has honoured a Charles Darwin University PhD graduate with a prestigious fellowship that will allow him to continue working on health outcomes for underprivileged and remote populations.

The University of British Columbia awarded the Mining for Miracles Fellowship to Dr Mohamed Elgendi, during which he will continue to help women in low income countries who suffer from preeclampsia and its related complications.

“I feel very humbled to receive this support to enable me to investigate monitoring tools to improve the care of women who have hypertension in pregnancy,” Dr Elgendi said. “The opportunity to help even one family and save a child from suffering the loss of their mother is in itself enough reason to continue working as a scientist.”

Born in Alexandria, Egypt Dr Elgendi moved to the Northern Territory to pursue his interest in biomedical engineering and computer science, and graduated from CDU with a PhD in Biomedical Engineering in 2012.

“Growing up in Egypt where inequitable access to healthcare is very common for underprivileged families fuelled my passion for helping people,” he said.

He said gaining his PhD from CDU had opened the door to greater opportunities to combine engineering and health research.

“During my PhD I had the opportunity to work with Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) as a research associate on a project to convert EEG signals (brain activities) into graphics and sound for diagnosis,” he said. “Since graduating and moving to Canada I have worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alberta before joining the University of British Columbia last year.”

Throughout the fellowship Dr Elgendi’s research will focus on non-invasive detection of hypertension using biomedical signals.

“With this work, I hope to continue down the path of integrating technology with clinical practice in regions that are most in need, not only in Canada but also internationally,” Dr Elgendi said.

The fellowship is competitive with the committee selecting one fellow a year. Dr Elgendi was formally presented with the Mining for Miracles Fellowship at the University of British Columbia on June 16