The University of Michigan Program for Neurology Research & Discovery (PNR&D) is continuing its training partnership with the American University of Beirut (AUB) Diabetes Program and the laboratory of Dr. Assaad Eid. PNR&D is hosting its second visiting scholar, Mohamed El Massry, who is spending five weeks this spring in the PNR&D laboratory to learn how to assess nerve structure and function in diabetes, which is essential for his Ph.D. project.
Eva Feldman, M.D., Ph.D., director of PNR&D, has a long-standing relationship with Dr. Assaad Eid of AUB. The duo is currently collaborating on numerous clinical and translational projects. In September 2018, Dr. Feldman visited AUB and gave two lectures entitled “Stem Cell Therapy in Neurological Diseases: Where We Are in 2018,” and “The Two Faces of Diabetic Neuropathy.”
“I’m so pleased to renew my outstanding research relationship with the AUB Diabetes Program and Dr. Assaad Eid,” said Feldman, the Russell N. DeJong Professor of Neurology.
“I am always happy to welcome bright, emerging scientists to my lab so that we can exchange research ideas among our groups. I had such a great experience speaking in Beirut last fall, and I look forward to future opportunities to collaborate with AUB.”
El Massry is pursuing his Ph.D. studies between the laboratory of Dr. Assaad Eid at AUB and the laboratory of Dr. Charbel Massaad at the University of Paris Descartes. He is focusing his thesis research on the role of the mTOR pathway in diabetic neuropathy. This is a pathway critical for metabolism and cell growth, with important implications in diabetes and its complications. El Massry’s work is overseen by Stephanie Eid, Ph.D., who is an alumna of AUB that joined Dr. Feldman’s laboratory in 2017 as a postdoctoral fellow.