Heba Abdelrazik, MD, PhD
Full Professor of Immunology and Cell therapy, faculty of Medicine Cairo University and Senior fellow in University of Cologne, Germany. Prof Abdelrazik is the group leader in two European stem cell projects collaborating with Egypt and different European countries. The principal investigator of a German-Egyptian stem cell collaborative project. She has won several national and international awards in the field of stem cells and transplantation. Recently she had won the National encouragement Award and Cairo University Promotional Award for the year 2011. She is a member of several national and international societies including TTS.
Professor Abdelrazik’s research interests are truly translational, and are centered on the immunological basis and the immunmodulation of mesenchymal stem cells, as well as immunosuppression clinical trial designs for GVHD.
She had acquired her medical doctorate degree in Immunology after which she did another PhD degree in stem cells in Italy. She was trained in George Washington University early in her career life, Immunology’s Pre-Doctoral Program. She has worked in Italy as a post-doctorate fellow in the field of stem cells and transplantation Immunology and then in Cologne Germany as group leader in stem cell research.
Prof Abdelrazik has presented at numerous national and international meetings and chaired several sessions. She is a reviwer in a couple of international peer reviwed Journals. Her career has been marked by a number of awards and distinctions, including
Egyptian National Encouragement Award 2011 and
Cairo University Encouragement Award 2011
Best Basic Science Abstract Winner from the Canadian Society of Transplantation Aug2010 Vancouver, Canada for the work titled: “Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) inhibit monocyte-derived dendritic cell maturation and function by selectively interfering with the generation of immature dendritic cells. Central role of MSC-derived PGE2
Emerging Economy Award from The Transplantation Society Aug 2010 Vancouver Canada for the work on MSC titled“Human Platelet Lysate alters not only the expansion potential of Human MSCs but also its effect on CD34 selected Cord Blood Progenitors”
Marie Curie Grant, Italy May 2010 for the work titled:”Functional Characterization of human MSCs for their potential clinical use in the treatment of autoimmune diseases.
Free Registration Award, Monte-Carlo Nov 2009 for the work titled: “Human Platelet Lysate Expanded Mesenchymal Stem Cells Promote Rapid Commitment of CD34+ Cord Blood Hematopoietic Progenitor cells and higher expression of CD14”.
Marie Curie Grant, Italy Sept. 2009 for the work done on MSCs titled: “Human Platelet Lysate alters not only the expansion potential of Human MSCs but also its effect on CD34 selected Cord Blood Progenitors”
Cairo University International Publication Award, Cairo Egypt 2009 for the work published in Blood Journal titled: “Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) inhibit monocyte-derived dendritic cell maturation and function by selectively interfering with the generation of immature dendritic cells. Central role of MSC-derived prostaglandin E2
Marie Curie Grant, Italy May 2009; for the work done on ALL titled:“Quantitative measurement of RAG1&2 genes by Q-PCR can differentiate the phenotype and predict prognosis in childhood ALL”
Young Investigator Award from the Transplantation Society 2008, Sydney Australia; for the work done on transplantation titled: “Immunological Evaluation of the Early Post Transplantation Period in Paediatric Bone Marrow Allo-transplantation.”
Prince Faisal Bin Fahd International Prize for Arab Sport Medicine Research Development 2008, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; For the work done in the development of the Sports Science curricula and departments in Egyptian Universities
Cairo University International Publication Award 2008, Cairo Egypt for the work published in Blood Journal titled: “Mesenchymal Stem Cells Inhibit Natural Kill Cell Proliferation Cytotoxicity and Cytokine Production: Role of Indolamine, 2-3 Dioxygenase and Prostaglandin E2
Marie Curie Grant 2008 Italy; for the work done on SLE titled:“The Second Complement Component Gene Polymorphism can act as Biomarker for Clinical Manifestations in SLE”
Young Scientist Award from the European Federation of Clinical Immunology, Portugal 2006; for the work done on HCV patients titled: “Intrahepatic Expression of IFNa & IFNa Receptor m-RNA can be used as Predictors to IFN response in HCV and HCC patients.”