“It is my utmost pleasure to be part of the Science Bridge initiative. As an Egyptian living in Australia, I believe that enhancing East-West science collaboration is beneficial to all sides—in short, it is a win-win situation. We plan to invite Western scientists and researchers to attend conferences and to lecture at Middle Eastern research institutions; invite students from the Greater Middle East to participate in research conducted at Western universities; enhance collaboration among Eastern and Western scientists, by for example inviting Western scientists to serve as supervisors on research conducted in Eastern institutions.”

I am a Senior Lecturer in Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience at Marcs Institute for Brain, Behaviour, and Development & School of Social Sciences and Psychology, Western Sydney University, Australia. I am also a research associate at the VA hospital in East Orange, New Jersey.  Currently, I work on Computational, Cognitive, and Experimental Neuroscience research, focusing on brain disorders. I have published over 98 articles in high-ranking journals including ScienceProceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS)Journal of NeuroscienceBrainNeuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, and Nature (Parkinson’s disease).