Team profiles

Dr Kamal Yakoub

Dr Kamal Yakoub

Junior Specialist Doctor Neurosurgery
NIHR SRMRC Neurotrauma Clinical Research Fellow

The Institute for Translational Medicine

Qualifications

MB ChB (Hons), Alexandria University School of Medicine, Egypt, 2012.
M.Sc. Interdisciplinary Neuroscience, Goethe University, Germany, 2014.

Dr. Kamal Yakoub is a junior specialist doctor in neurosurgery and a Neurotrauma clinical research fellow at NIHR SRMRC. He is a native of Alexandria, Egypt; where he graduated with honours from Alexandria University School of Medicine. In 2014, Kamal completed his M.Sc. in interdisciplinary neuroscience from Goethe University Faculty of Biological Sciences, Germany. He was the recipient of the ERASMUS fellowship grant to study the neurobiochemistry of purine and pyrimidine salvage pathways in traumatic brain injury using the in vitro model of rat organotypic hippocampal slice cultures and RT-qPCR among a range of other molecular biology and fluorescent imaging techniques under the supervision of Professor Antonio Belli at the University of Birmingham.

His current research is focused on traumatic brain injury biomarkers (especially mild / concussion) that can be reliably used for diagnosis and follow up in certain groups of patients such as athletes, soldiers and children who are at greater risk of repetitive mild traumatic brain injury and second impact syndrome. His long term research goals are to understand the pathophysiology underlying mild traumatic brain injury and help in developing novel therapeutic techniques that can improve the lives of people affected by head injuries.