Dr. Fouad Abdul Wahab Al-Shaban | Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Hamad Bin Khalifa University


Dr. Fouad Abdul Wahab Al-Shaban

Dr. Fouad Abdul Wahab Al-Shaban (PhD)

Principal Investigator
Neurological Disorders Research Center
Qatar Biomedical Research Institute

College of Health and Life Sciences


Throughout his career at Qatar Biomedical Research Institute, Dr. Alshaban has focused on applying epidemiological methods to investigate and evaluate the burden of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) on Qatari families and other families residing in Qatar. He began studying prevalence rates of ASD and all contributing risk factors associated with the disorder. From this, he and his team established the first ASD registry in Qatar funded by Qatar National Research Fund. The registry’s comprehensive database includes 110 variables regarding demographic, environmental, and clinical data of each diagnosed individual.

His current focus is the development of interdisciplinary research programs to improve early diagnosis, intervention, and treatment of ASD. He is working on the development of innovative screening and diagnostic tools using eye-tracking technology in collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic. Moreover, Dr. Alshaban’s work includes translating and validating the Arabic version of the Social Communication Questionnaire (SCQ), which is a golden standard tool for ASD screening. Additionally, he recently established a commercial partnership with the American company Argus Cognitive Inc. to co-develop the first Arabic digital phenotyping for social communication behaviors as a diagnostic tool for ASD, using machine learning and artificial intelligence to be used in conjunction with ADOS-2 diagnostic tool.


Research Interests

Dr. Alshaban’s research interest lies in the epidemiology of genetic diseases, particularly Autism.


Senior Scientist

Qatar Biomedical Research Institute, HBKU, QF, Doha, Qatar

2014 - Present
  • Senior Research Scientist

    Shafallah Medical Genetics Center, Doha, Qatar.

    2009 - 2014
  • Clinical Research Manager

    The Arrhythmia Center, Department of Cardiology, Washington Hospital Center, Med Star Research Institute, Washington, DC, USA

    2005 - 2008
  • Occupational Medical Specialist

    Qatar Petroleum Medical Center, Doha, Qatar.

    2004 - 2005
  • Director General

    Administrative and Legal Affair Directorate, Ministry of Health, Baghdad, Iraq.

    1998 - 2003
  • Advisor

    Iraqi Minister of Health, in the field of Preventive Medicine, Health Care, and Research, Ministry of Health, Baghdad, Iraq.

    1993 - 1998
  • Adjunct Associate Professors

    Community Medicine and Occupational Health, University of Baghdad, College of Medicine.

    1989 - 1992
  • Head of Department

    Preventive Medicine, Al-Rasheed Teaching Hospital, Baghdad, Iraq.

    1981 – 1989
  • Senior Lecturer

    Public Health, High Institute of Public Health, Al-Rasheed Teaching Hospital, Baghdad, Iraq.

    1974 - 1977


MD of Medicine

Baghdad College of Medicine, Baghdad-Iraq.

  • MSc of Public Health

    University of Glasgow, Glasgow- UK.

  • Occupational Medicine

    Royal College of Physician, Dublin-Ireland.


Selected Publications