American Univesity of Beirut

Saab Medical Library takes part in the IBRO-MENA conference at AUBMC

​Dr. Ola El-Zein, Head of Saab Medical Library at the AUB University Libraries (UL) attended and participated in the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) - MENA conference organized by the Faculty of Medicine at the American University of Beirut and entitled “Trauma, Stress and Neurodegeneration Molecular, Cellular and Behavioral Perspectives".

The Conference took place at the AUBMC Halim and Aida Daniel Academic and Clinical Center (ACC) at the American University of Beirut Medical Center, on October 4-8, 2019 and was attended by 40 students (20 locals and 20 invited) who were competitively selected from the MENA region to attend the event.

World-renowned and regional neuroscientists were invited to share their expertise and research findings during the conference and particular emphasis was placed on promoting the professional advancement of women in neuroscience by boosting the number of women-invited speakers to 50%.

During the conference, Dr. El-Zein presented about the role of the University Libraries in supporting research in the medical field, looking into the UL's current specialized resources, tools, and services.

Commenting about the event, El-Zein said" This is the first time the library is directly involved in such a scientific medical conference . . . I believe there is a need to inform basic scientists and physicians (who represent our main target audience) about our history, resources, and services. I want to thank the organizers for giving us the floor". Adding, “I am very happy with the positive feedback from all the participants, who were impressed with the history and collections of the UL, and namely SML. I hope this initiative does not stop here and I look forward to participating actively in similar future events. 

In addition to the workshop, participants visited the University Libraries' Archives and Special Collections and the Digital Scholarship Services departments, represented by Samar Mikati and Youssef Doughan respectively, who both gave the visitors a tour and an informative presentation about the departments' services and collections. 

The library participation got positive feedback from participants. One participant communicated with SML saying" It was an intriguing tour filled with a lot of new exciting information. Even as a native of this country and part of AUB, there was a plethora I didn't know of. It was such a delight to go through artifacts and pieces of our beautiful history."

For more information about the conference, see the event webpage.

For more about SML, see their website or contact Dr. Ola El-Zein (, ext. 5911)​.

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