Centers of Excellence

​Clinical Centers

  • Abu-Haidar Neuroscience Institute (AHNI)
    The Abu Haidar Neuroscience Institute aims to coordinate and promote clinical services, teaching and research functions of the neurosciences at the American University of Beirut, all while fostering the development of a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of diseases of the nervous system.
  • Children's Cancer Center of Lebanon (CCCL)
    The Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon is the result of a tripartite agreement between the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (SJCRH) in Memphis, Tennessee, USA; the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC), and the CCCL foundation. CCCL provides access to free treatment and care to all children with cancer in Lebanon and the region, without any discrimination.
  • Hamdi El Zaim Center for Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD)
    The Zaim Center for ILD provides state-of-the-art disease management, diagnosis, and therapy for patients with interstitial lung disease and impending respiratory failure in Lebanon and the region, and will include examination clinics and a pulmonary function testing and exercise lab.
  • Naef K. Basile Cancer Institute (NKBCI)
    The Naef K. Basile Cancer Institute is a state-of-the-art adult cancer facility that provides comprehensive cancer treatment and research. The NKBCI includes a multidisciplinary specialized group to diagnose and treat cancer and establish programs on health education for cancer prevention and early diagnosis.
  • Nehme and Therese Tohme Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Center
    The Nehme and Therese Tohme Multiple Sclerosis Center offers state-of-the-art resources to provide the most advanced specialized care, supported by an extensive program of research and education, in order to improve the lives of patients with MS.
  • Pillar​ Genomics Institute (PGI)
    The Pillar Genomics Institute is a referral genomic research center. PGI assists in validating and introducing important diagnostic assays for genetic profiling of oncology patients as well as a wide variety of metabolic, cardiovascular, and inherited disorders.

Research Centers

  • Cancer and Stem Cells
    The research in this program focuses on establishing new pharmaceutical targets, as well as understanding the mechanisms involved in cellular proliferation and apoptosis. Researchers from various backgrounds are also interested in novel therapeutic venues involving stem cells.
  • Cardiovascular, Renal, and Metabolic Diseases
    The focus in this research program is on organ/organelle structure and function, and the molecular and genetic basis of different cardiovascular, renal, and metabolic diseases.
  • Calcium Metabolism and Osteoporosis
    The studies in this research program investigate the cross-talk between bone and fuel metabolism, and is examined at the levels of circulating hormones, (and in future studies mRNA, and genes), by applying a multidisciplinary translational approach to two study population.
  • Center for Infectious Diseases Research (CIDR)
    The Center for Infectious Diseases Research promotes research in basic, translational, and clinical aspects of infectious diseases. The aim of the CIDR laboratory is to function as a national and regional reference laboratory with emphasis on the diagnosis of endemic and epidemic infectious diseases relevant to our region.
  • Genetics Research Program
    The genetics research program at AUBFM is diverse and involves a variety of genetic, epigenetic and proteomic evaluations. A number of methodologies are used and range from low throughput candidate variants or regions of interest analyses to higher throughput experiments including microarrays and recently Next Generation Sequencing.​
  • ​​Immunity and Infections
    The topics in this research program address many aspects of respiratory tract diseases, auto-immune diseases, in addition to the growing number of modified viruses and bacteria are threatening our society.
  • Neuroscience
    Neuroscience aims at establishing a comprehensive understanding of the behavioral and genetic aspects of neurological diseases. Research projects are diversified and involves clinical and animal projects that would help understand the basis of congenital and adult neurological diseases.

Outreach Regional Centers

  • Evidence-Based Healthcare Management Unit (EHMU)
    EHMU aims to contribute to the development and improvement and strengthening of management and leadership in healthcare settings through the promotion of evidence-based decision making both academically and practically.
  • WHO Center for Systematic Reviews of Health Policy and Systems Research (SPARK)
    SPARK specializes in the production of systematic reviews and other evidence synthesis products that respond to health policy and system priorities. SPARK also builds capacity to conduct systematic reviews and other evidence synthesis products at the individual, team, institutional, and system level.
  • Arab Regional Center for Research and Training in Mental Health
    The Center encourages research, training, capacity-building and policy-making in mental health in the Arab world.