The Pan-Arab American Biomedical Research Association (PABRA) is a non-profit organization established in June, 2020 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. PABRA seeks to encourage cooperation and collaboration between overseas Arab researchers in the United States and other world countries and their counterparts at their homelands in different Arab countries. To achieve this target, the organization plans to launch many projects. One of its very first projects is to establish the Arab Clinical Trials Registry. Shortly, PABRA hopes to launch its first journal, The Pan-Arab Journal of Experimental and Clinical Studies. The association allows membership for individuals and organizations from all over the world.
The idea behind the Pan-Arab American Biomedical Research Association (PABRA) came to light in tough times. The whole world continued to struggle against the unprecedented covid-19 threat. The unique features of the pandemic exposed the limitations of healthcare systems and policies. Despite the loss, grief, and devastation caused by the crisis, we can see many lessons to learn if we want to avoid similar situations in the future. Among the very first lessons is the well-known wisdom: science should lead. For decades, warnings against an upcoming epidemic were neglected, and scientific research priorities were bizarrely determined. Empowering robust, well-organized, and independent scientific institutions is the cornerstone of a reality-based and influential scientific community.
Another vital lesson is another fact. We live in one world with similar interests and similar threats. In a world based on an open economy, the safety of some can only be guaranteed by the safety of all. Establishing capable scientific organizations and encouraging research collaboration worldwide can improve the research outcome and reduce its costs. It’s one world, one science, and one health. Unfortunately, the biomedical research output in the Arab world is far from reaching its potential despite some improvement in recent years. Extensive efforts are needed to boost biomedical research in the region.
PABRA aims to improve the biomedical research environment in the Arab World. We think this can be achieved through multiple approaches, including:
- Providing missing biomedical research tools that can help researchers to present their work at the international level.
- Encouraging research collaboration among Arab researchers in different Arab countries and between them and their counterparts in the United States and other countries
- Enhancing appropriate planning of the biomedical research agenda in the Arab World.
- PABRA invites all Arab biomedical researchers to contribute to its projects and plans.