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Overview

As a part of its mission to promote quality Research and to become the hub of all Research activities in the region, Dhofar University (DU) has setup a Research centre. The center will focus on few niche areas of Research of regional importance, dealt with in different Research units. One of the unit is the ‘Frankincense, Medicinal plants & Biodiversity’ for which a fully operational Research lab has already been setup.

Vision

Dhofar University Research Center (DURC) shall aspire to become a leading organization focused on cutting edge research important to the Sultanate of Oman with emphasis on Dhofar region.

Mission

To develop the Center into a regional research hub and to develop and expand innovative research units that address regional issues focused on frankincense, medicinal plants and biodiversity, culture & heritage and other topics will be added later. DURC will encourage multi-disciplinary research and will forge important collaborations with regional, national and international higher education institutes to help build local human capacity.

Objectives

  • Conduct research on frankincense, medicinal plants & biodiversity, preservation of cultural artifacts, and languages; along with research on various cultural, environmental, social and scientific issues related to the Dhofar region
  • Develop a database on research pertinent to the region and collect and edit valuable documents related to the region in order to preserve them and make them accessible to an interested audience;
  • Establish and publish studies and research and provide related consultancy for public and private organizations;
  • Promote DU as a research hub, build its institutional research identity and local human capacity, by encouraging graduate students to embark on research of interest to the region.
  • Encourage academic collaboration with counterpart Research Centers, Universities, and Arab and foreign institutions of similar interests;
  • Spread awareness and knowledge about research findings and reach to a wider base of researchers and academics;
  • Organize conferences and promote publications of different kinds.

Domains of Research

Current domains of the Research are as follows but not limited to:

  • Frankincense, Medicinal Plants & Biodiversity
  • Culture and Heritage

Frankincense, Medicinal Plants & Biodiversity

Frankincense sometimes called olibanum or luban, an aromatic resin is produced by several species of the genus Boswellia. i.e. Boswellia sacra, B. carteri, B. thurifera, B. serrata, B. frereana and B. bhaw-dajiana. Among all, the finest and the most aromatic gum-resin comes from Boswellia sacra, a small tree up to 5m high with one or several trunks covered with peeling, papery bark which is rich in resin ducts. After removing the outer bark, the resin bleeds out and this is collected and brought to the market.

Frankincense trees occur in limited region consisting southern Oman between the latitudes of 5° and 25° north and 40° to 80° east longitude. Boswellia sacra is known to occur in Dhofar province in Oman that produces the finest quality resin with high therapeutic properties.

With Dhofar region being the major producer of Frankincense in the region, DU has setup a lab to conduct studies and research related to Frankincense and establishing itself as a centre of excellence on Frankincense research across the world. Initially, following two projects have been initiated, where Prof. Luay Rashan, a renowned expert and researcher on therapeutic plants is the Principal Investigator in both projects. Dr. Mohamed Idrees, an Assistant professor in biology and Mr. Mohammed Rishan, the lab technician has recently joined the Frankincense, medicinal plants and biodiversity lab.

Frankincense Lab Project 1: The anti-inflammatory, analgesic and healing properties of Frankincense and Myrrh Resins both invitro & invivo. (DU/AY-2015-16/FLAB-P001)
Frankincense Lab Project 2: Pharmacological and Biological Activities of Boswellia sacra Gum Extract. (DU/AY-2015-16/FLAB-P002)

Contact Us

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Mr. Mohammed Rishan

Laboratory Technician
mrishan@cnc.du.edu.om

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Prof. Luay Rashan

Principal Investigator
00968 - 23237357
lrashan@cnc.du.edu.om

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Dr. Mohammed Idrees

Assistant Professor, Biology
00968 - 23237492
midress@cnc.du.edu.om

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Dr. F. Lukmanul Hakkim

Assistant Professor, Research Centre

Budget

A yearly budget is allocated for the DURC. Moreover, the Center is seeking funds from other external sources such as industry, private companies and/or individuals. All funding opportunities will fall within the rules and regulations of DU.

Procedure

DURC invites faculty members to submit a pre-proposal in one of the specified units. The team may consist of a Principal Investigator (PI) and two Co-Principal Investigators (Co-PI) from DU. However, on a Consultant basis, external collaboration with international renowned institutions is strongly encouraged.

The maximum length of each pre-proposal should not exceed three A4 pages, single spaced and single sided (Times New Roman, Font size 12). A Turnitin report in pdf format must be submitted.

The proposal must include the following sections:

  • Letter of Application
  • Title
  • Team Members
  • Program plan and objectives
  • Anticipated outcomes
  • Benefit to Oman
  • Time frame (including Gantt Charts) and location
  • Personnel required
  • Proposed project budget

Following the submission of the pre-proposal, the Steering Committee (SC) will meet and review the applications. Applicants will be informed in writing and will be invited to submit a full proposal. Applications will be notified of the final decision of the SC.

Progress Reports

The PI shall submit a progress report to the SC and give a short presentation. A final report should be submitted two weeks of the end date of the project. The SC will meet to discuss each progress report. Upon request of either the PI or the SC, the project may be extended for a further 12 months’ subject to budget approval.

Policies

The University has adopted several policies such as Ethics and Code of Conduct, Ethics and Biosafety, Consultancy Policy and Intellectual Property Policy. The submitted content must strictly adhere to these policies and there should be no conflict of interest from any party.

Fund US

If you are interested to contribute to our Research, please contact:

Prof. Mohamed Limam

DVC

P.O. Box 2509, PC 211

Salalah, Sultanate of Oman

Office: 00968-23237006

Fax: 00968-23237777

E-mail: limam@cnc.du.edu.om

Overview

Overview

As a part of its mission to promote quality Research and to become the hub of all Research activities in the region, Dhofar University (DU) has setup a Research centre. The center will focus on few niche areas of Research of regional importance, dealt with in different Research units. One of the unit is the ‘Frankincense, Medicinal plants & Biodiversity’ for which a fully operational Research lab has already been setup.

Vision

Vision

Dhofar University Research Center (DURC) shall aspire to become a leading organization focused on cutting edge research important to the Sultanate of Oman with emphasis on Dhofar region.

Mission

Mission

To develop the Center into a regional research hub and to develop and expand innovative research units that address regional issues focused on frankincense, medicinal plants and biodiversity, culture & heritage and other topics will be added later. DURC will encourage multi-disciplinary research and will forge important collaborations with regional, national and international higher education institutes to help build local human capacity.

Objectives

Objectives

  • Conduct research on frankincense, medicinal plants & biodiversity, preservation of cultural artifacts, and languages; along with research on various cultural, environmental, social and scientific issues related to the Dhofar region
  • Develop a database on research pertinent to the region and collect and edit valuable documents related to the region in order to preserve them and make them accessible to an interested audience;
  • Establish and publish studies and research and provide related consultancy for public and private organizations;
  • Promote DU as a research hub, build its institutional research identity and local human capacity, by encouraging graduate students to embark on research of interest to the region.
  • Encourage academic collaboration with counterpart Research Centers, Universities, and Arab and foreign institutions of similar interests;
  • Spread awareness and knowledge about research findings and reach to a wider base of researchers and academics;
  • Organize conferences and promote publications of different kinds.
Domains of Research

Domains of Research

Current domains of the Research are as follows but not limited to:

  • Frankincense, Medicinal Plants & Biodiversity
  • Culture and Heritage

Frankincense, Medicinal Plants & Biodiversity

Frankincense sometimes called olibanum or luban, an aromatic resin is produced by several species of the genus Boswellia. i.e. Boswellia sacra, B. carteri, B. thurifera, B. serrata, B. frereana and B. bhaw-dajiana. Among all, the finest and the most aromatic gum-resin comes from Boswellia sacra, a small tree up to 5m high with one or several trunks covered with peeling, papery bark which is rich in resin ducts. After removing the outer bark, the resin bleeds out and this is collected and brought to the market.

Frankincense trees occur in limited region consisting southern Oman between the latitudes of 5° and 25° north and 40° to 80° east longitude. Boswellia sacra is known to occur in Dhofar province in Oman that produces the finest quality resin with high therapeutic properties.

With Dhofar region being the major producer of Frankincense in the region, DU has setup a lab to conduct studies and research related to Frankincense and establishing itself as a centre of excellence on Frankincense research across the world. Initially, following two projects have been initiated, where Prof. Luay Rashan, a renowned expert and researcher on therapeutic plants is the Principal Investigator in both projects. Dr. Mohamed Idrees, an Assistant professor in biology and Mr. Mohammed Rishan, the lab technician has recently joined the Frankincense, medicinal plants and biodiversity lab.

Frankincense Lab Project 1: The anti-inflammatory, analgesic and healing properties of Frankincense and Myrrh Resins both invitro & invivo. (DU/AY-2015-16/FLAB-P001)
Frankincense Lab Project 2: Pharmacological and Biological Activities of Boswellia sacra Gum Extract. (DU/AY-2015-16/FLAB-P002)

Contact Us

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Mr. Mohammed Rishan

Laboratory Technician
mrishan@cnc.du.edu.om

null

Prof. Luay Rashan

Principal Investigator
00968 - 23237357
lrashan@cnc.du.edu.om

null

Dr. Mohammed Idrees

Assistant Professor, Biology
00968 - 23237492
midress@cnc.du.edu.om

null

Dr. F. Lukmanul Hakkim

Assistant Professor, Research Centre

Budget

Budget

A yearly budget is allocated for the DURC. Moreover, the Center is seeking funds from other external sources such as industry, private companies and/or individuals. All funding opportunities will fall within the rules and regulations of DU.

Procedure

Procedure

DURC invites faculty members to submit a pre-proposal in one of the specified units. The team may consist of a Principal Investigator (PI) and two Co-Principal Investigators (Co-PI) from DU. However, on a Consultant basis, external collaboration with international renowned institutions is strongly encouraged.

The maximum length of each pre-proposal should not exceed three A4 pages, single spaced and single sided (Times New Roman, Font size 12). A Turnitin report in pdf format must be submitted.

The proposal must include the following sections:

  • Letter of Application
  • Title
  • Team Members
  • Program plan and objectives
  • Anticipated outcomes
  • Benefit to Oman
  • Time frame (including Gantt Charts) and location
  • Personnel required
  • Proposed project budget

Following the submission of the pre-proposal, the Steering Committee (SC) will meet and review the applications. Applicants will be informed in writing and will be invited to submit a full proposal. Applications will be notified of the final decision of the SC.

Progress Reports

The PI shall submit a progress report to the SC and give a short presentation. A final report should be submitted two weeks of the end date of the project. The SC will meet to discuss each progress report. Upon request of either the PI or the SC, the project may be extended for a further 12 months’ subject to budget approval.

Policies

The University has adopted several policies such as Ethics and Code of Conduct, Ethics and Biosafety, Consultancy Policy and Intellectual Property Policy. The submitted content must strictly adhere to these policies and there should be no conflict of interest from any party.

Fund us

Fund US

If you are interested to contribute to our Research, please contact:

Prof. Mohamed Limam

DVC

P.O. Box 2509, PC 211

Salalah, Sultanate of Oman

Office: 00968-23237006

Fax: 00968-23237777

E-mail: limam@cnc.du.edu.om

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