Department: Pathobiology and Population Sciences

Campus: Hawkshead

Research Centres: Veterinary Epidemiology, Economics and Public Health

Imadidden is a post doctoral researchassistant at the Veterinery Epidemiology, Economics and Public Health group. Imad is doing a research about Epidemiology and Control of Ruminant brucellosis in West Africa with Prof Javier Guitian.

Imad was awrded the first degree in Veterinary medicine and surgery from The Jordan University of Scince and Technology, Jordan in 2000. He worked in veterinary practice untill 2003, after that he worked as food microbiologist in the Jordan Food and Drug Adminstration, during that period he has awarded his MSc degree in Food hygiene from the same university in 2009, he did his research about antimicrobial residues in food. Imad joined the RVC for his PhD in March, 2012 and succefully defended his work about epidemiology and control of ruminant brucellosis in Jordan. After that Imad joined the RVC as post doctoral research assistant.

My research interests are:

1. Antimicrobial residues in food of animal origin.

2. Foodborne pathogenes

3. Bacterial Zonootic diseases, especially Brucellosis.

  1. Systematic review of brucellosis in the Middle East: disease frequency in ruminants and humans and risk factors for human infection. Musallam et al.,Epidemiology and Infection. Published online: 28 October 2015.

  2. Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices (KAP) and Practices Associated to Brucellosis in Animals of the Livestock Owners of Jordan. Musallam et al., American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Health. Published online October 5, 2015.

  3. Cross-sectional study of brucellosis in Jordan: Prevalence, risk factors and spatial distribution in small ruminants and cattle. Musallam et al., Prev Vet Med. 2015 Mar 1; 118(4): 387-96.
  4. Building capacity to reduce biological threats in the Middle East. Holloway P, Musallam I, Whiting M, Good L, Winden SV, Silva-Fletcher A, Ababneh M, Abu-Basha E, Guitian J. Veterinary Record 2015;177:337-338.
  5. Chlortetracycline and sulfanilamide residues in table eggs: Prevalence, distribution between yolk and white and effect of refrigeration and heat treatment. Akram Alaboudi, Ehab Abu Basha, Imadidden Musallam. Food Control 09/2013; 33(1):281–286. 
  • Control of brucellosis in dairy herds in Rwanda

    We are working with overseas partners to research the frequency and distribution of brucellosis among dairy herds, and longitudinal studies to identify Brucella species causing infection in dairy herds.

    Brucellosis is the world's most widespread zoonosis, imposing a substantial burden on the livelihoods of poor people as a result of human disease and reduced livestock productivity. However, brucellosis is rarely a priority for health systems and for this reason the WHO classifies brucellosis as a "neglected endemic zoonosis"

  • Responding to the challenge of MERS-CoV: Development and testing of interventions to reduce risk among Bedouin populations in southern Jordan

    Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is an emerging infectious disease first identified in Jordan and Saudi Arabia in 2012. Clinical cases present as an acute respiratory infection with rapid onset pneumonia and, in many cases, death.

    In this interdisciplinary research, we study the biological and sociocultural contexts of the disease among at-risk Bedouin populations in southern Jordan. In particular, we are seeking to understand which individuals, or camels, should be targeted for future vaccination, the correct seasons for the deployment of such vaccines and the sociocultural issues that are driving the infection.

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