B.Sc., MCSc., Hon., PhD. 

Department of Basic Medical Sciences, College of Medicine, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences
King Abdulaziz Medical City – Riyadh, National Guard Health Affairs, Mail Code: 3127
P. O. Box 22490, Riyadh 11426, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Academic Appointments: Assistant Dean, Student Affairs
                                            Associate Professor of Physiology
                                            Consultant of Clinical Physiology

Tel: +(966-11-) 429-5350
Email: derah @ksau-hs.edu.sa


Dr. Al Dera joined the University as assistant professor of Physiology at the Department of Basic Medical Sciences, College of Medicine at King Saud bin Abdulaziz University KSAU-HS in 2013. Previously in 2007, he was selected as a teaching assistant for 5 months then, moved to Australia on a scholarship to pursue his Masters and PhD in Physiology from the University of Melbourne. During the Ph.D studies, he was able to discover three novel mechanisms that underlie autonomic dysreflexia disease in patients with spinal cord injury; 1). the marked role of L-type calcium channels, 2). alpha 2 adrenoceptors in the enhancement of neurovascular transmission following spinal cord injury and 3). the mimicry effect of “BayK 8644 agent” to the post junctional effect of the spinal cord injury.  As a faculty member he is involved in teaching and other administrative work. He has been supervising several undergraduate students and has published many articles in journals of international repute and received appreciation award for his publication in NCBI. He is reviewer of two international journals.


  • Counselor for the University scholars.
  • Chairperson: Recruitment Search Committee, College of Medicine. KSAU-HS
  • Leader of the Physiology team in the Basic Medical Sciences Dept., College of Medicine, KSAU-HS
  • Team supervisor (Former): Objective structured clinical examination at College of Medicine.
  • Member of the Faculty Enhancement Unit Committee.
  • Member of the Assessment Unit Committee. 
  • Participated in the neuroscience curriculum design of physiology program for bachelor degree of Anatomy and Physiology that is to be established at King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences. 
  • Coordinator of Neuroscience of Pain Course for dental students at KSAU-HS.
  • Representative for Basic Medical Sciences Dept. in task force committee of Quality Assurance and Academic Accreditation ( QAAA) at KSAU-HS.

International Reviewer:

• Reviewer in the Journal of PLOS ONE (since 2014).
• Reviewer in the Journal of Speech Pathology & Therapy ( since 2015).
• Reviewer in King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology


  • Ph.D. Physiology 15 Feb 2010- 27 June 2013
    Faculty of Medicine. The University of Melbourne-Melbourne, Australia.
    Thesis title: Mechanisms that increase vascular reactivity following spinal cord injury (published thesis).
  • 2nd Class Honors. 1st Jan 2009- 1st Aug 2009
    Griffith University, Queensland, Australia.
    Thesis title: Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs for Patients, Post Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting. A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of the Impact on Cardiac Risk Factors Profile.
  • Masters of Clinical Sciences (MCSc) –Physiology. 1st Jan 2008- 17 Dec 2008
    Griffith University, Queensland, Australia.
  • Bachelor of Rehabilitation Sciences – Physiotherapy. 1st July 1999 – Dec 2005
    College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Saud University, Riyadh. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Clinical Service

  • Clinical educator and Physiotherapist at King Fahad Specialist Hospital. 2 May 2006 to 1 March 2007.
  • Spinal cord injury unit, Rehabilitation Dept. at King Fahad Hospital, NGHA.  2016 


• Appreciation awards from King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences
• Award from Saudi Arabia Cultural Mission in Canberra- Australia for publishing in NCBI in June 2012;
• Travel Award from the University of Melbourne in 2011.


  • Member of International Society for Autonomic Neuroscience (ISAN) since 2011.
  • Member of Australian physiological society(AuPS) since 2011.
  • Member of Saudi Physical Therapy Association (SPTA) since 2005.

Research Focus

• Neuropathic consequences following spinal cord injury
• Stem cells as therapeutic targets to many diseases
• Understanding of how the age affects brain cognitive ability
• Mysteries behind Autism


Book Chapters:

  1. El-Ansary A and Hussain Al Dera. Biomarkers –directed strategies to treat autism; Role of Biomarkers in Medicine. Accepted in InTech (international open access publisher). In press

Selected Articles:

  1. Al Dera, H.S., 2016. Protective effect of resveratrol against aluminum chloride induced nephrotoxicity in rats. SMJ, 37(4), pp.369-378.
  2. Aldahash R and Al Dera H (Corresponding author). 2016. Physical therapy program improves the physiological impact towards better quality of life and low cardiac risk factors in patients following coronary artery bypass grafting. Systematic review. 3(1):1-11.
  3. Al Shirian, S., and Al Dera, H (Corresponding author) . 2015. Descriptive characteristics of children with autism at Autism Treatment Center, KSA. Physiology & behavior, 151, 604-608.‏
  4. Mahmoud, A. M., and Al Dera, H. 2015. 18β-Glycyrrhetinic acid exerts protective effects against cyclophosphamide-induced hepatotoxicity: potential role of PPARγ and Nrf2 upregulation. Genes & nutrition, 10(6), 1-13.‏
  5. Omar al Mohrej and Al Dera, H (Corresponding author. 2015. Physiological Principles that Promote Bone Regeneration and Repair during the Application of Ilizarov Procedure. Sci. Adv.Mater. 7(10):2134-2146.
  6. Al Dera, H and Abu Shouk, A . 2015. Protective Effect of Resveratrol Against Aluminum Chloride (ALCL3) Induced Testicular Damage in Rats Entails Inhibition of Intrinsic Apoptotic Pathway. Sci. Adv.Mater, 7, 385.
  7. Al Dera, H and Brock, J. A. (2014). Spinal cord injury increases the reactivity of rat tail artery to angiotensin II. [Original Research]. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 8. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2014.00435.
  8. Al Dera, H., Callaghan, B. P., & Brock, J. A. (2014). Modified Cytoplasmic Ca2+ Sequestration Contributes to Spinal Cord Injury-Induced Augmentation of Nerve-Evoked Contractions in the Rat Tail Artery. PloS one, 9(10), e111804.
  9. Al Dera, H., M. D. Habgood, et al. 2012. "Prominent contribution of L-type Ca2+ channels to cutaneous neurovascular transmission that is revealed after spinal cord injury augments vasoconstriction." American Journal of Physiology-Heart and Circulatory Physiology 302(3): H752-H762.
  10. Al Dera, H., M. Habgood, et al. 2011. "An increased contribution of L-type Ca2+ channels to activation of vascular muscle underlies spinal cord injury-induced augmentation of neurovascular transmission in rat tail artery." Autonomic Neuroscience 163(1): 69-69.
  11. Fouad, H. H., Al-Dera, H., Bakhoum, S. W., Rashed, L. A., Sayed, R. H., Rateb, M. A., Isenovic, E. R. 2010. Levels of sCD40 ligand in chronic and acute coronary syndromes and its relation to angiographic extent of coronary arterial narrowing. Angiology, 61(6), 567-573.
  12. Al Dera, H and Brock, J.2011. An increased contribution of L-type Ca2+ channels to activation of vascular muscle underlies spinal cord injury-induced augmentation of neurovascular transmission in rat tail artery 42.36 P. Available on-line.