Dr. Syed M. Hasnain


Chairman (AIMSpk)

Affiliations and Post-graduation
  • F.A.A.A.A.I. (1999): Elected International Fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, U.S.A.
  • F.A.C.A.A.I. (1992): Elected Scientific Fellow of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, U.S.A.
  • D.E.A.A.C.I. (2013): Diploma in European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
  • Ph.D. (1983): The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.
Contact Information

Program Director, Allergotek Diagnostic and Therapeutic Program,
King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre,
P.O. Box 3354, Riyadh 11211,
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Phone: +966-1-5577681
Mobile: +966-508940930

Ex – Position:

Senior Scientist and Head, Allergy and Medical Aerobiology

  • Awarded PhD (March, 1983) in Allergology (Allergy, Immunology and Environmental Microbiology) from the University of Auckland, New Zealand (NZ) under joint supervisions of Faculties of Medicine and Science.
  • Awarded a Post-Doctoral Fellowship (1983) by the Auckland School of Medicine, Auckland, NZ.
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Department of Immunobiology, School of Medicine, Auckland, NZ under sponsorship of Medical Research Council of New Zealand (1984-85) and Auckland Research Foundation (1985-86).
  • Appointed as Medical Scientist (January, 1987) in Allergy and Immunology section, Department of Biological and Medical Research, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
  • Appointed as Head of the Section of Allergy Immunology and Infectious Diseases in 1990.
  • Promoted to Senior Medical Scientist and Head Allergy and Medical Aerobiology Program.
  • Served as member of the Prestigious Award Committee for King Faisal International Prize, Saudi Arabia (1999).
  • Served as honorary adviser to Auckland Asthma Society from 1983-86.
  • Served as a member of the Scientific Judges Committee for the Australian college of Allergy and Immunology (ACAI), Sydney, Australia, 1986.
  • Elected member of the Executive Committee of the Asia-Pacific working group (APAWG) of the World Allergy Organization on Aeroallergens (2012-2015).
  • Awarded Pioneer Employee Award by King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, 2007.
  • Credentialed as Associate Professor, AlFaisal University, College of Medicine in 2011.

Dr. Hasnain’s research interest involved asthma, allergies, inhalant allergens, indoor air and human health, allergenic cross-reactivity, allergens and immunotherapy (Allergy vaccines). As such, he has extensively studied environmental allergens of both indoor and outdoor origins in relation to respiratory allergic diseases particularly bronchial asthma and allergic rhinitis. In addition, in vitro diagnosis of allergic diseases, Production of antigenic extracts of species commercially not available and to investigate variation in their protein constituents with imported diagnostic skin test extracts and their reactivity for in vivo and in vitro diagnostic program. Purification and characterization of environmental allergens, Molecular biology of pollen and fungal allergens, Aspergilloma and Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis, and allergic alveolitis due to inhalation of spores from Aspergillus. He has authored, co-authored, published and presented over 170 papers and abstracts in the field of Allergy, Asthma and Medical Aerobiology in both national and international journals. Appointed member of the International Editorial Board of ISRN Journal of Allergy – HINDAWI Publishing Corporation (2010-to date). He delivered many invited lectures at major international conferences including WAO’s meetings in Japan, Thailand, Mexico, Argentina and MEAACI’s Dubai, Abu Dhabi. He has also been invited to chair many sessions in many international meetings. Elected twice in the council of International Aerobiology Association (IAA) for 1994-98, and for the period 1998 – 2002, Founding member and Editor of World Allergy Organization’s Asia Pacific Aeroallergen Working Group (WAO-APAWG), Newsletter (, Affiliated

as an International Member of the New York Academy of Sciences and Saudi Environmental Society, served as reviewer of grant application for King Abdulaziz City of Science and Technology (KACST), Riyadh, Kuwait Foundation for Advancement of Sciences, Kuwait, served as Referee for manuscripts for national and international journals, acted as founding and managing editor of the Research Centre Bulletin, a journal of Biological and Medical Research (1989-1997), Regional adviser, WAO MEAACI, Invited speaker to many National and International Conferences, served as member of the national and International organizing committees of various symposia and workshops including for World Allergy Organization, Acted as supervisor of Master and PhD thesis in collaboration with King Saud University, Riyadh. He participated in undergraduate and postgraduate, vocational, summer teaching and training and Fellows-in-Training program in Allergology, Microbiology and Aerobiology. His earlier work in New Zealand on Allergy to Basidiospores allergenicity in NZ and others, published in New Zealand Medical Journals, have become a permanent reference to majority of articles on this subject.