Hussein Bdair

Dept. of Psychiatry, and Dept. of Neurology & Neurosurgery

McGill University

Hussein Bdair
PhD Candidate

Hussein is a highly enthusiastic scientist and extremely eager to pursue is his career in developing radiopharmaceuticals and exploring their applications in neuroimaging. He obtained his BSc Pharm degree from University of Kerbala, Iraq in 2013 and worked in different pharmaceutical sectors for two years before he started his master study. Hussein then obtained his MSc degree in Radiopharmaceutics & PET Radiochemistry from King's College London, UK in 2016, where he worked under the supervision of Prof. Phil Blower and Dr. Julia Blower. For his master thesis, Hussein developed a side-by-side comparison between two thyroid imaging PET tracers, [18F]SO3F- and [18F]BF4-, to explore their strengths and drawbacks. Following his master study, Hussein worked as a research assistant at the Imaging Biology and Chemistry department, King's College London before he moved to Canada to start his PhD at McGill University. Currently, Hussein is pursuing his PhD study under the supervision of Profs. Chawki Benkelfat, Alexey Kostikov an Marco Leyton to develop a PET probe for measuring glutamate release levels in animals and humans, in response to different pharmacological and non-pharmacological intervenesions.