Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation

: 2003  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 441-

Tribute to Sameer Huraib and His Research Capability

Abdullah A Al-Khader, Faissal AM Shaheen 
 Division of Nephrology, Hypertension & Renal Transplantation, King Abdulaziz Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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Abdullah A Al-Khader
Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation, P.O. Box 27049, Riyadh 11417
Saudi Arabia

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One of the many fields of research that Professor Sameer Bin Huraib was interested in included the effect of renal disease on hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and its natural history and conversely, the influence of HCV infection on renal diseases and renal transplant patients.

In fact Sameer is a world authority on this topic. He has often been invited to regional and international meetings to show his results and share his experiences.

In the Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation alone, he has authored four papers on this topic. One paper dealt with the spread of infection among the dialysis patients in Saudi Arabia; this includes the causes, risk factors and, possible preventive measures. This paper has become the major reference for HCV in dialysis patients in Saudi Arabia. [1] It has been quoted at least 100 times since published. In memory of Sameer and in commemoration of his work, we republish it again in this issue.

One other paper produced a very important fact as to the conversion rate of HCV infection in Saudi dialysis patients. He estimated this to be 7-9% and that it is less likely to occur in dialysis units of 20 or more patients. [2]

Sameer's wide and long-standing interest on HCV prompted the Executive Board of the Arab Society of Nephrology and Renal Transplantation to set up a Prize by his name to be given for the best research on HCV and Renal Diseases by a young nephrologist at every Congress of the Society, starting with the next congress which will be held in Sharm-ul-Sheikh in February 2003.You can obtain more details on the Prize at the Society's website

All together, Sameer authored 12 papers on HCV and renal disease which will have long lasting influence on how we manage patients with this disease.

Another area of great interest to Sameer was improvement in dialysis technology. In this context, he did a pioneering study on the effect of vitamin E coated dialyzers on the occurrence of intra-dialytic complications. He and his group suggest that these new dialyzers significantly reduce intra-dialytic complications. [3]

A personal web site for Sameer can be found at We are hoping that everybody who knew Sameer will contribute to this site.


1Huraib SO. Hepatitis C in dialysis patients. Saudi J Kidney Dis Transplant 1995;6(2):197-205.
2Souqiyyeh MZ, Shaheen FAM, Huraib SO, Al-Khader AA. The annual incidence of seroconversion of antibodies to the hepatitis C virus in the hemodialysis population in Saudi Arabia. Saudi J Kidney Dis Transplant 1995;6(2):167-73.
3Tanimu D, Huraib SO, Shaheen FAM et al. The effect of vitamin E modified dialyzers on acute intra-dialytic symptoms: a comparative crossover study. Saudi J Kidney Dis Transplant 2000;11(4):543-47.