Dr Mounir Ghabriel

Dr Mounir Ghabriel
 Position Associate Professor of Anatomy
 Org Unit Medical Sciences
 Email mounir.ghabriel@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8313 5481
 Location Floor/Room 1 ,  Helen Mayo North ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    Biography/ Background

    Media Expertise

    Associate Professor Mounir Ghabriel


    Telephone         (08) 8313 5481

    Position         Emeritus Fellow

    Email mounir.ghabriel@adelaide.edu.au

    Fax         (08) 8313 5481

    Building Helen Mayo North

    Floor/Room       N242

    Campus         North Terrace

    Org Unit School of Medicine


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    Biography/ Background


    Associate Professor Mounir Ghabriel


    MB, BCh, PhD, DBMSc (Anatomy)



    Associate Professor Mounir Ghabriel has a strong interest and experience in learning and teaching human anatomy to undergraduate and postgraduate students. He taught anatomy at universities in Europe, Australia, Africa and America. He has been teaching anatomy to undergraduate and postgraduate medical and dental students at the University of Adelaide since 1994.

    Anatomy Workshop for Ophthalmology Trainees

    Applied_Anatomy_for_Ophthalmology_Trainees_One-day_Exam_Trial_Overview_and_contents.pdf [555.4K] (application/pdf)


    The Limbs Anatomy Worshop for Surgical Trainees

    Mounir’s dedication and teaching innovation have earned him several university and national teaching awards.


    Teaching Awards


    2013            National Teaching Award, by The Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA), for Significant Contribution to Medical Education in Australia.


    2012            National OLT Award for Teaching Excellence. The Top National Award for University Teachers, Administered by the Office of Learning and Teaching, Ministry of Higher Education, Skills and Research, Australian Government.


    2011            Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) citation for “decades of supporting, encouraging and inspiring medical students to learn human anatomy using multiple novel and interactive approaches”. Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning recognise and reward the diverse contributions made by individuals and teams to the quality of student learning.


    2011            The University of Adelaide, “The Stephen Cole the Elder Award, for excellence in teaching”. The Stephen Cole the Elder Awards were established through a bequest to the University to honour Stephen Cole the Elder, a South Australian pioneer.


    2011            The University of Adelaide, “The Vice-Chancellor and President’s Award, for Excellence in Teaching”. This is the University's premier teaching award. The winner is selected each year from the winners of the Stephen Cole the Elder Awards.


    2011            The University of Adelaide, “The Richard Pellew Prize, in Recognition of Outstanding Teaching and Service to the Medical Students in Years 1-3”.


    2010            The University of Adelaide, “The Richard Pellew Prize, in Recognition of Outstanding Teaching and Service to the Medical Students in Years 1-3”.


    2009            The University of Adelaide, “The Richard Pellew Prize, in Recognition of Outstanding Teaching and Service to the Medical Students in Years 1-3”


    2006            Faculty of Health Sciences, “Executive Dean’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching”.


    Mounir is the coordinator of the postgraduate “Applied anatomy course for surgical/radiology trainees”


    Musculoskeletal system: Upper limb, Lower limb and Spine

    March  – April, one evening per week.

    December, five-days full-time course.


    For further information and registration form contact:

    A/Prof. Mounir Ghabriel, Discipline of Anatomy and Pathology, University of Adelaide.

    e-mail: mounir.ghabriel@adelaide.edu.au

    Research Interests

    Mounir is interested in the structure and function of the blood-brain, blood-CSF and blood-nerve barriers. The research aims at elucidating the factors leading to breakdown of the blood-brain barrier in pathological conditions. Current research includes the study of barrier vessels in brain trauma, brain tumours and the role of neuroprotective agents. The methodology includes the use of light and electron microscopy, freeze-fracture, immunocytochemistry, electron microscopy, application of tracers, western-blotting and functional studies. The group has strong collaboration with the Centre for neurological diseases at the IMVS, Adelaide. His Research Gate (RG) score is 33.9, and his ranking is higher than 92.5 of Research Gate members. He has published 60 full papers in scientific journals and 78 conference presentations and abstracts. 


    Ghabriel MN and Makar PH (2011) Anatomical variations in the ulnar nerve and hypothenar muscles. International Journal of Anatomical Variations, 4: 131-133.


    Brisch R, Bernstein HG, Dobrowolny H, Krell D, Stauch R, Trübner K, Steiner J, Ghabriel MN, Bielau H, Wolf R, Winter J, Kropf S, Gos T, Bogerts B (2011) A morphometric analysis of the septal nuclei in schizophrenia and affective disorders: reduced neuronal density in the lateral septal nucleus in bipolar disorder. European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience, 261: 47-58.


    Khoury J, Mihailidis S, Ghabriel M and Townsend G (2011) Applied anatomy of the pterygomandibular space: improving the success of inferior alveolar nerve blocks. The Australian Dental Journal, 56: 112-121.


    Khoury J, Mihailidis S, Ghabriel M and Townsend G (2010) Anatomical relationships within the human pterygomandibular space: relevance to local anaesthesia. Clinical Anatomy, 23: 936–944.


    Ghabriel MN, Zdziarski IM, Leigh C, Vink R (2009) Changes in the blood-CSF barrier in experimental traumatic brain injury. Acta Neurochir suppl, 106: 239-245. Ch.45 In Zbigniew Czernicki, Alexander Baethmann, Umeo Ito, Yoichi Katayama, Toshihiko Kuroiwa and David Mendelow, Eds., Brain Oedema XIV.


    Kleinig TJ, Helps SC, Ghabriel MN, Manavis J, Leigh C, Blumbergs PC, Vink R (2009) Hemoglobin crystals: a pro-inflammatory potential confounder of rat experimental intracerebral hemorrhage. Brain Research, 1287: 164-172.


    Cai Z, Finnie JW, Blumbergs PC, Manavis J, Ghabriel MN, Thompson PD (2006) Early paranodal myelin swellings (tomacula) in an avian riboflavin deficiency model of demyelinating neuropathy. Experimental Neurology, 198: 65-71.


    Ghabriel MN, Thomas A, Vink R (2006) Magnesium restores altered aquaporin–4 immunoreactivity following traumatic brain injury to a preinjury state. Acta Neurochirurgica Suppl., 96: 402-406.


    Cai Z, Blumbergs PC, Cash K, Rice PJ, Manavis J, Swift J, Ghabriel MN, Thompson PD (2005) Paranodal pathology in Tangier disease with remitting-relapsing multifocal neuropathy. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, 13: 492-497.


    Yang L, Jones NR, Blumbergs PC, Van Der Heuvel C, Moore EJ, Manavis J, Sarvestani GT and Ghabriel MN (2005) Severity-dependent expression of proinflammatory cytokines in traumatic spinal cord injury in the rat. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, 12: 276-284.


    Bhatia K, Ghabriel MN, Henneberg M (2005) Anatomical variations in the branches of the human aortic arch: a recent study of a South Australian population. Folia Morphologica, 64: 217-223.


    Ghabriel M, Zhu C, Imran A, Blumbergs P and Reilly P (2004) Blood-brain barrier ultrastructural changes in impact acceleration head trauma. Proceedings of the 7th international Neurotrauma Symposium, Adelaide, Australia, pp 89-92, Medimond International Proceedings, Bologna, Italy. ISBN 88-7587-082-9.


    Peppi M, Ghabriel MN (2004) Tissue-specific expression of the tight junction proteins claudins and occludin in the rat salivary glands. Journal of Anatomy, 205: 257-266.


    Cai Z, Blumbergs PC, Koblar SA, Cash K, Manavis J, Ghabriel MN, Thompson PD (2004) Peripheral nervous system and central nervous system pathology in rapidly progressive lower motor neurone syndrome with immunoglobulin M anti-GM1 ganglioside antibody. Journal of the peripheral nervous system, 9: 79-91.


    Ghabriel MN, Lu J, Tadros R and Hermanis G (2004) A narrow time-window for access to the brain by exogenous protein after immunological targeting of a blood-brain barrier antigen. Journal of Comparative Pathology, 131: 52-60.


    Yang L, Blumbergs PC, Jones NR, Manavis J, Sarvestani GT, Ghabriel MN (2004) Early expression and cellular localization of proinflammatory cytokines interleukin-1β, interleukin-6, and tumor necrosis factor-α in human traumatic spinal cord injury. Spine, 29: 966-971.


    Ghabriel MN, Zhu C, Leigh C (2002) Electron microscope study of blood-brain barrier opening induced by immunological targeting of the endothelial barrier antigen. Brain Research, 934: 140-151.


    Ghabriel MN, Lu JJ, Hermanis G, Zhu C and Setchell BP (2002) Expression of a blood-brain barrier-specific antigen in the rat male reproductive tract. Reproduction, 123: 389-397.


    Zhu C, Ghabriel MN, Blumbergs PC, Reilly PL, Manavis J, Youssef J, Hatami S, Finnie JW (2001) Clostridium perfringens prototoxin-induced alteration of endothelial barrier antigen (EBA) immunoreactivity at the blood-brain barrier (BBB). Experimental Neurology, 169: 72-82.


    Ghabriel MN, Zhu C, Reilly PL, Blumbergs PC, Manavis J, Finnie JW (2000) Toxin-induced vasogenic cerebral oedema in a rat model. Acta Neurochirorgica Suppl., 76: 231-236.


    Ghabriel MN, Zhu C, Hermanis G, Allt G (2000) Immunological targeting of the endothelial barrier antigen (EBA) in vivo leads to opening of the blood-brain barrier. Brain Research, 878: 127-135.




  • Qualifications

    MBBCh, PhD, DBMSc (Anatomy)

  • Teaching Interests

    Applied Anatomy for Surgical Trainees Workshops (see attached files)

    Applied Anatomy for ophthalmology Trainees workshop

    Applied Anatomy for surgical trainees: Upple and lower limb workshop

    Applied Anatomy Workshop for surgical trainees: Limbs Exam trial

  • Publications

  • Files

  • Media Expertise

    CategoriesEducation, Medicine & Medical Research
    ExpertiseMultimedia in teaching the anatomy of the human body; blood vessels of the brain in health and disease; Blood-brain barrier, Head trauma

    Cereral oedema in brain trauma research
    NotesAmerican Association of Clinical Anatomists
    Australian and New Zealand Association of Clinical Anatomists
    Australian Neuroscience Society

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