​Research Centres

For every research question, we have the facility to answer

The Centre for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research (CRM) houses international researchers conducting state of the art research and teaching in basic and translational stem cell science. The recruitment of faculty and research program is undertaken in collaboration with the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research at the University of California, San Francisco. 

​​The Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health represents flagship research programs on reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH). The Centre is well-placed to potentially address priority research issues of relevance to women and children in developing countries, with a large existing portfolio of work related to infectious diseases, perinatal health and outcomes, maternal and child nutrition, and early childhood development.​​​

The Brain and Mind Institute is a new initiative that complements and fuels AKU’s faculty expertise, clinical infrastructure, and academic programs in mental health and neuroscience. The Institute is prioritizing coordinated action to improve health and wellbeing by reducing the damaging advance of mental illness on ​sustainable socioeconomic development. The foundational pillars of the Institute’s work program are: (1) Education and Training; (2) Research; (3) Innovation and Knowledge Translation; and (4) Engagement and Partnerships.


The Institute for Global Health and Development is a new initiative that operates across the university’s multi-country campuses, connecting a variety of academic entities, and facilitating interdisciplinary research, education and related programming.  The Institute’s work program involves several thematic areas: (1) Climate Change, Urban Development and Health; (2) Gender, Equity and Empowerment; (3) Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition; and (4) the Sustainable Development Goals. 

​​​​AKU-ISMC is a cutting-edge social science and humanities research and educational institute that conducts research on Muslim cultures and societies, both contemporary and historical. Operating from the heart of London since 2002, the institute’s key research priorities are governance, digital humanities, Muslim cultures in the Indian Ocean, historiography, and arts and popular culture. AKU-ISMC also offers an MA programme and short-courses based on its research expertise.​