(Boston) -- Ali Guermazi, MD, PhD, professor of radiology at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and vice chairman of academic affairs in the department of radiology at Boston Medical Center (BMC), is the recipient of the Ibn Khaldun Award from the Ibn Khaldun Institute. The annual award recognizes high achievers whose behavior constitutes a direct or indirect service to the Tunisian-American community.
Guermazi, who also is the director of the Quantitative Imaging Center at BUSM and BMC, is a French board-certified radiologist. His interests include musculoskeletal diseases and in particular identifying structural risk factors for developing and worsening osteoarthritis. Guermazi was presented with the award during the Tunisian American Day formal hafla or gala held at the Tunisian Embassy in Washington, DC, June 4. Guermazi had been involved in developing several original and widely accepted radiological methods to assess osteoarthritis disease risk and progression. He has been an MRI reader for several large U.S. research projects, including the Health Aging and Body Composition (Health ABC) study, the Boston Osteoarthritis Knee Study (BOKS), the Multi-center Osteoarthritis STudy (MOST), the Framingham study, Osteoarthritis Initiative (OAI) and other large National Institutes of Health-funded studies, in addition to several pharmaceutical-sponsored clinical trials.
About the Ibn Khaldun InstituteThe Ibn Khaldun Institute, an affiliate of the Tunisian Community Center, is a non-partisan, non-profit and secular advocacy-type think tank. Its focus is on the socio-economic development of Tunisia. The Ibn Khaldun Institute aims to be a talent bank as well as an online clearinghouse for information on activities taking place in the U.S. that aim to promote the development of Tunisia. Created by the Tunisian Community Center in 2005, the think tank was named after Ibn Khaldun, the renowned 14th Century Tunisian polymath and statesman, whose name came to symbolize kinship and solidarity. It is comprised of Tunisian and Tunisian-American professionals in all disciplines, dedicated to promoting business, as well as, cultural and professional exchanges between the U.S. and Tunisia.