Posted on September 18, 2016

The Biomedical Research Center (BRC) at Qatar University (QU) recently organized and hosted a training course, aimed at engaging scientists and researchers to share their knowledge and experience on basic and applied biomedical research.

Themed “Principles of Mammalian Cell Culture Training Course”, the event drew the participation of 12 faculty, students and researchers from QU and other institutions in Qatar such as Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and Qatar Biomedical Research Institute (QBRI).

The program agenda included presentations delivered by BRC assistant professors of infectious diseases Dr Hadi Yassine and of metabolic diseases Dr Huseyin Cagatay Yalcin, research professor and project manager Dr Hany Elsayed Mady, and research assistants Ms Layla Al-Mansoori and Ms Maria Khalid Smatti; and by QU College of Medicine (CMED) professor Dr Ala-Eddin Al Moustafa. They addressed topics on “Introduction to the animal mammalian cell culture lab”, “Demonstration on aseptic techniques”, “Preparation of media and other reagents”, “Principles of cell culture techniques”, “Types of cell cultures and applications”, and “Demonstration on chicken embryo and chicken embryo fibroblast culture”.

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Also on the program were theoretical classes and hands-on sessions covering a wide range of topics such as types, principles and applications of cell cultures, cell growth and growth curve analysis, primary cell culture and cells transformation techniques, and stem cell culture and applications. Commenting on the event, BRC director and QU College of Health Sciences (CHS) dean Dr Asmaa Al-Thani noted that it brought focus on the Center’s commitment to raising the local health system standard and to increasing community awareness on specific medical issues relevant to Qatar, she said, adding, “It also highlights QU’s mission to align research with the needs of the society and the national aspirations towards fulfilling the goals of the National Health Strategy.”