Posted on October 24, 2015

Qatar University (QU) College of Medicine (CMED) hosted King Faisal Specialist Hospital (KFSH) Director of King Fahad National Centre for Children’s Cancer (KFNCCC) Dr Khawla S Al-Kuraya on a tour at the College’s departments and offices on October 22. It also included a presentation by Dr Al-Kuraya on “the Molecular Classification of Saudi Colorectal Cancer”.

The visit was organized in conjunction with QU Biomedical Research Centre (BRC). It came as part of the College’s ongoing efforts to foster collaboration between cancer scientists and clinicians in QU and Qatar, and their counterparts from countries in the Middle East.  CMED and BRC faculty and students were briefed on colorectal cancer (CRC) tumor size and stages, and on the role of genetic and epigenetic combinations in CRC pathogenesis, precursor lesions, site of disease, molecular variability and instability -- chromosomal instability, microsatellite instability (MSI), and CpG island methylator phenotype (CIMP).

QU CMED and BRC host [].JPGDr Al-Kuraya noted that CRC molecular profiles differ among individuals from the Middle East and western countries. “It is the third most common cancer worldwide and is the second most common cancer related to death,” she said. She further noted that, according to the Saudi Cancer Registry 2010, CRC accounts for 10.4% of all cancers in Saudi Arabia and is the most common cancer in males and the third most common in females after breast and thyroid cancers. It is estimated that the incidence will increase by 4-fold by 2030.

QU Vice President for Medicine and Health and CMED Dean Dr Egon Toft said: “This visit comes in line with Qatar’s National Cancer Research Strategy to develop a program of translated cancer research, and to prioritize and coordinate cancer research activities in Qatar and the region. It highlights the College’s mission to support National Health Strategy and to disseminate research and create new connections and collaborations in Qatar and beyond.”

Dr Al-Kuraya is the first Saudi female recipient of the prestigious “First Rank King Abdulaziz Medal” for her pioneering initiatives in cancer research. She was appointed in 2013 by His Royal Highness King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia as one of the first women to be a member of the Majlis Al Shura Council (Inter-Parliamentary Union) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Her research portfolio comprises over 100 review articles, editorials and book chapters.