Posted on November 01, 2015

Qatar University’s College of Medicine (QU-CMED) will organize the 5th annual conference of the Middle-Eastern Association for Cancer Research (MEACR) on November 28-29 in Gaziantep, Turkey in conjunction with the Middle Eastern Association for Cancer Research (MEACR) and the Faculty of Medicine of Gaziantep University.

Themed “Cancer Disease from Basic Science to Clinic”, the 2-day conference will bring together clinicians and cancer scientists in the MENA region to network and share their research and experiences on a wide range of topics related to human cancers. Speakers and presenters at the conference will include researchers from Qatar, Turkey, Pakistan, Iran, Egypt and Morocco.  Over 100 participants including around 50 graduate students from the MENA region are expected to attend.

The program agenda will include sessions to address topics such as diagnosis, care, management and prevention of the disease; anti-cancer agents in medicinal chemistry; clinical trials; breast, lung and urologic cancer; nanotechnology; stem cell research; and viral and bacterial infection; among many others. Accepted abstracts will be published in the MEACR’s Clinical Cancer Investigation Journal (CCIJ), a free open access and peer-reviewed online journal.

Commenting on the conference, QU Vice President for Medical Education and CMED Dean Dr Egon Toft said: “This forum reflects the College’s collaborative efforts with international institutions to advance the healthcare sector in Qatar, and to promote research on the global growing issue of cancer to ensure early detection, prevention, treatment and care. It is also a great opportunity for our students to meet and network with their peers and with health experts and researchers from other institutions within the region to share their experience and best practices in line with the College’s commitment to provide its students with opportunities that contribute to enhancing their skills and competencies.”

CMED professor, CCIJ Editor-in-Chief and MEACR Manager Dr Ala-Eddin Al Moustafa  said: “This conference is a significant opportunity to bring together scientists, researchers and students from the region to share their research and discuss in depth the critical issue of cancer and the need to find efficient solutions for this global disease. This underlines the level of research being conducted at the College of Medicine to serve the Qatari society and beyond."