Posted on February 10, 2016

As part of its Medicine Seminars series, the College of Medicine at Qatar University (CMED-QU) hosted a seminar on February 8 by Professor Maurice Zeegers (pictured), director of the CAPHRI School for Public Health and Primary Care at Maastricht University Medical Center+.

The seminar came as part of an MoU signed on October 11 last year between QU and Maastricht University that established medical education and research collaboration, and staff and student exchanges. It was open to interested students, academics, practitioners and researchers in the fields of medicine and healthcare. It was an opportunity for attendees -- especially health practitioners and academics -- to gain insight into the medical research scene in The Netherlands in general, and within Maastricht University in particular.

Professor Zeegers provided information on the CAPHRI Research Institute, Maastricht University’s largest research institute which focuses on health care innovation and public health research, and conducts multidisciplinary research addressing the complete healthcare chain -- from prevention and primary care to aftercare and rehabilitation. Seminar attendees learned about the two axes of the Institute’s research which are discipline-oriented and research theme-oriented.

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Professor Zeegers provided details about the Institute’s research faculty body and the various academic and research areas which include family medicine, epidemiology, methodology and statistics, international health, health promotion, health services research, orthopaedic surgery, rehabilitation, social medicine and ethics. He also touched on the Institute’s focus on societal relevance, as well as its attraction for top scientists from around the world.

The forum was moderated by QU VP for Medical Education and CMED dean Dr Egon Toft who commented: “Professor Zeegers’ visit is of particular relevance at this time not only because it strengthens existing collaboration between the College of Medicine and Maastricht University but also in the build-up to boosting the College’s research agenda and solidifying the university-hospital partnership with HMC.”

Dr Toft noted Prof Zeegers’ myriad roles and accomplishments in addition to his current position at CAPHRI - these include honorary professor in epidemiology at Huiyang People’s Hospital (China) and the universities of Birmingham (UK) and Leuven (Belgium); vice chair of the board of European Epidemiological Federation; chair of the International Association for Law and Epidemiology; editorial board member of several scientific journals; member/chair of several committees for advice, review or inspection, and more. “I am confident that his expertise is enriching not only to the attendees of the seminar but well beyond”, he said.