Posted on May 25, 2017

Qatar University (QU) Health recently held its 2nd Annual Research Symposium aimed to bring together students, researchers and faculty in the field of health.

The event engaged more than 100 participants from QU, the Ministry of Public Health, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), and Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar (WCMQ). The program agenda included oral presentations under four themes: “Public Health”, “Communicable Diseases”, “Cancer and Diabetes” and “Cardiovascular Diseases”, and presentation of around 80 research posters by faculty, graduate and undergraduate students from QU Health colleges -- Health Sciences (CHS), Medicine (CMED), and Pharmacy (CPH).

It also included a roundtable discussion led by QU Vice President for Medical and Health Sciences and CMED Dean Dr Egon Toft, CPH Dean Dr Mohammad Diab, CHS Dean and QU Biomedical Research Center (BRC) Director Dr Asma Al-Thani, and WCMQ Associate Dean for Research Prof Khaled Machaca, and moderated by CHS Professor of Human Nutrition Prof Mohamed Ahmedna. Discussions focused on the role of QU Health Cluster and its relation with other heath institutions in Qatar, and the new ways to fund research especially medical research in Qatar.

Also on the event’s program were an award distribution to the three best oral presentations and three best poster presentations for faculty and undergraduate and graduate students from CHS (five awards), CMED (two awards), and CPH (eight awards). Commenting on the event, Dr Egon Toft said: “Uniting research across the three health colleges at QU and with the stakeholders is very crucial. Advancing medical knowledge and improving population’s health through addressing the national needs lie at the top of our priorities. This symposium is definitely a great networking-channel opener and by joining efforts, focused collaboration and leveraging of resources, we will sure make greater impact on the health of the nation.”

Dr Mohammad Diab said: “QU Health’s 2nd Annual Research Symposium has been an excellent platform to bring together faculty, graduate and undergraduate students from the colleges of Pharmacy, Medicine and Health Sciences to showcase extraordinary research on a variety of health related topics, in line with Qatar National Research Strategy and Qatar National Vision 2030. We are so proud of the high-quality research that our students and faculty are conducting, and the awards won during this forum highlight these efforts.”

Dr Asma Al-Thani said: “It is indeed very rewarding to see such research accomplishments here at QU, that do not only involve faculty, but also students as well. This is definitely a sign of progress towards an integrated Health Cluster research and education where we soon hope to start the common first year and introduce new interdisciplinary programs in key national health priorities.” Prof Khaled Machaca said: “The Health Cluster initiative is a positive development for Qatar University and the nation. It supports our continuous efforts to align our biomedical research activities with Qatar University especially in the difficult current fiscal environment.”