Posted on May 03, 2018

QU Health recently held its 3rd Annual Research Symposium aimed to bring together QU students, researchers and faculty in the field of health to share the latest QU Health research outcomes in the field of health.

Attending the opening ceremony were QU Vice President for Medical and Health Sciences and College of Medicine (CMED) Dean Prof. Egon Toft, College of Health Sciences (CHS) Dean and Biomedical Research Center (BRC) Director Prof. Asmaa Al Thani, College of Pharmacy (CPH) Dean Dr. Mohammad Diab, Director of Research and Graduate Studies at the Medical and Health Sciences Office Dr. Feras Alali, and Chair of Clinical Outcomes Research at Monash University School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine Prof. Danny Liew, as well as over 100 faculty, staff and students from CHS, CMED, CPH, and BRC.

Keynote speaker Prof. Danny Liew gave a presentation on “Value-based on Healthcare for Cardiovascular Disease”.  The event’s program featured oral presentations under two themes “Cancer” and “Cardiovascular Diseases”, as well as around 100 research poster presentations by faculty and students. It also included a Faculty Development Workshop titled “Grant Writing” and led by Prof Danny Liew. Discussions focused on research, teaching and service metrics, the challenges that faculty may face in Qatar, and the opportunities available for faculty to develop their profiles in their careers.

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A total of 14 awards were distributed to the best oral and poster presentations by faculty and students from CHS, CMED, CPH and BRC. Commenting on the event, Prof. Egon Toft said: “The QU Health Research Symposium is a yearly event that has reached an important milestone in fostering cross-disciplinary research through the collaborative effort, the competitions and the many relations that are built during the seminar.” Prof. Asmaa Al Thani said: “I am pleased to participate in the QU Health 3rd Research Symposium. We are expecting further research projects next year, especially with receiving the first batch of physiotherapy and rehabilitation sciences students for Fall 2018, and the approval of the introduction of the master’s program in Genetic Counseling in the Department of Biomedical Sciences.”

Dr. Mohammed Diab said: “Believing in the importance of research in providing complementary insights, CPH is proud to participate in QU Health 3rd Annual Research Symposium along with CMED, CHS and BRC. The symposium was a good opportunity for interprofessional collaboration for faculty from the three colleges. We look forward for this collaboration to be translated in the form of joint research grants between the three colleges to serve community needs, in line with Qatar National Vision for 2030.” Dr. Feras Alali said: “This year, the­­­ event was a true success attracting more than 100 faculty and students from QU Health. The presenters showed excellent quality of research work which reflects on the level attained and the support provided to research at QU Health.”