Posted on July 03, 2019

Recently, Doha College students were invited by the Chief Executive officer and Medical Director of the National Center for Cancer Care and Research (NCCCR), Dr Alexander Knuth, to visit their state of the art facilities. The NCCCR - the only cancer centre in the State of Qatar - is a member of Hamad Medical Corporation, the leading provider of secondary and tertiary healthcare in the country, and is one of the sponsors of Doha College's annual Medical Review School Conference.

According to the Legatum Institute 2019, Qatar’s health care system is ranked as the fifth best in the world and first in the Middle East. Doha College takes every opportunity to support Qatar's 2030 National Vision, which affirms a commitment to healthcare, by encouraging its students and equipping them for a career in the medical profession. In keeping with this, Doha College put forward two teams for a Medical Conference hosted by Park House English School earlier this year, one of which took first place for their presentation on Genetic Modification in Cancer Treatment (CAR T).

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It was their research on the use and effectiveness of CAR T cell therapy in the treatment of ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia) that captured the attention of the judging panel and culminated in this prestigious invitation by Dr Knuth. During the visit, students discussed the topics they presented on with Professor Knuth and a group of doctors, who were very impressed by their efficiency, high quality of research and that their presentations were based on the most important medical developments in recent years.

Students were given a brief introduction to the NCCCR and its clinical facilities by Executive Director, Mr Paul Mavin, and were taken on a guided, interactive tour by Rabih Hammoud, the Chief of Medical Physics of the Radiation Oncology department. The students learned about the inter-disciplinary nature of the medical profession, got a sneak-peek into the world of cutting-edge technology, latest techniques and methodologies and state of the art and equipment. They learnt about the nature of patient care and were advised on how they can progress in their medical education. Doha College looks forward to future collaborations with the NCCCR.