VCUQ wins three awards at Qatar Foundation research conference

December 13, 2013 - 7:22:20 am

Dr Amor and his team during an honouring ceremony.
DOHA: Three faculties of Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar (VCUQ) won awards in the Arts and Humanities and Health and Biomedical categories at the recent Qatar Foundation Annual Research Conference (ARC’ 13) 2013.

Dr Khaled Saoud  (pictured), and Rola Al Soubaih, faculty from VCUQatar’s Liberal Arts and Sciences department and their collaborators Nasr bin Salah (Qatar University) and Mohamad Al Fandi (Jordan University of Science and Technology) won the third place in the Health and Biomedical category for their project entitled, ‘Prevention of Hospital Infections Using Visible Light Ag/ZnO Nanoparticle Photocatalyst.’

Dr Mohamed Cherif Amor, chair of the Interior Design department at VCUQatar and his two collaborators Dr Pati Debajyoti and Dr Michael Oboyle from Texas Tech University won the third place in the Arts and Humanities category for their project entitled, ‘Architecture, Interior Design and Neuro-imaging: An Evidence Based Approach’.

“We have found a new weapon based on nanotechnology to fight bacteria and prevent hospital infections. We used silver combined with a cost-effective material which interacts with normal light to kill the bacteria and viruses that caused hospital infections thereby offering 100 percent protection over 24 hours a day for periods as long as two years. This solution is cost-effective and reduces the use of hazardous chemicals and can also be used to clean water and reduce pollution,” said Dr Saoud.

The purpose of Dr Amor and his team’s funded research is to explore and compare the behavioural and neural responses of adults, when exposed to four classes of images positive images, negative images, neutral images, and illuminated luminous ceiling images using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) technology.

The brain neural mapping as generated by the fMRI constitutes unparalleled solid scientific biological data. “The data that was desperately needed to reinforce not only the scientific dimensions of the design and allied disciplines, but also to add to the growing body of knowledge in evidence-based design,” said Dr Amor. The Peninsula
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