WCMC-Q showcases pioneering works

January 31, 2014 - 5:20:10 am

Poster presentation at the Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar’s (WCMC-Q) Fourth Annual Research Retreat.

DOHA: Research being conducted at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) was showcased at the university’s Fourth Annual Research Retreat.

WCMC-Q faculty and students gave presentations about the research studies being carried out at the university recently in a wide range of fields, including breast and ovarian cancer, inborn genetic disorders, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

The annual event is a chance for WCMC-Q investigators to share their findings with their counterparts within the scientific community in Qatar, and for attendees to learn more about the university’s ongoing mission to contribute to the burgeoning research environment in Qatar, and to target health issues most relevant to the regional and Qatari population.

Dr Khaled Machaca, Associate Dean of Research at WCMC-Q, said: 

“The significant investments that Qatar Foundation has made in the WCMC-Q Research Program are beginning to bear fruit as illustrated by the presentations and papers from our scientists. Significant impact is obvious in area of critical importance to the health of the Qatari population such as monogenetic disorders, breast cancer, and diabetes. These studies are ushering in the era or precision medicine in Qatar.”

Dr David Clapham, Professor of Cardiovascular Research and Professor of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School, then made the keynote address, followed by presentations from WCMC-Q faculty.

Among many interesting talks and presentations, Dr Karsten Suhre, Professor of Physiology and Biophysics, described the identification of a salivary biomarker for diabetes identified in the Qatari population. 

Dr Lotfi Chouchane, Professor of Genetic Medicine, discussed specific genomics signatures for breast cancer patients in Qatar and the region, while Dr Alice Aleem summarized ongoing studies aimed at identifying the genetic cause of several monogenetic disorders in Qatari families through genomics studies. Furthermore, Dr Shahrad Taheri, Professor of Medicine, spoke about research gaps in the study of diabetes and obesity.

The event also featured a total of 92 poster presentations by research specialists, students and postdoctoral fellows relating the findings of projects conducted at the university over the past year.

The Peninsula

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