Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q) is a branch of Weill Cornell Medicine of Cornell University, established on April 9, 2001 following an agreement between Cornell University and the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. Located in Education City, Qatar (near Doha), WCM-Q recently held a workshop focusing on the key principles of health research. Titled ‘Understanding Basics of Health Research’ the event was accredited locally by the Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners-Accreditation Department (QCHP-AD) and internationally by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

The Event

Fifty physicians, dentists, pharmacists, nurses and other health care professionals converged at WCM-Q for the workshop centering on key concepts and topics from biostatistical research and epidemiological concepts to medical research.

The event features sessions led by WCM-Q faculty and staff  on the design of research studies, biostatistics, disease measures, clinical trials, screening in healthcare and more. 

WCM-Q Clinical Research

The WCM-Q Clinical Research Program is led by Khaled Machaca, PhD, Senior Associate Dean for Research, Innovation and Commercialization. The department’s vision is to seek to undertake biomedical research at the basic, translational, and community levels with the expectation that such a combinatorial approach will have a dramatic impact in addressing complex multifaceted diseases such as diabetes.

The WCM-Q research program is on its way in contributing to build both biomedical research and human capacity in Qatar and plans on continuing this effort into the future. They employ a multi-pronged approach focused on recruiting exceptional scientists, delivering robust training programs, ensuring advanced infrastructure within the core laboratories, and a collaborative approach to produce cutting-edge knowledge.

Research faculty cover a number of key therapeutic areas and labs and a number of programs and core facilities include Basic Lab Support, Bioinformatics, Clinical Research and others.  Clinical Research is led by Shahrad Taheri, BSc, MSc, MB BS, PhD, FRCP Professor of Medicine.

Workshop Leads

Participants include Dr. Ravinder Mamtani, WCM-Q Vice-Dean for Student Affairs-Admissions, Population Health and Lifestyle Medicine

Dr. Sohaila Cheema, Director, Institute for Population Health/Assistant Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research

Dr. Karima Chaabna, Instructor of Healthcare Policy and Research/Population Health and Communication Specialist

Sonia Chaabane, IPH Projects Specialists

Dr. Hassan Ahmed, Dentist with the Ministry of Interior Medical Service

Source: The Peninsula

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