HMC annual research day highlights advancement in biomedical studies

January 19, 2012 - 1:59:25 am

DOHA: The Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) marked its Annual Research Day highlighting the work and achievements of its biomedical researchers.

Addressing an event at HMC’s Clubhouse Dr Hanan Al Kuwari, Managing Director of HMC, congratulated the researchers who have gained recognition with 12 successful proposals winning nearly QR40m in grants from the Qatar National Research Fund in the fourth cycle of funding.

This is a funding of increase of 64 percent on the third cycle of QNRF funding in 2011. Additionally, in HMC’s internal Grants Scheme, 11 projects were awarded QR3.24m in funding. The event featured seven presentations by the HMC researchers on their recent work as well as poster presentations about their findings.

Al Kuwari said that this award winning research represented strong foundations for the pursuit of medical and academic excellence through HMC’s Academic Health System (AHS) initiative.

The AHS will aim to address Qatar’s complex healthcare challenges through collaborative research, education, community engagement and the pursuit of innovative solutions.

“The Medical Research Centre at HMC is developing and maintaining a vibrant research culture in line with our National Vision for a knowledge based economy. Researchers and other health care professionals in HMC, working in collaboration with our partner institutions, are growing our intellectual capital for the benefit of all,” said Al Kuwari. HMC is currently working on establishing a Translational Research Institute which will provide state of the art research facilities in translational and clinical research.

The facility will consolidate all research groups across HMC and encourage collaboration and innovation in areas such as bioinformatics, biostatistics, ethics, molecular imaging, genomics and proteomics and clinical trials.

In recent months HMC’s leading researchers have been recognized within Qatar and internationally for their work on ssues concerning the Qatari community.

A team of researchers including Dr Hanadi Elayoubi was awarded Best Biomedical Research Program at the recent Qatar Foundation Annual Research Forum.

Meanwhile a team of HMC researchers, led by Dr Jassim Al Suwaidi and Dr Waleed M Ali, also received international recognition after their findings that khat increases risk of death and stroke in patients with heart disease was published in the prestigious Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Dr Abdulbanari Bener also won plaudits for his recently published work on gestational diabetes in Qatar and the impact on infant health – Prevalence of gestational diabetes and associated maternal and neonatal complications in a fast-developing community: global comparisons.

Dr Abdulla Al Ansari achieved recognition for his clinical trial findings on the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia when he was published in the Journal of European Urology.

Dr Fahmi Yousef Khan was published in the Journal of Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease for his successful study based on Hamad General Hospital about the epidemiology of bacteraemia.

The Peninsula