Qatar in pioneering bio-medical research initiative.Byline: Dubai
In a regional first, Qatar has embarked on a major initiative to establish a world-class biomedical research Biomedical research (or experimental medicine), in general simply known as medical research, is the basic research or applied research conducted to aid the body of knowledge in the field of medicine. programme.
About 120 scientists, technicians and support staff will be in place within five years under the programme, it was announced at the Arab Health exhibition in Dubai today.
The initiative is being spearheaded by Qatar Foundation The Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development is a private, chartered, non-profit organization in the state of Qatar, founded in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Emir of Qatar. for Education, Science and Community Development and Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q), bringing together institutions with overlapping missions in education, research and healthcare.
It draws on the strengths of organisations in the Qatar healthcare sector such as Hamad Medical Corporation and Sidra Medical and Research Centre. It also aims to create a conduit for the commercialisation of discoveries through the Qatar Science and Technology Park.
Under the banner of Leading the Change, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, is one of a consortium of leading medical and educational institutions and organisations from Qatar, headed by the Ministry of Health, which has mounted the biggest pavilion of any Gulf country at the Arab Health exhibition, which opened yesterday. The expo runs till January 29.
'The programme aims to form a bio-medical research infrastructure, developing a scientific and technical workforce for the benefit of the region at large,' said Dr Javaid Sheikh sheikh
Among Arabic-speaking tribes, especially Bedouin, the male head of the family, as well as of each successively larger social unit making up the tribal structure. The sheikh is generally assisted by an informal tribal council of male elders. , interim dean of WCMC-Q.
'The programme will also support high quality research in the fields of genetic and molecular medicine, women's and children's health Children's Health Definition
Children's health encompasses the physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being of children from infancy through adolescence. , gene therapy, stem cells stem cells, unspecialized human or animal cells that can produce mature specialized body cells and at the same time replicate themselves. Embryonic stem cells are derived from a blastocyst (the blastula typical of placental mammals; see embryo), which is very young , and vaccine development.'
In five years, approximately 120 people will be involved in the programme aimed at establishing a critical mass to give Qatar a sustainable scientific research community. These include principal investigators, post doctorates, technicians, administrative staff for shared use core facilities, clinical and translational investigators and clinical research support staff.
'Bio-medical research will play a vital role in the development of research capability as demonstrated by a commitment to allocate 2.8 per cent of Qatar's GDP GDP (guanosine diphosphate): see guanine. to research each year,' said Dr Sheikh.
He added that two proof of concept projects had already begun. 'The first compares variations in gene expression levels in the airways of smokers and non-smokers,' he said. 'The second assesses the clinical care of diabetes and cardiovascular illnesses in Qatar. In addition, we have initiated the process of developing core capabilities in our research laboratories, including the genomics and proteomics cores, computational biology Not to be confused with Biologically-inspired computing.
Computational biology is an interdisciplinary field that applies the techniques of computer science, applied mathematics, and statistics to address problems inspired by biology. and biostatistics core, a vivarium, a microscopy core, and a basic laboratory support core.
"This major programme takes bio-medical research to new levels. As we initiate this world-class research programme, our focus will be on developing sustainable local research capacity while targeting the disease areas important in the Gulf, namely diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
'We have established two broad research themes: a genetic and molecular medicine research programme with a focus on personalised medicine, gene therapy for cancer and stem cell stem cell
In living organisms, an undifferentiated cell that can produce other cells that eventually make up specialized tissues and organs. There are two major types of stem cells, embryonic and adult. research; and a women and children's health research programme with a focus on maternal fetal medicine fetal medicine
The branch of medicine that deals with the growth, development, care, and treatment of the fetus and with environmental factors that may harm the fetus. and neurogenetic disorders of the newborn.
'I am particularly excited to be part of such a strong commitment to the future of the country as it aspires to become a center of excellence for research in the region," said Dr Sheikh.
WCMC-Q is the first American First American may refer to:
1. Of or relating to biomedicine.
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