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Qatar National Research Fund Launches 5th Cycle of Secondary School Research Experience Program

26/02/15 12:30 PM

Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) has launched the fifth annual cycle of its Secondary School Research Experience Program (SSREP).

A collaboration between QNRF and the Supreme Education Council (SEC), SSREP aims to nurture a scientific research culture among Qatar’s youth. To date more than 1,000 secondary school pupils have benefited from the SSREP, inspired to undertake research relevant to their academic curriculum under the guidance of their teachers. QNRF is calling for registrations for the latest cycle with a deadline of Sunday 8 March.

SSREP seeks to identify, attract, and nurture budding researchers in Qatar’s independent and private secondary schools, to support the development of their research skills and critical thinking. During the last SSREP cycle, 93 students - 43 of whom are Qatari - representing 18 local schools, were recognized for their outstanding contributions to 51 research projects on a variety of topics, including, health, social sciences, environment, and information and communication technologies.

The winning research projects were acknowledged for achieving a review score of 80 percent or above, based on their quality, originality, merit and relevance to specific standards developed by QNRF and SEC.

Additionally, a selection of students already awarded under SSREP were recently hosted at Texas A&M University Qatar (TAMUQ) and met with the university’s research faculty to learn about higher education and career path opportunities.

The deadline for registration and submission of the Letter of Intent (LOI) under the fifth SSREP cycle is Sunday 8 March at 23.59 Doha time.

For more information about the SSREP, and other programs offered by QNRF, please log onto www.qnrf.org or email ssrep@qnrf.org

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Education City Alumni Showcase Their Artistic Talent at HBKU Student Center

26/02/15 12:25 PM

Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU) is holding the first Education City (EC) Alumni Art Exhibition this month, with a grand opening of the exhibit held on 23 February.

The initiative brings together the work of six EC graduates who share a common interest and passion: Sara Al-Emadi, Aisha Al-Naama, Rana Rwaished, Fatma Al-Rumaihi, Noor Al-Maadeed, and Sahwa El-Nakhly.

This year’s participating alumni are graduates of Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar and Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, and come from diverse academic backgrounds including interior design, business administration, and graphic design.

Each artist spent some of their formative years as a student at one of HBKU’s partner university branch campuses, and by sharing their work with the local community hope to offer a glimpse into the breadth of talent that enriches the artistic landscape of Education City and Qatar.

Through their work, each young and talented individual brings a deep and enduring passion for art, with a hope to share their unique perspective and experiences with those around them. Whether they are currently working as an interior designer at Hamad Medical Corporation or as a graphic designer at Reach Out To Asia, the critical thinking and technical skills learned while studying in Education City, as well as the space they had to develop their creativity, has taken the artists far.

The exhibition is sponsored by HBKU Student Life and open to the Education City community and the public at large.
Those interested in experiencing the exhibition are encouraged to visit the HBKU Student Art Gallery, located in the HBKU Student Center, until 22 March.

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Hamad bin Khalifa University Launches Postgraduate JD Program Law Degree and New Law School

25/02/15 10:00 AM

Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU) has launched its Juris Doctor (JD) postgraduate degree program, which will be the emerging research university’s inaugural graduate law program and the first academic program of its Law School.

For the first time in the MENA region, exceptional candidates who hold an undergraduate degree in any major from an accredited college or university will have the opportunity to apply to the JD program.

A JD differs from an undergraduate law degree in that it targets individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree. Those already possessing an undergraduate law degree can also attend the program to help specialize their legal knowledge and broaden their skill sets. Classes for the first cohort of students will start in Fall 2015.

The HBKU JD program is designed to serve individuals looking to enhance their legal knowledge, or who deal with legal issues in their professional careers. The analytical and critical thinking skills developed during this three-year intensive course make it equally appealing for those seeking to become Qatar’s future thought leaders or policy makers.

The new JD program has been made possible through a strategic partnership with Northwestern University School of Law; with a strong focus on international comparative law, resulting from extensive consultation and effort with faculty and staff from Northwestern Law.

HBKU will also work with partners from other leading international law schools in order to deliver a program that is uniquely targeted to meet the needs of Qatar and the region.

For more information or to apply, please visit: www.hbku.edu.qa/en/JD

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Qatar Biobank Inaugural Conference Shines Light on Need for Regional Research Collaboration

25/02/15 9:08 AM

The importance of regional medical research collaboration was the focus of the ‘Biobanking in the Context of Personalised Healthcare’ conference, hosted by Qatar Biobank in Doha last week.

Inaugurated by Dr Hanan Al Kuwari, Chairperson of Qatar Biobank’s Board of Trustees, and Dr Hadi Abderrahim, Managing Director of Qatar Biobank, the country’s first biobanking conference saw international scientists come together to discuss the evolution of modern healthcare and the important role, and potential impact, of biobanking on future generations.

“Biobanking is one of the great healthcare opportunities of our time. Data collected by the Qatar Biobank will be used to help understand how lifestyle, environment and genes affect health locally, and will fully empower our volunteers to manage their own health. It will also play a critical role in helping develop treatments, and preventing disease, for future generations,” said Dr Hanan.

“That process will only be enhanced by the collaboration and connections made by so many distinguished guests coming together for such a stimulating and rewarding conference.”

Through its collection of samples and information on the health and lifestyles of large numbers of the national population, Qatar Biobank is making vital medical research possible for scientists in Qatar, the region, and the world.

The two-day symposium featured in-depth sessions that explored topics such as translational research, Middle East biobanks, and information generation and management within biobanking. Sessions were chaired by leading industry experts including, Dr Elena Cattaneo, Italian Republic Senator for Life and Director of the Center for Stem Cell Research at the University of Milano; Dr Paul Elliott from the School of Public Health at Imperial College London; and Dr Pasquale De Blasio, CEO of Integrated Systems Engineering Srl (ISENET).

“The notion of personalized healthcare has been around for some time, but with this conference we hope to take this idea to the next level, and explore preventative personalized medicine and collaborations across the region,” said Dr Abderrahim.

“As Qatar and its surrounding region sees an increase in diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and cancer, the need for population-based research becomes ever more apparent, as the need to understand our local communities’ genetic makeup, environment, habits and lifestyles, increases.”

Experts also emphasized that the future of personalized healthcare lies in the ability to combine active research with medical intervention, and such efforts could be enhanced by collaboration and knowledge sharing among regional biobanks.

Additionally, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, officially opened Qatar Biobank’s new state-of-the-art facility in Hamad bin Khalifa Medical City, on the side lines of the ‘Biobanking in the Context of Personalised Healthcare’ conference.

The official inauguration of the Qatar Biobank building follows the conclusion of its two-year operational pilot phase, the results of which provided a snapshot of the current health of the population, along with the identification of future risk factors - gathered from samples collected from 1,200 participants.

The collection and analysis of DNA samples at Qatar Biobank complements the Qatar Genome Project, launched in 2013 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, with the aim of diagnosing diseases more accurately and hence implementing personalized treatment.

To become a contributor to Qatar Biobank, please fill out a form at www.qatarbiobank.org.qa/participating/what-involve, or for more information, please call +974 4439 8899, or email takepart@qatarbiobank.org.qa

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