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Don Berwick Joins WISH as 2015 Keynote Speaker

27/01/15 4:39 PM

World Innovation Summit for Health Welcomes Global Health Improvement Expert, Don Berwick, as 2015 Keynote Speaker
Former US Department of Health Administrator, Don Berwick, will be attending this year’s The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) as a keynote speaker to address delegates on global healthcare.

Don Berwick is former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) within the Obama administration, and President Emeritus and Senior Fellow of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, an organization he founded and led for 20 years.

A long-term patient safety advocate, Dr Berwick’s commitment to improving effectiveness, sharing innovation and delivering fair healthcare for everyone makes him the perfect ambassador for WISH and a valuable speaker, bringing a lifetime of health expertise, to share with delegates at this year’s WISH Summit taking place on 17 – 18 February in Doha, Qatar.

Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham, Executive Chair of WISH and Director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College of London, said: “WISH, at its heart, is about creating a community of healthcare experts passionate about identifying, sharing and promoting best practice the world over.

“As an advocate of evidence-based medicine and an expert on managing healthcare systems, Don Berwick is perfectly placed to stimulate tangible outcomes from our 2015 summit.”

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Qatar Career Fair Opens Registration For Winter Career Camp 2015

25/01/15 12:28 PM

Male and female preparatory school students are encouraged to participate, in order to benefit from a variety of interesting educational programs and workshops, which aim to hone their talents and develop their personal skills.
Qatar Career Fair Opens Registration For Winter Career Camp 2015
The winter camp will be held at Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) daily from 24 to 29 January, from 9am to 2pm. The camp is open to both boys and girls, with separate classes held for each group of students.

It During the one-week program, students will take part in a series of stimulating career-oriented workshops that have been tailored to instill in them the basics of a strong career culture and help them discover their skills and talents.

The camp will give Qatari students the opportunity to visit leading organizations in Qatar, allowing them to gain first-hand insights into what they can expect in the world of employment and to plan their future academic endeavors at an early stage. All students who successfully complete the program will be awarded participation certificates.

To ensure participation, students are advised to register online by Tuesday 20 January 2015. In order to be eligible, Qatari students have to be in the preparatory stage of education (7th – 9th Grade) and no older than 15-years-old.

The registration fee for the Winter Career Camp is QR500 and participants will have to obtain a letter of no objection from a parent or guardian.

To learn more about QCF Winter Career Camp 2015, please contact: 44546810 or 44546815. Alternatively, you can e-mail the QCF Activities Team at: qcfactivities@qf.org.qa or visit: http://www.qatarcareerfair.com.qa.

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Breakthrough for Cancer Researchers at WCMC-Q

25/01/15 12:22 PM

Cancer researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) have made a breakthrough that could lead to improved treatments for one of the deadliest forms of the disease.

Across Qatar, the Middle East and the wider world, tens of thousands of women die from ovarian cancer each year meaning any improvement in the therapies used could be of huge significance.

Now Dr Bella Guerrouahen, a postdoctoral associate in genetic medicine at WCMC-Q, has discovered one of the aspects of how and why a patient may build up resistance to the popular cancer drug bevacizumab, which is sold commercially as Avastin.

The job of Avastin is to prevent the growth of blood vessels to the tumor, thereby cutting off its food and oxygen supply. It does this by targeting VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor) – a protein that stimulates the growth of brand new blood vessels (termed vasculogenesis), and also the creation of new blood vessels from existing ones (angiogenesis). The VEGF itself is produced by the cancer cells – and the VEGF then attracts the endothelial cells which form new blood vessels around the tumor.

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Second Phase of QF, Qatar National Library and British Library Partnership Launched

20/01/15 11:33 AM

The next stage of this productive collaboration, which will last until December 2018, follows on from the initial partnership announced in 2012 which has raised awareness of Gulf and Middle Eastern history.

Phase two will see the digitization of 1,125,000 pages of rare, historical documents that will be shared with the public through QNL’s online Qatar Digital Library (QDL) in a bid to significantly enhance current understanding of the Islamic world, Arab culture and the Gulf’s regional history.

This next phase will focus on digitizing historical documents from Britain’s Indian Office Archive including papers of the Political and Secret Department, political and military records, letters, photographs, maps and medieval manuscripts relating to Gulf and Arab regional history.

Building on the success of the first phase of this collaboration, the Qatar Digital Library will add an additional 970,000 pages from the India Office Records dating from the mid-18th century to 1951 as well as historical maps and photographs. Further highlights will include 56,000 pages of Arab Islamic Sciences manuscripts, and approximately 100,000 pages from private papers including those of Lady Anne Blunt, thought to be the first woman to cross the Arabian Desert in the 19th century.

The QDL already provides students, researchers and the general public in any part of the world with free online access to over half a million pages of precious historic archive and manuscript material. The QDL’s unveiling received an exceptional reaction from the online community with nearly 780,000 page views in the first month alone.

Commenting on phase two of the agreement, Engineer Saad Al Muhannadi, President of Qatar Foundation, said: “This planned new material will preserve and add rich new insights into the history of Qatar, the Gulf region and Arab and Islamic history and culture. This project is a testament to the commitment of QF to fostering greater understanding of Qatar’s heritage, and to sharing this precious collection of resources with the whole world.

“I am delighted that this extension to QF’s partnership with the British Library both supports the nation’s journey towards a knowledge-based economy as set out in the Qatar National Vision 2030, and opens up this precious material for local people’s academic benefit and enjoyment.”

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