QU Press Releases - 必威电竞-必威体育电竞app【首页】 http://www.ku75.com/newsroom All Rights Reserved - QU 2017 http://www.ku75.com/ http://www.ku75.com/images/QU_logo_WHT.gif QU Press Releases - 必威电竞-必威体育电竞app【首页】 Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:50:43 +0300 en-us <![CDATA[ QU College of Arts and Sciences students showcase their capstone projects for Spring 2019 ]]> - 必威电竞-必威体育电竞app【首页】 http://www.ku75.com/newsroom/CAS/QU-College-of-Arts-and-Sciences-students-showcase-their-capstone-projects-for-Spring-2019 http://www.ku75.com/newsroom/CAS/QU-College-of-Arts-and-Sciences-students-showcase-their-capstone-projects-for-Spring-2019 2019-06-16 00:00:00.0 2019-06-16 00:00:00.0 The Department of Chemistry and Earth Sciences at Qatar University’s (QU) College of Arts and Science organized two capstone project presentation events for female and male students, as well as a ceremony to award students who participated in community services and social activities. The students showcased their projects in front of project supervisors, members of the evaluation committees and department head Dr. Khalid Al-Saad.

The 20 students conducted projects on a diverse range of topics such as synthesis and characterization of potential platinum complexes bearing pyridine and hydrazine units. Another student group worked on synthesized metal oxides for catalytic oxidation of carbon monoxide and developed potential cathode materials for lithium ion batteries, which was also presented previously in the 257th American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting in Florida, USA.

Dr. Khalid Al-Saad Al-Kuwari commented on the event saying: "The Department of Chemistry and Earth Sciences is keen to provide an integrated and high-quality project. Through these projects, the skills of self-achievement, literature survey, practical experience, critical thinking, analysis of results, thesis writing, presentation skills and delivering of the research project to the public are developed.”

Dr. Khalid Al-Saad added that the department had succeeded in maintaining the quality of these projects to meet internationally competitive standards and to participate in international conferences. For example, nine students participated in the American Society of Chemistry (ACS) annual conference this year and three of the papers by QU were selected as part of the best researches.

He said, “These research works are the outcome of years of efforts, perseverance and hard work, during which the students acquired scientific and practical skills that resulted in the outcome of concepts and is reflected in the results of these outstanding works. The supervisors are keen to select applied researches that are relevant to the society including economics, health and national security. These applied researches include the development of chemical analysis tools, forensic evidence, study of compounds involved in medical drugs, advanced analytical methods for the estimation of these drugs, especially those that may be misused, such as doping. Also, these researches include the study of catalysts that contribute to the speed of chemical reactions, which in turn contribute to the increase of industrial products and energy saving during manufacturing. In addition, there are researches related to the development of power generators, solar cells, food security, as well as toxicity and crime, and environmental treatment such as elimination of contaminants in water and air. Therefore, these researches contribute to the economy, national security and human development, one of the cornerstones of the Qatar National Vision 2030.”

<![CDATA[ QU Faculty Wins at the Inaugural Medical Education Research Forum ]]> - 必威电竞-必威体育电竞app【首页】 http://www.ku75.com/newsroom/Pharmacy/QU-Faculty-Wins-at-the-Inaugural-Medical-Education-Research-Forum http://www.ku75.com/newsroom/Pharmacy/QU-Faculty-Wins-at-the-Inaugural-Medical-Education-Research-Forum www.qu.edu.qa/file_source/qu/about/newsroom/Media/2019/June/Side-of-the-scientific-poster_thumb_320.jpg www.qu.edu.qa/file_source/qu/about/newsroom/Media/2019/June/Side-of-the-scientific-poster.jpg 2019-06-12 00:00:00.0 2019-06-12 00:00:00.0 A faculty member from Qatar University College of Pharmacy (CPH) won the second place in the Poster Award at the Inaugural Medical Education Research Forum, which was recently organized by Weill Cornel Medicine- Qatar.

CPH Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and QU Health Chair for Interprofessional Education Committee Dr. Alla El-Awaisi presented a poster presentation entitled: “Exploring healthcare facilitators’ perceptions in delivering interprofessional activities in Qatar: a qualitative study”. This study aimed to explore facilitators’ perceptions and experiences in delivering IPE in Qatar, and to identify the enablers and barriers faced during the implementation of IPE. Knowledge, skills, and previous exposure to IPE were perceived to enable student and facilitator participation. Whereas, hierarchy and workload were viewed as barriers. The project was conducted with QU PharmD graduate Saba Sheikh Ali, QU BSc graduate Aya Abu- Nada during their final year of studies. The research was under the supervision of Dr El-Awaisi with QU CPH Associate Professor Dr Ahmed Awaisu & QU CPH clinical lecturer Dr Daniel Rainkie as co-supervisors.

Dr. Mohammad Diab, CPH Dean, said: “The award highly reflects on the quality and skills of our faculty, being able to compete nationally and internationally and harvest awards. It also reflects on the College focus in supporting the professional development of its faculty which is in alignment with Qatar National Vision for human development.”

Dr. Alla El-Awaisi said: “Faculty IPE development and facilitator training with effective preparation and orientation are critical for effective implementation of IPE. Overall, facilitators valued IPE in preparing students for collaborative practice. However, the findings reinforced the necessity of having facilitator training and debriefing sessions to ensure facilitators are competent and confident. The findings can inform the development of quality and sustainable IPE activities in the future.”

Saba Sheikh Ali said: “I’m very happy that our research poster won the award at this important medical education forum. This project will be valuable in improving Interprofessional Education (IPE) among healthcare colleges, which will consequently enhance collaborative practice and patient cantered care in Qatar. I am very grateful to my project supervisors for their continuous support and guidance as well as the College of Pharmacy for giving me this great research opportunity.”

The inaugural Medical Education Research Forum drew participation of a large number of healthcare faculty and professionals across Qatar and provided a venue for knowledge transfer and showcasing evolutionary pedagogical innovations in teaching and learning across the medical education. Dr El-Awaisi also delivered an oral presentation entitled Transforming Interprofessionalism in Qatar- Lessons Learned from the Interprofessional Education Committee Experience (2014-2018). The aim of this presentation was to describe the committee approach of IPE integration and reflect on lessons learnt from the four years of experience.

<![CDATA[ Qatar University Foundation English Program Achieves 10-year Re-accreditation ]]> - 必威电竞-必威体育电竞app【首页】 http://www.ku75.com/newsroom/Foundation/Qatar-University-Foundation-English-Program-Achieves--10鈥搚ear-Re鈥揳ccreditation http://www.ku75.com/newsroom/Foundation/Qatar-University-Foundation-English-Program-Achieves--10鈥搚ear-Re鈥揳ccreditation www.qu.edu.qa/file_source/qu/about/newsroom/Media/2019/June/A-group-photo-of-academic-staff-and-administrators-in-Foundaiton-Program-Faculty-and-Staff_thumb_320.jpg www.qu.edu.qa/file_source/qu/about/newsroom/Media/2019/June/A-group-photo-of-academic-staff-and-administrators-in-Foundaiton-Program-Faculty-and-Staff.jpg 2019-06-12 00:00:00.0 2019-06-12 00:00:00.0 Qatar University’s (QU) Foundation Program (FP) at the Deanship of General Studies celebrated the 10-year re-accreditation of its Foundation Program Department of English (FPDE) in the presence of the Dean of General Studies Professor Ibrahim Al-Kaabi, Director of the Foundation Program Dr. Hezam Al-Awah, FP faculty and administrative staff. The reaccreditation was granted by the American Commission on English Language Accreditation (CEA).

Director of the Foundation Program Dr. Hezam Al-Awah said, “The re-accreditation of the Foundation English Program endorses the credibility of the FPDE and it indicates the quality of its courses. We are proud of this achievement, which was the fruit of the tremendous efforts of the FP Accreditation Committee for successfully complying with the international standards, to ensure the quality of learning outcomes.”

FP Associate Director for Academic Affairs Dr. Nadeem Hashem said, "This re-accreditation by CEA indicates the high-quality educational standards of the program offered at Qatar University and emphasizes the professionalism of the Foundation Program management and efforts of faculty and staff in fulfilling with the international standards. The FP English courses prepare Qatar University students for bachelor degrees that include sports science, secondary education, medicine, pharmacy, in addition to science and engineering through the medium of English.”

Dr. Mohammad Manasreh, Head of FPDE, reiterated that it had taken painstaking efforts to bring the program up to the level of the CEA standards. He added that the CEA standards cover not only mundane areas such as curriculum, faculty qualifications and testing, but also planning, administration, student services and educational facilities at Qatar University.

It is important to note that the initial accreditation had been granted in 2010 before the restructure of the English in 2012 into a one-academic-year program. As a result, CEA conducted a new comprehensive self-study and a site visit of the new structure where FPDE and English courses were subsequently granted a second term of re-accreditation for five years in 2013. In 2018, another new comprehensive self-study was ready, and the CEA was invited for the re-accreditation site visit in January 2019, which resulted in a 10-year re-accreditation that lasts until 2029.

The CEA is one of the leading international organizations in the United States in the field of English language accreditation. It conducts accreditation activities in the U.S. and internationally.

<![CDATA[ QU wins the best environmental project at the Second World Congress on Undergraduate Research in Germany ]]> - 必威电竞-必威体育电竞app【首页】 http://www.ku75.com/newsroom/Qatar-University/QU-wins-the-best-environmental-project-at-the-Second-World-Congress-on-Undergraduate-Research-in-Germany http://www.ku75.com/newsroom/Qatar-University/QU-wins-the-best-environmental-project-at-the-Second-World-Congress-on-Undergraduate-Research-in-Germany www.qu.edu.qa/file_source/qu/about/newsroom/Media/2019/May/QU-students-visit-Second-World-Congress-on-Undergraduate-Research-in-Germany-to-present-their-research_thumb_320.jpg www.qu.edu.qa/file_source/qu/about/newsroom/Media/2019/May/QU-students-visit-Second-World-Congress-on-Undergraduate-Research-in-Germany-to-present-their-research.jpg 2019-05-30 00:00:00.0 2019-05-30 00:00:00.0 Qatar University (QU) recently participated in the Second World Conference on Undergraduate Research in Germany (World CUR 2019) with eight students from different colleges. QU’s involvement in this conference comes in alignment with the dedication to implement the latest university strategy, focusing on supporting research conducted by students. This conference includes discussions and oral presentations in addition to poster sessions. In 2016, the first round of this conference was held at QU.

During the conference, QU Biomedical Science student Kamilia Omar from the College of Health Sciences won a prize for the best environmental project. Kamilia’s research study revolves around the discovery of two new species of sponge on the coast of Qatar entitled “Antibacterial Activity of New Sponge Species Isolated from the Qatari Marine Zone,” which proved to contain antibiotics. Kamilia expressed how proud and happy she is to be selected by conference referees, and winning the prize of outstanding research. She commented saying, “It is a great honor to be selected by the jury for outstanding research presentation, the best contribution in the field of environmental research. It was a beneficial and interesting experience that impacted us in personal and academic levels.”

QU’s participation in this conference is in line with the strategy of the research and graduate studies sector at QU, which aims to support student research from different disciplines. The conference consists of panel discussions and presentations. QU Associate Professor of Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences Dr. Maher Khelifa handled and supervised the graduate fair table for QU programs.

During the three days, College of Medicine student Sara Alareed presented research on the molecular analysis of Calmodulin mutations and sudden cardiac death. She commented saying, “This conference helped me to connect to fellow student researchers around the world who share my passion for research.”

College of Medicine student Samer Ali presented research findings on the relationship between Vitamin D and Iron indices characterizing anemia of chronic inflammation among healthy Qatari young cohort. He commented saying, “The conference represents a perfect opportunity for researchers from Qatar to present, discuss and exchange their findings with the global community of research advocates to achieve solutions in the fields of health, environment and economics.”

In addition, a selection of distinguished students from QU displayed oral and poster presentations, including Alhusain Abdalla (College of Engineering), Ibrahim Abdelhafez (College of Medicine), Munia Hamdan (College of Health Sciences) and Iqrah Qurishi and Bassant Elkattan (College of Pharmacy).

Dr. Aiman Erbad, Director of Research Planning and Development, commented saying QU undergraduate research is of high caliber and standard due to the high quality of academic programs, the supportive research culture and environment and the support provided by faculty mentors in addition to the continuous financial support and effective planning provided by the Office of Vice President (Research and Graduate Studies).

<![CDATA[ QU CPH MSc student investigated the cause of various anti-cancer drugs in inducing cardiotoxicity ]]> - 必威电竞-必威体育电竞app【首页】 http://www.ku75.com/newsroom/Pharmacy/QU-CPH-MSc-student-investigated-the-cause-of-various-anti鈥揷ancer-drugs-in-inducing-cardiotoxicity http://www.ku75.com/newsroom/Pharmacy/QU-CPH-MSc-student-investigated-the-cause-of-various-anti鈥揷ancer-drugs-in-inducing-cardiotoxicity www.qu.edu.qa/file_source/qu/about/newsroom/Media/2019/May/QU-College-of-Pharmacy-MSc-student-Muna-Suleiman_thumb_320.jpg www.qu.edu.qa/file_source/qu/about/newsroom/Media/2019/May/QU-College-of-Pharmacy-MSc-student-Muna-Suleiman.jpg 2019-05-30 00:00:00.0 2019-05-30 00:00:00.0 Qatar University College of Pharmacy (QU-CPH) MSc student Muna Suleiman recently defended her MSc thesis in Pharmaceutical Sciences - Pharmacology. Her study, which was supervised by CPH Associate Professor Dr. Fatima Mraiche (primary supervisor) and Dr. Huseyin Yalcin (co-supervisor) from the QU’s Biomedical Research Center, was based on a joint collaborative research grant between the supervisors and CPH Professor Dr. Hesham Korashy.

Muna’s MSc research thesis entitled “The Role of p90 Ribosomal S6 Kinase and Autophagy in Sunitinib and Ponatinib-Induced Cardiotoxicity” investigated the cardiotoxic effects associated with ponatinib and sunitinib, small molecules tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs), used for various types of cancer. Despite the superb anticancer effects of ponatinib and sunitinib, their use has been associated with severe cardiovascular toxicities. In her study, Muna delineated the cause of cardiotoxicity induced by these anti-cancer agents.

The results of this study will provide a platform to investigate novel tools to reverse these mediators and regress the cardiotoxic effect associated with these and similar anti-cancer agents. In the long term, it is expected these results will trigger clinical studies looking at the use of these anti-cancer agents in combination of p90 ribosomal S6 kinase inhibitors and/ or autophagy inhibitors to limit cardiotoxic side effects. Muna had the opportunity to present her work internationally at the 5th Middle East Molecular Biology Congress and Exhibition in Jordan last October. Ms. Muna said, “I have learned many research skills during my MSc and I hope to continue working on this important research for the community.”

CPH Head of Research and Graduate Studies Dr. Mohamed Izham, congratulated Muna and her supervisory team and said, “Graduate students at the College of Pharmacy are expected to conduct quality, novel research in science and has values on the society. The research that was carried out by Ms. Muna is an example.”

CPH Associate Professor Dr. Fatima Mraiche said, “Over the past three years, Muna was able to successfully complete this project that brings together laboratory and clinical work. She demonstrated great skills in the lab. Muna’s project may be the first step to identifying novel means to reversing the cardiotoxic effect of some of the superb anti-cancer drugs used for many different cancers.”

<![CDATA[ QU Sport Science Program organize Research Day 2019 ]]> - 必威电竞-必威体育电竞app【首页】 http://www.ku75.com/newsroom/CAS/QU-Sport-Science-Program-organize-Research-Day-2019 http://www.ku75.com/newsroom/CAS/QU-Sport-Science-Program-organize-Research-Day-2019 www.qu.edu.qa/file_source/qu/about/newsroom/Media/2019/May/QU-College-of-Pharmacy-MSc-student-Muna-Suleiman_thumb_320.jpg www.qu.edu.qa/file_source/qu/about/newsroom/Media/2019/May/QU-College-of-Pharmacy-MSc-student-Muna-Suleiman.jpg 2019-05-30 00:00:00.0 2019-05-30 00:00:00.0 The Sport Science Program (SSP) at Qatar University College of Arts and Sciences (QU-CAS) organized Research Day 2019, which brought faculty and undergraduate students together to share recent research advances in the field of sport science. It was also an occasion for students to present their senior projects in poster format and highlight the research activities of the SSP to a wider audience.

In this year’s edition, 39 SSP senior students presented their research projects on various topics ranging from exercise and health, physical activity and physical education, sport, psychology, cognition and well-being, sport performance and fitness and training, to sport management, social inclusion, gender and culture.

Attendees from Qatar’s national sport organizations are President of Qatar Women’s Sports Committee (QWSC), Lolwa Hussein Al Marri; Qatar Olympic Academy Executive Director and Education Committee Member in The Olympic Council of Asia, Saif Mohammed Al Noaimi; and Director of Protocol and International Relations at Qatar National Olympic Committee, Mashaal Ibrahim Al-Nasr.

First-place winners of the best posters of 2019 are Mohammad Shoaib Prince for his research on ‘Dynamic stretching alone can impair slower velocity isokinetic performance of young male handball players of at least 24 hours’ and Ghada Jebali for her research on ‘Effects of physical activity practiced after school on cognitive performance in scientific disciplines in female students.’

Winning second place are Adel Ahrari who conducted research on ‘The effect of physical educators on encouraging students to do physical activity outside of school: The mediating role of perceived importance of students’ belief’ and Somaia Gabor for her research on ‘Participation in low, moderate and vigorous physical activity in young adults in Qatar: Effect of gender and weight status.’

Director of Sport Science Program Dr. Mahfoud Amara said of the program, “We are pleased to see the growing number of students graduating from the program who will be contributing to the growing sport sector in the country. One of the pillars of the Sport Science Program is research. To capitalize on the expertise and national and international networks of faculty in the Sport Science Program and partners at QU and within the sport science community in Qatar, Sport Science Program initiated in 2017 a Research Unit to increase contribution to knowledge on sport and exercise matters related to Qatar and the region.”

Chair of the SSP Research Enabling Committee commented on the event saying, “The 2019 edition of the Sport Science Research Day was an effective, successful and productive event. It offered a great experience for students to share their research projects and for the program to showcase its dynamic and rich research life. What is noteworthy is that a large number of students’ projects were funded and the topics were diverse, timely and tackled priority areas of the Qatar National Vision 2030.”

<![CDATA[ QU Law Student Participates at CCPCJ Youth Workshop in Vienna ]]> - 必威电竞-必威体育电竞app【首页】 http://www.ku75.com/newsroom/LAW/QU-Law-Student-Participates-at-CCPCJ-Youth-Workshop-in-Vienna http://www.ku75.com/newsroom/LAW/QU-Law-Student-Participates-at-CCPCJ-Youth-Workshop-in-Vienna www.qu.edu.qa/file_source/qu/about/newsroom/Media/2019/May/QU-law-student-Sharouq-S-Bawazir-in-a-Youth-Workshop-in-conjunction-with-the-28th-Session-of-the-CCPCJ-in-Vienna_thumb_320.jpg www.qu.edu.qa/file_source/qu/about/newsroom/Media/2019/May/QU-law-student-Sharouq-S-Bawazir-in-a-Youth-Workshop-in-conjunction-with-the-28th-Session-of-the-CCPCJ-in-Vienna.jpg 2019-05-29 00:00:00.0 2019-05-29 00:00:00.0 Sharouq S. Bawazir from Qatar University (QU) College of Law (LAWC) recently participated in a Youth Workshop in conjunction with the 28th Session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) in Vienna, Austria. Ms. Bawazir’s participation was part of the QU Legal Skills Department’s continued collaboration with The Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN) Qatar.

In Vienna, Ms. Bawazir represented Qatar and QU Law during meetings with youth from around the world regarding the importance and practical implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 16 promoting ‘Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.’ As part of her representation, Ms. Bawazir engaged in discussions, debates and negotiations with six other youth from Brazil, Greece, the Netherlands, Uzbekistan and Qatar under the facilitation of Ms. Fatima El Mahdi, Head of THIMUN Qatar. Ms. Bawazir and her colleague’s efforts culminated in a joint statement regarding youth participation towards SDG 16 that was read into the record during the Plenary Session of CCPCJ at the opening of Item 10, on May 24, 2019.

“It was a moving experience to be able to witness students standing on a UN stage, embodying the principles of diplomacy, advocacy, and youth leadership, using MUN and E4J training to great effect. It was an honor to have worked with them to facilitate this wonderful and well received speech,” said Ms. El Mahdi of THIMUN Qatar.

Dr. Melissa Deehring, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Legal Skills Department and UNODC Education for Justice (E4J) Ethics Champion commented saying, “The College of Law and Legal Skills Department are so proud of Sharouq, her continued volunteerism, her commitment to achieving the UN SDGs, and her desire to represent her country and school at the international level. The fact that Sharouq, a student who has benefited from localization of the Doha Declaration’s E4J Ethics modules, which themselves are a product of the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, is now able to take that knowledge and use it during a session of the CCPCJ demonstrates the possibility of these important educational materials coming full circle. It is extremely exciting.”

QU Law’s Legal Skills Department will continue to encourage its students to pursue international advocacy and collaborations with THIMUN Qatar and the UNODC during the upcoming fall semester. Dr. Deehring will teach ‘Justice, Equality & Leadership in Law,’ QU Law’s first full-semester course dedicated to teaching concepts from the E4J Ethics Modules to address core integrity issues such as ethical leadership, strategies for ethical actions, corruption and human rights and gender diversity.

<![CDATA[ QU College of Engineering and Huawei partner to empower next generation of ICT leaders ]]> - 必威电竞-必威体育电竞app【首页】 http://www.ku75.com/newsroom/Engineering/QU-College-of-Engineering-and-Huawei-partner-to-empower-next-generation-of-ICT-leaders http://www.ku75.com/newsroom/Engineering/QU-College-of-Engineering-and-Huawei-partner-to-empower-next-generation-of-ICT-leaders www.qu.edu.qa/file_source/qu/about/newsroom/Media/2019/May/QU-and-Huawei-partner-to-empower-next-generation-of-ICT-leaders_thumb_320.jpg www.qu.edu.qa/file_source/qu/about/newsroom/Media/2019/May/QU-and-Huawei-partner-to-empower-next-generation-of-ICT-leaders.jpg 2019-05-29 00:00:00.0 2019-05-29 00:00:00.0 Qatar University College of Engineering (QU-CENG) yesterday signed an MoU with Huawei Technologies Investment Co Ltd – Qatar, which will see the first Huawei Authorised Information and Network Academy (HAINA) programme launched in Qatar.

The MoU was signed by QU-CENG Dean Prof Abdelmagid Hammuda and CEO of Huawei Technologies LLC Frank Fan, in the presence of QU President Dr. Hassan Al Derham, Vice President of Huawei Technologies LLC Farhan Khan, Huawei representatives, as well as QU leadership, faculty and staff.

Huawei will deliver its training and certification programs to QU through HAINA, while promoting QU as a training organization to its students and customers base for HAINA-based programs and selected professional programs according to QU’s capability and capacity. Additionally, Huawei will provide Huawei Certification Academy Instructor (HCAI) training for professional instructors for each course direction.

QU will provide classroom and other teaching facilities to accommodate Huawei ICT equipment for the HAINA programme, as well as professional instructors to become Huawei Certified Academy Instructors. The university will also add the HAINA certification course as an extension course for the QU curriculums, liaise with local networking industry – in particular government entities and institutions – to promote and deliver HAINA Network training across a wider outreach of population in the ICT realm within Doha, Qatar, and work with Huawei to develop a training schedule that meets students’ needs.

Both parties will monitor the HAINA program and offer suggestions for continuous improvement, explore opportunities for alliances, and seek to address the ICT skills requirements within the Qatar ICT landscape.

In his remarks, Prof Abdelmagid Hammuda said: “Through this MoU, Qatar University CENG showcases its commitment to providing students with opportunities to heighten their skills and competencies and to enhance their knowledge in the field of information and communications technology. Additionally, this opportunity will help students stay in close touch with technological advancements and innovations in China, and to interact with experts easily. In coordination with our partners, Qatar University will continue to deliver on its mission and vision to fulfill the needs of the industrial sector by graduating highly qualified professionals, and by providing its students with training and internship opportunities that enable them to make a difference in various areas at the workplace.”

Frank Fan said: “We are proud to roll out our flagship global CSR program in Qatar in partnership with a leading educational institution such as Qatar University, and in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Qatar. The Huawei academy will equip Qatari youth with the necessary skills and know-how to lead the country’s journey to become a knowledge-based society and support digital transformation in Qatar.”

Speaking on the collaboration, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education HE Dr. Ibrahim Al Nuaimi, said: “Developing the technology capabilities of Qatar’s youth will have a significant impact on the smart evolution of our society and country, contributing to the growth of our economy. Initiatives such as this one between Qatar University and Huawei demonstrate the power that cooperative action can have in shaping the future of a nation.”

<![CDATA[ Qatar University鈥檚 Ramadan Segment aims to entrench the values of faith ]]> - 必威电竞-必威体育电竞app【首页】 http://www.ku75.com/newsroom/Qatar-University/Qatar-University鈥檚-Ramadan-Segment-aims-to-entrench-the-values-of-faith http://www.ku75.com/newsroom/Qatar-University/Qatar-University鈥檚-Ramadan-Segment-aims-to-entrench-the-values-of-faith www.qu.edu.qa/file_source/qu/about/newsroom/Media/2019/May/The-third-episode_thumb_320.jpg www.qu.edu.qa/file_source/qu/about/newsroom/Media/2019/May/The-third-episode.jpg 2019-05-26 00:00:00.0 2019-05-26 00:00:00.0 On the occasion of Ramadan, Qatar University (QU) launches a number of initiatives and campaigns aimed to bolster the Ramadan atmosphere within the QU community. Such activities include providing the Holy Quran in both Arabic and English to QU members and displaying the call to prayer throughout the university screens.

The Ramadan initiatives, which are organized largely by QU’s Communications & Public Relations Department, feature a video segment presented by Mohammad Maasoumi, Lecturer of Creed and Comparative Religions, from the College of Sharia and Islamic Studies. These videos are released weekly through various digital platforms and aim to shed light on the value of Quranic moral values and encourage these values on the life of the Muslim.

<![CDATA[ QU Health students tackle the topic of antibiotic stewardship and infection interprofessionally ]]> - 必威电竞-必威体育电竞app【首页】 http://www.ku75.com/newsroom/health/QU-Health-students-tackle-the-topic-of-antibiotic-stewardship-and-infection-interprofessionally http://www.ku75.com/newsroom/health/QU-Health-students-tackle-the-topic-of-antibiotic-stewardship-and-infection-interprofessionally www.qu.edu.qa/file_source/qu/about/newsroom/Media/2019/May/During-the-implementation-of-certain-activities_thumb_320.jpg www.qu.edu.qa/file_source/qu/about/newsroom/Media/2019/May/During-the-implementation-of-certain-activities.jpg 2019-05-23 00:00:00.0 2019-05-23 00:00:00.0 An IPE activity that focuses on infection and antibiotic stewardship was held recently in Qatar University (QU) engaging 150 students and 16 facilitators from QU Health, the health cluster that comprises three health related colleges at QU, pharmacy, medicine and health sciences. The Interprofessional Education Committee (IPEC) organized the event, aiming to introduce students to the concept of antimicrobial stewardship.

The activity addressed shared IPE competencies including role clarification, interprofessional communication and shared decision-making. The event’s program featured discussions focused on the issue of antimicrobial resistance to highlight the ongoing problem of antibiotics no longer being active against certain infections.
Furthermore, the students were introduced to a case study that encouraged discussion among groups on the role and perspective of different professions (pharmacy, medicine, public health, biomedical) in antimicrobial stewardship and the benefits of adding more professions to the team. The challenging case allowed students to share their knowledge and learn from others during a group discussion in order to meet the needs of this patient.

Commenting on the event, CPH Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and QU Health Chair of IPEC Dr. Alla El-Awaisi said, “Interprofessional education is an essential component in creating and promoting a collaborative culture where members of the healthcare team effectively collaborate together for best effective care to our patients. We are proud that healthcare students in Qatar have had the opportunity, this academic year, to participate in curricula and extra curricula IPE activities learning with, from and about each other on a diverse range of topics such as smoking cessation, diabetes, mental health, infection, fall prevention and much more.”

CPH Assistant Professor and lead facilitator for the event Dr. Shane Pawluk said, “As globally, the rates of antimicrobial resistance are increasing, interprofessional learning offers our future health care professionals the opportunity to face this challenge together in an organized and effective manner.”
Senior CHS biomedical student Fatima Abdullah Ahmadi said: “The IPE experience was very helpful as a student in healthcare. We gained tremendous knowledge from all healthcare providers such as biomedical sciences, pharmacy, medicine, nutrition and public health. Furthermore, opening the discussion about important topics such as patient care, antibiotics and infectious diseases makes you realize that all of these disciplines somehow overlap and plays a crucial role in patient care. Most importantly, it highlights that team work is vital in medical healthcare.”
Third year CHS public health student Sana Ahmed Elashie said, “Attending the IPE activity was a powerful opportunity to meet other professionals from other backgrounds and other perspectives that we lack. Everyone looked at the case from totally different angles. Activities such as this provide students with the opportunity to enhance their career and achieve more in their area.”

<![CDATA[ QU protects hawksbill turtles through Qatar Turtle Project ]]> - 必威电竞-必威体育电竞app【首页】 http://www.ku75.com/newsroom/esc/QU-protects-hawksbill-turtles-through-Qatar-Turtle-Project http://www.ku75.com/newsroom/esc/QU-protects-hawksbill-turtles-through-Qatar-Turtle-Project www.qu.edu.qa/file_source/qu/about/newsroom/Media/2019/May/The-beak-of-the-falcon_thumb_320.jpg www.qu.edu.qa/file_source/qu/about/newsroom/Media/2019/May/The-beak-of-the-falcon.jpg 2019-05-23 00:00:00.0 2019-05-23 00:00:00.0 Sea turtles are a group of reptiles that have adapted to live in the sea and are one of the most ancient creatures on planet Earth. Scientists recognize seven living species of sea turtles that live in our oceans today, including the critically endangered hawksbill turtle. With funding from Qatar Petroleum (QP), The Environmental Science Center (ESC) at Qatar University (QU) is currently implementing the Qatar Turtle Project to protect Qatar’s hawksbill turtles. This project is one of the top-priority projects for the two institutions towards preserving Qatar’s wildlife and a commitment to nature, which is run by Project Leader Professor Dr. Hamad Al-Saad Al-Kuwari, Director of the ESC along with a specialist team and technicians at the center. Since 2002, QP and QU have been studying hawksbill turtles in the Qatari coasts and working to restore these turtle populations and their habitat based on the best scientific evidence.

The conservation of sea turtles is an essential part of the ecological balance, which is achieved by the survival of the components and elements of the natural environment as they are. Unfortunately, human interventions have significantly altered the environmental balance, which has led to many negative impacts on terrestrial and coastal habitats due to abuse such as increasing population, greenhouse gas emissions and environmental degradation.

The study of the hawksbill turtles this year includes the study of nesting beaches of Fuwairit, Al Mafyar, Al Ghariyah, Al Maroona and Al Huwailah. These beaches were supervised by a scientific team from the ESC in cooperation with a team of observers from the Ministry of Municipality and Environment. In addition, the study of hawksbill turtles included four Qatari islands, including the faraway islands of Halul and Sharaouh and the nearby islands including Umm Tais and Ras Rakkan. The island study is implemented and supervised by a specialist team led by Field Director at the ESC Dr. Jassim Abdulla A Al-Khayat.

“This year, for the first time, the project included the deployment of satellite transmitters on a number of hawksbill turtles in Halul Island to track their movements and behavior in the Gulf,” says Shafeeq Hamza, Researcher at ESC who has been working with the Qatar Turtle project since 2009. The nesting beaches in Halul Island are well fenced and guarded by the Halul Offshore management. With continuing cooperation and joint efforts of institutions, the hope is that this critically endangered species will thrive on the shores of Qatar.

<![CDATA[ QU College of Health Sciences and Sidra collaborate on a genome wide study to uncover risk factors associated with osteoporosis in the Qatari population ]]> - 必威电竞-必威体育电竞app【首页】 http://www.ku75.com/newsroom/CHS/QU-College-of-Health-Sciences-and-Sidra-collaborate-on-a-genome-wide-study-to-uncover-risk-factors-associated-with-osteoporosis-in-the-Qatari-population http://www.ku75.com/newsroom/CHS/QU-College-of-Health-Sciences-and-Sidra-collaborate-on-a-genome-wide-study-to-uncover-risk-factors-associated-with-osteoporosis-in-the-Qatari-population www.qu.edu.qa/file_source/qu/about/newsroom/Media/2019/May/The-beak-of-the-falcon_thumb_320.jpg www.qu.edu.qa/file_source/qu/about/newsroom/Media/2019/May/The-beak-of-the-falcon.jpg 2019-05-22 00:00:00.0 2019-05-22 00:00:00.0 Osteoporosis is a global health burden characterized by low bone mineral density (BMD) and increased fracture risk. Despite the serious consequences of osteoporosis and the significant impact it can have on human health, it remains a neglected health priority in the Arab world. The high prevalence of osteoporosis in the Qatari population places serious economic burden on patients, families, and nation. Thus, it is imperative to diagnose and treat osteoporosis as early as possible, however, because of the diseases’ silent nature, this is particularly challenging. Therefore, and as an important precautionary measure, understanding the genetic basis of osteoporosis is crucial to fully elucidate the etiology of the disease.

Dr. Marwan-Abu Madi and Nadin Younes from the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the College of Health Sciences (CHS) in Qatar University (QU) together with Dr. Mohammad Harris from the Division of Translational Medicine of Sidra Medical and Research Center, conducted the first genome wide association study on osteoporosis in Qatar on 3000 healthy unrelated Qatari participants from Qatar Biobank aging between 18 to 70. This study successfully identified 19 significant single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs); six of which were replicated by UK Biobank and the remaining 13 were novel in the Qatari population. These SNPs were harbored in genes known to play a critical role in bone formation and remodeling including the MALAT1, MRPL39, FASLG, FAM189A2, RP11-15A1.7, LSAMP, and BMPR1B genes.

The study provides new insights into the genetic architecture of osteoporosis, particularly in the Qatari population. Furthermore, these risk loci could serve as targets for the development of better treatment of osteoporosis as well as genetic predictors which could assist in the identification of individuals at risk of developing osteoporosis or bone fractures.

For future studies, the team will conduct in Silico Analysis on the functional and structural consequences of the novel identified SNPs to find out its molecular mechanism in bone remodeling and osteogenesis process.

<![CDATA[ QU Public Health Students present their graduation projects ]]> - 必威电竞-必威体育电竞app【首页】 http://www.ku75.com/newsroom/health/QU-Public-Health-Students-present-their-graduation-projects http://www.ku75.com/newsroom/health/QU-Public-Health-Students-present-their-graduation-projects www.qu.edu.qa/file_source/qu/about/newsroom/Media/2019/May/The-beak-of-the-falcon_thumb_320.jpg www.qu.edu.qa/file_source/qu/about/newsroom/Media/2019/May/The-beak-of-the-falcon.jpg 2019-05-22 00:00:00.0 2019-05-22 00:00:00.0 Students from Qatar University’s (QU) Department of Public Health recently presented graduation research projects, which range from topics such as early childhood development to obesity. Most of the 21 students that presented will graduate in Spring 2019, making them the fourth group of alumni with a BSc from the public health program.

Projects with national interest were presented such as the association between breastfeeding and early childhood development in Qatari children, which was presented by students Fatima AlBakri, Estabraq Al Araji and Hind Al Marri. Students Eman AlBahrani, Sara Al Saffar and Lara Saranek presented on the association between diabetes and cardiovascular diseases and their risk factors based on data from Qatar Biobank. Both projects were supervised by Dr. Mohammed Fasih Alam.

Dr. Diana Al-Sayed Hasan and her students Sara Al Rajeh, Aisha Al Ahmed and Huda Maki investigated the impact of cyberbullying on depression in QU. Dr. Diana also supervised a project by Fatema Helaluddin, Omnia Mohamed and Ozra Hajebi Chahestani, which investigated diabetes self-management practices and the quality of life of type 2 diabetes patients in Qatar.

Another important topic was raised by Dr. Lily O’Hara and her students Aisha Al Rumeihi, Reema Sultan and Afnan Al Aswad as they analyzed survey pertaining to the relationship between body image dissatisfaction with the influence of society and social media in QU female students.

Dr. Manar Elhassan and Rodaina Hashem, Nada Arar and Nasra Ayon used Qatar Biobank data to investigate the association between obesity and risk of hypercholesterolemia. Additionally, a national financial analysis of health expenditure was presented by Dr. Shafqat Shehzad and her students, Dana Al Sabbagh, Nurun Al Nahar and Ekram al Mushaddani as they presented a cross-country comparison of expenditure on health based on evidence from WHO- EMRO data.

<![CDATA[ QU and Sidra Medicine sign MoU that works towards training the next generation of healthcare professionals ]]> - 必威电竞-必威体育电竞app【首页】 http://www.ku75.com/newsroom/CMED/QU-and-Sidra-Medicine-sign-MoU-that-works-towards-training-the-next-generation-of-healthcare-professionals http://www.ku75.com/newsroom/CMED/QU-and-Sidra-Medicine-sign-MoU-that-works-towards-training-the-next-generation-of-healthcare-professionals www.qu.edu.qa/file_source/qu/about/newsroom/Media/2019/May/Vice-President-for-Medical-and-Health-Sciences-and-Dean-of-the-College-of-Medicine-at-QU-Dr-Egon-Toft-and-CEO-of-Sidra-Medicine-Professor-Robert-K-Crone_thumb_320.jpg www.qu.edu.qa/file_source/qu/about/newsroom/Media/2019/May/Vice-President-for-Medical-and-Health-Sciences-and-Dean-of-the-College-of-Medicine-at-QU-Dr-Egon-Toft-and-CEO-of-Sidra-Medicine-Professor-Robert-K-Crone.jpg 2019-05-21 00:00:00.0 2019-05-21 00:00:00.0 Qatar University (QU) College of Medicine sign MoU with Sidra Medicine that works towards training the next generation of healthcare professionals. QU will be responsible for the delivery of an undergraduate physician training program, leading to the award of the degree of Medical Doctor (“MD”). This educational program requires structured experimental training at approved healthcare delivery organizations. Sidra Medicine will then recruit the qualified doctors according to their standards and provide them with the privileges to practice. Present at the signing were Vice President for Medical and Health Sciences and Dean of the College of Medicine at QU Dr. Egon Toft and CEO of Sidra Medicine, Professor Robert K. Crone.

Dr. Egon Toft commented on the MoU saying, “Through Qatar University programs, we are cultivating the future leaders of the Qatar healthcare sector. We are grateful for the cooperation of Sidra Medicine in sharing our vision for excellence in interprofessional health education and interdisciplinary health research. By coordinating with health entities in Qatar, we are allowing our students the opportunity to thrive.”

CEO of Sidra Medicine, Professor Robert K. Crone commented during the signing saying, “The relationship between QU and Sidra Medicine is important. Sidra Medicine is a member of the healthcare community here in Qatar Foundation, to support not only world-class care for its patients but also to be a platform for medical education both for students from Qatar University as well as Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar. We see the capacity building associated with training young physicians, pharmacists and health professionals as being a key component of the mission of Sidra Medicine. We look forward to working with Qatar University to insure that we train the next generation of healthcare professionals.”

<![CDATA[ QU Biomedical Science Students Present their Graduation Projects ]]> - 必威电竞-必威体育电竞app【首页】 http://www.ku75.com/newsroom/CAS/QU-Biomedical-Science-Students-Present-their-Graduation-Projects http://www.ku75.com/newsroom/CAS/QU-Biomedical-Science-Students-Present-their-Graduation-Projects www.qu.edu.qa/file_source/qu/about/newsroom/Media/2019/May/During-a-research-discussion_thumb_320.jpg www.qu.edu.qa/file_source/qu/about/newsroom/Media/2019/May/During-a-research-discussion.jpg 2019-05-21 00:00:00.0 2019-05-21 00:00:00.0 Qatar University (QU) biomedical science students presented their graduation projects to conclude four years of undergraduate studies. From the 19 students, the majority of the projects cover common human diseases and make use of several in vivo models such as chicken embryo, DIO mice and zebrafish in addition to in vitro models using human samples.

Three projects were dedicated to understanding the embryonic development of congenital heart disease and diabetes using chicken embryo and zebrafish models. These projects were conducted by students under supervision from Dr. Huseyin Yalcin, Assistant Professor at the Biomedical Research Center of QU and funded by Qatar University Student Project funds.

In the first project, two students, Amal Zedan and Aya Omar, induced hydroplastic left heart syndrome surgically in chicken embryo by left atrial ligation in order to study the effect of disturbed hemodynamics on heart development, function and gene expression. This study showed that left atrial ligation induced hemodynamic disturbance and resulted in morphological and size changes of the heart and decreased the expression of some cardiac developmental markers.

In the second project, two students, Batoul Haddad and Zenab El-hashmy tested several natural compounds on chicken embryo and found that two natural compounds can lower blood glucose and hence prevent heart defect. This finding might trigger more medical research to protect the fetus of gestational diabetic expectant mothers.

In the third project, two students, Noura Aldous and Asma Essa used the zebrafish model to explore the role of sodium glucose co-transporter in cardiac function and structure. The latest project was given the best undergraduate project award in the Fourth Annual QU Health Research Symposium in April 2019. This project contributed significantly to understanding the involvement of Sodium Glucose Co-transporter (SGLT) proteins in diabetic heart failure and it was accepted as a poster presentation in the First International Zebrafish Conference in Qatar in April 2019. The findings of this group will also be presented in the upcoming 14th International Zebrafish Conference at Suzhou, China.

Additionally, students Rihab El fadel, Maha Al-Qeraiwi and Manar Al-Rashid conducted two projects to define the molecular profile of mRNA and miRNA of hepatic tissue in DIO mice under the supervision of Dr. Nasser Rizk, Associate Professor in QU’s Biomedical Science Department.

Students, Banan Shoair and Asmaa Al-Baniali carried out a study titled “Quantifying Gut Microbiome in Rats with Adenine-Induced Chronic Kidney Disease and the Effect of Treatment with Gum Arabic” under the supervision of Dr. Maha Alasmakh, Assistant Professor in the Biomedical Science Department.

Furthermore, two projects were dedicated to virology, the first, a pioneer study to explore the molecular genotyping of non-polio enteroviruses amongst pediatrics in Qatar which might help enhance the diagnosis of enteroviruses in the country. This study was conducted by two students, Nassimeh Azadi and Tayseer Fadl under the supervision of Dr. Hadi Yassine, Assistant Professor at the Biomedical Research Center in collaboration with Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) physicians: Dr. Khalid Al-Ansari, Dr. Peter Coyle and Dr. Muna Al-Maslamani. This project which was awarded in Qatar University’s Annual Research Symposium in April 2019 was funded by QU. The second project is an epidemiological study to understand the distribution of West Nile virus in the MENA region and identify its sero-prevalence among Qataris and immigrants within Qatar. This study was conducted by two students, Ms. Hasna Kunhipuraiyil and Ms. Muna Nizar, under the supervision of Dr. Gheyath Nasrallah, Associate Professor of the Biomedical Science Department in collaboration with Dr. Laith Abu Raddad, Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research at Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar.

Students Hadeel Al-Jighefee and Roba Abdin explored evaluating the safety of SAPDMA, which is widely used in cosmetics, conditioning agents and corrosion inhibition and is generally classified by different environmental and chemical agencies as a safe compound. The project showed that the exposure of zebrafish embryo to SAPDMA caused mortality in a dose dependent manner which might alert the industrial community to reevaluate its use in products. This project was supervised by Dr. Gheyath Nasrallah, Associate Professor of Biomedical Science Department.

In another study on diabetes, two students, Farzana Suliman and Rama Bakhash conducted a pilot study using 21 blood and stool samples from pediatric patients with type 1 diabetes to uncover the microbiome and epigenome profile of this disease in Qatar. This project was supervised by Dr. Mashael Al-Shafi, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Science Department.