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QULSS addresses molecular cancer research
2014-12-31

Molecular cancer research was the focus of the recent 2014 Qatar University Life Sciences Symposium (QULSS), an annual forum organized by the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences (DBES) at CAS.

The purpose of the event was to bring together researchers, experts, and scientists to exchange ideas and promote the creation and dissemination of rapidly-growing knowledge in molecular cancer research. It drew 272 attendees from Qatar and various countries such as The Netherlands, USA, France, Italy, Spain, Bahrain and UAE.

The 2-day forum’s agenda was divided into four sessions covering Epigenetics and Cancer; Complementary Alternative Medicines for Cancer Prevention and Treatment; Cancer Drug Discovery: Molecular Approaches; and Environment and Cancer.

It also featured an exhibition of nine posters of undergraduate (1), graduate (3), postgraduate (3), and post-doctorate (2) students on the following topics: breast cancer cell line, hydrocarbon degrading bacterial strains for bioremediation of petroleum pollution, and fungal population and aflatoxin contamination, to name a few.

Keynote speaker at the forum director of theCancer Genomics Centreof The Netherlands Genomics Initiative and theCentre for Biomedical Genetics, and chairperson of the Division of Biomedical Genetics of the University Medical Center Utrecht Prof Johannes Bos gave a presentation entitled: “Targeting the Ras pathway for personalized cancer treatment”, in which he observed that Ras genes mutations play a role in 50% of all tumors, especially in colon, lung and pancreatic cancer. He also talked about the exquisite resistance of mutant Ras for targeted therapies using human tumour organoids.

In her remarks, CAS dean Dr Eiman Mustafawi said: “This year we are focusing on the growing global issue of cancer, a disease that affects people across the world and accounts for around 10% of all deaths in Qatar. Qatar’s National Cancer Research Strategy emphasizes the importance of developing a program of translated cancer research, and the importance of prioritizing and coordinating cancer research activities in Qatar. By hosting today’s international symposium, the College of Arts and Sciences is supporting this national strategy by bringing in speakers of the highest caliber from around the world to disseminate research and create new connections and collaborations.”

Chair of the QULSS-2014 organizing Committee Dr Samir Jaoua said: “This symposium is a unique opportunity to address the molecular cancer research and exchange ideas that enhance cancer treatments. This event shows QU’s commitment in offering high quality research to serve the community in line with Qatar’s growth and national vision to become a knowledge-based economy.”

DBES head Dr Fatima Al-Naemi noted that cancer research is one of the pillars of Qatar National Vision 2030. “QULSS aims to introduce and discuss an annual topic of local and global concern at a platform where modern research, current issues and national and international expertise converge,” she said.