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Effect of thymus vulgaris on C/R cancer
2015-01-08

Seven students from the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences (DBES) at CAS recently conducted a research project on thymus vulgaris plant and its impact on fighting colorectal cancer (CRC), under the supervision of DBES associate professor Dr Ali Eid.

Hanaa Mohammed Nasser Al Mazrui, Aisha Hamad Al Rumaihi, Miaad Yousef Al-Jassem, Maryam Yousif Al Shamlan, Nouf Mohammed Al Karbi, Hana Khalaf Al Mohammed and Afnan Saleh Al Manhali studied the properties of thymus vulgaris plant extracts. The study showed its effect in preventing the proliferation of cancer cells, and in forcing malignant cells to kill themselves, which indicates the possibility of deriving successful drugs from this plant in order to treat cancer in the future.

Commenting on the research, Dr Eid said: “Colorectal cancer (CRC) remains one of the most common malignancies and a leading cause of cancer-related death. Its prognosis remains poor for patients with several grades of this disease. This study was undertaken to determine the role of thymus vulgaris extract (TVE) on CRC cells, and results have shown that TVE inhibits proliferation of malignant colon cancer cells. Thymus vulgaris have an anti-cancer effect and some of its ingredients may be an effective treatment modality for human CRC.”

Nouf said: “This research helps us develop our skills and abilities in order to join the labor market after graduation, and contribute to our country’s growth and development.” Hanaa said that the project was an invaluable experience as it brought new ideas to prevent colorectal cancer. “Results showed a new efficient treatment for this disease through the effect of thymus vulgaris plant in killing malignant cells”, she added.

Aisha said: “I am pleased to participate in this project that brings an efficient solution to prevent colorectal cancer, and that allows us to develop our research and scientific skills.” Team member Afnan said: “This achievement shows Qatar University’s commitment to supporting its students by providing them with opportunities to achieve their goals.”