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Experts from UK and Qatar join forces for QU hosted “UK-Qatar Health Research Forum” | Qatar University

Experts from UK and Qatar join forces for QU hosted “UK-Qatar Health Research Forum”

Group photo at the UK-Qatar Health Research Forum

On 29-30 April, Qatar University (QU) hosted the ‘Joining Forces’ UK-Qatar Health Research Forum which was organized by the UK Science and Innovation Network - on behalf of Her Majesty’s Government- with support from the British Council and the Academic Health System at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC).The Forum provided a platform for leading health research experts from the UK and Qatar to come together over two days, to join forces in discussing research, bilateral collaboration, and to address global health challenges.

The delivery of this event further demonstrated the UK’s commitment to supporting Qatar National Vision 2030 and Qatar’s National Health Strategy 2018-2022, and saw 22 influential UK speakers from leading research institutions and government departments travelling to Doha for the two days. The forum engaged both the academic community and healthcare providers alike, promoting the transfer of knowledge and innovation in health research. It was also an opportunity to strengthen ties between Qatar and the UK to jointly address global health challenges. In addition to the invited speakers, the event was open to academics and representatives from key health research partners across Qatar and the UK.

The British Ambassador to the State of Qatar, HE Mr Ajay Sharma said: “The UK and Qatar are longstanding partners in healthcare and I am delighted to see so many distinguished experts - academics and healthcare professionals - here today to discuss the latest research across a range of issues including diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and cancer. I am confident that this forum will support and lead to long-term, productive collaborations and benefit patients in our countries as well as globally.”

QU President Dr Hassan Al-Derham said in his speech, “The theme of today’s event is ‘Joining Forces.’ I believe, as many do, that the future of health must be based on collaboration. Joining forces means getting together the best individuals, groups, organizations, institutions, and ensuring that we build on each other’s expertise to obtain the maximum benefit. It also means that we ensure a communicative environment that is better suited to address complex health challenges, an environment that saves time and improves efficiency and also makes way for innovation.”

Professor Michael Frenneaux, Chief of Scientific, Academic and Faculty Affairs, Hamad Medical Corporation, stated: “Hamad Medical Corporation, through the Academic Health System, is delighted to have provided financial and organizational support for this important event, which has brought together 22 speakers of the UK’s leading scientists in the health research arena and leading scientists from Qatar for a highly stimulating and informative series of lectures and two panel discussions, covering major healthcare issues affecting both countries.”

Vice President for Medical and Health Sciences and Dean of the College of Medicine at Qatar University, Dr Egon Toft commented saying, “This forum brings together the best minds to tackle some pressing health issues facing the community and the world at large. Through discussions, innovative ideas and healthy partnerships, we can identify tangible and efficient solutions. We are grateful for the commitment of leading UK specialists who are with us in Doha to help enhance health care.”

The forum was well attended by scientists, health professionals and students from across Qatar, with lively discussions, and the generation of plans for future research collaborations, which are likely to bear substantial fruit over the coming years.

The forum comprised a series of panel discussions and keynote presentations from leaders in their respective fields, which included the themes diabetes, obesity & cardiovascular diseases, genomics and personalized medicine and cancer. The second day broached the themes infectious diseases, molecular medicine and neurosciences.

Throughout the program, the UK and Qatar participants had the opportunity to network and discuss their research, address major public health challenges and explore future collaborations.

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