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Dr. Nadir Kheir Presents on Questionnaire Development at QU and HMC  

Dr. Nadir Kheir (Associate Professor, College of Pharmacy, Qatar University) was invited by the Research Interest Group (Hamad Medical Corporation-Weil Cornell Medical College) and the Office of Institutional Planning and Development (OPID) at Qatar University to lead workshops on questionnaire development, testing, and use.

During each 4 to 6 hour session, Dr. Kheir discussed the important steps for developing new questionnaires in survey research. He elaborated on using different formats, and the importance of psychometric (or measuring) properties of the new questionnaires. His workshop also included the correct methods for translating a questionnaire from its original language into another language, and how to culturally adapt questionnaires into new cultural environments. “The skill to adapt or develop questionnaires for use in research projects is crucial, where poorly developed questionnaire run the risk of generating poor or misleading data which can in turn lead to taking wrong decisions or making wrong judgements,” Dr. Nadir explained.

The two workshop activities (conducted during November and December 2013 at Hamad Medical Corporation and Qatar University) were attended by participants of multiple professional backgrounds (healthcare, management, business, human resources, academic advising, and others), and generated a great deal of interest. The National Health Strategy 2011-2016 has a goal of achieving high-quality research in healthcare.
 
 
   
Qatar University Students Win the 1st Mental Health Student Competition  

The first Mental Health Student Competition launched in September has been won by a team of Pharmacy Students from Qatar University for their campaign about Postpartum Depression. The winners were announced at the International Psychiatry Symposium, St Regis by the Judging Panel: Naif Al-Malki, Founder of Youth Foundation Qatar, Dr Mahmoud Aborabeh, Resident at Psychiatry Department and Fatema Yadegari, Case Manager at Psychiatry Department HMC. Two teams from University of Calgary-Qatar were awarded High Recommended. The results for the final eight teams have been applauded for creativity, focus and huge commitment. Ms Fatemeh Yadegari, a member of the Judging Panel said: ‘It was hard to pick a winner, everyone was brilliant and everyone is a star however, there were some stars that shone brighter’

The competition is an initiative by the Academic Health System Clinical Sub-Committee. Running as a collaborative project, the competition was open to students from University of Calgary- Qatar, WCMC, Qatar University and College of North Atlantic and supported by their Student Counselors and subject matter experts from Psychiatry Department at Hamad Medical Corporation.

Competitors were asked to choose one competition theme and work on an original idea to raise awareness about mental health. Eight finalists were selected to work with a professional Design Team who helped develop the ideas into campaign pieces and produce finished Art Boards for presentations to the judges and showcase at the St Regis. In their own words, here’s what the teams of students said about the competition process:

‘I would love to make a good change in regards to mental health in the Qatar community’. ‘I experience Postpartum Depression (PPD) previously and I want to help increase the awareness of PPD’. ‘I’ve always had a passion for mental health issues and I was excited about the opportunity to work with a professional design team’. ‘We want to make change, to have a positive impact on mental health in Qatar’. ‘The design team was very helpful to flourish our ideas’. ‘It was a fantastic experience’.

This is an initiative from the Academic Health System which is a dynamic nationwide network to integrate research, education and clinical care to focus on improving patient care and delivering innovative healthcare solutions. Eight partners work collaboratively in the AHS these are Hamad Medical Corporation, Sidra Medical and Research Center, Weill Cornell Medical College Qatar, Qatar Biomedical Research Institute, College of the North Atlantic-Qatar, the Primary Health Care Corporation, Qatar University and University of Calgary-Qatar.

Congratulations P2 Students on your Award! Somaia Abdelaziz, Khadija Mohammad, Alya Babiker, Alaa Abdelazim, Honain El-Makaty and Fatima Maraghi!

 
 
   
Qatar University College of Pharmacy Students and Faculty Recently Toured the Largest Pharmaceutical Plant in Qatar, Qatar Pharma  

As part of the continuous collaboration between Qatar University College of Pharmacy (QU CPH) and the industrial sector, the industrial visit to Qatar Pharma, the sole pharmaceutical manufacturer in Qatar, was held on December 09, 2013. This annual event takes place as part of the Pharmaceutics (PHAR310) class curriculum to provide the students with insight into best laboratory practices from a scientific perspective as well as understanding the business of drug production.

Dr. Ayman El-Kadi, Dean at QU CPH, faculty, masters’ students and second year undergraduate pharmacy students toured the 200-plus employee high-tech fully automated pharmaceutical manufacturer with ISO 9001, FDA standards and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) standards to view a leading manufacturer in the region and to establish a closer partnership.

“Industrial pharmacy is an exciting career path for pharmacists”, said Dr. Ahmed Al Sulaiti the Chairman of Qatar Pharma adding, “we would like to work with QU CPH to introduce the first industrial pharmacy rotations to have senior pharmacy students complete some of their training hours with us”. Dr. Ayman remarked, “by establishing closer ties with Qatar Pharma we introduce our students to new experiences in Industrial Pharmacy which is entirely under the domain of the pharmacist and quickly expanding in Qatar under the Qatar National Vision 2030”.

Dr. Husam Younes, Associate Professor and the coordinator of the Pharmaceutics series of courses at QU CPH comments, “Qatar Pharma and QU CPH have established partnership relations since the beginning. The College of Pharmacy through its Pharmaceutics research Laboratory offered consultation and pharmaceutical analysis services to Qatar Pharma. Qatar Pharma has in turn provided annual pharmaceutics guest lectures and training tours to their premises for the students. Dr. Halim Ja’ffer also participated as a guest lecturer at the College of Pharmacy in a lecture titled: “Sterile Pharmaceutical Manufacturing; which described major topics in the production, Quality Control (QC), Quality Assurance (QA) and current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) for sterile intravenous products”. The two parties are currently working to expand further the collaboration between the two partners.

“We have state- of-the-art plant machinery without human intervention to limit contamination”, said Dr. Halim Ja’ffer, the General Manager at Qatar Pharma, as he discussed the quality control measures at the plant. Qatar Pharma produces I.V solutions and hemodialysis for kidney failure and a range of other products to meet Qatar’s demand in hospitals and clinical settings and for export to the GCC and the rest of world. Plans for the local manufacturer include ampules, vials, tables, capsules, syrups etc.

“I enjoyed the tour today especially, the Microbiology Lab seeing the endotoxins and micro-organisms. It was my first live demo of the stability chamber and exciting to see the quality control regulated by the pharmacist,“ commented Hend a 2nd year pharmacy student, “I can see a future here for me.”

 
 
   
Dr. Ayman El-Kadi Keynote Speaker at 16th Annual Congress of the Scientific Association  

Dr. Ayman El-Kadi, Dean CPH was a keynote speaker at the 16th Annual Congress of the Scientific Association of the Colleges of Pharmacy in the Arab World that was held in Benghazi, Libya 4-7 November, 2013. For details please refer to http://www.academyih.org/conferences/index.php/scacp/16scacpw/about/

 
 
   
College of Pharmacy and Primary Health Care Collaborate for Diabetes Prevention and Awareness Campaign: ‘Protect Your Future’  

Qatar University (QU) College of Pharmacy (CPH) faculty, alumni and students in partnership with Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) launched a Public Health Diabetes Prevention and Awareness campaign at the Al Gharaffa and Madinat Khalifa PHCC Centers’ on Tuesday November 26th in support of World Diabetes Month.

“We have joined forces with Primary Health Care Corporation so senior pharmacy students can spread the message of diabetes awareness and prevention. This is an opportunity for senior Pharmacy students to participate in health promotion with pharmacists,” says Dean for the College of Pharmacy, Dr. Ayman El-Kadi added, “helping people live healthier lives is an integral part of being a pharmacist and these types of outreach impact todays’ generation and future generations.” 

Dr. Abdelkarim Abu Samaha, Executive Director of Operations PHCC remarked, “We fully support these types of community outreach activities with our partners at Qatar University College of Pharmacy with the objective to improve the health of our nation. Lifestyle counseling has shown to be effective in prevention and improving quality of life. We believe that Diabetes awareness is the responsibility of everyone involved in the health care field and together we are stronger. In this program we targeted the people with diabetes; and those who are at risk of developing it.” 

3rd year pharmacy student Myriam Jaam really felt that “the event made a difference in peoples’ health”. “I helped someone learn about the role of nutrition in the management of their diabetes even though they were diagnosed three years ago. Pharmacy is a rewarding career opportunity and I am eager to be a future pharmacist”, said Nurhan El-Shafey a third year pharmacy student.

 
 
   
Qatar University, College of Pharmacy 1st Master of Science Graduate Student Successfully Defends Thesis with Distinction “Canadian Best”  

Qatar University, College of Pharmacy hosted the first Master of Science in Pharmacy thesis defense oral presentation and comprehensive exam on Sunday November 24, 2013. The event was attended by Dr. Asad Zeidan, Assistant Professor from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, Dr. Ayman El-Kadi, Dean and Professor College of Pharmacy (Cardiovascular Pharmacologist), Dr Mohsen Gizani, QU Associate VP for Graduate Studies, CPH faculty and other scientific guests. External MSc examiner Dr. Balwant Tauna, distinguished Professor (Faculty of Medicine) from the University of Ottawa, Canada, led the international team brought in to assess the MSc program and its first graduate student.

Ms. Iman Abdelaziz, the 1st Master of Science Graduate Student, eloquently presented her MSc thesis entitled, “The Cellular Interplay between Na+/H+ Exchanger Isoform 1 and Osteopontin in Cardiac Hypertrophy.” She highlighted the need to study cardiovascular diseases in identifying novel therapeutic targets.

Ms. Imans’ presentation and oral examination that followed was highly commended by the MSc examination board. “I have reviewed 10 MSc thesis exams in Canada this year and Imans’ ranked 1st”, remarked Dr. Balwant Tuana. He also commented, “Iman easily places in the top 10% of all of the MSc level thesis projects” that he has evaluated.

Dr. Fatima Mraiche, Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy and MSc Primary Supervisor for Iman elaborated on the dedication, drive and scientific curiosity displayed by the first MSc student. Dr. Fatima Mraiche remarked, “We are very pleased with Iman’s development, her work ethic and scientific aptitude. She is an asset to the scientific community in Qatar”.

Dr. Feras Alali, Professor and Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies at the College of Pharmacy praised the support of Qatar University, which has allowed the MSc program to progress and advance. Dr. Feras also noted that the success of our MSc graduates has provided the college with the drive to initiate other post graduate programs such as an MSc in Pharmacy Practice and a future PhD program.

Ms. Iman recognized the efforts by Qatar University and the College of Pharmacy, her supervisor Dr. Fatima Mraiche, thanked the college for the international experience to work as a summer intern at Dr. Gary Lopaschuk and Dr. Larry Fliegel laboratory from the University of Alberta, Canada.

 
 
   
College of Pharmacy Students Visit Nuclear Pharmacy Site  

Qatar University College of Pharmacy visited the Hamad Medical Corporation Nuclear Medicine Department this week. Organized by Dr. Sumaya Al Saadi, Acting Director NCCCR Hospital, Dr. Ashraf Khalil, Assistant Professor and Chair of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Ms. Tammy King , Senior Specialist for Business Marketing and Communications, students from the third professional year of the BSc (Pharm) program toured the leading edge facilities and met with specialized nuclear staff. Students were exposed to the preparing and safe handling of Radio Isotopes, procedures for injection of radiopharmaceutical to a patient for diagnostic purposes, viewing and interpretation data from PET CT and other diagnostics equipment.

Dr. Ashraf Khalil thanked the Hamad team at the Nuclear site commenting, “it was a very informative visit. Our students were very excited to learn about this advanced field. I really appreciate the hospitality of Dr. Layos Sabados who gave the students a comprehensive introduction about nuclear medicine and radiopharmaceuticals, Mr. Stephen Gulkai who explained to the students the details of radionuclide production using the cyclotron and radiopharmaceutical preparation. Mr. Kaldon and Mr. Ihab Rajesh were also very integral to the visit today. We look forward to future collaboration”.

Nuclear Pharmacy is a post-baccalaureate specialty within the pharmaceutical sciences that involves the safe and effective preparation of radioactive materials to diagnose and treat specific diseases and ultimately to improve and promote health. BSc (Pharm) students at the college are taught basic nuclear pharmacy principles and practices as a component of their undergraduate curriculum. A career in nuclear pharmacy is one of many career path options available for graduates of the pharmacy program.

 
 
   
Dr. Fatima Mraiche Awarded 'For Women in Science' Fellowship   

Ten outstanding Arab women scientists, including our very own Dr. Fatima Mraiche, are being awarded with a L'Oréal-UNESCO Pan Arab Regional Fellowship Award worth 15,000 Euros in recognition of their contributions to the advancement of science.

Founded on the premise that ‘the world needs science and science needs women’, the L'Oréal-UNESCO fellowships are the first international awards devoted to women in science. The program empowers Arab women scientists, highlighting their contributions to the world of science and acknowledging their key role in the development of the region. Plus, the substantial financial awards provide practical help for these talented researchers and inspire future young scientists.

The President of the jury, Nabiel Saleh was impressed by the quality of the 2013 applications. ”I would like to thank all the talented scientists and researchers who submitted applications this year. They have demonstrated the impressive contribution that the region’s women are making across all disciplines of sciences. It is an honour to be able to rewards ten of these exceptional women for their work in this field. We thank them for their work so far, and wish them success in their future scientific endeavours.”

Thierry Houssin, Managing Director of L’Oreal Middle East thanked Nabiel Saleh and his fellow jury members for their hard work and also commended his partners for their commitment to the program. “This program would be impossible without the ongoing support of our partner, UNESCO, who have worked with us to organize the program and to share the unique opportunities the Fellowships offer. Also, this year, our affiliation with the NRF has been instrumental in increasing our footprint in the GCC and has enabled us to reach even more of the region’s eligible female scientists.”

The ceremony was held to honour the new fellows on November 6th at the Zayed University, under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Maitha Salem Al Shamsi, the Esteemed Minister of State and President of Zayed University. The event started with a cocktail reception, followed by speeches and the presentation of the fellowship awards.

L’Oréal and UNESCO joined forces, in 1998, to found the L’Oréal-UNESCO ‘For Women in Science’ program. United by a shared conviction that the world needs science, and that science needs women, the L’Oréal-UNESCO partnership is committed to promoting women in science on a global scale. Since the program began, 57 Award Laureates from 27 countries and 135 International Fellows from 71 countries have been recognized, in addition to the L’Oréal National Fellowship initiatives.

The L'Oréal-UNESCO Pan Arab Fellowships program was launched in 2010 to celebrate the phenomenal achievements of the region’s women scientists. Following an impressive first year, the program was extended to include candidates from seventeen Arab countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, the Sultanate of Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen.

 
 
   
College of Pharmacy Participates at International College Fair  

Qatar University (QU) College of Pharmacy (CPH) participated in the 3rd Annual Qatar International College Fair November 4-6, 2013 organized by the Higher Education Institute held at the Qatar International Exhibition Center.

Dr. Mohammad Diab, Assistant Professor at the College of Pharmacy commented, “the mandate of the fair is bring top-ranked universities together for high school seniors and graduates. 

This event was a fantastic opportunity to open dialogue with students. We explained that we are the only Canadian fully-accredited program outside of Canada through the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) , our 2 post graduate degree programs and a answered a host of other questions. It was great to engage with the students and to let them know there are high-calibre degree programs in Qatar.

“Students had a number of misconceptions about the college which we were pleased to answer” explained CPH Alumni Dr. Noor Alsalimy, Teaching Assistant at the College of Pharmacy. College of Pharmacy brochures and CD’s were distributed to the interested high school students.

 
   
QU College of Pharmacy Celebrates the 7th Annual White Coat Ceremony  

Qatar University College of Pharmacy (CPH) held its 7th annual White Coat inauguration ceremony on Sunday November 3, 2013. The symbolic event included twenty five 1st year students reciting the Oath of a Pharmacist, signing the pledge of professionalism and donning the white coat in a heartfelt ceremony witnessed by over 300 people.

Special guests in attendance; Dr. Mazen O Hasna, Vice President and CAO, Qatar University, Dr. Faleh Hussein Ali, Assistant Secretary General for Policy Affairs, Supreme Council of Health, Dr. Kawthar Abd El Nabi, Pharmacy Director, Al Khor Hospital, Dr. Khalid Al Siyabi, Associate Director, Heart Hospital, Dr. Mahmoud Al Mahmoud, Pharmacy Director, Primary Health Care Corporation, representatives from HMC, Sidra Medical and Research Center, Primary Health Care, Ebn Sina Medical, Well Care Group, International Medical Company, University of Calgary-Qatar, College of North Atlantic - Qatar, CPH students and their families, CPH faculty, alumni, staff and well-wishers.

Newly appointed Dean of the College of Pharmacy, Dr. Ayman El Kadi elaborated on the significance of the event, “today marks an important rite of passage for our students into the profession of pharmacy. These students have accepted this tremendous responsibility tonight witnessed by their families, peers and pharmacy role models. Knowledge and skills, commitment and services, integrity and accountability, pride in the profession and leadership are critical components to their lifelong pledge. I congratulate the students and their families.”

“This is a momentous day for the profession of pharmacy. The National Health Strategy and National Vision have expanded the role of a pharmacist. As a core member of the health care team, the pharmacists’ role requires professionalism, dedication to improving patient care and continuously seeking new knowledge. I am pleased to see these bright future pharmacists join our profession. Students, your road was tough, but you did an excellent job. You never lost your faith and courage, which eventually brought you to success. Congratulations.” Dr. Kawthar Abd El-Nabi, Pharmacy Director, Al Khor Hospital.

First year pharmacy student, Amani Faisal Al Haddad said, “today is a very exciting day for me. My family is here to witness this achievement. I feel different as I am now in the pharmacy profession. I want to continue to make my family proud because I want to be part of the change in health care in Qatar”.

 
 
   
Pharmacy Students Organize 4th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign  

Pharmacy students held the 4th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign at Qatar University on October 23rd. Qatar Pharmacy Undergraduate Society (QPhUS) newly elected members for the school year organized the event as part of their community outreach portfolio.
QPhUS President Shorouk Abdelkader explained, “since October is the international breast cancer month we ask all 1st year to 3rd year pharmacy students to participate in raising awareness for the campaign. Pharmacy students distribute pamphlets and pink ribbons and wear pink in support of cancer survivors and those affected. We discuss the importance of knowing your family history, the role of diet and exercise in prevention of breast cancer. We also show videos and promote the event on facebook and twitter so students can learn more”.
“I feel more comfortable talking to students about this subject than adults. They encouraged me to discuss what I learned today with my family so I can share my knowledge and the educational material they have provided me”, a Foundation student commented.

The new Dean for the College of Pharmacy, Dr. Ayman El-Kadi added, “we teach our pharmacy students to be involved in health promotion from their first year as pharmacy students and I am pleased to see the ease at which they communicate with their peers these important lifestyle messages”.

 
 
   
Dr. Ahmed Awaisu Receives Travel Fellowship to Abu Dhabi Conference   

Dr. Ahmed Awaisu recently received a travel fellowship to attend the First International Conference on Waterpipe Tobacco Research which was held in Abu Dhabi, UAE from 21-23 October, 2013. The conference was sponsored by the New York University (NYU) Abu Dhabi Institute, International Development Research Centre, Syrian Center for Tobacco Studies, NYU Abu Dhabi Public Health Research Center, and the American University of Beirut. Prior to the conference, a 1-day workshop was conducted during which all participants presented posters about their research proposals or on-going research. Dr. Awaisu and team presented a research proposal/progress related to their UREP 13th Cycle project entitled “Waterpipe Smoking among the General Population in Qatar: Prevalence, Perceptions and Correlates of Quitting Intention”.

Waterpipe (hookah/shisha) smoking is a major public health issue in this region as it has become widely popular among young and old people including women. While they often think it is safe, waterpipe smoking is highly addictive dangerous to health.

Renowned international and regional speakers highlighted existing knowledge on waterpipe tobacco research, including epidemiology, addiction, health effects, social media and economics. The conference produced a declaration, which was endorsed by all participants, as well as specific research and policy recommendations.

For a copy of the research poster, visit the Abstracts/Posters webpage.

 
 
   
Dr. Nadir Kheir Attends the Pharmacy Australia Congress 2013  

Dr. Nadir Kheir attended the Pharmacy Australia Congress 2013 (PAC 2013) , which was organized by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and was held in the period from 10-13 October 2013 in Brisbane, Australia. Dr. Kheir delivered an oral presentation entitled: Medication Use Review in a Primary Healthcare Service in Qatar. In his presentation, Dr. Kheir provided a summary of the research project that he and his colleagues conducted in partnership with Qatar Petroleum Medical Services around medication use reviews.

The PAC is considered the voice of pharmacy in Australia and its membership is composed of over 18,000 Australian pharmacists and pharmacy students. This year's PAC's theme was One Profession, One Focus, One Voice. Plenary speakers included Professor Zubin Austin, Professor Claire Anderson and Professor Ian Frazer. A number of pharmacy practice topics were addressed in this year's PAC, including issues around the 'global' practice of pharmacy, learning and professional practice, and advanced practice education. Workshop covered clinical pharmacy areas (pain management, mental health, evidence-based cardiovascular and diabetes practice, smoking cessation, and sexual health). Over 400 pharmacists and pharmacy educators, researchers, and managers attended the Congress from across the world.

For a copy of the presentation slides, visit the Presentations webpage.

 
 
   
Dr. Mohammad Issam Diab Joins the College  

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Mohammad Issam Diab has accepted a formal offer to join our college as an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Pharmacy and Practice Section commencing in October 2013.

Dr. Diab received his Bachelor degree in pharmacy from the University of Jordan, Amman, in 2004. He then moved on to join Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) in Qatar for 9 years as clinical pharmacy specialist and the head of contentious pharmacy education programme.

In 2007, he joined Clinical pharmacy MSc program at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom and awarded his MSc degree in clinical pharmacy in 2008. He then joined Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences PhD program in 2009. During that time, he carried out a research project in clinical pharmacy related to the management of type-2 diabetes and primary prevention of cardiovascular disease. His project let to four poster presentations and oral communications at the European Society of Clinical Pharmacy Symposium with four published abstracts and a peer reviewed paper in the International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy.

Dr. Diab’s current clinical practice is focused on type-2 diabetes management. His research interest includes type-2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease prevention and risk analysis as well as evidence-based medication use.

Welcome on board, Dr. Mohamed. We have no doubt that you will bring an important contribution to the college.

 
 
   
Mrs. Alla El-Awaisi Wins Best Oral Presentation Award at the Second Gulf Clinical Skills Conference in Kuwait  

Mrs. Alla El-Awaisi, Clinical lecturer in the College of Pharmacy attended the Second International Gulf Clinical Skills and Simulation Conference convened by the University of Dundee (Scotland) and the Dasman Diabetes Institute in Kuwait that was held on September 21 and 22 in Kuwait. Mrs. Alla delivered a presentation entitled: ‘Blackboard and Lecture Capture at the College of Pharmacy in Qatar University: tools for blended learning’. This presentation focused on experiences from the College of Pharmacy at Qatar University in utilizing blackboard and lecture captures in pharmacy professional skills courses. It also presented samples of different effective techniques used in employing these technologies as tools for blended learning and to enhance students’ learning and opportunities. Mrs. Alla was awarded the Best Oral Presentation for her talk at this event.

For a copy of the presentation slides, visit the Presentations webpage.

 
 
   
QU/HMC Agreement to Establish Cross-Appointed Academic Clinicians for Optimum Healthcare Delivery in Qatar  

Qatar University (QU) yesterday signed a unique Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) to create a system of cross-appointments. The agreement was signed by QU President Prof Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad and HMC Managing Director Dr Hanan Al-Kuwari.

These new roles – Corporate Academic Clinicians - will work towards continued improvement in the delivery of quality patient care in Qatar as well as furthering the academic and research objectives of both organizations.

The MoU contributes to the development of a skilled national healthcare workforce and the delivery of safe, high-quality care, in line with Qatar’s National Health Strategy.

Under the terms of the agreement, cross-appointed QU faculty will work closely with HMC clinicians, contributing to patient care – these positions will be in complement to their teaching and research responsibilities at the University. Reciprocally, cross-appointed clinicians from HMC will engage in teaching and academic activities at the University.

QU’s College of Pharmacy (CPH) is the first of QU colleges to be involved in the new agreement. Through their appointments as Academic Pharmacy Clinicians, QU faculty members Dr Bridget Javed, Dr Emily Black and Dr Kyle Wilby will bring their expert academic and research capabilities into the clinical setting.

This arrangement will also improve pharmacy teaching, enhance clinical pharmacy practice, and promote engagement in shared research aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of Qatar’s population. Additional QU colleges are expected to join under the agreement in the coming months.

Commenting on the agreement, Prof Al-Misnad said: “QU is pleased to again partner with HMC in another important initiative that brings together expertise in research, teaching and clinical practice that will benefit a wide range of stakeholders – the College, HMC, faculty, clinicians, students, patients, and the wider community. This falls in line with our priority area of Population, Health and Wellness as part of our new 5-year research agenda. Additionally, it reflects our commitment to serving the needs of the community and to collaborate with like-minded organizations such as HMC to further this objective”.

Dr Al-Kuwari said: “This agreement emphasizes HMC and QU’s joint commitment to advancing the education of health professionals in Qatar, towards fostering a culture of research, and to providing opportunities for continued professional development for our skilled clinical leaders and academic faculty members. It is an important milestone in HMC’s relationship with QU and in the development of our Academic Health System, and builds upon an already strong foundation between our two organizations”.

CPH Dean Dr Ayman El-Kadi said: “This MOU serves to enhance our existing partnership with HMC and allows for a stronger communication flow between both organizations for the benefit of our students’ learning as well as patient care outcomes at HMC hospitals. It will help us achieve our stated goals and mission as we continue to support the National Health Strategy. With our talented faculty Dr Javed, Dr Black and Dr Wilby currently serving as cross-appointees, we plan to increase this in the future to cover a diversity of clinical specialties”.
QU is one of eight partners of a dynamic network comprising HMC, College of North Atlantic-Qatar, Primary Health Care Corporation, Qatar Biomedical Research Institute, University of Calgary-Qatar, Sidra Medical and Research Center, and Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar in the Academic Health System (AHS) in Qatar.

Academic health systems integrate research, education and clinical care in a unique manner to focus on improving patient care and delivering innovative healthcare solutions. Together, these eight members of the AHS are developing a nationwide academic health system in Qatar -- a first within the MENA region.

(press releases)

 
 
   
Dr. Ahmed Awaisu Involved in Building Pharmacy Practice Research Capacity of Hospital Pharmacists in Oman  

College of Pharmacy faculty, Dr. Ahmed Awaisu was recently involved in a 3-day research capacity building workshop for pharmacists in Oman. The workshop entitled “Introduction to Research Methodology for Pharmacists” was organized by the Directorate General of Medical Supplies, Ministry of Health, Sultanate of Oman. Dr. Awaisu conducted the workshop along with Dr. Mohamed Azmi Hassali (Associate Professor and Deputy Dean of Student Affairs and Networking, School of Pharmacy, Universiti Sains Malaysia) and Dr. Fahad Saleem (Senior Lecturer, School of Pharmacy, Universiti Sains Malaysia).

The training was primarily intended to impart basic skills in research methods and biostatistics to novice researchers especially in pharmacy related areas and to provide motivation and impetus to get the pharmacists started in conducting research. The ultimate goal is to use research evidence to influence practice change and health outcomes of population at large. The 3-day workshop was conducted in an interactive manner and was overwhelmingly attended by about 40 Omani pharmacists working in various hospital and primary healthcare settings. The participants believed that the training was very successful and has achieved its goals of providing basic skills about planning and conducting pharmacy practice research.

For a copy of the presentation slides, visit the Presentations webpage.

 
 
   
Mrs. Vinitha Kuruvilla Joins the College   

We are pleased to announce that Mrs. Vinitha Kuruvilla joined the College of Pharmacy as a Research Assistant in Dr. Shankar’s lab.

Mrs. Vinitha received her BSc in Pharmacology from Stony Brook University, USA in May 2009. She worked as a teaching assistant in the same institution for 1 year before joining the Master program in Pharmacology at New York Medical College, USA from where she received her MSc in Pharmacology in August 2012. During her graduate studies, she also worked as a part-time research assistant at the Analytical Chemists Laboratory, USA.

Mrs. Vinitha’s research project in Dr. Shankar's lab will focus on investigating the protective effects of Metformin in an in vitro model of diabetic nephropathy.

We are glad to have Ms. Vinitha joining the CPH and we are sure that she will contribute to the advancement of the research infrastructure.

 
 
   
MSc (Pharm) Student Completes Summer Research Internship in the United States  

Ms. Ayat Hammad, a second year MSc (Pharm) student working under the supervision of Drs. Shankar Munusamy and Ashraf Khalil, has recently returned from United States after completion of a 8-week summer research internship at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) under the guidance of Dr. Lee Ann MacMillan-Crow. The objective of her summer research internship was to test the protective effects of synthetic piperine analogs against oxidative stress in rat kidney cells. During her internship, Ms. Ayat has developed an in vitro model of oxidative stress-induced renal cell injury and received hands-on training on cell death assays and fluorescent techniques to detect oxidative stress in cell culture. Towards the completion of her internship, Ms. Ayat had presented the results from her internship to the faculty and students of the Dept. of Pharmacology and Toxicology at UAMS.

When asked about her experience, Ms. Ayat had the following to say. "My internship has been an inspiring experience and it gave me the chance to learn valuable skills and knowledge related to my area of specialty. It is certainly a great stepping stone during my masters degree. I deeply thank Drs. Shankar Munusamy and Ashraf Khalil for giving me the incredible opportunity of having my internship at UAMS and I also would like to thank Ms. Banan for coordinating my travel to the US. This internship will undoubtedly be one of the most influential and memorable highlights of my masters studies at QU and I look forward to applying what I have learned to my MSc research project here in Qatar."

 
 
   
Dr. Shankar Munusamy Receives Faculty of the Year Award   

Dr. Shankar Munusamy received the Faculty of the Year Award for the academic year 2012-13 for his distinguished performance in teaching, research and service at the College of Pharmacy, Qatar University. He is the first recipient of this award, which was introduced in the academic year 2012-13 by the college administration to recognize and encourage faculty members on their performance and achievements during the year. The award selection criteria is based on the contribution of faculty in teaching, research and service, as well as the feedback of the students, faculty and supervisors. The beneficiary is offered a certificate, a College of Pharmacy trophy, and QR 10,000 to support professional development activities.

 
 
   
Qatar University College of Pharmacy’s Continuing Education Program Achieves First Accreditation in Qatar  

The College of Pharmacy (CPH) at Qatar University (QU) recently received accreditation status of its Continuing Professional Pharmacy Development (CPPD) program from the Qatar Council for Health Practitioners of the Supreme Council of Health (SCH). This success came following the visit of the Qatar Council’s accreditation team May 21, 2013 to review the CPPD program and conduct a site visit.

The official decision read: “The Qatar Council for Health Practitioners declares the College of Pharmacy, Qatar University has been found to fulfill the accreditation standards and requirements and is granted accreditation as a provider for continuous medical education and professional development for health practitioners.”

The CPPD was selected as the first program to be reviewed by the newly-formed Qatar Council for Health Practitioners. The program provides continuing education sessions -- using advanced technology products like ipads -- to practicing pharmacists and allied health professionals in Qatar, and monitors their knowledge before and after each session. As a result of this accreditation, pharmacists can claim their QU CPPD continuing education sessions towards their mandatory Supreme Council for Health continuing education hours that are tied to their re-licensure to work in Qatar.

In 2011, 3 years after the program’s inception, they adopted international competencies under the Canada-based National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA), which have also been endorsed by the SCH’s Medical Licensure Department and Pharmacy and Drug Regulation Department, as well as Hamad Medical Corporation Pharmacy Practice Committee and Qatar Petroleum Medical Services.

CPH Acting Dean Dr. Sherief Khalifa commented: “This is an important milestone for the College and a critical endorsement of the program that provides such a wealth of training and professional development programs to Qatar’s pharmacists and health practitioners as part of our contribution towards Qatar National Vision 2030, National Development Strategy and the National Health Strategy. The program is now the first and only accredited professional pharmacy development provider in Qatar, and this has very real sustainable benefits for the health professionals themselves and the wider society as a whole”.

Dr Khalifa expressed his thanks to the CCPD coordinator and CPH assistant professor Dr Nadir Kheir and the CPPD team Ms Sahar Shamseddine, Ms Tammy King, Mr Mohamad Najjar and Ms Iman Abdelaziz for their hard work towards preparation of the accreditation application documents, and their positive engagement with the accreditation team during the site visit.

Dr Kheir said: “We are pleased to gain this accreditation achievement which is testimony to our steady progress towards the College’s vision to be the leading pharmacy college in the region. This is an indication of quality, high standards and best practices of the CPPD program - it is very exciting to see our hard work and commitment to the pharmacy profession recognized by the highest health authority in Qatar”.

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Dr. Emily Black Awarded PharmD Preceptor Award  

It has been announced that Dr. Emily Black, Assistant Professor, received a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Program Preceptor Award from the University of British Columbia Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences (Canada) for her outstanding teaching contribution.

Since 2010, QU CPH has hosted 11 international students on academic leadership rotations. As of 2011, Dr. Emily has coordinated these students’ activities as the principle faculty member mentor. As a recipient of this award, Dr. Emily was recognized by the four visiting UBC students she precepted over the 2012 Academic Year for her “outstanding talents, efforts, and contributions to the training of [UBC] students and the UBC PharmD program”.

Dr. Emily is active in undergraduate and graduate student teaching at QU CPH and is cross-appointed to Infectious Diseases services at HMC where she provides patient care and preceptorship of our own QU CPH PharmD students on clinical rotation.

Congratulations, Dr. Emily!

  
   
Qatar University College of Pharmacy Graduates Largest Cohort   

Twenty seven College of Pharmacy graduates took to the stage, in the largest class to date, for their graduation ceremony honored by the presence of HE Sheikh Dr Abdullah bin Ali Al-Thani. The group consists of twenty pharmacy students presented with their Bachelor of Science (Pharmacy) degrees and seven Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) graduates receiving their terminal degrees from QU President Prof. Sheikha Al Misnad and College of Pharmacy (CPH) Acting Dean Dr. Sherief Khalifa on June 19, 2013 at the Qatar National Convention Center witnessed by QU Administration, parents, faculty and staff.

“I applaud our third cohort of graduates who have worked diligently to achieve their goals. They will now embark on a new life journey and we look forward to watching them advance the level of pharmacy practice in Qatar in line with the Qatar 2030 national vision and national health strategy,” said Acting Dean Sherief Khalifa. BSc graduate Hajer Suliman wished, “…all of my fellow graduates a future filled with success. I am proud to be a pharmacist and I know we can make a difference.”

Mrs. Banan Mukhalalati, Assistant Dean for Faculty and Student Affairs explained that Pharmacy graduates pledge the Oath of a Pharmacist to continue to stay abreast of scientific advancements throughout their career. Our recently accredited continuing education program will offer up to date advancements in pharmacy practice. “We bid them farewell as students and welcome their return as college alumnus and pharmacists”, she said. Dr. Raja Barazi, PharmD 2013 graduate comments, “my happiness and pride as the president of the College of Pharmacy Alumni Chapter continues to grow as we expand our alumnus. I look back on our past 6 years with fondness and to the future with delight”.

 Director of the PharmD Program Dr. Kerry Wilbur explains, “This post-baccalaureate degree program is intended to prepare licensed BSc (Pharm) pharmacists to practice at an advanced level and typically in a hospital setting. Dr. Reem El-Ajez, a 2013 PharmD graduate expressed her gratitude, “I would like to thank all of the faculty and pharmacy preceptors who taught me a lot. Without them I would not be the person I am today”.

 
   
Dr. Bryan Feger of Duke University Medical Center, Presents on "Na+/H+ Exchanger Isoform 1 and Physiological Cardiac Hypertrophy" to Members of the College of Pharmacy   

The College of Pharmacy, Qatar University hosted its first Skype interaction with Duke University. Dr. Bryan Feger shared his research findings with members of the College of Pharmacy on June 11, 2013. The seminar was attended by students, research assistants, postdoctoral fellows, faculty members and senior scientists from CPH and CAS and was an excellent venue for scientific discussion. Dr. Bryan Feger discussed the implications of Na+/H+ Exchanger Isoform 1 (NHE1) in physiological cardiac hypertrophy, a compensatory mechanism following exercise. An interesting discussion followed, allowing the audience to discuss the differences between pathological and physiological cardiac hypertrophy and the potential applicability of NHE1 inhibitors as therapeutic targets. The various in vivo and in vitro models used to study pathological and physiological cardiac hypertrophy were also discussed.

We look forward to future interaction and collaboration with Dr. Bryan Feger and associates at Duke University!

 
   
Dr. Ayman El-Kadi Joins the College   

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Ayman El-Kadi has accepted a formal offer to join the College of Pharmacy as Professor and Dean commencing in September 2013.

Dr. El-Kadi was a professor in the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) since 2001. At University of Alberta he moved through the ranks from Assistant to Full Professor. He was the Chair of Pharmaceutical Sciences Division (2005-2008), Director of Graduate Studies (2008-2009), and the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies (2009-2013). Dr. El-Kadi received his BSc in Pharmacy and MSc in Pharmacology from Tripoli and Benghazi University (Libya) in 1990 and 1994, respectively. Also, he is a registered pharmacist in Libya and Canada. In 1999 he received his PhD in Pharmacology from University of Montreal (Montreal, Quebec, Canada). Thereafter, he did postdoctoral training in Molecular Toxicology at the University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario, Canada). Dr. El-Kadi’s research interests are in the areas of Pharmacology and Molecular and Environmental Toxicology. His research resulted in over 120 peer-reviewed papers in prestigious journals and similar number of abstracts and presentations. His research is supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and several Biotech companies. He has supervised significant number of undergraduate, MSc, PhD students and postdoctoral fellows. He has served as editor, associate editor and member of the editorial board for a number of journals in the pharmaceutical sciences.

Welcome on board, Dr. Ayman. We look forward to working with you!

  
   
Dr. Feras Alali Joins the College   

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Feras Alali has accepted a formal offer to join the College of Pharmacy as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies commencing in September 2013.

Prof. Alali holds a BSc in Pharmacy, Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) in 1992, PhD in Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology/Chemistry of Natural Products 1994-1999, Purdue University, Indiana. Prof. Alali served as the Dean of Pharmacy at JUST and the Director of the Pharmaceutical Research Center, JUST from 9/2011-9/2013. He also served as a Dean of Pharmacy, Isra Private University, Amman, Jordan 2008-2009, Director and Founder, Pharmaceutical Research Center, JUST 2004-2007, Director, Center of Consultation, Community Services and Continuous Education, Isra Private University, Amman, Jordan 2008-2009, Vice and Assistant Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy, JUST 2000-2007.

Dr. Alali enjoyed an Optional Practical Training as a full-time researcher at Xenobiotic Inc., New Jersey, USA 1998-1999, and a Research Leave at Research Triangle Institute, North Carolina in 2004. Dr Alali is an expert in Drug Discovery and Development, Drug and Pharmaceutical Analysis and Analytical and Quality Accreditation (Certified in IEC/ISO 17025), Certified Technical Assessor, and member of Afro-Arab Pharmaceutical Organization for Standardization (APSO).

Dr. Alali supervised more than 25 Msc and PhD graduate students. Dr. Alali has more than 65 international, peer-reviewed publications, two book chapters and a USA patent. Dr Alali was awarded the Highest National Recognition Award in Science - Pharmacy in Jordan in 2008 (Royal Decree). Currently, May, 2013, his Elsevier’s Scopus h index is 16 with 900 total citations. Dr. Alali heads several committees in areas of scientific research, health, pharmacy profession and education.

Welcome on board, Dr. Feras. We look forward to having you join the team!

  
   
College of Pharmacy Alumni Gather for 1st Event  

Qatar University (QU) College of Pharmacy (CPH) 2011 and 2012 graduates gathered at the Torch Hotel on May 31, 2013 to celebrate their first annual event with college administration, faculty and staff.

Opening remarks by Dr. Sherief Khalifa Acting Dean, Mrs. Banan Mukhalalati, Assistant Dean for Faculty Staff and Students Affairs and the first President of the Pharmacy Alumni chapter, Dr. Raja Barazi proceeded the guest speaker. The guest speaker for the evening was renowned Qatari Mr. Abdurrahman Al-Harami. “Mr Adburrahman spoke to us about finding happiness and peace, achieving a work life balance, managing stress and how to be even more spiritually fulfilled. I felt really happy and thoroughly enjoyed the presentation and the entire evening”, commented one hospital pharmacist.

Following the uplifting talk was a group dinner in the revolving restaurant with college alumni, faculty and staff. Mrs. Banan Mukhalalati, said, ‘the alumni and the CPH team enjoyed the evening. We are proud of our alumni and wish to continue to strengthen our relationship with them. These graduates are change agents for pharmacy in Qatar and we are very excited about their bright future.”

  
   
College of Pharmacy Hosts Dr. Katherine H. Chessman Through Video Teleconference  

Qatar University College of Pharmacy held its second video teleconference with South Carolina this academic year. This session on May 28, 2013 featured Dr. Katherine H. Chessman entitled, “Constructing Effective Multiple Choice Question-Based Examinations” . The event was attended by professors and teaching assistants from Qatar University as well as an external audience from other universities in Qatar.

“Dr. Chessman provided insightful proven tactics to create best practice multiple choice questions for effective assessment of students knowledge during examinations. This session was very well received by the participants and we look forward to future South Carolina College of Pharmacy presentations”, said Assistant Professor Dr. Fatima Mraiche.

The previous session broadcast from South Carolina to Qatar University featured Dr. Joseph T. DiPiro presenting on “the Scholarship of Publishing” to encourage pharmacists in Qatar to adopt a lifelong policy of publishing research.

For a copy of Dr. Chessman’s slides, click here.

 
   
Dr. Mohamed Mlih, Postdoctoral Fellow, Presents at the Integrated Physiology Journal Club  

Dr. Mohamed Mlih, a Postdoctoral fellow funded by Qatar National Research Foundation National Priority Research Grant 5th Cycle under the supervision of Dr. Fatima Mraiche, delivered a presentation for the Integrated Physiology Journal Club on May 28, 2013 at Qatar University. Dr. Mohamed Mlih presented his work carried out at Strasbourg University, France during his PhD. The title of his talk was “The implication of LRP1 in atherosclerosis”.

The Integrated Physiology Journal Club is a biweekly journal club that joins members from the College of Pharmacy and Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences at Qatar University to discuss recent scientific literature on vascular, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, all of which are key issues addressed in the 2030 Qatar National Vision. This forum is attended by students, research assistants, post doctoral fellows, faculty members and senior scientists fromCPH, CAS and the Anti-Doping Lab Qatar and is an excellent venue for scientific discussion and collaboration.

 
   
Dr. Hebatallah Deghady Joins the College   

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Hebatallah Deghady, has accepted a formal offer to join the College of Pharmacy as a Teaching Assistant.

Hebatallah received her BSc degree in 2004, Diploma degree in clinical and hospital pharmacy in 2009 and PharmD degree in 2011 from Alexandria University. From 2005 to 2012, she worked at Alexandria Fever Hospital. During that period, she collaborated with the college of pharmacy to move away the hospital pharmacy from its traditional role to more proactive approach involving patient care. She also organized and held workshops to pharmacists in order to share the experience with providing clinical services, including its impact on patients, physicians, payers, and health outcomes. She was chosen to be a speaker at different conferences and events organized by Faculty of Pharmacy, Alexandria Fever Hospital and Alexandria Pharmacy Syndicate.

Welcome on board, Dr. Hebatallah. We look forward to having you join the team!

 
   
Dr. Izham Ibrahim Presents at the Al-Wakra Hospital Continuous Pharmacy Education Program   

Dr. Izham Ibrahim delivered a presentation entitled “Healthcare practice research for continuous quality improvement” on May 19, 2013 at AlWakra Hospital, AlWakra, Qatar. In his presentation, he focused on the significant contribution of healthcare practice research in continuous quality improvement in a healthcare institution. On June 16, 2013, he presented his second topic “What study design should I use?”. This was an excellent opportunity for the College of Pharmacy to contribute knowledge to the healthcare profession and initiate important linkages with the healthcare professionals in Qatar. His presentations were part of series of presentations and workshops in the area of “Research Methods and Statistics for Healthcare Professionals” under the ISPOR Qatar Chapter.

For a copy of the presentation slides, visit the Presentations webpage.

 
   
Dr. Daoud Al-Badriyeh Presents at the ISPOR 18th Annual International Meeting  

Dr. Daoud attended the ISPOR 18th Annual International Meeting, New Orleans, LA, USA from May 18-22, 2013. The meeting features over 1,600 presentations. He presented a podium presentation under the title “HealthCare Data in Qatar: Availability, Challenges, and Future Plans”. In his presentation, he discussed the current lack of accurate and comprehensive data, the lack of E-health implementation, and a quality management of data collection in Qatar. In addition, he presented a poster under the title “Trends of Cardiovascular Drug Utilization and Expenditure in Qatar (2007-2011)”. Dr. Daoud also represented Qatar in meetings on the ISPOR Arab Network of Outcomes Research.

For a copy of the presentation slides, visit the Presentations webpage.

 
   
Dr. Ashraf Khalil Receives Two NPRP 6th Cycle Grants   

Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) National Priorities Research Program (NPRP) announced the results of its 6th grant cycle in May 2013. The College of Pharmacy received two research grants and these were awarded to Dr. Ashraf Khalil: (1) “Microwave-Assisted Organic Synthesis and Pharmacological Evaluation of N-Arylpiperazine Analogs as Serotonergic Ligands: A Novel Potential Treatment for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders” (role: co-LPI; amount USD700,000), and (2) “Gas and liquid chromatographic high resolution full scan mass spectrometry screening of sports doping substances combined with high sensitivity confirmatory methodology in the human urine” (role: PI; amount USD832,440).

Congratulations Dr. Ashraf!
 
   
College of Pharmacy Awarded Seventeen QU Student Grants   

Qatar University OAR (Office of Academic Research) released the results of its 2012 Academic Year Spring semester cycle. The College of Pharmacy received seventeen research grants, 10 of which are related to the undergraduate course, Directed Studies: Research Based Learning (PHAR545). The college achieved a total fund of QR154,797. 

Well done everyone!
 
   
CPH Honors Student Shaima Ali Wins the 2013 ORYX GTL Academic Excellence Award  

During the Annual End of year Event for Honors Program held on May 16, 2013, P-1 honors student Shaima Ali was selected as one of 4 QU honors students to win the 2013 ORYX GTL Academic Excellence Award”. This award is given to honors students who have demonstrated academic superiority, leadership characters, creativity and vision. Winners were selected from 130 QU honors students.

Shaima Ali is one of the College of Pharmacy’s bright students who we expect will bring about change to the pharmacy profession and along with her peers will advance pharmacy practice in Qatar and the Middle East region.

Congratulations and well done Shaima! 
 

   
Iman Abdelaziz MSc (Pharm) Receives QU Graduate Studies Award for Outstanding Scholarship & Research  

Ms. Iman Abdelaziz, final year MSc (Pharm) student, received the QU Graduate Studies Award for Outstanding Scholarship & Research on May 15, 2013 at the first Qatar University Graduate-Faculty Forum. Iman, along with 20 other graduate students from various disciplines, presented her poster to colleagues and faculty from Qatar University at the first Qatar University Graduate-Faculty Forum on May 15, 2013. Iman presented a poster entitled "Osteopontin, the Silent Partner of NHE1 Involved in Facilitating Cardiac Remodelling," which is a reflection of her MSc thesis project. During the forum, Iman answered questions addressed by many including Dr. Mazen Hasna, the Vice President and Chief Academic Officer and Dr. Mohsen Guizani, Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies regarding the impact of her findings on understanding cardiovascular disease and was acknowledged for her professionalism and ability to articulate her scientific knowledge.

Dr. Sherief Khalifa, Acting Dean and Professor of the College of Pharmacy, noted that this is a milestone for the College of Pharmacy, one which clearly demonstrates the quality of research and the standards of our MSc students and program." Well done Iman! We look forward to your final MSc thesis defence.

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QU College of Pharmacy Faculty Complete OSCEology Continuous Professional Development Workshop  

Qatar University (QU) College of Pharmacy (CPH) Clinical Pharmacy and Practice faculty completed a two day workshop (May 13 & 14, 2013) led by Dr. Zubin Austin and Ms Maria Bystrin of the University of Toronto Leslie Dan School of Pharmacy . CPH invited clinical pharmacist participants from Hamad Medical Corporation as well as a faculty delegate from Beirut Arab University (BAU) in Lebanon.

“The focus on the workshop was on implementing sustainable performance-based teaching, learning and assessments into the curriculum. This is achieved by creating a simulated environment that emulates a real clinical scenario that students will encounter in the workplace upon graduation. Our college has had considerable success with Structured Multi-Skills Assessments (SMSA) which is part of CPH curriculum that provides a platform to train our students on the necessary clinical skills needed to meet the needs of patients in Qatar. The objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) is another version that will allow more clinical training through patient cases designed to mimic real life”, said Maguy Al Hajj, CPH Assistant Professor, Chair of the Clinical Pharmacy Practice Group.

College of Pharmacy Professor and Acting Dean Sherief Khalifa comments, “ the OSCE training session allows us to further align with the Canadian pharmacy education model as well as to offer more enhanced training in clinical settings for our students for the benefit of Qatar. Our college is the first and only fully Canadian accredited pharmacy program outside of Canada and as such we are committed to continuously raising the bar on the level of care and professional competencies developed by our students. Qatar can expect higher levels of patient care with CPH graduates which is an important goal of the national health strategy and we are pleased to play an major role in this regard.”

Dr. Zubin Austin is a world authority on OSCE and travels around the globe to provide training in his specialty area. He presented a webnair last May about the OSCE training to QU CPH faculty which led to this training workshop session in Qatar.

Dr. Austin and Ms. Maria joined Acting Dean Dr. Khalifa in a meeting with Dr. Jamal Al-Khanji, Director, Healthcare Quality Management Department and Dr. Samar AboulSoud, Accreditation Director at the Supreme Council of Health. The discussion focused on introducing an OSCE component to the pharmacy license exam in Qatar to ensure that pharmacists practicing in Qatar possess the required clinical skills to provide optimal care for the patients of Qatar. Dr. Jamal commented, “the Supreme Council of Health supports a culture of continuous quality improvements and we are pleased to see Qatar University College of Pharmacy faculty complete this advanced clinical assessment training. This training will benefit pharmacy practice and ultimately the patients of Qatar which is our primary concern.”
 
   
Qatar University College of Pharmacy Teaches Medication Safety to Children  

Qatar University (QU) College of Pharmacy (CPH) students and faculty recently held an educational program to promote medication safety at several primary schools in Doha.

Eleven 30-minute presentations entitled “Medications and You” were presented to students in Grades 1 through 6 at Qatar Canadian School and Grades 5 and 6 at Hayat Universal School. The program focused on basic medication information such as what are medications? When to take medications? From whom should we get medications? and medication safety. The CPH students utilized a variety of teaching methods, including videos and interactive activities to engage the students. The highlight of the presentation was a guessing game, which students tried to distinguish between medications and candy. Students were all very surprised to learn that each example was actually a medication!

The program was supported by CPH under the supervision of Dr. Kyle Wilby, Assistant Professor – Clinical Pharmacy and Practice. “Children are vulnerable to the harmful effects of medications and safe practices need to be promoted from young ages to avoid inadvertent medication use. By teaching children to not share medications, to always ask a grownup they can trust before taking medications, and to always think twice before consuming what they may believe to be candy, we hope to prevent these harmful consequences and keep our children healthy and safe”, says Dr. Kyle.

The program was received very positively by both schools, with strong support for implementation to other schools in Qatar. A Grade 3 teacher stated, “the presentation was very beneficial. The students are able to apply what they learned today on a future health unit on Wellness Choices”.

Two senior pharmacy students at QU, Marwa Ashour and Huda Hazi, described the experience as ‘a great learning opportunity’, and that it taught them ‘medication safety is important for all people, no matter what age or education level’.

“Future plans include reaching out to more primary schools across Qatar with the anticipation of becoming an annual program sponsored by the College of Pharmacy, Qatar University. College of Pharmacy is a strong supporter of community outreach and has had several events this year to raise awareness about health issues. This is the first event dedicated to young citizens of Qatar”, commented CPH Acting Dean and Professor, Sherief Khalifa.

 

   
Dr. Sherief Khalifa Presents at the History of Doping & Anti-Doping 3rd Annual Symposium  

Dr. Sherief Khalifa delivered a presentation entitled “Development of Doping Substances: A Historic Perspective” on May 7, 2013 in Doha, Qatar. In his presentation he focused on the discovery and development of selected examples of substance from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) 2013 prohibited list. This was an excellent opportunity for the College of Pharmacy to participate in this symposium, work closely with the Anti-Doping Lab (ADL) – Qatar and to take the collaborative initiatives between both institutions a step further.

For a copy of the presentation slides, visit the Presentations webpage.

 

  

   
Dr. Dale Edmondson, Professor of Biochemistry, Emory University, USA Visits College of Pharmacy  

Dr. Edmondson, Professor of Biochemistry, Biochemistry Department, College of Medicine, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia USA, and adjunct professor, University of Pavia, Italy has recently visited the College of Pharmacy at Qatar University as part of the visiting professor program linked to the MSc (Pharm) program at CPH.

During his visit, Dr. Edmondson contributed to teaching graduate topics to MSc students, Ms Arwa Hammuda, Ayat Hammad and Heba ElGamal who are undertaking a master’s thesis projects under the supervision of Dr. Ashraf Khalil and Dr. Shankar Munusamy. Dr. Edmondson also presented a research seminar on Wednesday May 1, 2013 entitled: “Structural and Functional Properties of Recombinant Human Monoamine Oxidases A and B”. The audience represented a mix of faculty members from CPH, the Department of Biomedical Sciences and the Anti-Doping Lab in Qatar (ADL-Q).

Dr. Edmondson also held individual meetings with faculty members to discuss opportunities for research collaboration with Emory University and the University of Pavia.

The visiting professors program is an important part of the college of pharmacy master’s program as it brings international expertise, helps strengthen the program, contributes to continuous quality improvement and ensures that the international standards are always observed and adopted.

 

   
Mrs. Alla El-Awaisi, Clinical Lecturer at the College of Pharmacy Presents at Technology in Higher Education (THE) Conference  

Mrs. Alla El-Awaisi, Clinical lecturer at the College of Pharmacy, recently attended and participated in the Technology in Higher Education (THE) Conference that was held between April 16-17, 2013 at the Qatar National Convention Centre in Doha, Qatar.

Mrs. Alla presented a paper entitled "Lecture Capture at Qatar University as a tool for Blended Learning" which highlighted the experience of using lecture capture at the College of Pharmacy in Qatar university since 2008 to enhance the student learning environment.

The theme for THE 2013 is "Today, Tomorrow and Beyond: Innovation in Teaching, Technology and Learning." THE is an initiative by the Information Technology Services office at Texas A&M at Qatar and is jointly organised by Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar Foundation, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, Northwestern University in Qatar, Georgetown University in Qatar, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, University College London Qatar and HEC Paris.

For a copy of the presentation slides, visit the Presentations webpage.

 

    

   
Iman Abdelaziz MSc (Pharm) Student Presents at the Integrated Physiology Journal Club  

Ms. Iman Abdelaziz, final year MSc (Pharm) student, recently delivered a formal journal club presentation for the Integrated Physiology Journal Club on April 16, 2013 at Qatar University. Iman presented a paper entitled “Copper Inhibition of Hydrogen Peroxide Induced Hypertrophy in Embryonic Rat Cardiac H9c2 Cells”, which highlighted the importance of dietary copper in the prevention of heart failure.

The Integrated Physiology Journal Club is a biweekly journal club that joins members from the College of Pharmacy and Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences at Qatar University to discuss recent scientific literature on vascular, cardiovascular and metabolic disease, all of which are key issues addressed in the 2030 Qatar National Vision. This forum is attended by students, research assistants, post doctoral fellows, faculty members and senior scientists from the Anti-Doping Lab Qatar and is a great venue for scientific discussion and collaboration.

For a copy of Ms. Iman Abdelaziz's presentation slides, click here.

 

  

   
College of Pharmacy Participates in QU Health Exhibition with Partners  

Qatar University (QU) College of Pharmacy (CPH) participated in the 2nd Annual Health Exhibition from April 10- 11, 2013 to promote careers in the health care discipline. The event co-organized by the QU Medical Clinic and Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), involved many health care partners . The college booth was manned by CPH alumni, students and staff to explain the evolving role of a pharmacist, discuss entrance requirements and post graduate degree programs offered in pharmacy to over 300 elementary and high school students. CPH Alumnus Ms. Rifqa Al Ward said, “young female students were generally already aware of our BSc (Pharmacy) program however they were curious about our two graduate degree programs we offered. Students were also pleased to hear that we send our students internationally to conferences and for additional training and enjoyed watching our videos”. Acting Dean Sherief Khalifa commented, “the event provided a platform for young students to interact with pharmacy students and graduates of our programs as well as with our health care partners and we are always pleased to participate”.

 

 

 

   
Dr. Wael Kafienah (Senior Lecturer, University of Bristol, UK) Visits College of Pharmacy  

Dr. Wael Kafienah, Senior Lecturer in Skeletal Tissue Engineering, University of Bristol, UK recently returned to the College of Pharmacy at Qatar University as part of the visiting professor program linked to the MSc (Pharm) program at CPH. He is also an external member of the Graduate Student Supervisory Committee (GSSC) for the MSc student Ms Youmna Hassouna who is undertaking a master’s thesis under the supervision of Dr. Husam Younes. During his visit, Dr. Kafienah contributed to teaching graduate topics in the course,” Electives in Pharmaceutical Sciences”. Dr. Kafienah also presented a research seminar on Wednesday April 10, 2013 to the College of Pharmacy faculty and students entitled: “Resurfacing the Whole Joint: Science or Fiction?”.

Future plans for Dr. Wael include a return visit to Qatar to discuss research with Dr. Husam and the Pharmaceutics and Polymeric Drug Delivery Research Laboratory (PPDDRL) team members. Dr. Kafienah’s is a collaborator in one of Dr. Younes’ NPRP grants entitled “Biodegradable Elastomers for Cytokine Delivery in Cancer Therapy”.

The visiting professors program is an important part of the college of pharmacy master’s program as it brings international expertise, helps strengthen the program, contributes to continuous quality improvement and ensures international standards are always observed and adopted.

 

  

   
CPH Announces the Launch of the Qatar Chapter of the International Society of Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research  

It is with pleasure that the College of Pharmacy at Qatar University announces the launch of the Qatar Chapter of the International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR), based at the College of Pharmacy in Qatar University. The Chapter is officially affiliated with ISPOR, based in New Jersey, USA, which is recognized globally as the authority for outcomes research and its application in health care. It promotes the pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research, and encourages the efficiency, effectiveness, and fairness of health care decisions to improve health.

The ISPOR Qatar Chapter is the first of its kind, in relation to supporting the advancement of the outcomes research practices at a “local level” in Qatar, which in turn will result in bilateral access to programs and benefits. It is a non-profit society and includes researchers, health care practitioners and decision makers, and regulatory and educational groups in Qatar.

Specific objectives of the ISPOR Qatar Chapter are to:

  • Conduct workshops to develop understanding of pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research in Qatar.
  • Act as a resource at a local level for individuals interested in conducting pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research.
  • Serve as a forum in bringing together the academic researchers, health care practitioners, and decision makers interested in pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research.
  • Provide an environment in which researchers, health care practitioners, and decision makers, who are interested in pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research, can share knowledge at a country level.
The chapter has recently initiated a number of Qatar-based research activities, and is currently in the process of organizing relevant educational activities for 2013/14, including in collaboration with Hamad Medical Corporation.

This is yet another milestone for the College of Pharmacy as an internationally recognized forum for the advancement of research and pharmaceutical care in Qatar.

For information about the ISPOR Qatar Chapter and its activities, please contact the chapter’s Founder and President, Dr. Daoud Al-Badriyeh, College of Pharmacy, Qatar University, at daoud.a@qu.edu.qa, or visit the ISPOR Qatar Chapter webpage at www.ispor.org/regional_chapters/Qatar/index.asp

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College of Pharmacy Doctor of Pharmacy Students Return from International Rotations in USA  

Two students from Qatar University's Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Program at the College of Pharmacy (QU CPH) recently returned from the United States from their 4 week advanced clinical internships at Xavier University (XU) under the mentorship of Dr. Sara Al Dahir, former visiting Fullbright Scholar at QU. This was the second time QU PharmD pharmacy students have travelled internationally to further develop advanced clinical skills.

PharmD students Ms. Sara Hayder and Ms. Hebatalla Mahmoud Afifi were selected from this year’s class. QU CPH penned a clinical training agreement with both Xavier University College of Pharmacy (XU CPH) and the South Carolina College of Pharmacy (SCU CPH) last year to facilitate graduate student training and is looking to further expand such partnerships with other North American universities next year.

The objective of such agreements are to allow for reciprocal student exchange among the universities to ensure that our students are better prepared to assume advanced pharmacy practice roles. The present agreements with XU CPH and SCU CPH permit selected QU CPH PharmD students to participate annually in 4-week elective internships at these partner universities in a teaching hospital setting, under the mentorship of academic pharmacy clinicians. Reciprocally, students will visit Qatar from each of the XU and SCU PharmD programs in international pharmacy education and practice internships under the mentorship of a CPH faculty member.

“As the second generation of Qatar University graduate students selected to attend clerkship in the USA we were really pleased with what we learned in our one month training,” said Hebatalla Afifi, PharmD student. “Our experience during our undergraduate years at QU prepared us with electronic patient records, and now we experienced working at an entirely paperless hospital in the USA which was exciting to see in practice. Working with faculty members in cross-appointed roles, interns and inter professional health care team members was also a privilege as well as taught me a lot. There are many similarities to what we learned in QU CPH such as evidence-based medicine so we felt able to add value immediately”. PharmD student Sara Hayder commented, “what we have learned at QU CPH is really applicable internationally which was very validating. This rotation was truly inspirational as I witnessed the extended role of the pharmacist as the primary person for Total Nutrition Support (TNS) and Pain Management Sedation (PMS). My future as a pharmacist will continue to evolve in Qatar which is exciting.” The students also participated in community outreach activities in underserved areas, attended the Sixth Annual Health Disparities Conference and gave a lecture at a local muslim school.

CPH Acting Dean Prof Sherief Khalifa said, “this exchange program enhances the students learning by bridging cultures, strengthening collaboration opportunities as well as enhancing intercultural communication skills. Clinical rotations in an American health care setting will help to ensure our graduates are better prepared to meet the demands of the progressive health care system in Qatar, and to meet the expectations of the national health strategy. This program also gives American students the opportunity to experience pharmacy education and practice in Qatar, and will serve to broaden their understanding of the country and the region”. “As Qatar’s need for more advanced health care expands so are the skills of our graduates. Both Hebatalla and Sara did a remarkable job as ambassadors for Qatar and pharmacists in training”, remarked Dr. Kerry Wilbur, Director of the Doctor of Pharmacy program.

Xavier University College of Pharmacy in Louisiana USA has the honor of being the beneficiary of a new building called the ‘Qatar Pharmacy Pavilion’ a $12.5m gift from His Highness The Emir. The college was previously destroyed during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The donation also included scholarships valued at $5m for students who were affected by the disaster. During the 2010 academic year, QU CPH hosted clinical professor and Fulbright Scholar Dr. Sara Al Dahir from XU CPH.

 

  

   
Prof. Al Sayed Sallam (Executive and Technical Director of R&D, Al Taqaddom Pharmaceutical Industry) Visits College of Pharmacy   

Prof. Al Sayed Sallam, Executive and Technical Director of R&D, Al Taqaddom Pharmaceutical Industry, Amman, Jordan visited the College of Pharmacy at Qatar University as part of the regular research meetings with Dr. Husam Younes and the Pharmaceutics and Polymeric Drug Delivery Research Laboratory (PPDDRL) team members. In addition to planning and discussing current and future mutual research matters with Dr. Younes, Prof. Al Sayed Sallam also presented a research seminar on Wednesday March 20, 2013, 9-10 am to the College of Pharmacy entitled: “Glyceryl monooleate as a periodontal drug delivery system for metronidazole”.

Drs. Younes and Sallam are currently actively working on a collaborative project funded by Qatar National Research Funds through its 4th cycle of the National Priority Research Program. The project mainly aims at developing new drug delivery systems for medications used in cancer therapy.

 

   

   
College of Pharmacy Alumni Attend University Alumni Gathering  

College of Pharmacy graduates from both the BSc (Pharm) and Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) programs attended the annual event held outside the new university library. Dr. Sherief Khalifa, Acting Dean for the College of Pharmacy welcomed the pharmacy alumni to their second annual event. Graduates discussed their burgeoning careers and their dedication to continuing professional development as part of their professional oath. These young females also reflected back on college life and how they grew. Activities included discussing the first Pharmacy Alumni Memory Book and the upcoming first college level alumni event. Rifqa Al Ward a 2011 pharmacy graduate expressed her appreciation, “I want to thank the organizers for the evening filled with entertaining performances and for all of the hard work and effort that goes into producing these first class events.”

 

 

   
College of Pharmacy Hosts Dr. Joseph T DiPiro Through Video Teleconference  

Qatar University College of Pharmacy recently hosted a video teleconference with Dr. Joseph T. DiPiro for academia, partners, pharmacists, researchers and policymakers within Qatar. Dr. Sherief Khalifa, Acting Dean for the College of Pharmacy introduced Dr. DiPiro and shared his long list of accomplishments. Dr. DiPiro is the editor of the widely known book, ‘Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologoic Approach’, used by pharmacy students around the world. Among many other accomplishments, he is also the editor of the American Journal of Pharmacy Education (AJPE). Dr. DiPiro presented on ‘The Scholarship of Publishing’ to encourage pharmacists to adopt a lifelong policy of publishing regardless of where they are working. Motivations, sources of ideas for scholarship, knowledge frontiers and the process of manuscript review were just a few of the topics covered under this theme.  

“This presentation and the later discussion that followed was really helpful to myself and my organization to give us a framework on how to produce research that is likely to get published. I feel motivated to capture some on the unique data that is available to us in Qatar, a highly transient nation. I want to share this knowledge and Dr. DiPiro’s inspirational presentation with my team,” commented a senior pharmacist attending the event.

A key mission of the college of pharmacy is to promote scholarly activity not only among its faculty but also among health care professionals within Qatar. This is the second time the college has hosted Dr. DiPiro with a previous event last year for the clinical pharmacist regarding achieving healthcare outcomes.

For a copy of Dr. DiPiro's presentation slides, click here.

 

   
College of Pharmacy Hosts High Schools in Qatar  

Qatar University College of Pharmacy (CPH) recently hosted three high schools in Qatar to learn more about a career in pharmacy. Assistant Dean for faculty and student affairs, Mrs. Banan Mukhalalati welcomed the female students from Al Bayan, Al Shaima and Al Eman high schools to the college and encouraged them to think carefully about their future as they begin to apply to universities. Presentations from various faculty, alumni and college administration included “10 reasons to be a pharmacist” and “life in the college of pharmacy” to showcase a rewarding career . Pharmacy Alumni and former Qatar Pharmacy Undergraduate Society (QPhUS) President, Hager Al Geed commented, “the students were interested to hear my perspective as a graduate of this college. They want to better understand how we balance our lives as well as the career opportunities available to females interested in a health care career. I explained that my fellow graduates are working in hospitals, and myself working in academia and how there are many ways as pharmacists that we can contribute to the future growth of Qatar. It is a rewarding career path.“

 

   

   
Dr. Mohamed Mlih Joins College  

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Mohamed Mlih, PhD Pharmacology and Biology, has accepted a formal job offer to join us in April 2013 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow under the supervision of Dr. Fatima Mraiche. Dr. Mohamed Mlih will be joining the team to work on the recently awarded Qatar Foundation National Priority Research Program (NPRP) 5th Cycle grant. Dr. Mohamed Mlih graduated with a BSc in Biology (University of Paris, France). After completing his BSc in 2007, he obtained a Master’s and PhD in Pharmacology and Biology from the University of Strasbourg (France) in 2009 and 2012, respectively. Dr. Mohamed Mlih has experience with both in vitro and in vivo animal models and molecular biology. He has participated in several research projects, some of which have been published in international peer reviewed journals such as Nature communication and JBC. Dr. Mohamed Mlih has presented and published abstracts at international and national scientific conferences.

We have no doubt that Dr. Mohamed Mlih’s contributions to the research activities in the lab will help in achieving the lab’s research mandate and the overall mission of the College of Pharmacy.

Welcome on board, Dr. Mohamed Mlih!

 

   

   
Ms. Soumaya Bouchoucha Joins College  

We are pleased to announce that Ms. Soumaya Bouchoucha, MSc Cellular and Molecular Pathophysiology, has accepted a formal job offer to join us in April 2013 as a Research Assistant under the supervision of Dr. Fatima Mraiche. Ms. Soumaya will be joining the team to work on the recently awarded Qatar Foundation National Priority Research Program (NPRP) 5th Cycle grant. Ms Bouchoucha graduated with a BSc in Medical Biotechnology at the Higher Institute of Biotechnology of Monastir (Tunisia) in 2009. Ms. Bouchoucha then pursued a MSc in Cellular and Molecular Pathophysiology at Strasbourg University (France). Ms Bouchoucha has experience in cell culture, molecular biology and handling/experimenting with animal models.

We have no doubt that Ms. Soumaya’s contributions to the research activities in the lab will help in achieving the lab’s research mandate and the overall mission of the College of Pharmacy.

Welcome on board, Ms. Soumaya Bouchoucha!

 

   

   
College of Pharmacy Participates in Qatar University High School Open Day  

The College of Pharmacy participated in the recent annual Qatar University High School Open Day. Approximately 270 females visited the college booth to ask about admission requirements, and learn more about the pharmacy profession.

Mrs. Banan Mukhalalati, Assistant Dean for Faculty and Student Affairs commented “we had even more females than previous years’ interested in studying pharmacy. Students have heard of our reputation as well as the growing career opportunities especially in clinical settings.” Academic Advisor Ms. Ghada Al-Kuwari said, “high school students had the opportunity to interact with senior pharmacy students which was very valuable for these young ladies”.

 

   

   
Dr. Sherief Khalifa and Dr. Moza Hail Co-present on CPH and HMC Partnership Activities  

Dr. Khalifa and Dr. Hail delivered a presentation to the Academic Health System (AHS) International Advisory Board on March 17, 2013 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. Advisory board members are senior academic health system leaders from around the globe and represent an important element of the AHS governance structure. The presentation provided the audience with a sense of the true partnership and the inter-professional spirit that brings together CPH and HMC as well as the work jointly undertaken by both institutions towards the academic health system transformation.

The presentation was attended by the Managing Director of HMC, Dr. Hanan Al-Kuwari and is expected to help move mutually beneficial partnership projects between CPH and HMC at a faster pace.

For a copy of the presentation slides, visit the Presentations webpage.

 

   

   
College of Pharmacy Participates in Health Science Career Fair at HMC  

The College of Pharmacy participated in the annual Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) Health Professions Awareness Program on March 13 & 14, 2013 held at the HMC Club. The pharmacy team met students from Al-Shima, Al-Ressala and Um Ayman high schools to educate them on pursuing a major in pharmacy, the variety of pharmacy roles, the benefits of a Canadian accredited program and two post-graduate degree programs the college offers. Dr. Maguy ElHajj Assistant Professor and Chair of Clinical Pharmacy Practice comments, “ high school students today were very interested in learning about the role of the pharmacist as a critical member of the health care team working collaboratively with physicians, nurses and allied health professionals in the hospital setting. Students were pleasantly surprised at the many opportunities available now in Qatar”. Dr. ElHajj presented the ‘Top 10 Reasons to be a Pharmacist’ and pharmacy alumni were available as mentors to discuss their experiences. College of Pharmacy participated in the event alongside Qatar University Biomedical Science and Human Nutrition and the QU Admission Department as well as many healthcare partners from within Qatar.

    
   
Qatar University Canadian-Accredited College of Pharmacy Collaborates with Al-Ahram Canadian University in Egypt for Conference Win  

Dr. Nadir Kheir, College of Pharmacy, Qatar University collaborated with Dr. Nermien Esmat, Faculty of Pharmacy, Al-Ahram Canadian University, Egypt and her senior pharmacy student Nisreen El-Mahdawy on a project entitled: Effect of Daily Mental Exercise and Omega-3 on Improving Social Interaction in Autistic Children in Egypt: A Case Study.

The collaborative research is the first between the College of Pharmacy, Qatar University and a pharmacy college in Egypt. It was jointly presented at the DUPHAT 2013 conference held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates between 10-12 March 2013. This poster won the 8th best student poster award in pharmacy theme award out of a total of 120 student posters that were competing at the conference.

The project addresses autism, which ranks the 3rd most common developmental disability worldwide with a significant number of cases in Qatar and Egypt. Dr. Kheir's work and publications in the area of quality of life of caregivers of children with autism and burden of autism in Qatar represented the trigger for related studies in the region.

This collaborative research project addresses an important child disorder of interest to both Qatar and Egypt and is in line with our CPH mission of serving as a pharmacy resource for Qatar, the Middle East Region and the world.

Congratulations to Dr. Nadir, Dr. Nermien and Ms. Nisreen!

    
   
College of Pharmacy Wins Several Awards at DUPHAT, the Largest Pharmacy Conference in the Region  

College of Pharmacy (CPH) BSc (Pharm) students and faculty received several awards at the region’s largest pharmacy conference - the 19th annual Dubai International Pharmaceuticals and Technology Conference and Exhibition (DUPHAT) on March 10-12.

BSc (Pharm) students Tasneem Massoud and Atifeh Moeinzadeh won second place out of 120 submissions for Best Student Poster Award- pharmacy theme. 4th Best Student Oral Presentation was awarded to Safae Abou Yousef for her study entitled, “Diabetes Mellitus Care in Qatar: A survey of Pharmacists Activities, Attitudes and Perceived Barriers” out of 27 presentations, and Farah Jibril, Mawadda Gajam and Hoda Gad Atwa placed 15th out of 120 submissions in the Best Student Poster Award category for “Attitudes of Pharmacy Students on Pharmacokinetic Teaching and Application in Clinical Practice.

CPH faculty Dr Kyle Wilby placed 7th in the Best Professional Poster category for “A Systematic Review of the Pharmacokinetic Implications of Schistosomiasis” out of 96 professional submissions.

The students and faculty were among a 15-strong CPH delegation that attended the event which is held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and attracts more than 13,000 participants and exhibitors from around the world including pharmacists, pharmacy students, scientists, pharmaceutical manufacturers and academia.

Also included in the delegation were Amina Radoui, Aya Elbadwi, Hoda Meena Basri, Ibtihal Abdallah and Soumaya Allouch, Drs Mohamad Izham Ibrahim and Nadir Kheir, and communications specialist Ms Tammy King.

Commenting on the students and faculty success, CPH Acting Dean Dr Sherief Khalifa said: “We are very proud of these achievements which underscore the level of quality the College has developed since its inception and continues to build on. DUPHAT has been a key conference for the college for the past five years, and the students are gaining more experience, knowledge and confidence from presenting at large forums such as this. This year the college was represented by the largest Qatar University student delegation since we began participating. Congratulations to them and the faculty for another strong representation at this important scientific event. Well done!

The college was also represented by an information booth manned by Ms King to promote its undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs with the aim to attract prospective students from pharmacy and non-pharmacy backgrounds from the region and beyond.

    
   
Mr. Shane Pawluk, PharmD Candidate (UBC) to Join the College  

Mr. Shane Pawluk received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada in 2009. He then completed a hospital pharmacy residency at Children’s and Women’s Health Centre of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada in 2010 and is expected to receive his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada in May 2013. Mr. Shane has worked as a clinical pharmacist in pediatric medicine for several years and continues in a part-time capacity. As a Doctor of Pharmacy student, he has had the opportunity to complete clinical, research and industry clerkships within Canada and internationally.

Throughout his career, Mr. Shane has participated in several research projects and has authored a number of peer-reviewed publications and research posters in the areas of hospital pharmacy practice development, clinical pharmacokinetics, and infectious diseases. His primary clinical and research interests include pediatrics, nephrology, infectious diseases and clinical pharmacy practice. He has delivered 14 invited research seminars and numerous lectures to undergraduate pharmacy students, medical students and residents, pharmacists, physicians, and nurses both in Canada and internationally. He has also received research and student awards in pharmacy, and serves as an active member for several professional pharmacy associations.

Welcome on board Mr. Shane. We look forward to having you join the team!

    
   
Dr. Kyle Wilby Presents at QU / Weill Cornell Seminar Series  

Dr Kyle Wilby presented at the QU / Weill Cornell Seminar Series that was held on March 4, 2013 in Weill Cornell Medical College, Qatar. Dr. Wilby’s presentation was entitled " Strategies to improve maternal-fetal medicine education in Qatar: A pharmacy perspective with implications for other health science professionals ". The QU / Weill Cornell Seminar Series takes place monthly and alternates between QU and WCMC-Q. The objective is to provide a platform for academicians and researchers from Qatar University and Weill Cornell Medical College - Qatar to share their research experiences and to promote collaborative research between both institutions.

For a copy of the presentation slides, visit the Presentations webpage.

    
   
College of Pharmacy Hosts MSc Program Information Session  

The College of Pharmacy hosted a student and faculty information session on March 3, 2013 to provide MSc program updates and answer questions to interested students and faculty in preparation for second application cycle for the novel program. Assoc Dean Dr. Mohamed Izham chaired the session, with contributions from Drs Ashraf Khalil, Husam Younes, Ahmed Nadir, Fatima Mraiche and Sherief Khalifa (Acting Dean).

The MSc program in the college is the first graduate degree program in a health science field in the country and has been in operation since September 2011. The graduate program now accepts applications from both BSc (Pharm) graduates and BSc graduates from other science programs including chemistry, biology, biomedical sciences, human nutrition, chemical engineering or related field. The program is designed to provide an opportunity for students to advance their knowledge, skills and attitudes in specific areas of interest within the pharmaceutical sciences. The program also prepares students for research, teaching and specialty positions requiring personnel with a strong background in these speciality areas. As the program only accepts a small number of students, the faculty:student ratio is exceptional and students will be well prepared with the research skills needed to carry out quality basic and applied studies to support the health-related research plans for this country. Graduate students specialize in one of the pharmaceutical sciences research focus areas including pharmacognosy, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and pharmaceutics. The scope of the degree will include any aspect of the discovery, development, analysis and use of medicines to improve health care and related outcomes.

This year the program will accept up to 5 graduate students into the program. Three PhD-trained pharmaceutical sciences faculty are prepared to act as research supervisors for these incoming students, and collaboration with partners within and outside Qatar. Scholarships are available and students are also eligible to work as Graduate Teaching Interns during their tenure in the program.

    
   
College of Pharmacy Achieves 100% Success Rate in UREP-13 Grants  

Qatar National Research Fund Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP) announced the results of its 13th grant cycle in February 2013. The College of Pharmacy received five research grants and these were awarded to Dr. Ahmed Awaisu (2 grants), Dr. Kyle Wilby, Dr. Ashraf Khalil and Dr. Mohamed Izham. A total of 14 undergraduate students will be working on these research projects under the mentorship of CPH faculty.

The projects focus on topics that are in alignment with the Qatar National Health Strategy and include smoking-related problems, acute coronary syndrome, diabetes mellitus and human capital development in the health sector. The college achieved a 100% application success rate for this cycle making its highest record in the history of the College of Pharmacy. Total funds secured are over USD137,000.

Congratulations to the successful incumbents!

    
   
Dr. Hazem Elewa Joins the College  

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Hazem Elewa has accepted a formal offer to join our college as a Clinical Assistant Professor commencing in September 2013.

Dr. Hazem received his Bachelor degree in pharmacy from Alexandria University, Egypt in 2000. He then moved on to join Misr International University (MIU) in Egypt as a teaching assistant for 4 years. In 2005, he joined the Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics PhD program at University of Georgia (UGA). During that time, he received his pharmacy license in the United States and practiced as a pharmacist at Georgia Regents Medical Center, Augusta, Georgia. After completing his PhD program in December 2008, he joined University of Florida for a one year post-doctoral fellowship in pharmacogenomics. Since October 2010, Dr. Hazem served as a Clinical Pharmacist at Georgia Regents Medical Center and was appointed as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia, College of Pharmacy as well as a clinical rotation preceptor since 2011. He also received the American Board of Pharmacotherapy Specialty and has been BPS-Certified since December 2010.

Dr. Hazem’s current clinical practice is focused on internal medicine and anticoagulation. His research interest includes stroke vascular protection, anticoagulation and personalized medicine in cardiovascular diseases through the use of pharmacogenetics. He received several awards including a pre-doctoral fellowship grant from the American Heart Association. To date he has published 10 peer reviewed papers and presented multiple abstracts at international conferences.

Welcome on board, Dr. Hazem. We look forward to having you join the team!

    
   
Dr. Mohamad Haniki Nik Mohamed Visits Qatar   

Dr. Mohamad Haniki Nik Mohamed (Associate Professor and Head of the Pharmacy Department in the Kulliyyah of Pharmacy at the International Islamic University Malaysia, Malaysia) visited Qatar and led the smoking cessation training workshops on February 24 and 26 2013 at HMC educational center. These workshops are part of the smoking cessation research project lead by Dr. Maguy El Hajj (Assistant Professor and Clinical Pharmacy and Practice Section Chair) and funded by Qatar National Research Funds through its 4th cycle of the National Priority Research Program (NPRP). This project is aimed at testing the effect of a structured smoking cessation program delivered by trained ambulatory pharmacists in Qatar. The general objectives of these workshops were to provide study pharmacists with the skills necessary to influence behavioral change in people who smoke tobacco utilizing international proven strategies and tools to motivate smokers to quit the habit. Dr. Nadir Kheir (Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Continuing Professional Pharmacy Development program) and Dr. Ahmad Mulla (Head of Smoking cessation Clinic at HMC) also participated in the workshops.

 
   
Iman Abdelaziz MSc (Pharm) Student Presents at HMC Annual Research Day  

Ms. Iman Abdelaziz, final year MSc (Pharm) student recently attended and participated in the Hamad Medical Corporation Annual Research Day that was held on February 25, 2013 at the HMC Club and Hotel.

Iman presented a poster entitled “Osteopontin Facilitates the Na+/H+ Exchanger Isoform 1 Induced Cardiac Hypertrophic Response”, which highlighted data from her current MSc research project. The poster focused on research that is being conducted in Dr. Fatima Mraiche's lab at the College of Pharmacy.

The Medical Research Center Annual Research Day 2013 was the 2nd annual event to be held by Hamad Medical Corporation in the HMC Hotel and Club in Hamad City. The Annual Research day included poster and podium presentations focusing on subjects such as patient centered care, novel approaches to target and treat cardiovascular and metabolic diseases as well as highlights of Qatar National Vision 2030.

For a copy of the research poster, visit the Abstracts/Posters webpage.

 
   
Third Year Pharmacy Students Present at HMC Annual Research Day  

Qatar University - College of Pharmacy’s (QU-CPH) 3rd Year Pharmacy Students, Ms.Wafa Al Marridi and Ms. Aya Alasmar, recently attended and participated in the Hamad Medical Corporation Annual Research Day that was held on February 25, 2013 at the HMC Club and Hotel.

Aya and Wafa presented a poster entitled “The Effect of Na+/H+ Isoform 1 Inhibitor on the Rate of Cell Proliferation in Mouse Lung Adenocarcinoma Cells”, which highlighted data from a current undergraduate research project that was carried out during the fall semester. The poster focused on research that is being conducting in Dr. Fatima Mraiche's lab to assist in finding better treatment options for lung cancer. Their participation underlines QU CPH’s commitment to graduating competent graduates

For a copy of the research poster, visit the Abstracts/Posters webpage.

    
   
MSc (Pharm) Student Presents at the 5th International Conference for Drug Discovery and Therapy  

Qatar University - College of Pharmacy’s (QU-CPH) MSc (Pharm) student, Ms. Iman Abdelaziz, recently attended and participated in the 5th International Conference for Drug Discovery and Therapy at the Higher Colleges of Technology, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The conference focused on drug discovery, therapy and translational medicine. Nobel laureates such as Professors Ferid Murad, Jean-Marie Lehn and Hartmut Michel were amongst the presenters at the conference.

Ms. Iman presented a poster entitled “Osteopontin (OPN) Facilitates the Na+/H+ Exchanger Isoform 1 (NHE1) Induced Cardiac Hypertrophic Response”, which highlighted data from her current MSc research project. Ms. Iman noted, “this was an enlightening experience for me and I was delighted to receive numerous intriguing questions and international interest in the progress of my MSc project”. Dr. Fatima Mraiche, Iman’s MSc supervisor emphasized the importance of having Ms. Iman interact with other scientists and take a leadership role in disseminating her research findings.

For a copy of the research poster, visit the Abstracts/Posters webpage.

    
   
Dr. Ahmed Awaisu Facilitates Workshops at Oman Conference  

Dr. Ahmed Awaisu was invited to be a workshop facilitator at the 3rd Pharmaceutical Care Conference held between 20-21 February 2013 in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. The conference’s theme was “Empowering the Hospital Pharmacist”.

Dr. Ahmed facilitated and provided input in the sessions that were led by Dr. Azmi Hassali of Malaysia. The first session was entitled “Research Fundamentals in Pharmacy Practice”, whereas the second session was titled “Disseminating Pharmacy Research Findings: How and Where to Publish”. During these workshop sessions, Dr. Ahmed shared his past and present experiences in conducting research and disseminating fundamental research findings from an academic perspective. He also shared some lessons learned and challenges of collaborative research in developing countries.

The 3rd Pharmaceutical Care Conference in Oman attracted eloquent speakers and over 500 participants including pharmacists, pharmacy assistants, and other healthcare care professionals with interest in hospital pharmacy practice, research skills, evidence-based practice, and patient safety from different parts of the globe.

    
   
Dr. Nadir Kheir Presents on Pharmacy Practice at Oman Conference  

Dr. Nadir Kheir was an invited speaker at the 3rd Pharmaceutical Care Conference in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, held on 20-21 February 2013. The conference’s theme was ‘Empowering the Hospital Pharmacist’, and Dr. Kheir presented a lecture entitled "Towards Empowering Hospital Pharmacy Practice: Needs and Challenges in the Middle East". In his presentation, Dr. Kheir discussed the realities of the hospital pharmacists in the region including their effectiveness, acceptance, autonomy, and the challenges they encounter. He also delineated the factors that could be involved in determining the status of hospital pharmacy practice, and finished by listing requirements that would move clinical pharmacy forward in Oman and the Middle East. Dr. Kheir also facilitated a workshop on the skill of developing Care Plans as part of hospital pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical care process.

The 3rd Pharmaceutical care Conference attracted over 600 pharmacists, assistant pharmacists, physicians, nurses, students and other healthcare care professionals with interest in hospital pharmacy practice, research skills, evidence based practice, and patient safety from different parts of the world.

For a copy of the presentation slides, visit the Presentations webpage.

 
   
CPH and CAS Faculty Members Co-Present at International Assessment Conference  

Colleagues from Qatar University, (Dr Nadir Kheir from the College of Pharmacy and Dr Abdou Ndoye from the College of Arts and Sciences) jointly presented at the Texas A&M 13th Annual Assessment Conference in College Station, Texas, USA held from 17-19 February 2013. The presentation entitled “Structured Multi-Skill Assessment” (SMSA) focused on introducing the SMSA as a performance-based assessment strategy that assists in the assessment of students’ learning that requires the integration of multiple skills or competencies. The SMSA emulates the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) used traditionally in colleges of medicine and pharmacy, but has been adapted by QU's College of Pharmacy in a less resource-intensive manner while maintaining its strength and, making it applicable across disciplines.

The strength of SMSA is that it does not only measure the correctness of a student's response to a question or a problem, but also the thought processes involved in arriving at the response, unlike the traditional objective tests. In other words it could help capture and assess higher order thinking and high level competencies such as creative and critical thinking skills or students’ problem solving skills. The SMSA also allows students to be assessed not in competition with other students but against predefined standard criteria or benchmarks decided beforehand based on best practice. Hence, this is an evidence-based assessment strategy, where decisions about whether a person is competent are based on the evidence they provide to the assessor. The SMSA is also participatory, since students are aware of how and on what knowledge and skills are to be assessed. Moreover students take an active role in setting the assessment activities. The SMSA, can therefore be viewed as a form of Assessment that provides feedback and learning opportunities to both students and instructors in order to better meet students’ learning needs.

The presentation was attended by interested audience from a variety of disciplines such as Medicine, Education, Psychology, and Humanities. Attendees all recognized the applicability of the SMSA in their fields as well as its potential value-added in learning outcomes assessment in higher education. This collaborative activity promoted an interdisciplinary approach to assessment and also outlined the value that Qatar University places on learning outcomes assessment as a way to continually improve its programs and to positively impact student learning.

For a copy of the presentation slides, visit the Presentations webpage.

 

  

   
Pharmacy Students Host 5th Annual Potluck Celebration  

Qatar Pharmacy Undergraduate Society (QPhUS) held their 5th annual Potluck on Monday February 11, 2013. This event showcased the vast international members in the pharmacy programs as well as the diverse faculty and staff. Associate Dean Mohamed Izham Ibrahim opened the event and praised the celebration of diversity within pharmacy “this event today celebrates the 24 nationalities we have here at the college through culture and food. I congratulate the QPhUS committee for their hard work in organizing this event. It is a nice opportunity to learn more about our pharmacy family.”

The program included a video highlighting each member country, their culture and dishes. The famous international potluck buffet included food from 24 countries.

QPhUS President Ibtihal Abdullah stated, “this is a chance for hard working pharmacy students to enjoy delicious food and learn more about our pharmacy sisters and faculty.

    
   
Dr. Bridget Javed Presents on Experiential Training with MIU in Egypt   

Dr. Bridget Javed delivered a presentation titled "SPEP Program: A Qatar University Experience" via videoconference to Misr International University (MIU) faculty and affiliated preceptors in Cairo, Egypt on February 11, 2013.

The focus of the presentation was on delivering experiential training to pharmacy students in a hospital environment. The session consisted of a lecture related to the experiential experience in the College of Pharmacy followed by an open discussion on the challenges faced by Msir International University in their experiential program. As SPEP coordinator, Dr. Bridget offered her expertise on the matter and provided examples on how the College of Pharmacy has overcome some of these obstacles.

The College of Pharmacy is happy to connect with neighboring colleges of pharmacy in the Middle East region and to fulfill its mandate and mission to “serve as a pharmacy resource for Qatar, the Middle East and the world.” The videoconference was deemed highly successful by MIU and has created an opportunity for future collaborations related to experiential training.

For a copy of the presentation slides, visit the Presentations webpage.

    
   
College of Pharmacy Celebrates Sports Day  

Qatar University College of Pharmacy held their second annual sports day to encourage a healthy active lifestyle. Faculty and staff participated in kayaking north of Al Khor through the Al Thakira mangroves home to unique vegetation and wildlife. “It was a fantastic day of friendly competitions and enjoying the beauty of Qatar”, said Acting Dean Khalifa.

College of Pharmacy students held volleyball and badminton games near the Qatar shoreline.

Mrs. Banan Mukhalalati, Assistant Dean of Faculty, Staff & Students Affairs summed up sports day, “it is important for young adults to adopt a healthy lifestyle and to promote fitness which is in accordance with the Qatar National Vision 2030. We are pleased with the participation and interest amongst both students and faculty. These outings promote fun, teamwork and camaraderie which benefits all involved. We are thankful to have a day dedicated to sport and fitness”.

    
   
CPH Students Meet their Peers at Kuwait International Pharmacy Conference  

CPH students participated in the 4th Kuwait International Pharmacy Conference from February 4-6, 2013. The conference focused on pharmacy education and practice and provided our students with the opportunity to network with pharmacy student and educators from within the region and around the world. Our students highlighted the strengths of Qatar University College of Pharmacy curriculum and their educational experiences at open discussion forums. CPH faculty member Dr. Fatima Mraiche also participated in the event and commented “I was proud to identify our students as the product of the College of Pharmacy at Qatar University. It is evident that our students are leaders in the region and many are looking to emulate them”. Their participation underlines QU CPH’s commitment to open channels and strengthen ties with other pharmacy programs in the Middle East region.

    
   
Dr. Emily Black Presents at the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists Annual Pharmacy Practice Conference  

Dr. Emily Black participated in the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists' Annual Pharmacy Practice Conference in Toronto, Canada from February 2-6, 2013. Dr. Emily delivered a poster presentation entitled “Empiric Antibiotic Prescribing for Urosepsis in the Emergency Department”. This Professional Practice Conference (PPC) is the annual largest pharmacy conference in Canada. The theme for this year is Informing, Educating and Motivating. It promotes life-long learning skills through active participation in problem-base workshops. The target group is hospital pharmacists. Approximately 650 people attended this meeting.

For a copy of the research poster, visit the Abstracts/Posters webpage.

    
   
College of Pharmacy Students in Health Sciences Skills Competition  

Six pharmacy students represented the College of Pharmacy at the College of the North Atlantic in Qatar (CNA-Q) annual Health Sciences Skills Competition. This was held on February 5, 2013 at CNA-Q premises and included over 300 students from diverse disciplines that including, pharmacy technician, nursing, pharmacy. The pharmacy students representing the College of Pharmacy this year were Farah Jibril (Final Year student), Reem El-Ajez (PharmD student), Sara Hyder (PharmD student), Kawthar Tawengi (PharmD student), Hoda Gad Atwa (Final Year student), and Huda Hazi (Final Year Student). The performance of each of the pharmacy students was exemplary. In several instances, judges noted that the pharmacy student in each team helped enhance the performance of the whole team.

Three pharmacy students (Reem, Farah, Hoda) were among the first 3 winning teams; each of which included a nursing student, a pharmacy technician student, and a pharmacy student. This year’s winner of the best pharmacy student was Sara Hayder Ahmed.

The College of Pharmacy continues to be a strong advocate for multidisciplinary training and interaction that involves students from different health care provider disciplines, and this is its second participation in the CNA-Q annual Health Sciences Skills Competition. Representing the College of Pharmacy as Judges in this year’s competition were Drs. Bridget Javed and Nadir Kheir.
 
   
   
Dr. Shankar Munusamy Presents Research at Conference in Tamilnadu, India  

Dr. Shankar Munusamy attended and delivered a plenary lecture at the International Conference on Phytochemicals in Health and Disease - 2013 (January 23 - 25) which was held at Annamalai University, Chidambaram, Tamilnadu, India. This meeting was organized by the Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology in collaboration with CAS in Marine Biology Annamalai University. Dr Shankar delivered a presentation entitled “Curcumin, a bioflavonoid from turmeric, protects kidney cells from oxidative stress and cellular injury”. This presentation focused on the research conducted by Dr Shankar and his P4 students that evaluated the cytoprotective role and antioxidant properties of curcumin using an in vitro model of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)-induced renal cell injury.

For a copy of the presentation slides, visit the Presentations webpage.

 
   
   
Pharmacy Faculty Receive QU Research Rewards  

Three College of Pharmacy faculty members received research rewards for a total of six research papers under the Qatar University Research Reward. The reward is based on published peer-reviewed research papers in journal with impact factor above 1.0. This innovative program aims to increase research productivity and the University's academic rank. The college members who received research rewards are Dr. Bridget Javed, Dr. Sherief Khalifa, and Dr. Mohamed Izham. The research papers can be found by clicking on the member names. More information about the research reward program can be found here.

 
   
   
First MSc (Pharm) Student Successfully Passes Oral Comprehensive Exam  

Ms. Iman Abdel Aziz, the first Master's student in the College of Pharmacy successfully completes her oral comprehensive exam on January 3, 2013. The Master's oral exam is an important milestone in the MSc (pharm) program that ensures our students meet the learning outcomes of the program and national and international standards.

The oral exam was conducted by Iman’s primary supervisor Dr. Fatima Mraiche and the graduate student supervisory committee members including, Dr. Asad Zeidan (Assistant Professor, American University of Beirut) who joined the exam via Skype, Dr. Ali Eid (Assistant Professor, Biological and Environmental Sciences, Qatar University), Dr. Shankar Munusamy (Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy, Qatar University), Professor Mohamed Izham (Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, College of Pharmacy, Qatar University) and Dr. Sherief Khalifa (Acting Dean and Professor, College of Pharmacy, Qatar University).

Well done Ms. Iman Abdel Aziz. We look forward to your Master's thesis defence!

    
   
Dr. Ahmed Nader Joins the College  

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Ahmed Nader has accepted a formal offer to join our college as an Assistant Professor commencing in February 2013.

Dr. Ahmed received his BS.Pharm from Ain Shams University in Cairo in May 2004. He worked as a teaching assistant of clinical pharmacy and pharmacokinetics for 4 years before joining Purdue University in 2008. In February 2011, he received his Master’s degree in Pharmacy Practice from Purdue University College of Pharmacy. He continued his research in clinical pharmacokinetics and is expected to receive his PhD in Pharmacy Practice in February 2013. He also received the American board certification in December 2012 as a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist.

Dr. Ahmed’s research focuses on optimization and individualization of patient therapy through the use of pharmacokinetic modeling and simulation techniques. His research includes studies evaluating effects of genetics, disease states, and drug interactions on pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drugs. Dr. Ahmed is the recipient of several awards including Jenkins-Knevel Award for excellence in research and American Society of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics abstract Award. His pharmacy teaching experience spans more than eight years, in addition to holding the Indiana Pharmacy Teaching Certificate since 2011. Before joining QU, Dr. Ahmed’s authorship included three research publications and six international conference abstracts.

Welcome on board, Dr. Ahmed. We look forward to having you join the team!