Research will play a pivotal role in the Academic Health System. A
particular focus of the partnership is upon transforming the practice
and delivery of healthcare through high quality multi-disciplinary
research programs and integrating education and research in the routine
delivery of clinical care. Qatar’s diverse and rapidly growing
population faces a number of unique healthcare challenges including an
increasing prevalence of chronic disease and those linked to lifestyle
and behavior, some of which is driven by economic, cultural and social
disparities. These include an increasing incidence of obesity, diabetes,
cardiovascular disease, congenital disorders, trauma (particularly
related to road traffic accidents) and certain types of cancer.
The AHS will be able to address Qatar’s complex healthcare
challenges through collaborative research, education, community
engagement and the pursuit of innovative solutions. In part, this will
be achieved by fostering, supporting and developing translational
research across HMC and our partnership network.
Often referred to as 'bench to bedside' research, translational
research bridges the gap between basic and applied research, and seeks
to rapidly translate research discoveries into practical applications.
From a clinical perspective, translational research creates a dialogue
between basic scientists and clinical researchers, generating a cycle
that results in new treatment and assessment tools for use with patients
and novel discoveries about the nature and progression of disease.