More than 400 researchers and senior leaders from
across Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) came together for Annual Research
Day 2015 on 1 December at the Sheraton Doha Resort and Convention
Hotel. The event, organized by HMC’s Medical Research Center (MRC),
highlighted the recent progress made by researchers and emphasized the
importance of research in improving patient care.
Day 2015 embraced the theme “A Stairway to Research Excellence” -
identifying the steps required to ensure HMC’s research output is of the
highest standards. The day’s presentations began with a welcome speech
from Professor Ibrahim A. Janahi, Executive Director of Research, who
outlined the current priorities for research at HMC. “The research we
undertake at HMC must be of the highest quality. We must ensure that our
research is credible and ethical, and that the intended outcomes are
relevant to Qatar’s population,” he said.
The MRC has been
working hard to put in place systems and processes to ensure quality
remains the focus, as Professor Janahi explained: “We have recently
introduced new levels of governance, including our Hospital Research
Committees, which review all research proposals from within their
hospital before approving them for ethical consideration by the
Institutional Review Board.”
The inaugural speech was presented
by Professor Ed Hillhouse, Chief of Scientific, Faculty and Academic
Affairs at HMC. “Annual Research Day continues to grow each year and
it’s wonderful to see that researchers from across all departments are
represented today. I’m delighted by the recent progress we have made in
the field of research. HMC is committed to supporting high-quality
research and ensuring that research is seen as a profession in its own
right, not merely an additional aspect of our medical staff’s work,”
Prof Hillhouse noted.
Dr. Yoshihide Hayashizaki MD, PhD,
Director of the RIKEN Preventive Medicine and Diagnosis Innovation
Program, Japan, was this year’s keynote speaker. Dr. Hayashizaki talked
about his own experiences as a young researcher and the challenges he
faced on his journey to becoming an internationally-renowned researcher.
“I encourage researchers to be clear about the direction and intended
outcomes of their work. Research can be very powerful and lead to
significant improvements in people’s health. As a doctor I knew I could
help cure a lot of patients, but as a researcher I knew I could help
cure infinitely more,” he said.
There were more than 50 abstract
poster presentations on display throughout the day and eight oral
presentations in the afternoon session. These highlighted the vibrant
research culture at HMC and showcased researchers’ efforts to improve
outcomes for patients through the implementation of new practices and
treatments. A number of awards were also presented during the event,
recognizing the highest quality research carried out in 2014.
Annual Research Day 2015 award winners:
- Best Oral Presentation Award: Interobserver variation in CT vs. MRI based delineation of the lumpectomy cavity in breast cancer radiotherapy.
Primoz Petric, Noora Al-Hammadi, Saju Divakar, Mohamed Riyas, Palmira
Caparrotti, Suparna Halsnad Chandramouli, Sally Sheim, Rabih Hammoud,
Radiation Oncology, National Center for Cancer Care and Research.
- Best Poster Presentation Award (shared by three posters):
- The diagnostic value of conducting voiding cystourethrogram (a
technique for visualizing a person's urethra and urinary bladder while
the person urinates) in all infants younger than two months after their
first urinary tract infection.
Samar Osman, Shabina Khan, Adiba
Hamad, Hendaus Mohamed, Lukman Imam, Fayhaa Ahmed Abdelgadir, Amal
Haider, Eshraqa Taha - Department of Pediatrics, Hamad General Hospital
- From metabolomics to simple biochemical assay: 1,5 – Anhydroglucitol to facilitate non-invasive screening for diabetes.
Kulinski, PhD, interim Translational Research Institute, Anna Halama,
PhD, Weill Cornell Medical College Qatar (WCMCQ)/HMC, Abdul Badi
Abou-Samra, MD/PhD, Internal Medicine, HMC, Karsten Suhre, PhD, WCMCQ,
Ramzi M Mohammad, PhD interim Translational Research Institute.
- Neuromodulin (GAP-43) (a protein associated with nerve growth)
regulates calmodulin level necessary for rapid endocytosis in
- Dr. Fouad Azizi, interim Translational Research Institute, Ellen
Tisdale, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Cristina Artalejo,
Wayne State University School of Medicine.
- Best Publication Award: Emotional intelligence and
attitudes towards HIV/AIDS patients among healthcare professionals in
the State of Qatar. Dr. Elnour E. Dafeeah, Department of Psychiatry.
- Best Researcher Award: Dr. Talal Ibrahim, Sr. Consultant, Orthopedics - Surgery Department.
- Best Department Award: Department of Surgery
his closing remarks, Professor Janahi reinforced the importance of
research for HMC and its patients. “In recent years we have been working
hard to develop HMC into a thriving academic research center. This
means combining innovative research with top-class education and
excellent clinical services to ensure our patients receive the highest
possible standard of care. Annual Research Day 2015 has given us the
opportunity to come together and celebrate the valuable role that
research plays in our vision to deliver the safest, most effective and
most compassionate care to our patients,” he concluded.