Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) recently held a 12-day course on ‘Concepts in Biomedical Research Methods and Clinical Research’. The course was organized by HMC’s Academic Health System (AHS) at Hajar Auditorium and was attended by more than 300 participants including physicians, nurses, pharmacists and allied healthcare professionals.
Professor Abdul-Badi Abou-Samra, Senior Consultant Endocrinology and Diabetes and Chairman of Internal Medicine Department at HMC, delivered a lecture which showcased the various methodologies of conducting biomedical and clinical research and explained how researchers could organize their studies into a translational scientific plan for HMC. He explained that the first step in carrying out research was to select a research topic and study literature already published in the field. “It is preferable to always choose a new idea for a research study. The questions it raises should not have been answered in previous studies,” he noted.
Professor Abou-Samra encouraged participants to conduct more research for Qatar and specifically HMC, noting that the scope of such research could include investigating diseases prevalent in Qatar to ensure that more people benefit from their research study findings. “If a researcher in Qatar chooses to study a rare disease, this can lead to healthcare centers outside of Qatar getting involved to ensure a suitable sample size. The researcher should select the study sample on a scientific basis, backed by appropriate statistics to save time and money and ensure adequate scientific outcomes,” he suggested.
He said that researchers, particularly in the field of clinical research, should be part of an integrated research team made up of physicians, nurses, coordinators and statisticians. He added that patients benefit from such clinical research as it can lead to innovation with the discovery of new medications and more effective clinical practices.