Posted on June 20, 2016

College of Health Sciences, Biomedical Science Department’s sixteen students successfully presented their graduation research projects on 15–16 June 2016. Esra Moosa and Redwana Bari delivered their project “The effect of iron depletion on chronic hepatitis C” stating that iron studies correlated significantly with the severity of chronic hepatitis C. This retrospective study was conducted in collaboration with Hamad Medical Corporation and included 195 hepatitis C positive patients.

Missbah Baji and Nadin Younes under the supervision of Dr. Ibrahim Mustafa presented their work “Effect of combine iron chelation therapy on iron overloaded Zepra fish”. Concluding the study Missbah Baji and Nadin Younes stated that based on results of the current study treatment with iron chelators either L1 or DFO demonstrated modestly decrease of total iron which might improve shelf life of blood products and minimize oxidative damage.

Presenting their research projects supervised by Dr. Hatem Zayed “Mutational analysis of Aspartoacylase gene in a patient with Canavan disease”, Rana Al Disi and Mariam Yasser concluded that the patient has severe infantile phenotype with several mutations among which is a novel one. Supervised by Dr. Hatem Zayed, Reem Mattar and Soumaya Harche delivered their research project about the same disease. They proposed a meaningful genotype-phenotype correlation in two patients with Canavan disease using the pathogenicity prediction of the founded mutations.

Sondos Khader and Monira Fouladi delivered their project “Molecular genotyping of Cryptosporidium species isolated from hospitalized pediatric patients in Qatar” stating that among 570 diarrheic pediatric patients, 83 children were infected with Cryptosporidium of different species with different probable sources of infection. This project was supervised by Dr. Marwan Abu-Madi. Supervised by Dr. Elham Sharif, Amal Yahya and Roqaya Attia presented their research project titled “Association between vitamin D deficiency and endothelial dysfunction in asymptomatic subjects”. Their concluding remarks a significant negative correlation between vitamin D and endothelial biomarkers such as sICAM and PAI-1.

On the other hand, Reem Basha and Eiman Hatim showed that low levels of vitamin D has no significant effect on the oxidative markers and indicated that further studies are needed to establish the association concept in this field. A total of 20 students from the Public Health Department presented their research graduation projects on the 15 and 16 June (6 from the Health Management concentration and 14 from the Health Education concentration). Most of those students graduated in June 2016 which is the first cohort of Public Health Bachelor’s degree graduates.

Zahraa Al-Muhafda, Heba Abushahla, and Entsar Omer presented their research project entitled “Determinants of Body Image among Qatar University Female Students” which was supervised by Dr Hanan AbdulRahim. The group concluded that body shape concerns are influenced by sociocultural factors, media use and family income. Dr AbdulRahim also supervised the project of Maryam Qaher, Noor Mohamed Hossain, Eman Faisal, and Khuloud Alshaiba which was about “Self-Management Among Adult Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus patients in Qatar”. The group found that management and counseling efforts are needed  in order to keep diabetes patients motivated to adhere to their self-care.

Dr Lukman Thalib also supervised two projects. The first one assessed smoking among Health Care Professionals in the primary health care centers in Qatar which was presented by Hamda Alkorbi, Asma Alqallaf, and Walaa Alawi. Their study showed high prevalence of smoking among doctors and nurses in Qatar. The second one investigated the predictors of mortality of STEMI patients admitted to Arabian Gulf Hospitals which was presented by Saida Abdurrahmane, Zamzam Yusuf, Asma Al fadol, and Zahra Ali who found that education, country, age and diabetes were the predictors of in-hospital mortality among those patients.

The last two projects were supervised by Dr Shafqat Shehzad. The first one was presented by Tasneem Qudaisat, BibiAsma Roshonuddin, and Diyana Sahib who were interested in assessing household out of pocket expenditure on inpatient care: Evidence was from SESRI data 2012 and they found that Qataris are spending more on inpatient care than non-Qataris. The second project supervised by Dr Shafqat aimed at investigating the utilization of maternal care services: Evidence was from Omer Bin Khattab Primary Health Care Center 2015. The presenters were Hanan Dahir, Marwa Khalil, and Soughra Mouemel Mohamed who found that utilization of maternal health services varied with respect to nationalities, age groups, and type of birth.

Prof Asmaa Althani, Dean of the College of Health Sciences and Director of the Biomedical Research Center, Qatar University, said: “On the graduation projects’ seminars day, the students grasp essential academic and interpersonal milestones.  Coupling their collective research findings with the academic accomplishments and proficient interpersonal skills came to be a sign of readiness for the real life experience pursuing a career in healthcare, we are proud of our recent group of researchers as their findings are found to be  significant and beneficial for the healthcare sector in Qatar.”