Posted on March 06, 2019

Launched in 2014 and the first of its kind in the state of Qatar, Doha College's Medical Review School Conference; in collaboration with COBIS - Council of British International Schools, has succeeded again in bringing together secondary school students from across Qatar, who share a passion for the field of medicine.

Into its sixth year, the conference’s sole objective is to provide a platform for young medics who are taking their first steps towards a career in medicine. The event allows budding students to showcase their knowledge and in-depth research capabilities by presenting on the latest ground-breaking developments. This year, Doha College had 38 teams from nine participating schools who researched six set topics: hereditary and metabolic diseases; cancer; technology in medicine; radiological, pathological and diagnostic updates and epidemiology of infectious diseases.

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The morning session had teams present their research to impartial teacher judges from participating schools. The four teams with the highest scores presented again to an esteemed panel of judges, consisting of highly sought-after doctors: Dr Satyawan Bhatt and Dr Salman Qureshi from Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and Dr Nesrin Ghazi Elkhatib and Dr Osama Hassan Salha from Elite Medical Center; who are official partners of the prestigious event. Keynote speakers included Professor Peter Woodruff (Chair of Psychiatry and Medical Director of the Mental Health Service at Hamad Hospital) and Sanjith Ganesan (Doha College alumnus studying medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, Qatar). 

Third place was awarded to Doha College students Hisham Khan and Zakki Sarwar for their research on 'Regenerative Knee Surgery'. Their presentation focused on the work of professor Hideo Ochi, president of Hiroshima State University in Japan, who spent the last 12 years perfecting a non-invasive method, to cure knee osteoarthritis with the use of stem cells and modern technology. Park House English School students Toleen Masarweh, Wardah Shah and Nuhansa Wijesuriya secured second place for their presentation on "Uncovering the mysteries of Parkinson's Disease'.  They captured the attention of the audience with recent research that provided evidence on how the disorder may not start in the brain, but rather in the appendix.

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The presentation on the topic 'The Silent Muscle Crippler' by Al Khor International School students; Nassima Zerouali, Asmaa Modak and Safira Awanis (pictured), secured the coveted first place. Their research spoke volumes about the nature of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), which causes degeneration of the muscles in the body. It questioned whether paralysis is the only answer or, could new developments like gene editing and CRISPR technology be a cure or, are there natural remedies that could alleviate the symptoms of this disease?

Doha College principal, Dr Steffen Sommers, said "I was impressed by the number of schools in attendance, and the quality and calibre of the presentations was truly phenomenal."

List of participating schools:

  • Al Khor International School - British Curriculum
  • Al Khor International School - CBSE
  • GEMS American Academy
  • GEMS Wellington, Qatar
  • Lebanese School
  • Park House English School
  • Sherborne Qatar
  • Newton British Academy
  • Doha College