Posted on April 27, 2016

Thirty research proposals were showcased at the third Research and Innovation Ideas Symposium hosted recently by Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Surgical Services, in collaboration with the Medical Research Center. Attended by over 200 HMC staff members, the three-day symposium held at Hajar Auditorium showcased the research creativity, innovation and enthusiasm of clinicians and researchers from HMC’s surgical and perioperative sections.

“The third Research and Innovation Ideas Symposium builds on the success of our two previous symposia held last year. The event has become an excellent venue for sharing knowledge and fostering scientifically and ethically strong research initiatives that will promote effective, evidence-based and compassionate patient care, and contribute to the health and well-being of Qatar’s population,” said Dr. Abdulla Al Ansari, HMC’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Surgical Services.

This third symposium was dedicated to the achievements of the renowned Arab physician and surgeon Abu-Marwan Abdel-Malik Ibn Zuhr (1162-1093 AD). Ibn Zuhr was noted for his emphasis on a rational and empirical basis of medicine. He was very influential in the progress of surgery, enriching surgical and medical knowledge by describing many diseases and treatment innovations that had not been previously described. “We hope that our symposium encourages a similar empirical and innovative approach to surgery and perioperative care among our colleagues. The role of research and innovation in our world is a critical one, and this symposium affirms HMC’s commitment to excellence in research as an Academic Health System,” said Dr. Al Ansari.

Participants from hospitals all over Qatar presented their research proposals and debated their ideas with a selected panel of research and innovation experts from HMC, National Center for Cancer Care and Research (NCCCR), Qatar University’s College of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar, Sidra Medical and Research Center, University College London-UK, and Mansoura University-Egypt. Speakers’ lectures covered a range of topics including HMC’s research design, ethics and processes, intellectual property and technology transfer, and step-by-step advice on medical writing.

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The expert panel critiqued the research submissions, providing constructive comments to enhance the scientific content, design and methodological approach of the proposals, and assisting participants to develop their full potential in terms of their research ideas and medical writing skills. Presenters also participated in one-on-one in-depth workshops on the third day of the symposium.

Among the submissions, five outstanding research proposals, submitted by various teams from the Hepatobiliary and Liver Transplant Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, General Surgery, and Anesthesia specialties, received prizes for their quality and relevance. In addition, Hamad General Hospital’s (HGH) Pediatric Surgery Section won the “Best Specialty–HGH” award, and Al Wakra Hospital’s Urology Section won the “Best Specialty–Tertiary Hospitals” award, for having the most number of proposals submitted.

Prof. Egon Toft, Dean of Qatar University’s College of Medicine, was very impressed. “It is a pleasure to be part of the symposium which clearly underlines the great potential of these dedicated young future researchers at HMC who seek to improve healthcare in Qatar. The research presented at the symposium outlined several projects with clear international potential, and will definitely be published in internationally recognized scientific journals when completed. It is important for the quality of both the medical education and clinical practice that the scientific environment is following the newest trends,” he said.

Prof. Alexander Knuth, Medical Director and Chief Executive Officer of HMC’s NCCR and Chair of Cancer Services at HMC was delighted with the turnout at the symposium, stating: “I was extremely pleased and impressed by the quality and variety of the research proposals that were presented at the third Research and Innovation Ideas Symposium. It is quite heartening to see HMC make great strides towards innovative research and evidence-based practice, including in the field of oncology which is close to my heart.”