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MIDDLE EAST REGION. Black Sea. Caspian Sea. Mediterranean. Qatar. Red Sea. Arabian Sea. 1.7% of world GDP devoted to R&D OECD* spends 80% of world share on R&D U.S : 2.8% EU : 1.9% Middle East Region : 0.2% Qatar: 2.8%

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Middle east region

MIDDLE EAST REGION

Black Sea

Caspian Sea

Mediterranean

Qatar

Red

Sea

Arabian Sea


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  • 1.7% of world GDP devoted to R&D

  • OECD* spends 80% of world share on R&D

  • U.S: 2.8%

  • EU: 1.9%

  • Middle East Region: 0.2%

  • Qatar: 2.8%

  • *Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development

2008 R&D AS % OF GDP: A GLOBAL COMPARISON


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QATAR OVERVIEW

“I firmly believe that the optimal investment of our resources should not turn us into consumers of knowledge. It should rather encourage us, as well, to produce knowledge”.

Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser

  • Area 11,437 km2

  • Population 1.7M

  • Third largest gas reserves in the world

  • Qatar National Vision 2030:

    knowledge based economy in 20 years


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  • An Educated Population

  • A Healthy Population

  • A Capable and Motivated Workforce

Human Development

  • Social Care and Protection

  • A Sound Social Structure

  • International Cooperation

Social Development

  • Sound Economic Management

  • Responsible Exploitation of Oil and Gas

  • Suitable Economic Diversification

Economic Development

  • A Balance Between Development Needs and

  • Protecting the Environment

Environmental Development

QATAR NATIONAL VISION 2030

Four Pillars

Vision


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QATAR FOUNDATION

FOR EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

VISION:“To support Centers of Excellence which develop people’s abilities through Investments in human capital, innovative technology, state of the art facilities, and partnerships with elite organizations, thus raising the competence of people and quality of life.”

Some notable projects

  • Branch campuses of some of the world’s leading universities

  • Qatar National Research Fund

  • Qatar Science and Technology Park

  • Sidra Medical and Research Center

  • Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies

  • International research partnerships:

    • James A Baker III Institute for Public Policy

    • The Royal Society of London

    • Imperial College of London


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QATAR FOUNDATION

FOR EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

MISSION:“…to make Qatar a leader in innovative education

and research….”

  • Education City is flagship education initiative

  • Area of 14 km2

  • Houses educational facilities from school age to research level

  • Home to branch campuses of:

    • Weill Cornell Medical College

    • Virginia Commonwealth University

    • Carnegie Mellon University

    • Texas A&M University

    • Georgetown University

    • Northwestern University

    • Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies


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WEILL CORNELL MEDICAL COLLEGE IN QATAR

  • Founded in 2001 as a branch campus of WCMC in New York

  • Teaching by Cornell University faculty

  • Unique Pre-medical & Medical programs (2 + 4 years)

  • First American University to offer M.D. degree abroad

  • Clinical affiliation with Hamad Medical Corporation and Sidra Medical and Research Center

  • Centers of biomedical research being established


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WCMC-Q FIRST PHASE OBJECTIVES: 2002 - 2009

  • Establish the first ever American medical school branch campus overseas

  • Maintain the same high admission and educational standards of WCMC

  • Achieve a historic first by awarding the Cornell University doctor of medicine degree to successful candidates abroad


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WCMC-Q’S VISION 2010 - 2015


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QATAR AND WCMC-Q: STRATEGIC ALIGNMENT

Qatar National Vision

WCMC-Q Vision

Human Development

Developing physician leaders, scientists, innovators, and a broad-based skilled workforce to address pressing healthcare needs of society

Social Development

Through education and community involvement,

contribute to Qatar’s National Vision of

a just and moral society

Economic Development

Training, research, discoveries, patents, and commercialization of IP

Environmental Development

Contributing to a clean and safe environment


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QATAR AND WCMC-Q: STRATEGIC ALIGNMENT

WCMC-Q’s Plan for Human Development in the Biomedical Arena


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DEVELOPING CENTERS OF CLINICAL EXCELLENCE:

HAMAD MEDICAL CORPORATION

  • Largest health care provider in Qatar (1500 beds - five hospitals)

  • Affiliated with WCMC-Q since October 2004

  • Selected physicians are WCMC-Q faculty

  • Medical students rotate for clinical training

  • Residency training programs being modified to become aligned with ACGME standards


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Developing clinical and translational research capacity (establishing training programs & innovative research projects)

Advanced Clinical Care

Research

Education

DEVELOPING CENTERS OF CLINICAL EXCELLENCE:

HAMAD MEDICAL CORPORATION

Transformation of HMC to an Academic Healthcare System


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DEVELOPING CENTERS OF CLINICAL EXCELLENCE:

SIDRA MEDICAL AND RESEARCH CENTER

  • Affiliation agreement signed October 18, 2010

  • Center opens 2012, with initial focus on Peds and Ob/Gyn

  • Fully digital Academic Medical Center

  • Approximately 300 full-time faculty-physicians

  • Unmatched expertise through rotating faculty, telemedicine, and medical informatics

  • World-class clinical and translational research

  • Be a magnet to patients from the Middle East and the wider region


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RESEARCH PROGRAM

EXCELLENCE IN BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH

Multipronged approach

Multiple deliverables

Discover new cures & diagnostics

Provide advanced research infrastructure support

BENCH

(basic & trans-lational research)

Develop targeted capacity building initiatives

Address pressing health needs in Qatar & region

BEDSIDE

(clinical research & clinical trials)

Build sustainable research capacity in Qatar

Recruit and retain world-class research faculty

Facilitate national and intl. research collaborations

Commercialize inventions with QSTP

COMMUNITY

(public health policies & strategies)

Offer training programs to strengthen human capital

Contribute toward building knowledge based society


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Recruitment and training of research personnel

EXCELLENCE IN BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH

Research Faculty

Postdoctoral Fellows

Admin.


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Locally recruited and trained research specialists and coordinators

EXCELLENCE IN BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH


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Research publications in high impact journals

34.3

12.2

10.3

10.1

EXCELLENCE IN BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH


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REVIEWOpen Access

Journal of Translational Medicine 2011, 9:16 doi:10.1186/1479-5876-9-16

EXCELLENCE IN BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH

Chouchane et al. Journal of Translational Medicine 2011, 9:16

http://www.translational-medicine.com/content/9/1/16

Medical education and research environment in Qatar:

a new epoch for translational research in the Middle East

Lotfi Chouchane 1*, Ravinder Mamtani 1, Mohammed H Al-Thani 2, Al-Anoud M Al-Thani 2, Marco Ameduri 1, Javaid I Sheikh 1


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BENCH

(basic & translational research)

BEDSIDE

(clinical research & clinical trials)

COMMUNITY

(public health policies & strategies)

  • Targeted research projects

  • Role of endoplasmic reticulum in development of diabetes (Dr. Mesaeli)

  • Effect of glucose toxicity on vascular and beta cell function (Dr. Triggle)

  • Factors associated with bariatric surgery as cure for Type 2 Diabetes (Dr.McGraw)

  • Genetic variability and susceptibility to Type 2 diabetes in Qatar (Dr. Crystal)

  • Clinical research programs

  • Jointly recruiting with HMC a critical mass of first-rate clinical investigators focusing on diabetes and its complications

  • Gene therapy for diabetic retinopathy to begin next year (Drs. Crystal, Damico)

  • Public health

  • initiatives

  • WCMC-Q recently created a Center for Global and Public Health (Dr. Mamtani) to work in close association with the Public Health arm of the Supreme Council for Health

  • Discussions underway on a detailed national survey of diabetes in Qatar: prevalence, risk factors, and genetics (Dr. Abu-Raddad)

EXCELLENCE IN BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH

Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolic Syndrome (DOMS) Center


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Qatar Is World’s Top Natural Gas Exporter

World’s Largest District Cooling Plant Opens At

The Pearl, Qatar

Qatar One Step Closer To Becoming Global Leader In Robotic Surgery

His Highness The Emir Inaugurates Qatar’s World-Class Shipyard

Qatar’s Financial District Wins

Top Global Award

World’s First Sports Security Center for Qatar

QATAR AS A GLOBAL LEADER


From world class to world cup

FROM WORLD CLASS TO WORLD CUP

“The time has come…

…the time is now…

..we are not just dreamers,

we are achievers”.

Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser


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XVII

International

Symposium

Doha, Qatar March 14-16, 2011

A Mark of Excellence on Qatar’s Map

DALM

Diabetes, Obesity & the Metabolic Syndrome


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