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6 Qataris enrol for biomedical research at WCMC-Q



SIX Qatari interns are to learn more about biomedical research after enrolling in one of Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar's (WCMC-Q) flagship training programmes.

The Biomedical Research Training Program for Nationals is now in its fourth year and offers candidates the opportunity to immerse themselves in biomedical research, learning everything from administration to bench research in world-class laboratories. The aim is to build human capacity in scientific research in line with Qatar National Vision 2030.

This year, six interns have been accepted onto the programme, the highest number so far. They are Amera al Saadoun, Ghada Saeed Mubarak, Sara Nasser al Thani, Ayeda Ahmed, Noor Saad al Hajri, and Alya Saleh al Sulaiti.

Dr Khaled Machaca, associate dean for Research at WCMC-Q, said the programme has been highly successful and demonstrates the college's commitment to the development of the knowledge-based economy.

"Trainees that enrol in this demanding programme will contribute to science leadership and advancement in the country in the future. WCMC-Q regards this training programme as a pillar of its mission in Qatar to ensure the human and technical infrastructure for the advancement of biomedical research in Qatar," Dr Machaca added.

Saadoun, who has a degree in biomedical science from Qatar University and applied to the programme, said:"I joined this programme because I think it's my first step to be a real scientist, a Qatari scientist. I believe at the end of this six-month programme, I will have the basic skills for doing research. I hope to improve myself and enhance my knowledge in research and science in general.

"In the future I want to be a researcher specialising in genetics and making new discoveries about genes."

Fellow intern Mubarak has the same background a degree in biomedical science from Qatar University.

She said,"The internship at WCMC-Q is a great opportunity to experience and learn more about bench research and to be trained under experienced scientists."

Her ambition is to eventually earn her master's in hospital administration.

For Hajri, WCMC-Q may one day become her alma mater, as she is considering training to be a physician. Initially, though, the graduate of Qatar University wants to gain practical and theoretical experience of research and laboratory work. She will then decide whether to continue in the field of biomedical science or work towards her MD degree.

The research training programme is a unique opportunity for Qatari college graduates with an interest in biomedical research to gain hands-on experience.

Although the programme is aimed at recent graduates who are interested in pursuing career as a bench scientist, clinician or biomedical researcher, graduates are also accepted who have non-science degrees that can be used in the field of research administration.

Applications for next year's programme will be accepted in Fall 2014, with specific dates to be announced on the following webpage by September:


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