Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Surgical Services in collaboration with the Academic Health System (AHS) recently held its inaugural Research and Innovation Idea Days, a two-day symposium that aimed to increase the skills of medical staff in best practice methodologies for conducting research or further exploring innovative ideas.
The event was the first of its kind in Qatar, and part of HMC’s efforts to stimulate research and innovation that will benefit patients and contribute to the health and well-being of the population.
HMC’s Deputy Chief of Medical, Academic and Research Affairs for Surgical Services Dr. Abdulla Al Ansari said that the days’ activity provided an excellent opportunity for clinical staff interested in research to learn from locally-based and international research and innovation experts through presentations on a range of research skills and practices. Amongst the speakers were representatives from HMC, Qatar University, Cleveland Clinic (USA), McMaster University (Canada) and other leading international experts in the field of research.
“Several years ago, we initiated a meaningful collaboration between HMC’s Surgical Services and Qatar University in order to cultivate a multidisciplinary approach to research at HMC. This collaboration has been successful and has in part laid the groundwork for the Research and Innovation Idea Days,” said Dr. Al Ansari.
Participants also had the opportunity to present their research proposals for peer review. A panel of experts critiqued their work with the aim of honing the skills of the participants not only in conducting research but also in writing research proposals as well as writing and publishing the results of their research studies.
HMC Executive Director of Medical Research Center (MRC) Professor Ibrahim Janahi conveyed the organization’s strong support for the activity as fitting into the general strategy for research enterprise at HMC: “Research is one of the pillars of our AHS initiative.”
Prof. Janahi highlighted the MRC’s efforts to support HMC researchers and mentioned recent activities, such as the recruitment of eminent clinician scientists and investigators for HMC’s interim Translational Research Institute, which opened last year at Hamad bin Khalifa Medical City. He also mentioned HMC’s thriving Internal Research Grants Program, which provides funding for exceptional research proposals from HMC staff, in addition to any external funding, such as those coming from the National Priorities Research Program of Qatar National Research Fund.
The expert panel commented that they were very happy with the calibre of the materials presented by participants, and were honored to be part of the event which showcased HMC’s commitment to research. They expressed their confidence that HMC will be ranked among leading research institutions in the future.
Dr. Al Ansari presented prizes to three participants who took the first, second and third places for best presentation. ”I am impressed with the level of commitment shown by HMC clinicians towards research. Over 40 research proposals were sent to our coordinating team.
The expert panel strongly recommended that HMC should copyright one of the innovative ideas presented.”