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Posted On: 2 June 2009 08:24 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:09 pm

$19mn grant for biomedical researchers at Weill Cornell Qatar

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Biomedical researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) have received over $19mn in the form of grants from the Qatar National Research Fund’s National Priorities Research Programme (NPRP) to forge ahead with their projects. WCMC-Q won a total of 20 grants for their projects, many of which will support collaborative efforts with renowned laboratories around the world. Among the 20 projects awarded, WCMC-Q researchers will take the lead on 10 and will contribute well over 50% of the work to the remainder. Of the total NPRP funding available this cycle, WCMC-Q was granted about 21% to spearhead Qatar’s biomedical research programme. The money will support vital research into stem cells, molecular medicine, genomics, cancer, diabetes and basic health as well as other fields relevant to regional and global needs. WCMC-Q interim dean and vice dean for research Dr Javaid Sheikh said that the boost to the biomedical research programme with the funding is very encouraging. Associate dean for basic science research and professor of physiology and biophysics, Khaled Machaca, was of the view that the projects will increasingly contribute to the growth and establishment of biomedical research in Qatar.