Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) efforts to transform healthcare in Qatar through the establishment of an Academic Health System (AHS) were highlighted at the recent Qatar Foundation Research Forum held in Doha.
Held at the Qatar National Convention Centre, HMC took part in the forum for the second year, highlighting the advances made in establishing the region’s first Academic Health System (AHS).
The corporation joined more than 70 other organizations from Qatar and the region at the annual event. Organized jointly with the Arab Expatriate Scientists Network, the 2012 Forum brought together Arab scientists from around the world and encouraged further collaboration to address the region’s needs through research. Representatives from the AHS and HMC’s Medical Research Center participated in the forum’s exhibition, hosting a booth which provided participants and visitors with information about research opportunities at HMC and across the AHS partners. Professor Edward Hillhouse, Chief of Medical, Academic and Research Affairs at HMC also took part in the forum, participating in a panel discussion about the Qatar National Cancer Research Strategy.
Professor Hillhouse said the Annual Research Forum showcased the innovative research taking place in projects, programs and initiatives across our universities and institutes, and by the wider Qatar research community including HMC and its partners.
“In very short time Qatar has established several internationally-competitive research institutes, begun training a new generation of science leaders, and built a national framework to support and guide the country’s ambitious science and research endeavors,” Professor Hillhouse said.
“It is this supportive environment that has enabled HMC to develop the Academic Health System in collaboration with our partners. The Academic Health System, the first in the region, will enable the creation of new knowledge that will translate into real and tangible benefits to our patients and contribute to the health of all in Qatar.”
Academic health systems integrate research, education and clinical practice in a unique, seamless manner to improve patient care and well-being, search for innovative healthcare solutions, and ensure a modern, flexible and sustainable workforce.
Launched in August 2011 in the presence of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, HMC’s Academic Health System is a groundbreaking partnership with Weill-Cornell Medical College in Qatar and other academic and healthcare institutions in Qatar, including Sidra Medical and Research Center, Qatar University, University of Calgary - Qatar, College of the North Atlantic - Qatar and the Primary Health Care Corporation.
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