Research will play a pivotal role in the Academic Health System. A particular focus of the partnership is upon transforming the practice and delivery of healthcare through high quality multi-disciplinary research programs and integrating education and research in the routine delivery of clinical care. Qatar’s diverse and rapidly growing population faces a number of unique healthcare challenges including an increasing prevalence of chronic disease and those linked to lifestyle and behavior, some of which is driven by economic, cultural and social disparities. These include an increasing incidence of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, congenital disorders, trauma (particularly related to road traffic accidents) and certain types of cancer. 

The AHS will be able to address Qatar’s complex healthcare challenges through collaborative research, education, community engagement and the pursuit of innovative solutions. In part, this will be achieved by fostering, supporting and developing translational research across HMC and our partnership network. 

Often referred to as 'bench to bedside' research, translational research bridges the gap between basic and applied research, and seeks to rapidly translate research discoveries into practical applications. From a clinical perspective, translational research creates a dialogue between basic scientists and clinical researchers, generating a cycle that results in new treatment and assessment tools for use with patients and novel discoveries about the nature and progression of disease.

Translational Research Institute (TRI)

The TRI will provide state-of-the-art core research facilities to facilitate internationally competitive outcomes in translational and clinical research. With a focus upon the fields of cancer, trauma, infectious diseases, neuroscience, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and women’s and children’s health, the TRI will provide researchers with ready access to facilities which would otherwise be unavailable, leading to the translation of basic biomedical discoveries into new diagnostic biomarkers and therapies. 

The facility will consolidate all research groups across HMC, and encourage collaboration and innovation through a number of cross-cutting themes such as bioinformatics, ethics, molecular imaging, functional genomics, proteomics and metabolomics, clinical imaging, clinical trials and biostatistics. 

As a key component of the Academic Health System, the TRI will facilitate HMC’s development as an internationally-recognized health research organization and the leading health research organization in the Gulf region. The TRI will complement the other major biomedical research facilities in Qatar, including state-of-the-art core research facilities established at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q). The institute will also host Biobank Qatar, funded by the Qatar Foundation, which will include a prospective epidemiological study on the Qatari population (in collaboration with Imperial College London) and a disease specific tissue repository.

Health Service Research Network

The Health Services Research Center (HSRC) is part of the Academic Health System (AHS). One of the core functions of the center is to fund high‐quality research that generates new knowledge about the delivery, access, and cost‐effectiveness of health care in Qatar.
    About the HSR Network
    The goal of the network is to bring together clinical and academic colleagues across Qatar to develop collaborative research programs that seek to strengthen health systems and improve the wellbeing of people in Qatar. To join the network, fill out the registration form here.
    About the HSRIIG scheme - Annual Grant Competition Cycle 1
    This funding initiative supports both early career and senior investigators (up to QAR1 million) to undertake rigorous and relevant health services research.
    The grant scheme generally supports research that addresses national health priorities:
    • Mental health
    • Cancer
    • Metabolic disorders
    • Cardiovascular disease
    • Population health
    Applicants have to submit an application that will undergo an internal review process. For more information, contact the HSRC.
    What is health services research?
    Health services research is an important area of scientific enquiry that is distinct from quality improvement or audit and is essential to delivering the Qatar National Health strategy.
    Health services research is the multidisciplinary field of scientific investigation that studies how social factors, financing systems, organizational structures and processes, health technologies, and personal behaviors affect access to health care, the quality and cost of health care, and ultimately our health and well-being. Its research domains are individuals, families, organizations, institutions, communities, and populations.
    Methodologies for conducting a health service research
    HSR methods include a variety of research designs and analytical techniques. It may cover a wide variety of disciplines, such as:
    • Economics
    • Epidemiology
    • Ethics
    • Evaluation
    • Management Sciences
    • Medicine
    • Policy
    • Psychology
    • Public Health
    • Qualitative Research
    • Quality and Safety
    • Sociology
    • Statistics, Biostatistics & Econometrics
    • Survey Research
    • Trials