Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Surgical Services and Medical Research Center recently held the second Research and Innovation Idea Symposium. The event featured 43 research proposals showcasing the research creativity, innovation and enthusiasm of clinicians and researchers across the Corporation.
The symposium, held following the success of the first event in April this year, once again brought together leading local and international research and subject matter experts.
Dr. Abdulla Al Ansari, HMC’s Deputy Chief of Medical, Academic and Research Affairs for Surgical Services said: “I am extremely proud of all the participants at this symposium. The role of research and innovation in our world is an important one and this symposium affirms HMC’s commitment as an inspiring leader of academic healthcare research institutions. The symposium is aimed at stimulating research and innovation ideas across HMC to the benefit of patients and contributing to the health and well-being of our population.”
Dr. Sabah Alkadhi, Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Hamad General Hospital acknowledged the efforts of all the participants and their commitment to transforming the way healthcare is delivered at HMC and worldwide.
Professor Ibrahim Janahi, HMC’s Executive Director of the Medical Research Center congratulated the Department of Surgery team on organizing the event and praised their commitment to building upon the tremendous success of the first symposium. He addressed participants on the need for a strong foundation for research governance within HMC as the organization moves forward in its quest to encourage research that is scientifically and ethically strong.
Several participants were chosen to speak about their research proposals during the event, and a panel of experts gave a detailed critical review of their presentations. The review was aimed at improving the content of the research proposals as well as the developing the participants’ skills in writing their research papers.
The 43 research proposals presented at this second symposium represented an increase of 30 percent in comparison to the first symposium, according to the event’s organizing committee. Among the submissions, research proposals from the Anesthesia, Urology, Ophthalmology and Orthopedic Surgery specialties received prizes for their quality and relevance. The panel gave resounding praise for the efforts and passion displayed by all the participants.
This competition was first launched during the previous symposium, where the winning proposal was an innovative project lauded by the international panel of experts for its pioneering and creative effort. The present symposium featured three more outstanding and innovative projects from various specialties. The submissions demonstrated HMC’s commitment towards achieving healthcare improvement through innovation and excellence.
The event was an excellent opportunity for clinical staff interested in research to learn from both local and international research and innovation experts through presentations on a range of topics, including a step-by-step guide to getting published in biomedical literature, the ethics involved in writing scientific medical articles, and the impact of good research on surgery. Speakers also discussed the roles of the Surgical Research team, HMC’s Translational Research Institute and the Qatar Robotic Surgery Center in supporting researchers.
The speakers and panel of experts included representatives from HMC, Qatar Robotic Surgery Center, Mansoura University (Egypt), Cleveland Clinic Foundation (USA), and the Canada Research Chair for Musculoskeletal Trauma.