UAEU Medical Students win awards at ‘The Eighth International Scientific Conference for Medical Students in the GCC Countries’
Around 100 Medical Students from the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, United Arab Emirates University, attended ‘The Eighth International Scientific Conference for Medical Students in the GCC Countries’ which was held at Sultan Qaboos University in the Sultanate of Oman - January 28 to February 1, 2012.
This important scientific event rotates among the GCC Countries and is organized by students for students and fulfils an important role in sharing research. This year the conference in Oman included keynote presentations by renowned national and international speakers, an exhibition, oral and poster presentations, workshops and a variety of exciting social events.
The venue for most of the scientific program was the spectacular setting of Sultan Qaboos University Cultural Centre. Keynote speakers included Professor Zakiya Al Lamki (Sultan Qaboos University Hospital, Oman); Professor Abdallah Daar (University of Toronto, Canada); Professor Faisal Abdul-Latif Al-Nasir (Arabian Gulf University, Bahrain); Professor Shaun R. McCann (Trinity College, Ireland); Professor Faisal Abdul Latif AlNasir (Arabian Gulf University, Bahrain); Professor Giovanni Romeo (University of Bologna, Italy); Professor Abdul Nasser Kaadan (Aleppo University, Syria), Ms. Natalie Lafferty (University of Dundee, Scotland) and Khalfan M Al-Esry (Oman). Topics included Oman Child Health Services, Global Health Inequities, Muslim Physicians Achievements, Hypertension, Chronic Myeloid Leukemia, Medical Education, Consanguinity Studies and Genome Research.
Students presented 97 oral communications and 86 posters arranged by themes which included Biochemistry, Genetics, Immunology, Surgery, Opthalmology, Forensic Medicine, Gastroenterology, Nephrology, Hematology, Oncology, Endocrinology, Physiology, Rheumatology, Medical Education, Behavioral Science, Child Health, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Neurology, Cardiology, Public Health and Pharmacology.
The scientific program also included 52 workshops covering Telemedicine, Cell Culture, Forensic Medicine, Alternative Medicine, Heart Sounds, Sport Injuries, Triage in Emergency Medicine and Asthma Management and many other topics.
‘All for one and one for all’ four ‘Muscateers’ Usman Mustaq (Norway), A’Reem Al Hinai (Oman), Genevieve Bois (Canada) and Dr Hind Abdulmajed (Saudi Arabia) presented talks entitled; ‘Climate Change & Human Health’, ‘Humanities in Medicine’, ‘Non-communicable diseases’ and ‘Farewell Dr Taboo’.
Professor Chris Howarth, Coordinator for Undergraduate Research at UAEU Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, and Dr Mariam Al Shamsi (Academic Supervisor) accompanied the UAEU delegation, assisted in the organization by two student volunteers, Rashed Al Dhaheri and Amani Al Abdouli.
UAEU students participated in many of the events and contributed 9 oral and 14 poster communications of their research projects, receiving 3 awards for abstracts and posters:
- Third prize for abstracts: Cut-off phenomenon in the inhibitory actions of alkylated phenothiazines on human α7-nicotinic acetylcholine receptors. Ashwaq M Bin Amro, Noura S Alblooshi, Bassem Sadek, Mark Wainwright, Abrar S Ashoor (Research Supervisor – Doctor Murat Oz)
- Second prize for posters: Effect of adrenalectomy on antioxidant molecules and lipid peroxidation in gastric mucosa. Mouza Al Bahri, Amir N, Azimullah S (Research Supervisor – Professor Abdu Adem)
- Third Prize for posters: The effects of promethazine and cetizine on the function of human α7-nicotinic acetylcholine receptors. Aysha HA Hashem, Safa S Ali, Syed M Nurulain, Abrar S Ashoor (Research Supervisor – Professor Murat Oz)
Research performed in the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences adheres to strict codes of ethical conduct and is subjected to peer review and quality assurance.
The Dean of the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, Professor Mohamed Yousif Hasan Baniyas, stressed the importance of collaboration and cooperation among the GCC Countries and the increasing importance of research for career development. He had these kind words for the students; “We are always proud of our students and their academic achievements. I would like to congratulate ALL students who participated in the Oman Medical Students conference for the quality of papers they have presented. Well done to ALL of you and a special sincere word of congratulation to the prize winners”.
The Ninth International Scientific Conference for Medical Studies in the GCC Countries will be held at the UAEU Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences in the United Arab Emirates in 2014.
Notes to Editors
- United Arab Emirates University (UAEU)
- 21st Century research-based university, providing research solutions to support the UAE and, through its global partners, the wider world
- Founded in 1976 by HH Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan; the UAE’s first national university
- Chancellor: His Highness Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research
- Ranked # 338 in the 2011/2012 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings
- Nine faculties:
- Business & Economics
- Food & Agriculture
- Humanities & Social Sciences
- Information Technology
- Medicine & Health Science
- 12,279 students enrolled in 2010/11
- First PhD program in UAE national institution commenced in 2009
- Strong focus on providing specific research solutions and benefits to society − the new model of a 21st Century university, furthering research as part of the global network of discovery and innovation
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