08 Aug 2017 - 4:04
Five biomedical trainees graduate research programme at WCM-Q
Five aspiring scientists took an important step towards building successful careers in research recently when they graduated from the Biomedical Research Training Program for Nationals of Weill Cornell Medicine–Qatar (WCM-Q).
Kholoud Al Najdi, Fatima Al Dasim, Amal Saif, Wadha Al Marri and Shaikha Al Abdul Jabbar spent six months working alongside WCM-Q’s world-class scientists in the college’s state-of-the-art laboratories.
In addition to learning a comprehensive range of research competencies, including practical lab skills, how to conduct clinical research and knowledge of research administration, the interns were also able to gain hands-on experience of biomedical research by contributing to ongoing scientific studies carried out at WCM-Q.
In recognition of their successful mastery of these skills and competencies, the interns were presented with certificates of graduation at a special ceremony held at WCM-Q.
Dr Khaled Machaca, Associate Dean for Research at WCM-Q, said: “All of us at WCM-Q have been truly impressed by the dedication, enthusiasm and raw talent of these young scientists during their time here with us. Through the Biomedical Research Training Program for Nationals these young people have gained essential skills and experiences to become outstanding members of Qatar’s new generation of researchers and innovators, as well as leading contributors to the growing R&D sector of the Qatari economy toward the 2030 vision of a knowledge-based economy.”
This is the seventh annual cycle of the Biomedical Research Training Program for Nationals, which was launched in 2011 and to date has helped 33 graduates take the first step on the path to a successful career in research. The internship cycle runs from January to July each year. In addition, this year the program expanded its robust interaction with the SIDRA Nationals Development Program by hosting two SIDRA trainees as full-time participants in the program and four additional trainees who participated in the didactic parts of the program. Close collaborations among different biomedical institutions to enhance research training nationally goes a long way toward preparing the next generation of researchers.
All of the interns who completed the Biomedical Research Training Program for Nationals this year are graduates of leading universities in Qatar. This year’s cohort graduated from Qatar University, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar and Texas A&M University at Qatar.
Texas A&M University at Qatar chemical engineering graduate Kholoud Al Najdi spent her six months at WCM-Q interning in Research Administration. Kholoud said: “Transitioning from being a university student to a working professional can be intimidating, so this programme was the ideal opportunity for me to make a smooth transition. I got to work in a comfortable and welcoming environment as part of the research training team in research administration. Although the program was challenging in the beginning, the research training team was always there to help me. They cared about what we had to say and were always open to suggestions.”