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Researchers in Qatar make a strong contribution to galactic research

Researchers in Qatar make a strong contribution to galactic research

Most of us know that our solar system exists inside of a galaxy called the Milky Way. Our solar system is based around a star, a.k.a, the sun, and this star is one of an estimated 100 to 400 billion stars inside of the Milky Way. This idea alone is beyond our imagination—indeed, we are but a tiny spec in this one galaxy. And yet, in the universe, which is expanding, there are an estimated 170 billion galaxies.*

Converting Waste into a National Treasure

Converting Waste into a National Treasure

 In a matter of two decades, Doha’s skyline has gone from flat and tan to a jagged skyscraping forest of gleaming metal and concrete structures. Construction continues to boom across Qatar, yet it imports so many construction materials—also known as ‘aggregate’—that the projects are unusually expensive. A research team funded by QNRF and based in Qatar is on track to challenge the current supply practices and radically cut costs while maintaining quality and saving massive amounts of energy used to import heavy materials.

Welcome to this twelfth issue of the QNRF Newsletter.

Welcome to this twelfth issue of the QNRF Newsletter.

It’s been an exciting past few months with the holding of the successful 5th QNRF Annual Forum, where we announced the results of the sixth cycle of our flagship National Priorities Research Program. Of all of the proposals submitted, 20 percent were awarded. Since our criteria are strict, filtering for the highest quality and most original proposals that align with the Qatar National Research Strategy (QNRS). We are thrilled at the continued high quality research taking place across Qatar.



Dr. Thenaa Said, Program Manager for Biomedical and Health Sciences

Dr. Thenaa Said, Program Manager for Biomedical and Health Sciences

After 16 years as a faculty member and researcher at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA—specializing in breast cancer research—Dr. Thenaa Said joined QNRF in 2006. She is excited about the growth and development occurring in Qatar and the future of medical and all sectors of research therein.

Faisal Alsuwaidi: Enabling research to flourish to Qatar

Faisal Alsuwaidi: Enabling research to flourish to Qatar

Mr. Faisal Alsuwaidi's illustrious career began almost four decades ago when he began working for Qatar Petroleum (QP), rising to become QP's Administration Director. In 1997, he became the Vice Chairman and CEO of Qatargas, where he oversaw the construction and realization of LNG trains that are still the largest in the world, while Laffan is the largest condensate refinery in the world. As Qatar Foundation's President of Research and Development, Mr. Alsuwaidi brings a wealth of management and strategic experience to the research sector of Qatar Foundation. This interview highlights his transition, his vision for more collaboration among institutions and the power of the recently-unveiled National Research Strategy.

QNRF welcomes new Deputy Executive Director and Executives

QNRF welcomes new Deputy Executive Director and Executives

Dr. Abdulnasser Al-Ansari holds a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Miami, Florida, USA, with a focus on biometrics, computer vision and pattern recognition as well as signal and image processing. He published more than 13 papers in internationally-recognized journals covering these topics while completing his PhD. Dr. Al-Ansari possesses a wealth of experience in research collaboration, peer reviewing, proposal preparations and fund management procedures

UREP announces competition winners and launch of 14th funding cycle

UREP announces competition winners and launch of 14th funding cycle

The fifth Annual Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP) Competition concluded with students from Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ) winning first place for their project which examined the effects of ultra-high pressures and temperatures on oil–based drilling mud.

New mobile app proves a hit with researchers

New mobile app proves a hit with researchers

At the end of February, QNRF launched its new app to expand the channels of communication between the funding organization and the researchers it serves. Within the first month it had been downloaded over 2,000 times.

QNRF at Going Global 2013

QNRF at Going Global 2013

March saw a QNRF presence at the British Council's "Going Global 2013" conference in Dubai. The theme "Global education: knowledge-based economies for 21st century nations" reflected the ever-increasing internationalization of education and attracted distinguished representation from around the globe.

QNRF-funded projects win recognition

QNRF-funded projects win recognition

Researchers at the Section of Clinical and Metabolomic Genetics at Hamad Medical Corporation have received the "Princess Aljawhara Center Award for The Best Research In Basic Genetics" from the Saudi Arabian institute. This is one of the most competitive and prestigious awards in the region, where researchers from outside and within Saudi Arabia (including the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center) are  invited to present their research.

QNRF prepares for 5th Annual Forum

QNRF prepares for 5th Annual Forum

 Once again the time has arrived for QNRF's Annual Forum which not only gives QNRF staff an opportunity to network and meet the research community, but also presents a perfect opportunity to update everyone on the latest developments related to QNRF's activities. The highlight of the event, to be held at Qatar National Convention Centre in Doha, on Tuesday, the 14th of May, from 9am to 1.30pm, will be the announcement of the eagerly-awaited outcome of 6th cycle of the National Priorities Research Program (NPRP).

Research in Qatar could greatly enhance wound management

Research in Qatar could greatly enhance wound management

The treatment of open wounds is something that we take for granted as a systemized approach to health. Yet, the history of wound care as we know it spans back just 200 years. It was only in the early 1800s that Hungarian physician Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis proposed hand washing as an approach that could prevent infection. Physician Joseph Lister took this insight forward to treat surgical gauze with carbonic acid, which cut his surgical team’s mortality rate by nearly half. Today, the field of wound care is in the midst of a similar kind of transformation based on moisture and pH monitoring. Research in Qatar is making a significant contribution to this next leap forward.

Communication with your car is about to get a lot closer, and the roads a lot safer

Communication with your car is about to get a lot closer, and the roads a lot safer

Seat belts and smart cameras are a few ways that automobiles actively protect passengers. Should your or another driver’s judgment fail, these features create a buffer between you and serious injury or death. This buffer is responsible for a great reduction in the number of traffic deaths, yet visit any emergency ward, anywhere in the world, and you’ll see that there is still much room for improvement.
Illustration of car accidents and warning messages

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