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March 22, 2015

Qatar Biobank Hosts Disease Control & Public Health Research Seminar

More than 25 healthcare professionals and researchers enhanced their skills at last week’s ‘Epidemiology & Public Health Research’ workshop hosted by Qatar Biobank in collaboration with Qatar University and Imperial College London.
The multidisciplinary two-day seminar explored epidemiology – the branch of medicine that deals with the incidence, distribution and possible control of diseases – to discuss various ways to present epidemiological data. Sessions were delivered by Dr Neil Murphy, Dr Queenie Chan, and Dr Inga Prokopenko from the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Imperial College London.

In addition, tutorials on the aspects of epidemiology, the presentation of research grant proposals, and ways to design a study in this field, were also parts of the in-depth discussions during the workshop.
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The Qatar Council of Health Practitioners Department accredited the recent ‘Epidemiology & Public Health’ workshop as a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activity, allowing participants to obtain 10.5 credit units.

The collection and analysis of DNA samples at Qatar Biobank complements the Qatar Genome Project, launched in 2013 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, with the aim of diagnosing diseases more accurately and hence implementing personalized treatment.

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