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Forum highlights Qatar's health, biomedicine research priorities

February 25, 2014

DOHA: Texas A&M University at Qatar (TA&MUQ) and Qatar Biomedical Research Institute (QBRI), a member of Qatar Foundation Research and Development, closed the second Middle East Conference on Biomedical Engineering (MECBME 2014) at the Hilton Hotel in Doha.  The four-day conference hosted leading regional researchers and internationally renowned scientists in the field of biomedical engineering, and focused on Qatar's health and biomedicine research priorities.  The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) was technical sponsor of the event that presented recent research on biomedical engineering and healthcare technologies relevant to national health priorities spelled out in the Qatar National Research Strategy, including applications for diabetes, cancer, genetic diseases and cardiovascular diseases.

Dr Mark H Weichold, Dean and CEO of TA&MUQ,  said, "Qatar has become an emerging research hub in the region and the world, and TA&MUQ  is proud to be part of that vanguard and an example of innovation and discovery.  "TA&MUQ is also proud to co-host this effort to further integrate practice and research in the field. MECBME is an important platform as the bioengineering industry and its associated research face ever-expanding demand on knowledge and resources," he added.  The conference featured a scientific programme that included 126 presentations by speakers from 20 countries on biomedical imaging, circuits, systems, and instrumentation; nano-medicine; biomechanics; biomaterials; and tissue engineering.  "MECBME's objective was to provide a forum for regional researchers to exchange ideas with international experts and present their latest scholarly work and applications in biomedical engineering," said Dr Reza Tafreshi, one of the conference chairs and Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at TA&MUQ.

"This is in addition to promoting collaboration between industry and academia. The conference has provided an excellent opportunity for networking and discussions between academics and international and regional healthcare organisations." The Peninsula

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Source: Peninsula, The (Qatar)

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