* Agreement covers provision of laboratory services and research support to boost research in Qatar
Qatar Biomedical Research Institute (QBRI) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University is collaborating with Qatar University (QU) to help advance its capabilities to conduct high-quality and innovative biomedical research in Qatar. The collaboration comes as part of an agreement recently signed between QBRI and QU.
The collaboration will enable QU to utilise QBRI’s core services with the aim of facilitating access to advanced analysis locally, which will help QU conduct more advanced research. As a result, QU will be able to carry out biomedical analysis in Qatar without the need to send samples overseas. In parallel, the partnership will support QU’s graduate students and enable them to access QBRI’s advanced core laboratories, to conduct advanced biomedical research and obtain more analysis options, according to a press statement.
The services provided by QBRI core services include but are not limited to genomics, structural biology, flow cytometry, stem cells and proteomics. This collaboration will enhance interaction between researchers from both entities and pave the way for the two entities to cooperate on research projects in the future.
Dr Omar El Agnaf, executive director of QBRI, said, “In keeping with the wider HBKU community, QBRI is focused on developing partnerships with like-minded organisations. To this end, the affinities between QU and ourselves are apparent. Both institutions are focused on improving the health and well-being of the people of Qatar and the wider region. This necessitates consistent access to cutting-edge research facilities designed specifically for making breakthrough discoveries in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases.
"We’re therefore delighted to be providing laboratory services and facilities to QU at such an important time for the nation’s health. Both organisations are confident that we can learn from each other’s core strengths and specialisms and build on our partnership in the years ahead.”
Prof Egon Toft, vice-president for Medical and Health Sciences and dean of the College of Medicine, QU, added: “QU is determined to foster its relationship with partners in Qatar. Research is essential to QU Health to nurture new scientific endeavors in the region; furthermore, with the help of HBKU, QU can create ever-evolving synergies that will serve the nation.”