PHCC Hosts the 2nd Scientific Research Conference 2016 in Qatar


Following the successful launch of the Primary Health Care Corporation’s first Scientific Research Day in 2015 and the interest it generated within the health community in Qatar, yesterday saw the opening of the 2nd Scientific Research Conference held at Qatar National Convention Centre. The PHCC flagship scientific Conference aims at highlighting the role of primary care research in strengthening the health system, promoting family care and preventing chronic disease. With several sessions, presentations and workshops, the conference offered a leading, knowledge sharing platform that cuts across issues relating to primary health policies and how they are set up to meet the population’s expectations.

In its first day, the conference presented internationally renowned and local healthcare research scientists delivering keynote lectures and workshops on childhood and adolescent health with a focus on addressing obesity, as well as implementing school based health programs in Qatar.

The first day also presented engaging sessions discussing the use of digital technologies to provide health information and health monitoring, with sessions lead by Prof. Klaus Schoenbach, Associate Dean of Research at Northwestern University, Qatar.

 “Young people still can and should be encouraged of a lifestyle that prevents serious illnesses later in life. Our research is inventorying how Qatari adolescents use and evaluate media and communication channels of all sorts, health apps and health-trackers—to optimize health-related information and advice for them.”

This unparalleled chance to participate in a global conversation on the advancement of healthcare addressed issues including medical ethics and culture in GCC Countries and their implications on research and health services in primary care. The sessions also included research presented on how to improve healthcare infrastructure and systems to encourage the development of a healthy, motivated, capable workforce and research capacity, applying appropriately targeted, contextualized and effective interventions for health improvement.

The second day of the conference will engage the broader theme, capturing the need for strong clinical and scientific evidence to support primary care core functions of providing the highest quality of family care across the entire human life cycle. A series of workshops will be led by healthcare research experts specifically aimed at empowering new researchers to develop skills and present opportunities for sharing and learning from best practice.

Dr. Hanan Al Mujalli, Executive Director, Clinical Affairs, PHCC commented that “Primary Health Corporation continues in its mission to lead in providing the highest standard of health care to Qatar’s population, and to do this, we recognize that PHCC also has to be research-led and research-informed. Having successfully launched this conference in December 2015, we decided to build on this foundation and create this forum providing a platform for us to share best practice and identify potential collaborators to work together for better health outcomes.”

The conference also examined the need for research that underpins Primary care’s search for effective preventive strategies and interventions that improve population wellbeing and health, particularly in non-communicable disease prevention. Notably as Qatar (and the GCC Region) has one of the highest rates of obesity across all age groups. Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and more recently rising cancer rates have also been seen in our country and region.