Over 20 teams of secondary students across Qatar impressed a team of independent medical experts with their detailed research and presentations during the fifth edition of the ‘Medical Review School Conference’ hosted by Doha College.
The eight participating schools did their research on topics from five areas of medicine: epidemiology of infectious diseases; pharmacological developments; radiological, pathological and diagnostic updates; feto-maternal medicine; hereditary and metabolic diseases; and cancer.
Some themes presented were ground-breaking in terms of medical science, such as the ‘Organs on Chips’ research, prepared by Doha College team Qurratu Aini Binti Hasihim and Arij Ahmed, who placed second in the competition. Their presentation revealed emerging technology based on chips made with advanced high transparency material and human cells, which could re-create organs’ responses to experimental medication, thus reducing costs, trial times and animal testing.
On the other end of the scale was the research on the ‘Epidemiology of the Black Death’, a topic that most people would think belongs safely in the past, but has recently returned in Madagascar. This research earned Jewel D’souza of Doha British School third place, along with Doha College team who did a research on pre-eclampsia.
The coveted first place was awarded to a research on the Wilson’s Disease, aimed to enlighten and raise awareness that lack of subsidiary ‘workers’ in the human body can be just as impactful to the system as principal ‘workers’. This was presented by Harun Gunes, Natália Wazny and Tiago Huber from Doha College.
Doha College Principal Dr Steffen Sommer congratulated all the teams who participated.
As education practitioners, we have a keen interest in the medical profession, as both fields share that very important aspect – caring for people. For this reason we have close contact with Hamad Medical Corporation and Elite Medical Centre, both partnered with Doha College to make this event happen.’
List of participating schools:
- Al Khor International School – British Curriculum
- Al Khor International School – CBSE Curriculum
- Doha British School
- Doha College
- GEMS American Academy
- International School of London
- M.E.S. Indian School
- Qatar International School
For more information about the conference, visit the Doha College website at dohacollege.com.