The world’s finest minds in the field of neuroscience are in Doha for the high-level Qatar Clinical Neuroscience Conference.

Organised by Qatar Foundation (QF), Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q), and the New York Academy of Sciences (the Academy), began on 15 March 2014 at the Four Seasons Hotel Doha and will conclude on 17 March 2014.

The conference has attracted experts from around the globe to hear the latest theories, discussions and advancements. The 29 speakers include faculty from Harvard Medical School, Stanford University and American University Beirut as well as doctors and scientists from Weill Cornell Medical College in both New York and Qatar. Doctors who attend from Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) are also be able to claim continuing medical education credits.

Dr Javaid Sheikh, Dean of WCMC-Q and an internationally renowned expert on anxiety and ageing, said the conference was indicative of Qatar’s growing influence in the academic world. Dr Sheikh said:

Qatar is now well recognised as an international hub for higher education and research. This conference on clinical neuroscience brings together experts in multiple domains in the field. I expect the presentations to reflect cutting-edge science and for the discussions to be truly illuminating.’

WCMC-Q is a partnership between Cornell University and Qatar Foundation. It offers pre-medical and medical courses leading to the Cornell University M.D. degree with teaching by Cornell and Weill Cornell faculty and by physicians at HMC and Aspetar Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Hospital who hold Weill Cornell appointments.

Neuroscience is a huge field and includes illnesses such as depression, schizophrenia and anxiety disorder along with traumatic brain injuries. They form a large percentage of the global disease burden and are a significant economic cost to nations.

CEO & President of the Academy, Ellis Rubinstein, said:

Brain disorders know no national boundaries, and it’s critical that neither does scientific research around this area; it will take the best scientific minds to make progress in these challenging areas…We are thrilled to be convening in Qatar, where we expect to hear the latest research developments that will push the field of neuroscience forward, impacting countless lives.’

Topics of discussion at Qatar Clinical Neuroscience Conference will cover clinical approaches to affective disorders; translation of animal model research; advances in neuropsychiatry; and pathophysiology and therapeutic insights regarding stroke and traumatic brain injuries.

For more information, read Marhaba’s post Neuroscientists and Neurologists to Gather at International Scientific Conference in Qatar.