The Grand Rounds live webinar series at Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q) has been attracting large audiences as healthcare professionals take advantage of online courses to continue developing their skills and knowledge during the pandemic.

In the past month, over 4,000 attendees logged in to engage in the three presentations delivered by expert speakers in the series, coordinated by the WCM-Q Division of Continuing Professional Development.

Dr Noha Yousri, Assistant Professor of Research at WCM-Q, gave a presentation titled ‘Epigenetics and Metabolomics of Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity in Qataris’, where she discussed ways in which obesity and diabetes are causing modifications of the genetic characteristics of the Qatari population.

Dr Yousri described perturbed metabolic pathways in type 2 diabetes and obesity among the Qatari population, discussed epigenetic modifications and metabolic profiling, and gave insights into the impact of DNA methylation on DNA activity, which typically represses gene transcription, the first of several steps of gene expression. Dr Yousri’s presentation was based upon her research, which is supported by Qatar National Research Fund.

WCM-Q webinar Breast Imaging

Dr Noor Ahmed Al Khori, Consultant Physician in Radiology at Sidra Medicine, presented on Breast Imaging: Basics and Beyond, where she defined current evidence-based guidelines for the safe and effective use of mammography, outlined recent advances in breast imaging and discussed the most common abnormalities that can be detected using imaging. Dr Al Khori, who also holds the position of Assistant Professor of Clinical Radiology at WCM-Q, is an alumna of the college, having graduated in 2010.

Dr Ahmad Majzoub, Consultant in the Department of Urology at HMC and Programme Director of Andrology and Male Infertility Fellowship, gave a presentation on the Evaluation and Management in Male Factor Infertility, where he discussed the causes and basic methods of evaluation of male fertility, before explaining treatment methods.

The Grand Rounds live webinar series is designed for physicians, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, allied health professionals, students, researchers and educators. All three webinars were accredited locally by Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners-Accreditation Department (QCHP-AD) and by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

Dr Thuyrayya Arayssi, Professor of Clinical Medicine and Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education and Continuing Professional Development, said they are very pleased that so many healthcare professionals are finding such great value in the content provided in the Grand Rounds series.

He said that the ability to offer such high-quality webinars online maximises participation and is of great help to healthcare professionals in Qatar and beyond, as they work to develop their skills and knowledge, despite the ongoing pandemic.

For more information on the Grand Rounds series at WCM-Q and of forthcoming presentations, visit qatar-weill.cornell.edu.