First-year WCM-Q medical student Aya Tabbalat, who has already published her first research paper, with Dr Nayef Mazloum, Assistant Dean for Student Research at WCM-Q

The research of a first-year medical student at Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q) has been published in a leading scientific journal thanks in part to the mentorship of a WCM-Q graduate who is now on the faculty at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York.

Aya Tabbalat’s research project on the fertility of women in the Arabian Peninsula was published in the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics following a summer of research at Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM) in New York, where she was mentored by Dr Nigel Pereira, who graduated from WCM-Q with academic distinction in 2010.

Aya, who joined WCM-Q’s Premedical Program in 2014, is the first author on the paper, titled ‘Arabian Peninsula ethnicity is associated with lower ovarian reserve and ovarian response in women undergoing fresh ICSI cycles’. The Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics is an official publication of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine.

Aya said:

I am very happy to see my research published and extremely grateful to Dr Nigel Pereira for being such a proactive and encouraging mentor. His guidance, knowledge and passion for his work was so beneficial and inspiring, and it was great to be able to work with a fellow member of the WCM-Q community.

WCM-Q graduate Dr Nigel Pereira, now Assistant Professor of Reproductive Medicine and Obstetrics at Weill Cornell Medicine-New York, provided mentorship to current WCM-Q student Aya Tabbalat to help her on her way to an early publishing success

The research paper studied the cases of 763 female patients; 217 of Arab Peninsula ethnicity and 546 Caucasians, and used a statistical modeling technique to compare the success of assisted reproductive techniques (ART) between the two groups. The study found that women of Arabian Peninsula heritage responded less well to ART than the Caucasian Group. The study also found that Qatari women in the Arab group responded more positively to ART than women from other parts of the region. All data used in the study was anonymised.

Dr Nayef Mazloum, Assistant Dean for Student Research at WCM-Q, said:

To be published in a prestigious journal at such an early stage in one’s career is a rare and extremely significant achievement. We are very pleased that Aya’s hard work has been rewarded and we are delighted that her research was supported by one of our own WCM-Q alumni, Dr. Nigel Pereira, who is one of our most talented and dedicated former students.

The research paper can be read in full at here.