WCM-Q Training Programme Provides ‘Boost’ for Aspiring Researchers in Qatar
Seven aspiring biomedical scientists gained key research skills by completing the Biomedical Research Training Program (BRTP) for Nationals at Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q).
The BRTP is designed to give Qatari nationals and long-term residents who recently graduated from college a solid foundation in practical lab skills, experience of working on real research projects alongside WCM-Q’s highly-qualified scientific faculty, clinical research competencies, and an understanding of key concepts in research administration.
Ten years of BRTP
In recognition of their successful mastery of the skills and competencies covered under the programme, the interns were presented with certificates of graduation during a special ceremony held at WCM-Q.
The event also celebrated the tenth anniversary of the BRTP, which already provided training to 44 interns since its launch in 2011, including this year’s cohort. The programme was paused in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic but restarted in 2021.
In its decade of activity, the BRTP has become an established bridge for college graduates to transition to the workplace and kickstart careers in research, with many who have completed the programme gaining positions at leading institutions including at Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), Anti-Doping Lab Qatar, Sidra Medicine, Qatar University, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), Qatar Foundation, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, the Ministry of Transport and Communications, and at WCM-Q itself.
In addition to providing individuals with key research skills, the wider aim of the BRTP is to produce a generation of highly-skilled scientists from the local talent pool in order to endow Qatar with the capacity to build the knowledge-based economy of the future.
Shaikha Al Qahtani, a BRTP alumna and research training manager at WCM-Q, said that what pleases her the most is that their own graduates are recommending the programme to their friends and relatives.
We have a number of our previous BRTP graduates attending our graduation ceremony today celebrating the successful decade with us and I am very happy that we have this strong bond with them.
The interns who completed the BRTP this year were Alanoud Al-Thani, Jawaher Al-Hamaq, Aysha AlSaad, Anoud Duale, Hana Mohamed, Rwedah Ajeeb, and Sondos Yousef. All are graduates of Qatar University, apart from Anoud Duale, who graduated from Bangalore University.
According to Qatar University Biology graduate Jawaher Al-Hamaq, who interned on the BRTP under the mentorship of Assistant Professor of Research in Physiology and Biophysics, Dr Nancy Nader, the programme offers a great insight on the backstage work of research and how to apply previous knowledge gained in her undergraduate studies.
Being involved in a real research project and overcoming obstacles along the way made it possible to acquire essential skills as an upcoming researcher.
Such experience would not be gained without the guidance of phenomenal researchers such as Dr Nader, who presented all the key attributes of a researcher.
The experience was fruitful, and I am pleased to have completed the programme.
Dr Khaled Machaca of WCM-Q offered his warmest congratulations to their latest cohort of BRTP graduates, and extended his thanks to the growing community of BRTP alumni for continuing the mission of BRTP through building excellent careers in research in Qatar. He said that the success and national contribution of their ambitious, talented and dedicated BRTP graduates are a wonderful asset for the State of Qatar and its booming R&D sector.
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