The Division of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) at Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q) again hosted a series of webinars for healthcare professionals.

With the worldwide prevalence of dementia – a common pathological consequence of neurodegenerative diseases – expected to significantly rise over the coming years, WCM-Q launched a webinar series titled Protein Misfolding Diseases and Neurodegeneration: From Experimental Approach to Clinical Therapy to keep healthcare professionals up-to-date with relevant advancements in the field.

The course was directed by Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology, Dr Ali Chaari.

As part of the series, a session on The Molecular Basis of Neurodegenerative Diseases: From Bench to Bedside was presented by Professor Tiago Outeiro from the University Medical Center Göttingen in Germany. An additional session from the series titled Disease Modification in Parkinson’s Disease: An Update was led by Dr Angelo Antonini of the University of Padua, Italy.

CPD’s Biostatistics webinar series continued with a virtual workshop on Applied Biostatistics Using STATA. Presented by Dr Ziyad R Mahfoud of WCM-Q, the webinar outlined the application of the univariable and multivariable statistical method for numeric and categorical outcomes using statistical software called STATA.

Dr Mahfoud held an additional workshop on Understanding Survival Analysis to help healthcare professionals accurately interpret descriptive and inferential statistics related to time-to-event data.

As part of the Intersection of Law and Medicine Series, a webinar titled Ethical and Legal Considerations of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) was directed by WCM-Q’s Dr Thurayya Arayssi and Dr Barry Solaiman of Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU). The session examined international best practices concerning the use of ART in clinical practice, advances in male infertility and associated ethical concerns, legal and religious approaches governing the use of reproductive technologies in the Arabian Gulf, and Qatari legislation governing the use of reproductive technology and ART.

In addition to Dr Arayssi and Dr Solaiman, other speakers were also invited to join the discussion:

  • Dr Johnny Awwad (Sidra Medicine)
  • Dr Mohammed Ghaly (College of Islamic Studies, HBKU)
  • Dr Ahmad Majzoub (Hamad Medical Corporation)
  • Professor Sonia Suter (The George Washington University)

The latest instalment of the WCM-Q Grand Rounds Live Webinar Series titled Aspirin Exacerbated Respiratory Disease was led by Dr Julia W Tripple of the University of Texas Medical Branch. The webinar focused on the clinical features and pathophysiology of aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease and the utility of aspirin desensitization in treating the disease.

Another Grand Rounds session titled Bone Health in Breast Cancer: Update on Adjuvant and Antifracture Data with Antiresorptive Drugs was presented by Dr Azeez Farooki (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York).

In Qatar, WCM-Q is accredited as a provider of continuing medical education by the Department of Healthcare Professions (DHP) of the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).


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