The Edge Health Supplement
- Publication Date:
- 09/04/13 5:09 PM
In the long term, the knowledge created by Qatar Biobank will naturally flow into professional practice as researchers are enabled to make discoveries that will have a direct impact on health and medical treatment locally.
How does the organisation plan to connect the education and research area with professional practice in Qatar?
In the long term, the knowledge created by Qatar Biobank will naturally flow into professional practice as researchers are enabled to make discoveries that will have a direct impact on health and medical treatment locally. In this way Qatar Biobank is helping to enhance the quality of the health services that can be provided to Qatar’s communities.
The unique breadth and depth of the information and samples collected by Qatar Biobank on the population of Qatar will allow researchers to advance the understanding of human health and disease and will enable new and exciting developments in health and medicine that are tailored for individuals in Qatar.
Qatar Biobank is helping the Arab world grow its own expertise to support medical health locally, which will help reverse importing expertise from abroad.
What are some Qatar-specific research areas that Biobank aims to cover?
Qatar and the region have seen an increase in diabetes, obesity cardiovascular disease, and cancer with 17 percent of Qatar’s adult population suffering from type-2 diabetes, according to the latest study from the World Health Organization conducted in 2012. Through the knowledge and information collected at Qatar Biobank, scientists over the next few years will be able to gain unique insights into the causes of these diseases that affect the Qatari population.
Over the next few years, research enabled by Qatar Biobank will specifically show how the health of the Qatari population is affected by their lifestyle, environment and genes. One of the biggest changes in the Qatari community’s lifestyle has been diet. To ensure this information is captured, a visit to the Qatar Biobank center includes a participant questionnaire which includes the full range of traditional and more Western-style foods that are eaten in Qatar. From the knowledge gained so far Qatar Biobank can see that lifestyle factors have a high impact on health in Qatar.
At present, most medical treatments have been developed through the study of Western populations and there has been a lack of large-scale biomedical research based on populations in the Arab world.
Rather than see patients traveling abroad for specialized treatments, Qatar Biobank is ultimately aimed at driving research to develop tailored medical treatments at home.
Qatar Biobank is a platform that will make vital biomedical research possible through its collection of samples and information on health and lifestyle from large numbers of members of the Qatari population. This long-term medical health initiative was specifically created to give Qatar’s people stronger chances of avoiding serious illnesses, and to promote better health for future generations.
You are being invited to take part in Qatar Biobank, Qatar’s long-term medical health initiative for Qatar’s population. To help you decide whether to contribute, here is some information on Qatar Biobank and what taking part involves.
Qatar Biobank will make it possible for scientists to conduct research to address some of the greatest health challenges facing Qatar and the region, including cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, and cancer.