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Program
Saturday, 20 October, 2012
8:00 - 18:00 Early Registration
Venue: Main Foyer - Level 1

DAY 1: Sunday, 21 October, 2012

07:00 - 08:30 Registration
Venue: Main Foyer – Level 1
Exhibit Hall Open
09:00 - 11:00 Session 1: Unveiling the Qatar National Research Strategy
Venue: Theatre - Level 1

Master of Ceremonies: Ms Mashael Al-Shafai
Qatar Science Leadership Program – QF, Qatar

Opening Address

Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser
Chairperson
Qatar Foundation
Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development

Launch of the Qatar National Research Strategy 2012
Mr Faisal M. Al-Suwaidi
President of Research and Development
Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development

Launch of the Qatar Cancer Research Strategy
Professor Lord Ara Darzi
Professor and Head of Surgery
Chairman of Institute of Global Health Innovation
Imperial College London, United Kingdom

Keynote Address -

Inventing the Future: Innovation as the Key to Sustainable Development
Dr Thomas Zacharia
Executive Vice President of Research and Development
Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development

Highlights of the Research Forum
Dr Dirar Khoury

Director of Institutional Research and Acting Executive Director-Research Division Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development

11:00 - 12:00 Session 2: Research Poster Presentations and Exhibits
(Includes Posters by Arab Expatriate Scientists)
Venue: Exhibition Halls 1 and 2 - Ground Level
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch
Venue : Exhibition Halls 1 and 2 - Ground Level
13:30 - 14:30 Session 3: Arab Expatriate Scientists (AES) Network Model of Engagement
Venue: Theatre - Level 1

Overview of the AES Initiative
Dr Nabeel Al-Salem

Arab Expatriate Scientists Network and Qatar National Research Fund - QF, Qatar

AES Engagement Model
Dr Magid Abou-Gharbia
Temple University, USA

Panel Discussion
Moderator:

Dr Nabeel Al-Salem
Arab Expatriate Scientists Network and Qatar National Research Fund - QF, Qatar

Panelists:

Dr Magid Abou-Gharbia
Temple University, USA

Dr Amr Elnashai
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA

Dr Karem Sakallah
University of Michigan, USA

Dr Abdelali Haoudi
Qatar Biomedical Research Institute - QF, Qatar

Dr Ahmed Elmagarmid
Qatar Computing Research Institute - QF, Qatar

Dr Rabi Mohtar
Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute - QF, Qatar
 

14:30 - 15:00 Break - Posters - Exhibits
Venue : Exhibition Halls 1 and 2 - Ground Level
15:00 - 16:30 Session 4: AES Technical Breakout Sessions

Track 1: Qatar National Cancer Research Strategy
Venue: Theater - Level 1

Panel Discussion

Moderators:

Professor Lord Ara Darzi,
Imperial College London, UK

Dr Abdelali Haoudi,
Qatar Biomedical Research Institute - QF, Qatar

Panelists:

Professor Robert Brown
Imperial College London, UK

Dr. Faleh Mohamed Hussain Ali
Supreme Council of Health, Qatar

Professor Edward Hillhouse
Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar

Dr Lotfi Chouchane
Weil Cornell Medical College in Qatar - QF, Qatar

Dr Thenaa Khorsheed
Qatar National Research Fund - QF, Qatar

Dr Othmane Bouhali
Texas A&M University in Qatar – QF, Qatar

Dr Tam Truong Donnelly
University of Calgary, Qatar

Presentations :

Improving Cancer Outcomes through Translational Research - The Case of Epigenetics
Dr Jean-Pierre Issa
Temple University, USA

Biomarker Profiling and Discovery of Innovative Cancer Therapeutics
Dr Moulay Alaoui-Jamali
McGill University, Canada

Role of Stem Cell Transplantation in the Management of Leukemia
Dr Issa F. Khouri
MD Anderson Cancer Center - The University of Texas, USA

Resistance of Cancer to Chemotherapy
Dr Hani Gabra
Imperial College London, UK

Targeting Survival Signaling in Lung Cancer
Dr Fadlo Khuri
Emory University, USA

Track 2: Solar Energy Research
Venue: Auditorium 3 – Level 2

Moderators:

Dr Diego Martinez
Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute - QF, Qatar

Presentations :

Overview of QEERI Solar Energy Research and Application
Dr Diego Martinez, Dr. Mokhtar Chmeissani, and Dr. Mohamed Darwish
Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute - QF, Qatar

State of the Art in Solar Energy Technologies
Dr Abdlmonem Beitelmal
Santa Clara University, USA

Chemistry for Renewable Energy
Dr Mahdi Abu-Omar
Purdue University, USA

Track 3: Initiatives to Implement QNRS in Computing
Venue: Auditorium 1 – Ground Level

Panel Discussion
Moderator:

Dr Ihab Ilyas
Qatar Computing Research Institute - QF, Qatar

Panelists:

Dr Azer Bestavros
Boston University, USA

Dr Mounia Lalmas
Yahoo! Inc., Spain

Dr Sumi Helal
University of Florida, USA

Dr Usama Fayyad
Oasis 500, Jordan

DAY 2: Monday, 22 October, 2012

7:30 Exhibit Hall Open
Venue: Exhibition Halls 1 and 2 – Ground Level
08:30 - 10:30 Session 5: Research Oral Presentations
Parallel tracks; Abstracts selected based on expert peer review

Track 1: Health and Biomedical Research
Venue: Theatre – Level 1

Track 2: Energy and Environment Research
Venue: Auditorium 3 – Level 2

Track 3: Computing and Information Technology Research
Venue: Auditorium 1 – Ground Level

Track 4: Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Humanities, and Islamic Studies Research
Venue: Auditorium 2 – Ground Level
10:30 - 11:00 Break - Posters - Exhibits
Venue: Exhibition Halls 1 and 2 – Ground Level
11:00 - 13:00 Session 6: Research Oral Presentations
Parallel tracks; Abstracts selected based on expert peer review

Track 1: Health and Biomedical Research
Venue: Theatre – Level 1

Track 2: Energy and Environment Research
Venue: Auditorium 3 – Level 2

Track 3: Computing and Information Technology Research
Venue: Auditorium 1 – Ground Level

Track 4: Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Humanities, and Islamic Studies Research
Venue: Auditorium 2 – Ground Level
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch - Posters - Exhibits
Venue: Exhibition Halls 1 and 2 – Ground Level
14:00 - 15:00 Session 7: Student Research Oral Presentations
Parallel tracks; Abstracts selected based on expert peer review

Track 1: Health and Biomedical Research
Venue: Theatre – Level 1

Track 2: Energy and Environment Research
Venue: Auditorium 3 – Level 2

Track 3: Computing and Information Technology Research
Venue: Auditorium 1 – Ground Level

Track 4: Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Humanities, and Islamic Studies Research
Venue: Auditorium 2 – Ground Level
15:00 - 15:30 Break - Posters - Exhibits
Venue: Exhibition Halls 1 and 2 – Ground Level
15:30 - 17:00

Session 8: Parallel Workshops
Parallel tracks Abstracts selected based on expert peer review

Workshop 1: From Mind to Market – An Overview of R&D Commercialization Processes in the Arab Region

Venue : Auditorium 1 - Ground Level

Moderator
Dr Fouad Mrad
ESCWA Technology Center, Jordan

Presentations

Nascent Experience with Creating Intellectual Property - A QCRI Perspective
Dr Ahmed Elmagarmid
Qatar Computing Research Institute - QF, Qatar

Experiences with Technology Development and Commercialization at Qatar Science & Technology Park
Mr Hamad Al Kuwari
Qatar Science & Technology Park - QF, Qatar

Commercial Viability of R&D Projects
Dr Wissam Rabadi
Bedaya - El Hassan Business Park, Jordan

Available Innovation Financing Options: A Regional Roadmap
Dr Salim Chahine
American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Legal and IP challenges in the Arab region
Mr Mu’tasem Al-Dmour
Talal Abu-Ghazaleh International & Arab Society for Intellectual Property, Jordan

How to Capitalize on IP Developed by Others Through Joint Ventures and Licensing to Create Value and Serve High Potential Markets
Dr Ossama Hassanein
Newbury Ventures and TechWadi, USA

Workshop 2: Research Capacity Building
Venue: Auditorium 2 – Ground Level

Panel Discussion
Moderator:

Prof. Wyatt R. Hume
Research Division - QF, Qatar

Panelists:

Dr Darwish El-Emadi
Social and Economic Survey Research Institute, Qatar University,
Qatar

Dr Houda Awadi Boslama
Supreme Education Council, Qatar

Dr Khaled Machaca
Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar

Workshop 3: Qatar Cardiovascular Research
Venue: Theatre – Level 1

Moderator
Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub
Qatar Cardiovascular Research Center - QF, Qatar

Presentations
Building a Network of Excellence for Qatar
Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub
Qatar Cardiovascular Research Center - QF, Qatar

Population Studies on Cardiovascular Diseases in the Gulf Region
Dr Jassim Al-Suwaidi
Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar

Heart Failure Research as a Priority
Professor Robert Bonow
Qatar Cardiovascular Research Center – QF, Qatar

A National Program of Primary Angioplasty for Heart Attack Victims in Qatar
Dr Abdurrazak Gehani
Qatar Cardiovascular Research Center – QF, Qatar
19:00 - 21:00 Gala Dinner and Presentation of Awards
Venue: Conference Hall - Level 2

Master of Ceremonies: Ms Mashael Al-Shafai and Mr Tariq Al Ansari
Qatar Science Leadership Program – QF, Qatar

DAY 3: Tuesday, 23 October, 2012

08:30 - 10:30 Session 9: Research and Development Updates
Venue : Theatre - Level 1

Master of Ceremonies: Mr Tariq Al Ansari
Qatar Science Leadership Program – QF, Qatar

Qatar University
Dr Hassan Al-Derham

Hamad Medical Corporation
Professor Sten Lindahl

Sidra Medical and Research Center
Dr William F Owen Jr.

Qatar National Research Fund
Dr Abdul Sattar Al-Taie

Qatar Science & Technology Park
Dr Lucio Rispo
10:30 - 11:00 Break - Posters - Exhibits
Venue: Exhibition Halls 1 and 2 – Ground Level
11:00 - 12:30 Session 10: AES Technical Breakout Parallel Sessions
  Track 1: Metabolic Disease and Diabetes
Venue : Theatre - Level 1

Panel Discussion
Moderator:


Dr Magid Abou-Gharbia
Temple University, USA

Panelists:
Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub
Qatar Cardiovascular Research Center - QF, Qatar

Professor Philippe Froguel
Qatar Biomedical Research Institute – QF, Qatar

Dr Jassim Al-Suwaidi
Qatar Cardiovascular Research Center – QF, Qatar

Dr Michel Gagner
Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar

Dr Karsten Suhre
Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar – QF, Qatar

Presentations :

Atherosclerosis and Diabetic Vascular Complications: Molecular Pathogenesis and New Therapies
Dr Samar Hammad
Medical University of South Carolina, USA

Genetic Targets for Insulin Resistance and Dyslipidemia
Dr Samir Deeb
University of Washington, USA

Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases Drug Discovery on Target?
Dr Tarek Mansour
Xenon Pharma, Canada


Track 2: Water - Energy - Food Nexus
Venue: Auditorium 3 – Level 2

Moderators:

Dr Elfatih Eltahir
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute - QF, Qatar

Dr Hatem Belhouchette
Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Montpellier, France

Presentations:

Overview of QEERI Initiatives on WEF
Dr Yasir E Mohieldeen
Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute – QF, Qatar

Water – Food Nexus
Dr Hassan Boukcim
Valorhiz, France

Water Policy and Implications
Ms Raya Marina Stephan
Independent Consultant, France

Track 3: Arabic Content: Challenges and Opportunities
Venue: Auditorium 1– Ground Level

Panel Discussion
Moderator:


Dr Majd Abbar
Qatar Computing Research Institute - QF, Qatar

Panelists:

Mr. Ahmad Hamzawi
Google Inc., UK

Mr Anas Abbar
Al Waseet International Company Dubai, UAE

Mr Fares Akkad
Middle-East Broadcasting Corp. (MBC), UAE

12:30 - 14:00 Lunch - Posters - Exhibits
Venue: Exhibition Halls 1 and 2 – Ground Level
14:00 - 15:30 Session 11: Parallel Workshops

Workshop 4: Biomedical Enabling Research Platforms
Venue: Theatre – Level 1

Panel Discussion
Moderator:

Dr Abdelmajid Mehtali
Vivalis, France

Panelists:

Dr Asma Al-Thani
Qatar University, Qatar

Dr Hatem El Shanti
Shafallah Medical Genetics Center, Qatar

Dr Aisha Al Obaidly
Qatar Science and Technology Park - QF, Qatar

Dr Mohamed Al Sayrafi
Anti-Doping Laboratory, Qatar

Dr Jeremie Arash Rafii Tabrizi
Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar – QF, Qatar

Presentations :

Molecular Anatomy of Tumors and Targeted Therapy Approaches
Dr Wael El-Rifai
Vanderbilt University, USA

Gene Transfer Technologies for Cancer Gene Therapy
Dr Amine Kamen
Biotechnology Research Institute of Montreal, Canada

Genomic Technologies to Assess the Epigenetic Regulation of the Genome and Implications in Human Disorders
Dr Ahmad Khalil
Case Western Reserve University, USA

Bacteriophage: From Bacteria to Efficient Targeted Systemic Gene Therapy Against Cancer
Dr Amin Hajitou
Imperial College London, UK

Workshop 5: Materials Applications to Energy and Environment
Venue: Auditorium 3 – Level 2

Moderators:

Dr Abdelkrim Chemseddine
Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin fur Materialien und Energie - Germany
Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute - QF, Qatar

Dr Hanadi Sleiman
McGill University, Canada

Presentations :

Material Research Infrastructure
Dr Said Mansour
Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute - QF, Qatar

Material and Energy in Buildings
Dr Moncef Krarti
University of Colorado at Boulder, USA

Materials and Energy Efficiency
Dr Hussein Zbib
Washington State University, USA

Workshop 6: Big Data Analytics
Venue: Auditorium 1 – Ground Level

Panel Discussion
Moderator:

Dr Najwa Aaraj
Booz & Company, Dubai

Panelists:

Dr Shivakumar Vaithyanathan
IBM, USA

Professor  H V Jagadish
University of Michigan, USA

Dr. Solom Heddaya
Microsoft Corp., USA

Dr Ashraf Aboulnaga
University of Waterloo, Canada