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WCM-Q Grand Rounds series thriving in online space

Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar’s (WCM-Q) Grand Rounds live webinar series is attracting large audiences during the pandemic as healthcare professionals take advantage of online access to continue developing their skills and knowledge.

In the past month, more than 4,000 attendees logged in to engage in the three presentations delivered by expert speakers in the series, which is coordinated by WCM-Q’s Division of Continuing Professional Development.

Dr. Noha Yousri, assistant professor of research at WCM-Q, gave a presentation titled Epigenetics and Metabolomics of Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity in Qataris, in which she discussed ways in which obesity and diabetes are causing modifications of the genetic characteristics of the Qatari population. Dr. Yousri described perturbed metabolic pathways in type 2 diabetes and obesity among the Qatari population, discussed epigenetic modifications and metabolic profiling, and gave insights into the impact on DNA activity of DNA methylation, which typically represses gene transcription, the first of several steps of gene expression. Dr. Yousri’s presentation was based upon her research, which is supported by Qatar National Research Fund.

Dr. Noor Ahmed Al-Khori, consultant physician in radiology at Sidra Medicine, presented on Breast Imaging: Basics and Beyond, in which she defined current evidence-based guidelines for the safe and effective use of mammography, outlined recent advances in breast imaging, and discussed the most common abnormalities that can be detected using imaging. Dr. Al-Khori, who also holds the position of assistant professor of clinical radiology at WCM-Q, is an alumna of the college, having graduated in 2010.

Dr. Ahmad Majzoub, consultant in the Department of Urology at Hamad Medical Corporation, and program director of the andrology and male infertility fellowship, gave a presentation titled Evaluation and Management in Male Factor Infertility. Dr. Majzoub, who is also assistant professor of clinical urology at WCM-Q, discussed the causes and basic methods of evaluation of male fertility, before explaining treatment methods.

The Grand Rounds live webinar series is aimed at physicians, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, allied health professionals, students, researchers and educators. All three webinars were accredited locally by the Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners-Accreditation Department (QCHP-AD) and internationally by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

Dr. Thuyrayya Arayssi, professor of clinical medicine and senior associate dean for medical education and continuing professional development, said: “We are very pleased that so many healthcare professionals are finding such great value in the content provided in our Grand Rounds series. The ability to offer such high-quality webinars online maximizes participation and is of great help to healthcare professionals in Qatar and beyond as they work to develop their skills and knowledge, despite the ongoing pandemic.”

For more information about the Grand Rounds series and details of forthcoming presentations, visit