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Stars of Science takes a multidisciplinary approach to healthcare innovation

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Doha, Qatar: The Qatar Foundation science star returned for season 14 on September 2, its jury featured two prominent voices from two different fields: engineering and medicine. This underscores the pressing need in the Arab world and beyond.

Since it first aired in 2009, Juror Professor Fouad Mrad has a background in electrical engineering and extensive experience as an industrial product developer, academic researcher, and thought leader. Meanwhile, Dr. Aisha A. Yousuf, medical director of reproductive surgery at Sidra Medicine, a Qatar-based women’s and children’s hospital and member of the Qatar Foundation (QF), offers a valuable perspective from the medical sector. provide. She develops healthcare-focused innovations.

The show’s jury also features a third member in each episode, drawn from a select group of Arab experts, including Stars of Science alumni, representing various scientific disciplines.

According to QF member Dr. Dena Ahmed S. Al Thani, Associate Professor of Science and Engineering and Director of Interdisciplinary Programs at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), this season’s judges are looking at how QF is interdisciplinary. It embodies how we aim to deliver results. Approaches to technology development across different fields, especially healthcare.

“Engineers and medical researchers working together to develop new technologies are essential to building a more robust healthcare system,” said Dr. Al Thani.

“Many of the inventions we take for granted today, such as prosthetic limbs, surgical robots, and X-rays, were created by applying engineering principles to address medical problems. We have made tremendous strides in making progress and we want to continue this upward trajectory so that Qatar and the world will be better prepared to deal with future crises.”

This season, several members of the Top 7 have leveraged their engineering expertise to create healthcare technology. Mohammed Tahri Sqalli, a contestant from Morocco, used his science education in computers to come up with the ‘Eye Catcher ECG Reading Assistant’. This is a tool designed to give medical students feedback on how to track eye movements to properly read ECG charts.

Despite having no formal training in biology or medicine, Sqalli spent much of her time as a PhD student at HBKU exploring these areas in various aspects of Education City.

“It was the QF Talk that inspired my project,” he said. “HBKU has always empowered me to engage and explore different academic disciplines on campus.It has also given me the opportunity to channel my engineering capabilities into healthcare.”

science star Participants will be able to tap further into the QF innovation ecosystem through the support of QF member Qatar Science and Technology Park. Its innovation program includes mentorship and enrollment in its leading accelerator program, XLR8.

Other participants are also using their engineering knowledge to provide preventative solutions that can reduce the strain on health systems. Qatari innovator Abdullah Bakit Almari has created a “vibration communication vest”, a protective device that uses vibration motors on the user’s body to convey simple messages on dangerous construction sites.

science star Innovators have shown me that they can provide solutions to the community regardless of their area of ​​expertise,” he said. “The show has provided me with a platform to learn from experts in a variety of fields while also using my background in mechanical engineering to address problems in other disciplines.”

Many past contestants have also taken this approach, leading to inventions that address important issues in healthcare. His San Francisco-based alumnus Ahmad Al Ghazi spent several years developing the world’s smartest cane, “CAN mobilities”. This is the innovation he started. science star CAN was released to the market last month and is available for pre-order now for delivery in Fall 2022.

This and other inventions launched at the show, such as Ziad Sankari’s ‘Cardiodiagnostics’ and Hassan Al Balawi’s ‘Wakecap Technologies’, represent enormous potential at the intersection of engineering and medicine.

science star will air on six regional channels and online every Friday and Saturday from September 2nd to October 14th, 2022. See the Broadcast Guide on for channels and timings.


About Stars of Science:

As the Arab world’s premier innovation show, Stars of Science, an edutainment TV initiative of the Qatar Foundation (QF), celebrates Arab innovators in improving the well-being of their people and providing economic opportunities for local citizens. The purpose is to empower the development of technical solutions for the community. , promote sustainable development.

During the 12-week process, participants are supported by a team of experienced engineers and product developers to demonstrate the effectiveness of their solutions in a shared innovation space and race against the clock.

An expert panel of jurors evaluates and screens innovators and their projects each week over several prototyping and testing rounds. Jury deliberations and online voting from the public will determine the ranking of the two winners.

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About QAttar Foundation:

The Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) is a non-profit organization that supports Qatar in its quest for a diversified and sustainable economy. QF strives to serve the people of Qatar and beyond by offering professional programs across an innovation-focused education, R&D, and community development ecosystem.

QF was founded in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Father Amir and His Highness Sheikh Moza bint Nasser who shared the vision of providing quality education to Qatar. Today, QF’s world-class education system provides community members with lifelong learning opportunities from 6 months to doctoral level, enabling graduates to make a difference in the global environment and contribute to the development of their nations.

QF is also creating a multidisciplinary innovation hub in Qatar. There, local researchers work to address local and global challenges. QF is committed to empowering communities and contributing to a better world for all by promoting a culture of lifelong learning and fostering social engagement through programs that embody Qatari culture. is.

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