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WCM-Q Research Reveals Secrets of the Cell

Research by Dr. Nancy Nader of WCM-Q showed for the first time that a protein involved in brain development and cholesterol uptake also plays a role in reproduction.

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WCM-Q researchers have discovered that a protein known to play a key role in cholesterol uptake and brain development is also crucial to the process of reproduction. Discovered in 1922, the Very Low-Density Lipoprotein Receptor (VLDLR) protein, has long been known to facilitate the migration of neurons in the developing brain and to play a role in cholesterol uptake. Up until now its role as a chaperone protein for membrane receptor trafficking was unknown.

Texas A&M at Qatar partners with QCRI and QNRF to offer programming workshop for school students

Twenty-one students in grades 7, 8, 9 and 10 from schools around Qatar designed their own Android mobile app

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Twenty-one students in grades 7, 8, 9 and 10 from schools around Qatar designed their own Android mobile app game as part of a recent two-day workshop on mobile app development. The workshop was organized and offered by Dr. Eman A. Fituri from the Qatar Computing Research Institute in Texas A&M University at Qatar’s STEM Hub, a joint initiative of Texas A&M at Qatar and the QNRF that aims to support science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning in students across Qatar.

Students showcase programming skills at Alice event

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The middle and high school students from around the country showcased their programming skills at the Alice Middle East computer science competition at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q). This was the first Alice event under the umbrella of the Hamad Bin Jassim Center for K-12 Computer Science Education. Jassim & Hamad Bin Jassim Charitable Foundation, ExxonMobil Qatar and Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) partnered with CMU-Q for the event.

Workshop brings together researchers to discuss entrepreneurship challenges

“The Qatar National Research Strategy identifies entrepreneurship as a key factor in the development of Qatar’s knowledge-based economy” Noor Al Merekhi, Director of Programs, QNRF.

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INSIGHTS into entrepreneurship have been provided to early career researchers from Qatar and the UK who explored diverse themes, new perspectives, and potential collaborations, through a unique knowledge and networking opportunity at Qatar Foundation partner university HEC Paris. HEC Paris partnered with HeriotWatt University, UK, to deliver the Entrepreneurship 2020 workshop at its Doha premises from 29-31 March 2016, with the aim of cultivating Qatar’s research capacity and enhancing its entrepreneurial culture.

Qatar National Research Fund awards TAMUQ $31.7m in research funding

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Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) National Priorities Research Programme (NPRP) has awarded Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ) Exceptional Proposal recognition at QNRF’s sixth annual Research Forum, Gulf Times has reported. The university received 38 awards out of 118 proposals submitted, a 32% success rate, totalling $31.7m in research funding. “This significant funding from the QNRF NPRP allows our faculty members and researchers to continue their relevant, real-world research for the benefit of Qatar.

Deciphering the role of fat stem cells in obesity and diabetes

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With three million people dying worldwide each year as a direct result of being overweight or obese, a new study will look at stem cells to pinpoint how excess fat is stored – potentially paving the way for new treatments to combat killer diseases associated with obesity.

The ground-breaking research is thanks to an international collaboration between the University of Bristol and the Anti-Doping Laboratory Qatar. The three year project has received around £536,000 funding from the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF).

HH the Emir Patronizes Qatar University Graduation Ceremony

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HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani patronized Tuesday the graduation ceremony of batch 2014 of Qatar University's male students at Qatar National Convention Center.

HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani attended the graduation ceremony along with a number of Their Excellencies Sheikhs and Ministers, faculty members and students' parents.

After a recitation of verses from the Holy Quran, HE the President of Qatar University Dr. Sheikha bint Abdullah Al-Misned gave a speech on this occasion.

Qatar National Research Fund awards grants to junior scientists

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Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), a centre of Qatar Foundation Research and Development (QF R&D), has awarded three grants to junior scientists in Qatar conducting research in the fields of health, energy and environment. The Junior Scientists Research Experience Program (JSREP), now in its 6th cycle, funds young Qatar-based researchers under the age of 40 who hold a Ph.D., M.D. or terminal academic research degree.

One of the awarded proposals from Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, which is based at Qatar Foundation, will investigate new methods to treat obesity, a medical condition due to excess body fat. Obesity is a serious health issue which can lead to type 2 diabetes, heart conditions, osteoarthritis, and certain types of cancer.

School students take part in bridge-building contest

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Students from 10 Independent schools took part in a competition of designing and building bridges at the Science Challenge programme organised jointly by the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) and the Supreme Education Council (SEC). The event was held at the Student Centre of the Education City yesterday.

Speaking to Gulf Times, Abdulla al-Kamali, special programmes manager, QNRF, said that it was a pilot programme.

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