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25 October, 2014

HMC Hosts the Second International Conference on Water-pipe Tobacco Smoking (Shisha) Research

HMC Hosts the Second International Conference on Water-pipe Tobacco Smoking (Shisha) Research

Doha, 25 October 2014: The Second International Conference on Water-Pipe Tobacco Smoking (Shisha) Research will start tomorrow with over one hundred consultants and specialists from within Qatar and around the world attending.

Doha, 25 October 2014: The Second International Conference on Water-Pipe Tobacco Smoking (Shisha) Research will start tomorrow with over one hundred consultants and specialists from within Qatar and around the world attending.

During the two-day workshop, being hosted by Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), Dr. Hajar Ahmed Albinali, former Minister of Health and Director of HMC's Cardiology Department, will deliver the opening lecture on "Smoking and Cardiovascular Diseases". Dr. Tawfiq Bin Ahmad Khowja, Director-General of the Executive Board of the GCC Health Ministers' Council will also speak about "GCC Legislation and the Role of Media in Shisha Control".

A pre-conference training workshop on 'How to Write a Summary or Abstract for a Scientific Study Proposal' was held yesterday with over 60 participants from Qatar, GCC, other Arab countries, USA and Europe. The training workshop was chaired by Professor Wasim Maziak from Florida International University (Syrian Center for Tobacco Studies).

Other speakers at the training are Professor Rima Afifi from American University of Beirut; Professor Thomas Eissenberg, Virginia Commonwealth University; Professor Scott Sherman, New York University; Professor Ghazi Zaatari, American University of Beirut; and Professor Kenneth Ward, University of Memphis in the United States.  

Conference chairman, Dr. Ahmad Al Mulla, HMC's Head of Smoking Cessation Clinic, explained that the primary objectives of the workshop include to:

  • describe and analyze 'collision of two epidemics' of water-pipe and cigarette smoking globally;
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  • review and synthesize scientific evidence of smoking epidemics on the health (biologically, physiologically, socially and economically) and on public policy determinants;
  • build capacity in research on tobacco use particularly in the Eastern Mediterranean Region;
  • enhance linkages and collaborative partnerships globally; and
  • promote wider regional presence at the Sixteenth International Conference for Smoking Cessation to be held under the theme: "Smoking or Health?" in Abu Dhabi in March 2015.

About HMC
HMC is the principal public healthcare provider in the state of Qatar for over three decades and is dedicated to delivering the safest, most effective and compassionate care to all patients.

HMC manages eight hospitals, incorporating five specialist hospitals and three community hospitals.  HMC also manages the National Ambulance Service as well as home and residential care, all accredited by Joint Commission International. While HMC continues to upgrade its facilities and services, it has also embarked on an ambitious expansion program, targeting the areas of need in our community.

HMC is leading the development of the region's first academic health system and is committed to building a legacy of healthcare expertise in Qatar. We collaborate with partners who are key experts in Qatar and beyond, including Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and Partners Healthcare, Boston.

We are also the first hospital system in the Middle East to achieve institutional accreditation from the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education - International (ACGME-I), which demonstrates excellence in the way medical graduates are trained through residency, internship and fellowship programs.

For more information please visit: www.hamad.qa or contact Noimot Olayiwola, Media Project Manager Tel: (00974) 44390945; Mobile: (00974) 55568709; Email: nolayiwola@hmc.org.qa

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