Anti-Doping Laboratory Qatar ( ADLQ ) has held its first symposium for 2012, under ( Biomedical and Translational Research ) in the Torch Hotel on 16th and 17th of May 2012.
ADLQ was formally established back in 2011, and will be the first specialised laboratory of its kind in the Gulf and the Middle East . Located within Aspire Zone, ADL Qatar will endeavor to eliminate drug use in all sports and uphold the Olympic ideals of fair play and sportsmanship.
Also protecting the health of the public through tests conducted in the Toxicology Lab., in addition to the Research Laboratory that supports both the Anti-Doping and the Multi-purpose Labs and any other researches needed .
Therefore, it was only natural for ADLQ to host a symposium on research in general and in Biomedical and Translational Research in particular.
ADLQ has succeeded in involving most of the research related institutions with medical and educational background like: Hamad Medical Corporation, Sidra, Shafallah, QNRF, Qatar University, Qatar Foundation, Weil Cornell and others in Qatar in such an attractive topic. In addition to organisations from outside Qatar like the World Anti-Doping Laboratory WADA, the Austrian Institute of Technology-Seibersdorf Laboratories, Labanese Univerity , Università del Sannio and others.
The two days event had 19 speakers of different topics from all over the world. It had been a rich environment of people’s theories, hard work and expertise. The presentations were divided under three sessions.
The symposium was opened by Dr Mohammad AL-Maadeed, Chairman of ADLQ Board of Trustees, who has chaired the first session of ( Strategic Research and Development ) .
The second session, Anti-Doping Research, was chaired by Professor Martial Saugy , Director of The Swiss Laboratory for Doping Analyses.
And professor Jordi Segura , Professor of Chemistry at the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, chaired the third session on ( Biomedical and Translational Research ).
Participants were fascinated by the variety of subjects and speakers. There has been some remarkable local contributions like Dr Aisha Al Obaidly presentation on Applied Research in QSTP and Dr Thenaa Khorsheed talk on QNRF as a Driving Force for Medical Research.
In addition, the international speakers have presented interesting topics like : Oxidative Stress – Friend or Foe ? for Dr. Morana Jaganjac, and Dr Mario Thevis topic on Emerging Drugs In Sport and Doping Control .
The fact that even Research Students were able to present , was a clear indication Of ADLQ support for research and young researchers since its early start.
The gathering has been concluded by a round table discussion of the participants which was most fruitful and enjoyable.