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HBKU student honoured by ISSSCR for amazing research on diabetes The Peninsula

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Doha: A student at the College of Health and Life Sciences (CHLS) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) has received recognition from the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSSCR) for her outstanding research on diabetes.

Bushra Memon, currently pursuing her PhD in Biological and Biomedical Sciences, was honoured with the ISSCR Abstract Merit Award during the 2019 ISSCR Conference in Los Angeles, United States. Her research examines how human pluripotent stem cell (hPSC)-derived pancreatic beta cell progenitors present a promising alternative to traditional means of treatment for diabetes. 

The research was conducted under the guidance of Dr  Essam M. Abdelalim, an assistant professor at CHLS and a scientist at the Diabetes Research Center at Qatar Biomedical Research Institute (QBRI) – part of HBKU. Through her research, the HBKU student discovered that these novel hPSC-derived beta cell precursors can be used as a promising alternative source of insulin-secreting cells for cell therapy for diabetes and studying human pancreatic beta cell development. Commenting on the achievement, Memon, said, “I am grateful to Dr  Abdelalim whose guidance and support as my adviser not only gave me confidence in my research endeavor, but also ensured I had access to a state-of-the-art laboratory and was able to tap into his expertise.” 

CHLS delivers graduate programs in biomedical and biological sciences, and in genomics and precision medicine, enriching its students with knowledge and hands-on experience in basic, clinical and translational research approaches.

Dr Abdelalim, said, “Diabetes is a prevalent illness in the region and a key medical challenge for Qatar. Through our research, we are committed to promoting a deeper understanding of the illness so that we may be better equipped to formulate advanced means of diagnosis and treatment. It is a proud moment for all of us, to have the work of one of our students recognized and honored on a global stage.” 

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