RCSI Bahrain Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

RCSI Bahrain hosts third international research conference with the University of Bahrain

Under the patronage of the Supreme Council of Health Chairman, His Excellency, Lieutenant General Dr Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland - Medical University of Bahrain (RCSI Bahrain) yesterday (Saturday) played host to its third annual International Research Conference.

The abstracts covered topics from molecular subtypes of breast cancer in Bahrain to thoracic complications of bariatric surgeries in addition to an epidemiological study of multiple sclerosis in the region.

The multi-faceted aims of the conference were to showcase new knowledge to help patients, build further research collaboration between different countries and to inspire students to get involved with research.

UoB President, Professor Riyad Hamzah, added that finding solutions to critical health issues that affect the region is of paramount importance and the potential impact of research cannot be underestimated.

Run in collaboration with the University of Bahrain (UoB), this year's event featured a packed programme of oral and poster presentations.

Over 100 research abstracts were presented during the conference, with international representation from Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Egypt, Ireland, India, the UK and North America.

Among the attendees were RCSI Bahrain students and faculty, healthcare professionals, special guests and senior officials from the Higher Education Council (HEC).

Addressing the assembled guests, RCSI Bahrain President, Professor Sameer Otoom outlined some of the ongoing research activities of the University, in collaboration with UoB and a host of other local institutions.

Research - along with Teaching and Learning and Community Engagement - is one of RCSI Bahrain's three Strategic Pillars with the University allocating over USD 1.2 million in support of research in collaboration with its Irish counterpart.

The organisation of this conference falls in line with the University's research strategy, which in turn is blue-printed against the HEC's National Research Strategy.

Professor Otoom and Professor Hamzah expressed thanks to His Excellency, Dr Shaikh Mohammed for his patronage of the event and for his ongoing support and guidance on research and other activities in the Kingdom.