Doha: The research initiatives of the College of Dental Medicine at QU Health in Qatar University (QU) in collaboration with Hamad Medical Cooperation have been recognised by the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) through the establishment of the IADR Qatar Section.
IADR is the largest and most prestigious organisation in the world regarding research in dentistry and oral health.
Founded in 1920, the aim of this association is to promote research in all fields of oral and related sciences, to encourage improvements in methods for the prevention and treatment of oral and dental disease, to improve the oral health of the public through research, and to facilitate cooperation among investigators and the communication of research findings and their implications throughout the world. The IADR organises many prestigious conferences around the world on oral health research, and it has the most prestigious research journal in dental research.
Vice President for Medical and Health Sciences Dr. Asmaa Al-Thani expressed her delight at the news.
“Joining the IADR provides international recognition and visibility to dental research in Qatar, especially to QU Health and the College of Dental Medicine, as well as the Dental department of HMC. Having a Qatari division in the IADR opens the possibility to organise major international scientific meetings in Qatar and lead global initiatives in oral health research,” she said.
Dean of the College of Dental Medicine, Professor Mandeep Duggal said, “We are delighted that the International Association of Dental Research, the largest and most prestigious dental research organisation in the world, has given formal recognition to dental research in Qatar by recognising the Qatar Division as one of the member chapters of IADR. We are proud that our joint effort from the College of Dental Medicine in Qatar University and Dental Research in HMC has been recognised by IADR. This will further enhance collaborative oral health research in Qatar and bring international visibility and recognition to Qatar University and HMC in the field of oral and dental research and enable us to host prestigious international dental research events. This will also be a huge step to enable dental researchers from Qatar to sit at the top table globally in the arena of dental research.”
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Dr. Faleh Tamimi said, “The College is planning to organise medium-sized meetings soon under the umbrella of IADR in Qatar, and aiming and putting a bid to organise the major international meeting of the IADR in Qatar. This meeting usually gathers around three to five thousand participants from all over the world and it has never been held in the Middle East before. Qatar would be an excellent place to hold such a meeting given the strategic geographic position and the available infrastructure available in Qatar. In addition, by joining the IADR, the Qatari division will acquire the right to vote on the decisions of the organisation.”
Director of the Dental Department at HMC Dr. Ghanim Al Mannai commented, “A new milestone was set for the future of dental and oral health in Qatar. The establishment of the International Association of Dental Research (IADR) Qatar division is an additional step toward enhancing oral health through research. This addition will open to the state of Qatar a massive research network and collaboration opportunity with other IADR divisions that extend over 111 countries.”