Doha: Twelve undergraduate biomedical science students presented six different research projects – a fruitful result of hard work and full commitment from both parties; teachers and students.
The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a wave of research studies overseen by Dr. Gheyath Nasrallah, associate professor of biomedical sciences.
The first research study was conducted by students Tala Jamaleddin and Huda Abdulhameed. They aimed to study the decline in the immune response of antibodies after vaccination against COVID-19.
This study showed that antibodies decrease over time and that vaccination elicits a more robust immune response and better protection than natural infection. Another study was presented by students Amira Elsharafi and Fatima Alhamaydeh aimed at validating the rapid S_RBD fluorescent antibody assay and showed that the FineCare immunoassay has outstanding performance for the detection of total anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in whole blood and serum samples.
The third research study focused on insulin resistance and its signaling pathways in mouse models. It aimed to study the impact of anti-obesity treatment on insulin signaling in the skeletal muscles of obese mice. It was supervised by Dr. Naser Rizk, Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences and directed by the two students; Maryam Albadar and Dalal Zafer who found that plasma glucose and leptin were significantly reduced in mice with diet-induced obesity (DIO) treated with sulforaphane (SNF), reflecting that SFN may improve sensitivity insulin.
A group of public health students presented their graduation project, supervised by Dr Lily O’Hara. The group included Asmaa Alqahtani, Tharaa Al Shammari and Roudha Al Baker. The project aimed to assess the impact of the Be Body Positive online facilitator training program on the participants’ experience of embodiment and self-compassion. The students concluded that this online training program had a significant and significant impact on the participants’ experience of embodiment and self-compassion.