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  • don’t miss the first in our new series of milestones supplements, starting today. inside this edition: communication directorate issue 20 thursday 4 November 2010Education University College London to offer master’s degrees in Qatar from 2011New university joins QFHeR HigHness Sheikha Mozah bintNasser Al Missned, Chairpersonof Qatar Foundation, witnessed thesigning of an agreement for Univer-sity College London (UCL) to joinEducation City. The world-renowned UK univer-sity will offer its master’s degrees inMuseum Studies, Conservation andArchaeology as part of a three-waypartnership between Qatar Founda-tion, University College London andQatar Museums Authority. The agreement was signed at theRoyal Society in London by His Ex-cellency Dr Abdulla bin Ali Al Thani,Vice President for Education of Qa-tar Foundation, and Professor Mal-colm Grant, UCL provost. “University College London hasconsistently been ranked among theworld’s greatest universities, andits achievements in the fields of Ar-chaeology and Museum Studies havebeen particularly striking,” said DrAl-Thani. “I know UCL will addgreatly to the intellectual and culturallife of Qatar. It is a significant mile-stone in the history of Qatar Founda-tion that a British university is to es- lence in museum practices at all lev- in Sudan and Bronze Age Egyptian mendous cultural drive being led by UCL will, through professional train-tablish a campus at Education City.” els. Two-year master’s programs in glass. In the next five years, the goal Her Highness Sheikha Mozah and ing, partnerships with local universi- UCL Qatar will provide profes- Museums and Conservation practice is to have 145 local and international Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa,” ties and schools, research programssional training courses beginning in and in Arab and Islamic Archeology students on campus. said David Willets, UK Secretary of and an archaeological fieldwork unitspring 2011 for the staff of Qatar will be on offer from 2012. Courses “I am delighted that one of our State for Universities and Science. “I provide a ready source of expertiseMuseums Authority, enabling Qatar on offer to students will include re- world class universities can play a know that as Qatar develops its excit- and experience to help make theseto become a regional center of excel- search projects based on early iron leading role in supporting the tre- ing plans for further new museums, projects globally renowned.” Annual Research Forum »Theater performances seem Desert plants more real [than movies] – there in cosmetics n Qatar Foundation will bring together local and are more emotions, the actors are international researchers dressed in elaborate costumes, and highlight research efforts in Qatar and and you need to understand how the Gulf during its first to capture that.« n Qatar Science & Technology Park is supporting research to find Annual research Forum on out how plants endemic to Qatar and the region could contribute to 12 and 13 December. Turn Turn to page 4 for more on the the cosmetics industry. Turn to page 6 to read more on how they are to page 2 for more details. Digital Theatre workshops. planning to use the Sidra tree in skin care products.
  • Qatar Foundation Telegraph. 2 News Thursday 4 November 2010 Write to us: qft@qf.org.qa coming up Research Series of new deals to expand Qatar Foundation’s capabilities A new era of research doha carbon & energy forum 8 – 10 november n The three-day Doha carbon & energy Forum, organized by Qatar Foundation, exxonmobil and Qatar Petroleum, will focus on technologies QATAR FounDATion announced a that might contribute to finding series of new partnerships and pro- solutions to the environmental and grams in London that will provide energy challenges in Qatar and the new opportunities to students, boost Gulf region. research and innovation, and have a lasting impact on the nation’s health. annual research forum In the first of these, research pio- 12 – 13 december neers from Britain and Qatar held a n Qatar Foundation (QF) will hold its rare roundtable at The Royal Society, first Annual research Forum on 12 setting the stage for long-term col- and 13 December, bringing together laboration between the two countries. local and international researchers “It’s not just what we are doing, it’s to highlight research efforts in Qatar what we should be doing that is impor- and the Gulf. tant,” said Her Highness Sheikha Mo- The second day will conclude with zah bint Nasser Al Missned, Chair- the awarding of research programs person of Qatar Foundation. in the categories of biomedical, “There’s a fever of research in Qa- energy, environment, computing and tar but I worry about fevers because humanities, arts, social sciences and fevers burn out. We live in an inter- Islamic studies. Three other awards connected world and we must build will be given out to student poster on what we have and learn how to use presentations. the past as a tool to rekindle the con- “Just as the forum will serve as fidence of our ancestors, not just as a a hub of intellectual and scientific historical reference.” exchange that will spur further At Her Highness’ request, experts groundbreaking endeavors, Qatar made practical suggestions for Qatar will soon become the regional center to move forward in its biomedical re- for research and innovation that will search strategy, with commercializing benefit not only its own population research so that its benefits could be but also those of its neighbors,” spread more widely featuring heavily. said Dr Abdelali Haoudi, QF’s vice “Science and research have obvi- President for research. ous benefits for individual and public “The Forum is also a mechanism well-being,” said Lord Mandelson, where we can identify synergies former UK Business Secretary. “The research experts and political figures exchanged ideas in the roundtable at The royal Society between different research themes,” best way to encourage innovation is to added Dr chee Wen chong, manager, encourage internationalism and com- The bank of genetic and biologi- President of Qatar Foundation, stated: litical records, letters and maps – and research Partnerships office, mercialism, through linking medical cal samples will assist research tak- “These new centers will offer impor- medieval manuscripts relating to cen- research Division. “While we usually research to science and then to com- ing place at the centers in QF’s Bio- tant opportunities for Qatar-based turies of history of the Arabian Gulf look at specific fields in isolation, merce. The work Qatar is doing is a medical Research Institute, which scientists to integrate, coordinate, and will be made available online to pupils, we’d like to create connections golden opportunity not only for Qatar focus on diseases common to Qatari align biomedical research in Qatar, students and scholars across the Gulf between different research groups.” but for the rest of the world.” and GCC populations, in particular furthering to establish Qatar as an im- region and around the world. diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and portant research hub.” Signed in London by Her High- biobank cancer. In the final deal to be signed in ness Sheikha Mozah and Baroness coNTAcT uS Qatar’s research efforts will be fur- The first of these centers, the Qa- London, between Qatar Foundation Tessa Blackstone, Chairman of the ther boosted by a planned bank of tar Cardiovascular Research Center and the British Library, tens of thou- British Library Board, the four-year communication directorate rima ismail, rismail@qf.org.qa genetic and biological samples, The (QCRC), was also unveiled at The sands of documents – including po- project will see curators and experts +974 4454 0960 ghada saade, gsaade@qf.org.qa National Biobank, to be established Royal Society. from the UK national library digitize +974 4454 0961 through an agreement between Qatar QCRC is a collaborative effort, India Office Records on the Gulf, editorial Foundation, the Supreme Council of built on the expertise of Qatar Foun- new initiatives spanning a period from the middle of Publisher Health and Imperial College London. dation’s medical partners including the 18th century to 1951. In addition, philip fenton It will collect and store data on Qa- Hamad Medical Corporation, QAL n university college London to open the project will digitize manuscripts Deputy editor tar and south-east Asian populations Advanced Cardiovascular Network in Qatar in 2011 that demonstrate the influence of the melissa sleiman +974 6618 5540 – a genotype previously unexplored by and Weill Cornell Medical College in n National biobank will store genetic Islamic world on the fields of science reporter any bio bank. The data collected will Qatar. and biological samples and medicine during the medieval myriam chandna include biometric measurements, life- n Qatar cardiovascular center will period. +974 5585 2261 design styles, environmental exposures as well New opportunities be first in new Qatar biomedical The goal of the project is to make creative Director as biochemical analysis of their blood In announcing the Qatar Biomedi- research Institute this treasure trove of historic material fred dittlau samples. It will also extract and store cal Research Institute and its first n QF and british Library to make available online in English and Arabic, Arabic Designer mohammad marei DNA and blood samples from partici- project, the Qatar Cardiovascular historic documents available online alongside scholarly and contextual pating residents for future analysis. Research Center, Dr Fathy Saoud, commentary.Lord Ara Darzi Lecture Doha Debates shortlisted for awardsn As part of Qatar Foundation’s Distinguished Lecture Series, n The Doha Debates have been shortlisted for two prestigiousProfessor Lord Ara Darzi, holder of the Paul Hamlyn chair of awards by the Association for International broadcasting.Surgery at Imperial college London, will hold a lecture about The awards celebrate excellence in global program making forHealth care reforms – Quality and Innovation on 22 November. television, radio and online material and will be held in London onFollowing his lecture will be a 45-minute discussion session. The 9 November. They are judged by international panels drawn fromevent will be held in Weill cornell medical college in Qatar. the broadcasting industry as well as radio and Tv critics.
  • Qatar Foundation Telegraph.Thursday 4 November 2010Write to us: qft@qf.org.qa News 3Education QMA launches scheme to teach young students Film Student’s work at private screeningQMA hunts for talented musicians Student showcases work at film festivalQATAR musiC Academy (QMA) has creating a place for it at the heart “The program launches in earlyunveiled its first program, aimed of national culture,” said Dr Abdul 2011, and all lessons will take placeat teaching music to children aged Ghafour Al Heeti, Acting Director at QMA’s custom-designed campus8-10. of QMA. in the new Cultural Village. As well Thanks to both organizations’ “Many of the teachers are musi- as learning instruments from world-membership of Qatar Foundation, cians with Qatar Philharmonic class musicians, students will eventu-students will have the opportunity to Orchestra. These musicians all have ally have the chance to take part in abe taught by musicians from Qatar impressive performance experi- variety of public performances.Philharmonic Orchestra (QPO). ence, gained at some of the most A maximum of 60 students will Each student will learn the piano renowned orchestras and venues of be accepted, and anyone interestedand another instrument of their the world. We have the best of both should fill out an application form.choice, and will learn the traditions worlds with our teachers. They are Shortlisted candidates will be asked toof both Western and Arabic music. all excellent instrumentalists and also an interview and audition, which will “Our aim is to nurture the young have extensive teaching expertise.” test their aptitude with an instrumentmusical talent in Qatar, and this is According to Dr Al Heeti, the and their knowledge of music theory.the first step on the road towards decision to partner with QPO offersachieving our mission of fostering benefits to both the organizations For more information, please visitappreciation of music in Qatar, and and to the students. www.qatarmusicacademy.com.qaDiabetes Campaign to help sufferers complete pilgrimage RezwAn AL isLAm, a Communica- week was followed by several otherQDA aims for healthy Haj tion student at Northwestern Uni- versity in Qatar (NU-Q), premiered his first short film during a private workshops in Qatar, which taught him the essentials of filmmaking. Writing, directing, and editing theQATAR DiAbeTes Association (QDA) hydration and heat stroke. Meals may screening at Doha Tribeca Film Fes- movie, Al Islam says he “learned ahas launched a campaign to help dia- not always be taken regularly, leading to tival at the end of October. lot about the growing film industrybetics avoid health problems when they unhealthy fluctuations in blood sugar. The 10-minute film was the result in Qatar and how much I love filmsgo on Haj. And diabetics have to be especially of seven months of workshops Al even though it was painstaking at QDA has partnered with the Qatari careful to protect their feet, since they Islam attended in Doha Film Insti- times.Haj Authority to work with both dia- are particularly slow to heal in those tute’s (DFI’s) Filmmaker’s Lab. He “When you go out in the field, abetics who wish to go on the pilgrimage suffering from the condition. was invited to join the program af- million things go wrong – the actorsand the medical professionals who will As part of the campaign diabetics will ter sending in a short script he had cannot perform, the location doesn’tbe accompanying them. be given a special kit including a bro- written for an introductory course to work, even while editing you find out While Haj is an important religious chure packed with advice and a bag to filmmaking at NU-Q. that it does not flow with the narra-duty, it also places stress on the body ensure they carry their insulin properly. In April, he and seven other par- tive,” said Al Islam about the proc-that can be particularly dangerous for Tips include avoiding direct sun- ticipants attended the Tribeca Film ess. “I started changing little thingsdiabetics. There is a great deal of physi- light and making sure enough insulin is Festival in Manhattan, taking part in in the script to make everythingcal activity which raises the risk of de- packed for the entire trip. several screenwriting workshops. The work better.”President of Turkmenistan visits QF Celebrating The Philippinesn His excellency Gurbanguly berdymuhamedov, President of n A unique cultural event celebrating Filipino culture wasTurkmenistan, was welcomed by the communication Directorate held on 28 october, featuring traditional handicrafts, cuisine,on 12 october. He was given a presentation of Qatar Foundation’s face painting for children and many other activities. The eventmaster plan, followed by a brief question and answer session. was organized by Qatar Foundation Faculty and Staff LifeThe event was concluded with a tour around Qatar Foundation’s committee in cooperation with the embassy of the republic offacilities and buildings. the Philippines.
  • Qatar Foundation Telegraph. 4 Perspective Thursday 4 November 2010 Write to us: qft@qf.org.qacolumnAli JAssim Al HAidousDecoratinginteriorsimAgine THe following situation. »Interior design is aFor weeks you have been corre-sponding with a colleague over the wonderful processphone and via email, brainstorm- and it is extremelying together on ideas and commu-nicating efficiently. Soon enough rewarding wheneveryou agree to meet and you step you hear yourinto their office with anticipation. But as you sit there discussing friends’ amazedstrategies, you don’t feel complete- reactions.«ly comfortable. Piles of papers arescattered across the desk, the plantslook withered, and the Spartan in- years, because if you go for trendyterior is uninspiring. colors you might get tired of seeing Studying what someone’s home them in a few months’ time.or office looks like, you instantly Next, make sure that the mate-learn a lot about their taste and rials you choose are durable andpersonality, allowing you to uncon- simple so that the design does notsciously form an image about that become overwhelming. Focus onperson. Therefore, I believe it is the rooms you’ll be using frequent-imperative to be creative in the way ly such as the living room, diningyou decorate your interior. room and bedroom and make sure So what could you do to make you feel comfortable spendingyour design more interesting? First time in them.and foremost, don’t be afraid to ex- If you don’t want to go for dras-periment and create a unique style tic change, add some simple touch- Digital Theater Cultural Development Center promotes filming– not only will you feel happier be- es here and there to liven up the Combining theater and filming in a surrounding you feel com- place - hang pictures on the wall,fortable in, you will immediately add dimmed lights, change the wayhave a positive conversation starter your couches are positioned, re-while setting a good example as a place the material the floor is maderepresentative of your company. of - you could use tiles if you have Simple touches could instantly carpet, or the other way around. FeATuRing PAssionATe perform- tions for broadcast on digital media. He added that he was “very hap-lift up the look of your office. You Once you have determined your ances rich with drama and emotions, They were taught how to use spe- py” to learn about digital theater, ascan request plants and are allowed taste, you could even start de- theater is one of the oldest art forms cific angles to capture live perform- prior to his experience he hadn’t hadto customize your interior to a cer- signing themes yourself. When I to exist. But ever since the invention ances in a way that attracts the view- any knowledge of filming theatricaltain degree.You could lay out a rug planned to build my house, I took of cinema, audiences have shrunk to er, edit scenes and finally upload the productions. “I have told my familyon your floor, put some cushions a piece of paper and a pencil and the point that now only a relatively performances onto the web. and friends about this new technol-on your couch, and add decora- sketched out all the ideas I had. I small number of people show inter- Workshop participant Karim Ash- ogy. It is great that with the workshoptional items to your desk such as discussed them with an interior est in the performing art. our, a Chemistry student at Qatar I was able to learn different skills andphotos and souvenirs from trips. designer and I am delighted to see In Qatar the local theater move- University, said being part of the techniques that will help me express Once you get the hang of it, why that now the design is truly an ex- ment is modest in size, but that will project was “exciting” as it allowed the ideas that I have.”not experiment with the styles in pression of myself. soon change if the Cultural Develop- him to learn about a contemporary Promotingyour home as well? Start by choos- Interior design is a wonder- ment Center, the British Council and art form. “Digital theater is some-ing color patterns that you won’t ful process and it is extremely re- Qatar’s Ministry of Culture, Arts and thing new and might become verymind seeing for the next 10, 20 warding whenever you hear your friends’ amazed reactions. Heritage have their way. Last month, the collaboration popular in future,” Ashour told QF Telegraph. Theater launched a Digital Theatre project, “We learned a lot during the ses- which resulted in high definition sions – about why certain cameras n one of cultural Development»Make sure that filmed performances of six regional are used, the difference between center’s (cDc’s) aims is to createthe materials you countries at the GCC Youth Theatre what the performance looks like on a theater and drama movement Festival, held between 21 and 30 Oc- film and to the live audience, how to in Qatar, according to Hafiz Alichoose are durable tober, being made available online to place cameras in positions so as not Abdulla, Arts manager at cDc.and simple so audiences across the world. The foot- to block the view of audience. “The Digital Theatre project is an age was filmed, edited and will be dis- “I signed up for the workshop be- example of promoting theater,that the design coLumNIST tributed for free over the internet by cause I wanted to learn more about allowing us to upload films ofdoes not become Ali Jassim Al Haidous the UK-based Digital Theatre com- editing clips and special effects. It was theatrical productions online and Business Support Manager pany at www.digitaltheatre.com interesting to see how filming theater translate them into english to shareoverwhelming.« Facilities Management Directorate The project also offered a boost to is different than shooting movies – them with the rest of the world. our local filmmakers, as Digital Theatre theater performances seem more real collaboration will soon also look held an 11-day workshop in October – there are more emotions, the actors at how we can develop an entity WHAT Do you THINk? that allowed 17 talented people from are dressed in elaborate costumes, that can further foster the theaterTell us how you feel by emailing us at qft@qf.org.qa Qatar to learn the latest skills for film- and you need to understand how to movement in Qatar.” ing and recording theatrical produc- capture that.”
  • Qatar Foundation Telegraph.Thursday 4 November 2010Write to us: qft@qf.org.qa QF Spotlight 5 How do I...? QFTelegraph helps make your life at Education City easier n What is the idea behind the my Father initiative? The My Father initiative is a project that celebrates the role of fathers in the lives of each individual. It aims to become the largest co-authored anthology about fathers. The book will be submitted to Guinness World Records. n Who is involved in the my Father initiative? Rajeev Thomas, Sr. Organizational Development Specialist, Strategic Planning Directorate, is the founder of this initiative. He is supported by ‘Top Shabbab’, a youth leadership club affiliated to Reach Out to Asia. Other centers who have joined the initiative are QatarDebate, which led an Arabic debate about fathers in summer, and Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing, which recently led and sponsored a Youth Writing Workshop. n Who can participate? Anyone who loves their father can join by writing stories about them and submitting them online to have a chance at seeing them published in a book. The book will hopefully be published beforeQF Radio Offering programs about QF activities and global matters next Father’s day.The voice of Qatar Foundation n What events are coming up? The initiative will soon host a debate in English and a writing workshop exploring father-child relationships. A photographyCoveRing THe latest Qatar Founda- a topic further explored by Rubina chance to understand media. They contest and a painting contest aretion (QF) news and general topics Singh in Taking You Further, in which can approach us with ideas and get also in the planning. All selected photos and paintings will beof interest to a wide audience, QF she holds discussions with students involved in various activities – inter- exhibited and up for sale at SouqRadio aims to boost the knowl- about their projects and passions. viewing, producing, writing scripts, Waqif.edge of its listeners through its In Science Alive, producer presenting shows. We are willing toin-depth coverage and fresh Huda Elserari takes on the teach them how everything works if n Will I be able to earn money inapproach. fascinating world of scientific they are new to this field.” return for my story? With 70% of the content research, while Ameena Al Pleased with the mix of programs No. All proceeds go to charity.in Arabic and the remain- Hamadi analyzes the char- that are being aired, Al Hudaifi saysing 30% in English, the ra- acteristics of animals and that QF Radio aims to cater to every- n Why should I participate in this project?dio station attracts listeners ways to deal with them by one. “We keep our programs short – The initiative gives anfrom all across Qatar, as well providing vibrant descrip- the longest is 25 minutes – and fresh opportunity to people to expressas an international audience tions complete with colorful by coming up with exciting ways to their thanks to their fathers.via streaming audio on its animal noises. Finally, Hanan cover events. I hope that we’ll con- People from across the world arewebsite. Al Emadi produces the Interna- tinue to see more and more listeners brought together in this initiative, “We offer programs for every- tional News program and actively tune in to listen to our programs.” transcending geographical,one,” says Saad Al-Hudaifi, Head contributes to the QF News bulle- cultural and age barriers.of QF Radio. “We cover all activities tin, both which are aired daily. Turn to page 7 for the schedule of QF n Who can I get in touch with forin Qatar Foundation, but we also re- “A lot of things happen here which radio’s programs more information?alize that other things in the world are employees might not know all the Most information can be foundimportant such as economic trends a daily 25-minute sports news bul- details about,” explains Al-Hudaifi.that affect everyone. With the help letin produced and presented by Al- “In QF News, we go to events and Qatar national Day on the website www.my-father.net or on the Facebook page www.of experts working at QF, we discuss Hudaifi. explain what is happening and why facebook.com/MyFatherBook.these global matters in detail from a Continuing to broaden its scope, on a deeper level. We run a lot of dif- n QF radio is planning to give 72 Specific questions can be sent toQF angle.” QF Radio last month launched sev- ferent stories - every producer must hours of coverage to Qatar National stories@my-father.net Examples of such programs are eral new weekly shows after expand- contribute three stories per day.” Day, reporting from a location inthe daily show Far Corners, in which ing the size of its team. Students too get plenty of oppor- education city to celebrate the event. email us your work relatedJohn Bullock talks about current af- E-Vision, produced and presented tunities to make themselves heard on For more information, visit questions at qft@qf.org.qa,fairs and situational snapshots from by Mona Beckhet, gives us a closer the radio. “One of our main focuses www.qfradio.org.qa and we will do our best to help youaround the world and Sports Global, look at education and academic life, is to give students from Qatar the
  • Qatar Foundation Telegraph. 6 Focus Thursday 4 November 2010 Write to us: qft@qf.org.qamy QF Dr Julien Abi Nahed QF WHAT S T AT No whether it’s through reading french books or at- TA FD ’r F e oW tending presentations on nanorobots, dr Julien abi HeN THey nahed, lead r&d executive, Qatar robotic surgery centre at Qatar science & technology park, lovesName: Gary Galza discovering new things.Title: Security Supervisor forCenters, Health, Safety, Securityand Environment Directorate What would you like to see tackled by The Has technology changed your life? How? navigation system. cultures, building somethingyears at QF: 1.5 years Doha Debates? I find the invention of the airplane that is useful to others, and A lot has happened during the past simply fascinating. Of course we What is your greatest being able to say in 10,Describe your role: I am the focal decade or so in Qatar, so I would have a lot of advanced technology, ambition? 15 years’ time that I’vepoint for Education City’s branch like to see a debate that will identify but when you are sitting in an I want to experience contributed somethingcampuses for anything related the challenges we’re facing at the airplane, just imagine that over a the most in life by meaningful to the world.to security. They turn to us for moment. Different goals have been century ago people didn’t think meeting people fromadvice on electronic security, set for the near future and I’d like to it could be possible to physically differentwhere to put additional CCTV explore what has worked in the past transport ourselves across countriescameras, how to handle special and what hasn’t. within a reasonable amount of time.incidents, investigating cases, and The entire world has changed withother things. We also assess the What book are you reading at the this invention.security in each building. When a moment?branch campus wants to change À la recherche du temps perdu [In If you were an inventor or innovator,something about the building, we Search of Lost Time] by French what would you invent?conduct a technical evaluation to author Marcel Proust. I’ve just I’d invent something that can getdetermine the safety and security started reading it, but already find rid of pollution, which reducesof the proposal. When the final his writing very captivating. I like the toxicity on this planet in andesign of a building is ready, you literature – it takes you to a fantastic efficient way.can see that our Directorate’s place you often can relate to, and I Another thing I’d like toinput has been factored in. am fascinated by the different ways see is the development of the in which people express themselves. ultimate minimal invasiveWhat I like about my job is… surgery device. We could haveThe job is different every day. If you could switch jobs with anyone at a miniature robot that couldWhether we are producing QF for a day, who would it be and why? move through blood vesselsdocuments, investigating cases, The Dean of any of the branch and cure the patient. Thattraining staffers, troubleshooting, campuses in Education City. While is not even science fictionliaising with people, the challenges the challenges might not seem so – at a conference I recentlywe face are always very exciting. obvious to outsiders, managing a attended, a nanorobot, similarWe are able to apply the skills large institution is probably quite a to a capsule, was presentedwe gained in other jobs and are difficult job. I’d like to find out how which patients can swallow.continuously learning. they deal with these challenges on a Surgeons could pilot the daily basis. You probably need to be robot, which contains a built- Want to be featured in my QF? very innovative. in camera, using an externalSend us an email at qft@qf.org.qaEnvironment QSTP supports projects using plants from the region in cosmeticsthe beauty of the desert nio, Italy and Group Leader at the Bio- present in the plant would suggest and GeM Institute. substantiate the ethnobotanical and “We have established experimental cultural reliance on this plant.” protocols for drawing out and frac- Growing scientific evidence proves tionating plant extracts, and now we that plants possess a vast and com- THe DeseRT is undeniably beautiful. are analyzing the biological activities plex variety of active ingredients able But soon the attractiveness of Qatar’s of these extracts. The plants whose ex- not only to calm or smooth the skin rugged landscape could be used to tracts have been prepared and analyzed but also actively restore, heal and pro- beautify something altogether differ- grow wild in Qatar and the region.” tect it. Plants that have traditionally ent. The collaboration holds a patent been used by humans are now being Qatar Science & Technology Park for the use of the Sidra tree, otherwise put through scientific trials. is currently supporting research to known as Ziziphus spina christi, in cos- “Although the use of these plants’ find out how plants endemic to Qatar metics and psoriasis. “Ziziphus spina extracts has a sound tradition, their and the region could contribute to the christi is a paradigmatic example of place has yet to be rationalized in cosmetics industry. The research is be- how extracts from endemic plants may cosmetics and therapeutics using ing conducted by the Department of be used for cosmetic purposes,” said the current methodology,” added Dr Biological & Environmental Sciences Dr Talaat A. Ahmed, Associate Profes- Hamda Al-Naemi, Assistant Profes- of Qatar University (QU) and the Bio- sor of Plant Molecular Genetics at QU. sor of Physiology at QU. GeM Institute, an Italian biotech con- “All parts of it help in maintaining a “Scientific studies are therefore re- sortium. healthy lifestyle and are already used in quired to judge their efficacy and some The work has already led to results, the Arab world and many other parts of the biological properties popularly according to Pasquale Vito, Professor of the world for skin care. The chemi- claimed as well as other limitations to of Genetics at the Università del San- cal composition and phytochemicals widen the scope of these molecules.”
  • Qatar Foundation Telegraph.Thursday 4 November 2010Write to us: qft@qf.org.qa Time Off 7 QF in numbers Book corner in London’s Harrods, tells the The Digital Theatre University story of a tiny mouse that ven- project will result in tures out for a peaceful walk filmed performances College London Al Gharfoul six in the forest, only to find that it is full of bigger animals on to open in Qatar the look-out for a tasty meal. of regional (The Gruffalo) 2011 To avoid being eaten, the countries at the Gcc in smart little mouse conjures up by Julia Donaldson; translated by a monstrous best friend who youth Theatre Festival turns out to be more than just 45 Nadia Fouda and Andy Smart a figment of his imagination. Fluid and delightfully po- QF’s first Annual etic, the Arabic translation by a -minuteone oF the most popular and best Nadia Fouda and Andy Smart discussion session will Research Forum willloved contemporary children’s pic- is as much fun to read as to 12 13ture books, Julia Donaldson’s won- read aloud and children will follow lord ara darzi’s take place onderfully engaging The Gruffalo is be asking to hear this over and lecture on 22finally available in Arabic through over again. Complemented byBloomsbury Qatar Foundation Pub- Alex Scheffler’s vivid illustra- health care andlishing (BQFP). This wonderful story lated into nearly 40 languages, is also tions, Al Gharfoul is also bound to reforms onhas sold over 4 million copies and is the winner of the Smarties Book inspire a love of the Arabic language november December“one book... that you could confi- Prize, the Blue Peter Award for the in young children, and will encouragedently predict would be read and ad- Best Book to Read Aloud, and has them to read.mired by readers of all ages 100 years also been voted the Best Bedtime Donaldson has won numeroushence” (The Observer, UK). Story by BBC2 Radio listeners. awards, including the Smarties Book The Gruffalo, which has been trans- Al Gharfoul, which recently sold out Prize, the British Book Awards, the Experian Big Three Award, the Shef- field Book Award, the Scottish Chil- radio CNN News keep up to date with the latest english-language news. dren’s Book Award and the Book Trust Early Years Award. Scheffler was born in Germany and has worked WeekLy with Donaldson on many projects. Owned by Qatar Foundation and E-Vision mona beckhet presents managed by Bloomsbury Publishing news on education and student life Plc, BQFP publishes books of excel- straight from professors, teachers lence and originality in English and and students. 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