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Qatar University (QU) College of Pharmacy (QU-CPH) MSc graduate Nour Hisham Al-Ziftawi has won the second place in the National Three-Minute Thesis Competition (National 3-MT) in Qatar.
The 3-MT is a well-recognised academic competition at the post-graduate level where master’s degree students or PhD students give compelling presentations on their research topics and their significance in just three minutes. The goal of the competition is to enhance the communication skills of the students and convey the key point of the research output in layman language.
Most of the universities worldwide hold this competition on an annual basis. In Qatar, this competition is held annually at nine post-graduate academic institutions: Qatar University (QU), Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, University of Calgary-Qatar, Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar, HEC-Paris in Qatar, Stenden University in Qatar, and University of Sussex (ROLACC) in Qatar. The top three finalists of each institution advance to the National 3-MT Competition where they all compete together.
This year, 17 postgraduate students from the different universities and research institutes in Qatar participated in the competition. The students were chosen after they won in the 3-MT competition from their local universities. For the QU-CPH graduate, Nour Al-Ziftawi, she advanced to the National 3-MT after winning 3rd place at the Qatar University 3-MT that was held on April 10, 2021. In all, 33 postgraduate students from the master’s and the PhD programmes from 10 different colleges of QU participated in the competition and offered great presentations about their theses and dissertations.
At both the National 3-MT and the local 3-MT QU, Nour presented a brief 3-minute presentation on her MSc research project entitled ‘Clinical and Pharmacoeconomic Analyses of CDK4/6 Inhibitors Use in Stage IV Breast Cancer Females in the State of Qatar: A Comparative Retrospective Observational Study with Cost-Effectiveness and Cost-Utility Analyses’. The MSc project was supervised by QU-CPH Professor of Social and Administrative Pharmacy Dr Mohamed Izham Mohamed Ibrahim, QU-CHS Associate Professor of Health Sciences Dr Mohamed Fasihul Alam, University Sains Malaysia School of Pharmaceutical Sciences Professor of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcome Research Dr Asrul Akmal Shafie and the Assistant Director of Pharmacy Department at National Center for Cancer Care and Research (NCCCR) Dr Shereen El-Azzazy. The project was also in collaboration with the NCCCR Pharmacy Director Dr Anas Hamad, and the NCCCR’s Oncologist Dr Salha Bujassoum.
The significance of this study lies in the fact that it does not only address the clinical aspects of two of the primary medications in the treatment of stage IV breast cancer, but also, addresses the economic aspects.
Nour Al-Ziftawi said: “My experience throughout the master’s journey was not an easy one. I passed through many ups and downs. However, reaching to the point of getting fruitful results that would directly impact the patient’s health outcomes was my greatest reward.” She added: “Winning at the National 3-MT competition was a great accomplishment that I am really so proud of! It was a great opportunity to deliver the significance of my entire MSc journey to the public. I want to thank my primary supervisor Dr. Mohamed Izham for motivating me to participate and win in this competition, and of course I want to thank the rest of my supervisors and the research team members for their continuous help and guidance”.
Professor Mohamed Izham said: “Nour’s research work is great and will significantly impact the healthcare system and society”
The 3MT QU was not the only research accomplishment that Nour Alziftawi has had. She has also received an award recently for her MSc research as the 2nd best research at the Third Youth Research Forum 2021: Identity and Cultural Tourism: Towards a Culture of Sustainable Legacy in Qatar, hosted by QU’s Young Scientists Center (YSC) in cooperation with the Qatar National Commission for Education, Culture and Science. Also, she had different scientific representations at regional and local scientific conferences.
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