#ChildrensDay: Impact and risks of migration on children


Children’s Day honors children globally.

The day is not only meant to serve as a celebration  but also to raise awareness of  the many issues children face.  QScience.com recently published the proceedings from The Doha International Institute for Family Studies and Development (DIFI)– organized symposium on “Family, Migration and Dignity”, which took place in Doha, Qatar.

One of the eight symposium sessions focused specifically on the migration impact on and risks for children.

To browse all the proceedings from the DIFI conference special issue, please click on the following link:

Also, QScience.com will be publishing very soon a research series from DIFI.
Make sure to check our website for the latest updates.


QScience Proceedings is a forum for the dissemination of abstracts and full length papers given at meetings and conferences. Each volume has its own dedicated web page and every abstract is citable through a DOI link.

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– Alwaleed AlKhaja  @alwaleeed

A QScience Movember: Prostate cancer research highlights

Movember is an annual month-long event which involves participants growing their mustaches to raise awareness of prostate cancer (and other male cancers/illnesses). According to Wikipedia (relax this is a blog post not an peer-reviewed academic paper), Movember aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and efface treatments). I have had a fully grown mustache every since I moved back to Bahrain/Qatar, and I think it is somewhat futile to shave it and let it grow back this November (as it would only take 30 minutes to grow back, see YouTube video below). Instead, I thought  to highlight some of QScience.com‘s content on prostate cancer.



1. The following are five conference proceedings from the Qatar Foundation Annual Research Forum which have a direct focus on prostate cancer in the region as well as proposals for novel therapies.

Genome-wide association study of prostate cancer in Arab populations: Identification of three genomic regions with multiple consecutive prostate cancer susceptibility loci.  Shan et al., Qatar Foundation Annual Research Forum Proceedings: Vol. 2012, BMP71 Abstract

Personalized peptide-based vaccine design for prostate cancer immunotherapy. Arreadouani et al., Qatar Foundation Annual Research Forum Proceedings: Vol. 2012, AESNP13. Abstract

Biosensor to identify novel compounds with anti-prostate cancer activity.  Abou-Gharbia et al., Qatar Foundation Annual Research Forum Proceedings: Vol. 2012, AESNP8. Abstract

Identification of novel anti-apoptotic signals in prostate cancer stem cells.  Sastry et al., Qatar Foundation Annual Research Forum Proceedings: Vol. 2012, BMP55. Abstract

PCA3 molecular urine test: Development of an easy and cheap assay of a potential use in the diagnosis of prostate cancer.  Al-Rumaihi et., Qatar Foundation Annual Research Forum Proceedings: Vol. 2012, BMP80. Abstract

2. The following articles are from the Journal of Local and Global Health Science. Whereas, they do not solely focus on prostate cancer, they do discuss it in the context of circadian rhythm disruption and use of arsenic as a therapeutic agent:

The two opposite facets of arsenic: toxic and anticancer drug. Florea and Büsselberg. Journal of Local and Global Health Science,Volume 2013.3, 1 Abstract

Disruption of circadian rhythm increases the risk of cancer, metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease. Shanmugam et al., Journal of Local and Global Health Science,Volume 2013.3 Abstract 

Enjoy reading the articles! (and for those who are growing mustaches, good luck!)
Alwaleed Alkhaja


Author Workshop Announcement: ‘Organizing a scientific research paper for publication’

In collaboration with the Department of Global and Public Health and Writing Centre at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, QScience.com will be delivering a writing workshop, entitled ‘ Organizing a scientific research paper for publication’. The workshop will serve an introduction to the different parts of a research paper and will cover:

1. What are the different types of academic papers?
2. Introduction to each section of a research paper with a discussion of good practices
3. General tips for writing an academic paper

A research article (Christos et al., 2013) from the Journal of Local and Global Health Perspectives will be used a working example during the workshop. Copies will be given to registered attendees; the article can also be downloaded by clicking on the following link: http://www.qscience.com/doi/pdfplus/10.5339/jlghp.2013.4

The workshop will be presented by Alwaleed Alkhaja PhD (Commissioning Editor at QScience.com)

Date: Sunday, November 10, 2013
Time: 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Venue: Lecture Hall 4, WCMC-Q
Please RSVP to raa2021@qatar-med.cornell.edu
For more information, please call 4492-8389

Qscience Workshop: WCMCQ November 2013