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Qatar proposes national council to direct research efforts

By Mohammed Yahia On 3 April, Qatar unveiled its first National Health Strategy (NHS), which covers the next five years and includes a plan to launch a new national governance body to better manage resources and projects across the various biomedical centers in the small Persian Gulf state. The newly proposed Qatar Medical Research Council (QMRC) will be based in Doha and will be responsible for coordinating research efforts between institutions and communicating the scientific outcomes to policymakers. Currently, most of the scientific work taking place in Qatar is in basic biomedical research, and in 2006 the country committed to 


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