The Qatar National Library (QNL) announced the winners of its second Open Initiative Awards at a ceremony in which they recognized their contributions to the advancement of open scholarships in Qatar over the past year.
Tan Huism, Executive Director, QNL, honored Dr Essam M Abdelalim, Scientist at Diabetes Research Center of Qatar Biomedical Research Institute and Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) and Assistant Professor, College of health and life sciences, HBKU as the winner of the Individual Prize.
Researchers from Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) won the institutional award.
Dr Abdelalim received the award for promoting open access student mentorship, biomedical science education and research.
Professor Michael Frenneaux, Head of Scientific, Faculty and Academic Affairs at HMC received the award on behalf of HMC and its researchers for the significant growth in the adoption of open access for their research publications over the past two years.
Huism said: âOpen Access is free and unrestricted online access to research publications and our Open Initiative Awards demonstrate our commitment to openly sharing knowledge and making research visible and accessible to all. Applications received this year reflect contributions made to the advancement of Open Scholarships in Qatar. ”
A panel of QNL judges carefully reviewed the entries received after entries opened in August. The winning entries were chosen based on the impact and innovation of the research.
Dr Abdelalim said: âMy team is currently focusing on the use of stem cells for diabetes and has directed our efforts towards raising awareness through blended learning. We are also working to correct misinformation related to stem cell therapy in the region. I am extremely proud to mentor my students who have done exceptionally well in the field and who have received prestigious international awards such as the Stem Cell Research Merit Award and the Excellence in Education Award from the International Society for Stem Cell Research.
âThe number of research studies undertaken at HMC has grown rapidly, despite the pressures on the healthcare system caused by Covid, and there has been considerable enthusiasm to conduct research related to Covid. I am delighted that the Qatar National Library is committed to open access and is able to help researchers publish in open access journals, âadded Professor Frenneaux.
The Open Initiative Awards are part of Open Access Week, organized annually by QNL as part of International Open Access Week, a global event and an opportunity for academic and research communities to continue to grow. educate about the potential benefits of Open Access, share experiences with colleagues and help inspire wider participation to make Open Access a new standard in scholarship and research.