The Clinical Research Institute (CRI) and the Office of Associate Dean for Clinical Research at the Faculty of Medicine (FM) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) held the 9th Annual Clinical Research Open House that took place over seven days from Wednesday, May 18 to Friday, May 27, 2022 with a total of 15 hybrid sessions. Sessions were not overlapping to encourage interdepartmental participation and different panels of four faculty members evaluated the oral presentations in each session. Throughout the sessions, 23 graduating medical students enrolled in the Scholarly Concentration Track (SCT), presented their research work and received their certificates of completion in the presence of President Fadlo R. Khuri and Raja N. Khuri Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Vice President for Medical Affairs Raymond Sawaya. In addition, 76 graduating residents and 14 graduating clinical fellows enrolled in the Fellowship and Residency Research Program (FRRP), and 17 research fellows enrolled in the Research Personnel Program (RPP) and Post-Doctoral Program presented their research work. The event concluded with an awards ceremony where winning presentations were announced for the above-mentioned programs and for best proposals under the Nursing Advancement Program (NAP) and the Faculty Advancement Program (FAP).
The awards ceremony started with opening remarks from Elie Akl, associate dean for clinical research, where he recognized Dr. Samia Khoury for her contribution to the growth and success of the Clinical Research Open House over the past years. An inspiring speech by the keynote speaker, Dr. Raymond Sawaya, followed. Shortly after, Dr. Marlene Chakhtoura, director of the CRI, highlighted how the institute turned the COVID-19 pandemic into an opportunity and hosted all workshops online. Then winners of each program were announced:
Dr. Martine Elbejjani and Dr. Fouad Zouein, co-directors of SCT, announced the winners among the medical students:
“Organ Allocation and Optimization: The Case for Liver Transplants"
Dr. Hani Tamim, director of FRRP announced the best oral presentation among the graduating residents:
“First-Line Treatment of Hairy Cell Leukemia with Cladribine Followed by Rituximab Consolidation Significantly Improves Leukemia-Free Survival"
Appreciation award for outstanding contribution to FRRP was given to:
Dr. Marlene Chakhtoura, director of RPP, announced the winners:
Mentorship appreciation award was given to Dr. Houry Puzantian, assistant professor at HSON, for her outstanding contribution to RPP. Dr. Marlene Chakhtoura, co-director of NAP and Mr. Hisham Bawadi, director of Nursing Department at AUBMC, announced the winning research proposals among the nurses:
Mentorship appreciation awards were distributed to two FAP mentors in recognition of their outstanding contribution:
Congratulations to all winners! We look forward to a successful open house in 2023!