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The 1st Regional Summer Course "Tobacco Control Research methods" Aleppo, Syria 2008

21/07/2008

 

 



The Syrian Center for Tobacco Studies (SCTS), in partnership with University of Aleppo, University of Memphis, American University of Beirut, and Virginia Commonwealth University, held their first International Summer Program for Tobacco Control Research in Aleppo, Syria during 13-17 July 2008.

Announcement of this course was posted on the SCTS website, GLOBALink, and emails to listservs. Tuition for attending the course was free for all participants. Beside, and as a part of its objectives, SCTS offered 12 competitive fellowships to participants from Arab countries to attend this program. Fellowships included travel expenses of 500 US dollars each, accommodation and food expenses in Aleppo during the course period.

 

29 participants from 8 Arab countries (Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and Syria) gathered in Al-Razi Hall at the University of Aleppo to share one another's experiences and knowledge in tobacco control research. Program participants were from different backgrounds; most of them were medical doctors, others are working in research centers or tobacco control NGOs. But all of them showed high interest in tobacco control research either when sending their application or through discussions during the course.

 

Speakers and course faculty came from partner institutions (University of Memphis, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Washington, and American University of Beirut), in

addition to those from the Syrian Center for Tobacco Studies, in accordance to their expertise and planned themes. Speakers used different methods for presenting; Power point lectures, group discussion, and case-study presentations. English was the official language of the course with Arabic support when necessary.

 

The main topics of the course were designed to meet the needs of beginning researchers at various levels and roles in governmental and non-governmental sectors.

 

The course focused on different topics related to tobacco control; the tobacco epidemic, research methods in tobacco control, cessation interventions for tobacco users, and a day-long sessions on waterpipe, a tobacco use method that is witnessing a dramatic surge in the Middle East. An interesting and special workshop was held in the last day to learn how to write and publish research and how to apply for funding.

 

Beside the scientific program, social and entertainment activities were offered to participants and faculty to introduce them to the rich culture and history of Aleppo, and create friendly atmosphere for sharing experience and future partnerships. The social program included dinning in the old city quarter, and in front of the famous Aleppo Citadel. A very interesting evening involved listening to Aleppian Sufi music and watching the traditional "Mawlaweyeh" dance in one of the most beautiful historical houses in Aleppo. Visits of historical sites included a visit to the Great Citadel of Aleppo, St. Simon Church and the Museum of Ma'arat No'oman that contains very famous Byzantine mosaic dating back to 5th century.

 

It was an exciting week on all levels as shown by quotes from the event's participants.

 

 

"It was truly a remarkable event that exceeded my every expectation.  People here are asking me "How was Syria?"  and I tell them that I have never had a more productive and entertaining trip in my entire career." Tom Eissenberg- Faculty VCU-US

 

"In my opinion the summer program was a success in many areas: the organizational part, the scientific part, the personal networking part, and definitely the place of the workshop was superb!!!" Issam Al-Khatib- Birzeit University, Palestine

 

"It was definitely a great unforgettable moment.  I wish it will happen again." Alaaeldin Elkoussi, University of Assiut, Assiut, Egypt

 

Participants:

 

Name

Institution

Country

Peter Barss

Dept of community,Medicine,UAE,University

United Arab Emirates

Rima  Khalil

         Smoker's clinic/former American University of Beirut

Lebanon

Salah  Abdulrahman

Bahrain Anti-smoking society (B.A.S.S )

Bahrain

Issam  Al-Khatib

Institute of community and public health-Birzeit University

Palestine

Mohamed  Beghalia

University of Mostaganem Algeria

Algeria

Alaaeldin  Elkoussi

College of medicine,University of Assiut,Egypt

Egypt

Rasha  Khatib

Institute of community and public health,Birzeit University

Palestine

Imed  Harrabi

Service of Epidemiology University Farhat Hached

Tunisia

Wael  Abdelmageed

Hyah life without smoking syndicate

Egypt

Saleh Abbad

Anti-smoking charitable organization

Saudi Arabia

Georges Saade

Ministry of public health

Lebanon

Omar El Shahawy

General medical management/Ain Shams University

Egypt

Hafez Alhaj Hossen

Aga Khan foundation

Syria

Hasan Khansa

Aga Khan foundation

Syria

Yaman Rai balha

Damascus University

Syria

Lana Meiqari 

Faculty of medicine at Damascus

Syria

Farhan Massarani

 

Syria

Yamen Homsi

Peditric hospital(public hospital)

Syria

Ghamez Moukeh

AUH

Syria

Rubou Ibrahim

University of Aleppo/ Biology faculty

Syria

Muhammad Alsayid

University of Aleppo/Faculty of medicine

Syria

Ahmad Jallad

Aleppo University hospital

Syria

Ghaleb Koaik

Aleppo University hospital

Syria

Kinan Qawas

Aleppo University hospital

Syria

Osama Marzouk

Aleppo University hospital

Syria

Azam Elsaid-Ebrahim

Aleppo University hospital

Syria

Ammar Aisheh

University of Aleppo

Syria

Madonna Elias

Syrian Center for Tobacco Studies

Syria

Iman Ibrahim

Syrian Center for Tobacco Studies

Syria

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