Dr. Nour Majbour
Qatar Biomedical Research Institute
BiographyYou may recognize her from the Arab World's leading science-based innovation television show, Stars of Science, where Nour placed 2nd in front of a Global audience. She went on to fight her way through multiple phases of prototype performance, industrial design and customer validation with her uniquely proposed innovation for early detection of Parkinson's Disease; QABY. She has recently been awarded a PhD from the Department of Anatomy and Neurosciences at VU University Medical Center in the Netherlands. Nour had originally started her career in 2014 by pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from her hometown in Lattakia, Syria and shortly after, she successfully obtained her master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences as well. She has published more than 18 papers in peer review journals and has an impressive h-index of 11. As a Research Associate for Qatar Biomedical Research Institute, she spends her days searching for novel therapeutic targets and biomarkers for Parkinson's Disease and related disorders. She has been recognized by her peers to have a true entrepreneurial spirit and an unwavering dedication towards shaping the future of Qatar's global healthcare footprint. On top of that, Nour also aspires to serve as a role model and inspiration for all young girls to pursue a career in scientific research.
Parkinson’s Disease; Towards better livingMy work in neurological research aims to serve the underserved. The seeming lack of resources in the Arab world to help those with neurodegenerative diseases is peculiar. We need to focus more on mitigating diseases that strike the elderly and to significantly help those with these ailments. Such diseases can rob people of the dignity they deserve. At QBRI, with my fellow researchers I’ve studied how antibodies – special proteins in the human body’s immune system that find and fight bacteria and viruses – can be used in diagnosing Parkinson’s disease. The disease, which cripples the central nervous system, has no cure. Treatment, however, can relieve symptoms and improve quality of life. Parkinson’s cannot be definitively diagnosed by a test (such as a brain scan or blood test), and that’s what I try to change with my research focus; how to provide an early detection of the disease? I have family members affected by the disease; I have seen and felt its impact on them and the entire family. I have great respect for elders. My mission is to honor them through my research, and the invention of QABY kit. Everyone deserves the chance to live with grace and peace.