Categories: Keynote Speakers

Keynote title:

Breaking the Silos and Reimagining Possibilities: Using Simulation and Digital Platforms to Create a Theatre of Engagement in Interprofessional Education

The COVID-19 pandemic challenged our ways of working and led to new and innovative ways of engaging health students in simulation. This presentation will challenge traditional views of simulation and explore new and exciting platforms. It will showcase multi-modal simulation as a way to overcome the issues of scheduling that often hamper Interprofessional learning.


Professor Jane Frost is a passionate nurse, experienced academic, simulation researcher, and TEDx Speaker. Her work explores both simulation and technology enhanced learning modalities including extended reality (XR), and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Jane uses experiential learning to promote empathy and understanding in health students. Jane is a passionate advocate of Interprofessional learning and preparing students for clinical realities and recently won a national Australian Award for University teaching. Dr Frost is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Professor Asmaa Al-Thani is the Vice President of Medical and Health Sciences, the Director of the Biomedical Research Center (BRC) and a Professor of Virology at the Biomedical Sciences Department, Qatar University.  Professor Althani is also an Adjunct Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar.

Professor Al-Thani’s portfolio articulates a record of accomplishments in establishing the academic and research infrastructure for health and medical sciences at Qatar University, pertaining her roles as the Founding Dean of the College of Health Sciences (2016) and the Founding Director of BRC (2014).  Professor Al-Thani has an active role in national landscape of medical research through serving as the Vice Chairperson of the Qatar Biobank Board, Chairperson of the National Qatar Genome Committee and establishing National Reference laboratory-COVID19 Unit.  In addition, she is the founding chair for the Empower Generation Consortium (EGC), which comprises several projects that enhance the national capacities in health and medical sciences.

Professor Al-Thani has a leading research portfolio, with over than 120 published papers in peer-reviewed international journals and around 34 internal and external research grants and 2 patents.  She is a reviewer for several scientific journals and conferences, and currently a member of the American society for Microbiology.

Her accomplishments have been recognized through several awards, including the Astrolabi Award from WCMC-Q (2020), QS- Reimagine Oscar in Education, gold in Life Sciences and the silver in best university-employer relationship for the years 2018-2020.   She also received the State Encouraging Award in the Medical Sciences and Nursing (2017), Sheikh Hummaid Bin Rashid Award for Culture and Sciences (2006), Al-Jasra Cultural Club –Qatar (2008), Qatar University Outstanding Faculty Service Award (2012), the College of Arts and Sciences Research Award (2012) and the Arab Paediatric Medical Research Award (2015).