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International impact: health sciences student published in the Cambridge Medical Journal; creates an international charity
posted by Terry Murray-Arnold on October 20, 2021 in News
Mohamed Nashnoush founded a charitable association for students and health professionals dedicated to remote research in the field of radiology.
Q&A from a Dal Health student with Mohamed Nashnoush, Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) in Ultrasound.
Why did you choose ultrasound?
Ultrasound incorporates the perfect blend of advanced technology, transverse anatomy and pathophysiology. As an ultrasound technologist, you are on the front line responsible for investigating the root cause of the patient’s symptoms. You take on the role of the detective and contemplate the history, lab tests, medical imaging, and symptoms to develop a cohesive list of differential diagnoses. I also find the operator’s addiction to the ultrasound fascinating and stimulating. Ultrasound technologists must use their discretion and skill to accurately delineate the pathology.
Can you describe your leadership and humanitarian work?
I have been fortunate to accumulate a diverse set of volunteer experiences at the regional and international levels. At Dal, I’m currently the president of STEM Fellowship, where we host college workshops, networking events, and youth big data challenges. With over 60 members and $ 5,000 in funding, we’ve empowered STEM students across the Maritimes.
At the national level, I founded RadScholars, a federally registered charity of students and medical professionals dedicated to remote research in the field of radiology. As a person largely invested in his field of study and practice, I decided to shed light on an often neglected field while increasing accessibility to education. We have reached over 300,000 students and healthcare professionals from 132 different countries with funding of over $ 6,000.
We have partnered with the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT), the International Myeloma Foundation, the Canadian Medical Association and many others to host conferences, webinars and support research opportunities led by students. Currently, there are 40 active research groups, each working on a range of projects such as meta-analyzes, systematic reviews, literature reviews, cohort and longitudinal studies. Our executive team consists of 32 active members who manage, facilitate and coordinate educational events to ensure that research teams are supported in their academic endeavors.
Since its inception, RadScholars has grown into an inclusive and diverse community of students and healthcare professionals dedicated to incubating, open source and disseminating powerful ideas to advance diagnostic imaging. , therapy and preventive medicine. By leveraging fellowship and connection, we aspire to improve the lives of others and support innovation.
[In 2020 Nashnoush led a research project A Comparison of the Efficacy of Diagnostic imaging Modalities in Detecting COVID-19 was published in the Cambridge Medicine Journal (CMJ)]
“I hope I can continue to embark on this exhilarating journey of scientific discovery”
What was it like being an undergraduate student and having a study published in a journal like CMJ?
I have always had an affinity for research and contributing to the scientific corpus is a way for me to leave an imprint on the landscape. Publishing in CMJ has brought me closer to my goal, and I hope I can continue to embark on this exhilarating journey of scientific discovery.
Why did you decide to do the study?
By the time I started working on this project, the pandemic was in its early stages in Canada. I wanted to find a way to help fight the pandemic by fighting the “infodemic” – the spread of disinformation. I knew this would manifest as a research project, so I started to assemble a team of like-minded people keen to explore the role of diagnostic imaging in detecting COVID-19. I led the project and received guidance and mentorship from Dr Safwan at Stanford University. I was happy to see how our enthusiasm and hard work came to fruition in the form of a publication in a reputable journal.
What are you working on now?
I recently completed another review, titled “Tissue Doppler Imaging: An Overview”, which has been accepted by the Journal of Clinical Medicine. This project was advised by School of Health Sciences teacher Erin Lushman, who helped me add a rigorous quantitative lens to the research. Earlier this year, I was fortunate enough to publish an article in the Healthy Populations Journal who examined the morality of suicide; quite a controversial subject. The Journal of Healthy Populations (HPJ) is a peer-reviewed multi-faculty journal hosted at Dal Health’s Institute of Healthy Populations (HPI), and I am very fortunate to have contributed to their very first issue.
I have also worked with Dr. Kathryn Ewart of Dal School of Medicine to predict the hemolytic, amyloidogenic and antimicrobial propensities of various antifreeze proteins. I am delighted to have had the chance to present our research to the Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences 2021 National Conference. We are currently working on an upcoming publication that will be published in an indexed journal PubMed.
My most recent academic project is a project involving the application of AI and machine learning to predict neurodevelopmental abnormalities in premature infants under the supervision of Dr Ahmed of the IWK. We hope that our research will open new doors in radiology and increase the efficiency of dictation.