2016 Annual Conference

SQCC partnered with the University of Virginia's Center for Global Health for our 2016 annual conference, "Health Care Across the Lifespan: Shared Lessons and Opportunities in Oman and the U.S." The conference was held on Wednesday, 26 October at the University of Virginia Rotunda. 

A delegation from Oman, led by H.E. Dr. Ahmed Al Saidi, Minister of Health, spoke alongside academics from UVA and other American institutions. 

Take a look at the full conference agenda, here

View pictures from the conference and banquet, here.

9:00 am
Opening Remarks

Dr. Jeffrey W. Legro, Vice Provost for Global Affairs and Taylor, Professor of Politics, University of Virginia

Dr. Teresa A. Sullivan, President, University of Virginia

Her Excellency Hunaina Sultan Al Mughairy, Ambassador of the Sultanate 
of Oman to the United States and Chair, Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center Board of Oversight

9:15 am Keynote

His Excellency Dr. Ahmed Mohamed Obaid Al Saidi, Minister of Health, Sultanate of Oman

9:45 am Plenary

Dr. Felipe Sierra, Director, Division of Aging Biology, National Institute on Aging, National Institute of Health

10:05 am Panel One: Holistic Interventions for Cardiometabolic Health

Cardio Metabolic Risk Burden and Overview of Dyslipidemia Prevention Program in Oman, Dr. Khalid Al Rasadi, Senior Consultant, Sultan Qaboos University Hospital & Head, Biochemistry Department, College of Medicine and Health Science, Sultan Qaboos University 

Multi-facet Interventions for Cardiometabolic Health, Dr. Zhen Yan, Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of Center for Skeletal Muscle Research, Robert M. Berne Cardiovascular Research Center, University of Virginia School of Medicine

Immune Modulation to Limit Atherosclerosis, Dr. Coleen McNamara, Edward W. and Betty Knight Scripps Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular Division, University of Virginia School of Medicine

11:35 am Panel Two: Cancer Prevention in Rural Areas
Role of NGOs in Rural Cancer Prevention, Dr. Zahid Al Mandhari, Head, Raditation Oncology Departmen; Deputy Director, National Oncology Centere, The Royal Hospital, Ministry of Health, Sultanate of Oman

Cancer Center Without Walls: Opportunities for Rural Cancer Prevention, Control and Survivorship, Dr. Wendy Cohn, Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences, University of Virginia

Exercise Therapy for Patients with Cancer, Dr. Lee Jones, Member and Attending Physiologist, Department of Medicine and Director of Exercise-Oncology Research Program, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center


1:50 pm
Panel Three: Built Environment and Health and Wellbeing

Nizwa Healthy Lifestyle Project, Lessons Learned, Dr. Zahir Ahmed Matter Al Anqoudi, Senior Consultant, Family Medicine, Ministry of Health, Sultanate of Oman 

Physical Health: The Contribution of Worksite and Home Neighborhoods 
to Active Living in Employed U.S. Adults, Dr. Aaron Hipp, Associate Professor of Community Health and Sustainability, College of Natural Resources, North Carolina State University

Mental Wellbeing: Green Space in the Home Neighborhood, Stress and 
Gender Disparities, Dr. Jenny Roe, DeShong Professor in Design and Health, School of Architecture, University of Virginia   

On the Importance of Public Spaces for Sense of Belonging in One's 
Community, Dr. Sophie Trawalter, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Psychology, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virginia  

Introduction to Oman Medical Specialty Board and Its Programs, Dr. Abdullah Al Maniri, Head, Research and Studies Department, Oman Medical Specialty Board, Sultanate of Oman

3:40 pm
Closing Remarks

Dr. Rebecca Dillingham, Director, Center for Global Health, and Harrison Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Virginia 



For details on past conferences, please see below.

SQCC's 2015 Annual Conference, "Agriculture in Arid Areas" was held November 5 at Texas Tech University. For more on this conference, please visit this page

"Women of Oman: Changing Roles & Transnational Influence" was held at Kennesaw State University November 7, 2014. To read more on this conference, please visit this page

The 2013 conference, “Oman and the Indian Ocean: Interaction and Exchange,” was held at the University of Chicago, in partnership with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. To view the schedule, topics, and pictures from that conference, please visit this page.