About the Project
Viewers around the Arab region enjoyed watching and supporting Nour on her innovation journey in Stars of Science Season 10. As a neurological researcher at the Qatar Biomedical Research Institute (QBRI) in Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar, Nour developed QABY, a laboratory kit designed to diagnose Parkinson’s disease in its early stages through antibodies– special proteins in the human body’s immune system that find and fight bacteria and viruses.
Since appearing on the show in 2018, Nour has been exploring the world of biomarkers discovery for neurological disorders related to Parkinson’s disease: “My mission is to unlock the mysteries of the human brain,” she says. “The brain is the organ that controls everything else. If we understand it, we will understand everything!”
Beyond Stars of Science
Nour’s passion continues to be the human brain and everything surrounding it. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Anatomy and Neurosciences at VU University Medical Center Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in March 2019. Dedicating her life to knowledge and research, she hopes her impact in the neurological disorders research field will be used to directly benefit people’s health.
Following her success on the show, Nour received an outpouring of support from Arab women and girls across the region with many citing her as a symbol of female empowerment. This incredible response renewed Nour’s goal to inspire Arab women and girls to venture into the science, technology, engineering, and mathematic (STEM) fields by seeing a successful example of women in science represented in the media.
More recently, her project QABY was officially registered as a trademark with the Qatar Foundation and the inventor tells us she’s working on more projects in parallel.
In relation with the pandemic, Dr. Nour Majbour couldn’t sit and do nothing in the face of the global threat especially after CoVid-19 shut down her lab. The closing of her space led to the creation of the Serology Kit which is a test that detects Immunoglobulin G (IgG) and Immunoglobulin M (IgM) to better understand a person’s response to being infected with the virus. The creation of the kit was funded by the Hamad Bin Khalifa University innovation center and the work was done in QBRI while the samples were acquired from the Hamad Medical Center, an experience that relied on collaborations first, says Dr. Nour.
Thinking back on her Stars of Science journey, Nour sees it as a life-changing experience after which she emerged as a changed person. She describes herself as a naturally shy person and that being on a public platform such as Stars of Science was an exciting challenge for her. Having conquered her fears, Nour noticeably oozes confidence – exclaiming that she now not only enjoys public speaking but is able to communicate better with people from a non-medical background – vital when attracting funds and patients to further develop her research.
On a final note, addressing the innovators of tomorrow, Nour states: “Anything you are weak at can turn into a strength if you spend time on it. Just take a leap of faith and I can assure you that it will be the most memorable experience of your life!”
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