Shahrad Taheri   Assistant Dean, Clinical Investigations

Dr. Shahrad Taheri is Professor of Medicine, the Director of Clinical Research Core, and the Assistant Dean for Clinical Investigations at Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar. He is a member of the National Diabetes Strategy Committee at the Ministry of Public Health, Qatar. He chairs the Research Committee for the National Diabetes Strategy at the Ministry of Public Health, Qatar, and also for the Qatar Metabolic Institute.

Dr Taheri graduated with honours in Medicine from the Medical College of St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, London University and obtained his PhD in neuroendocrinology from Imperial College London. He has trained in clinical medicine and research in London and Bristol (UK) and Stanford (USA). At Stanford, Dr Taheri was a Howard Hughes research associate.

Dr. Taheri has extensive experience of leading the multi-professional care of patients with obesity and diabetes within the UK National Health Service and in Qatar. He has also led large multidisciplinary research teams aiming to develop, implement, and evaluate clinical services for patients with diabetes and obesity.

Dr. Taheri’s research experience extends from basic laboratory to human intervention, and population studies. His research interests are increasingly focused on the development, conduct, and implementation of a range of clinical trials into diabetes and obesity, and linking these trials to the investigation of disease mechanisms through laboratory studies. He has over 150 publications and has won several awards for his research.

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  • Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus


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research overview

  • Professor Taheri's research interests are  focused on the development, conduct and implementation of a range of clinical trials into diabetes and obesity and linking these trials to investigation of disease mechanisms through laboratory studies. He currently leads the largest portfolio of clinical trials in Qatar.

Grants awarded

  • Diabetes Intervention Accentuation Diet and Enhancing Metabolism (DIADEM): Randomized Controlled Trial Assessing the Impact of Low Calorie Diet and Activity on Body Weight and Glycaemia in Diabetes  awarded by Qatar National Research Fund Principal Investigator 2016 - 2019
  • DNA Methylation and Gene Expression in Qataris With Type 2 Diabetes Key Personnel



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