Prevalence and epidemiological profile of NAFLD in adult Moroccan population
Morocco (IFMSA-Morocco), Faculty of Medicine of Oujda, University of Mohamed the First, Oujda
Hepato-gastroenterology department. Mohammed VI University Hospital
English, French
4 weeks
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Type of Research Project
- Clinical Project without Laboratory work
What is the background of the project?
Dysmetabolic related diseases are a health problem all over the world Morocco. Nonealcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is part of the metabolic syndrome spectrum. Its burden includes several conditions from steatosis, to steatohepatitis, cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and other organ involvement. This condition is closely related to modern lifestyle changes compared to the traditional life style but certainly it is not the only factor as the prevalence of this disease is modified by ethnicity and genetic background.
What is the aim of the project?
An observational study to know the prevalence of NAFLD in Moroccan population and implicated lifestyle and other epidemiological factors. That would constitute a background for other studies including interventional ones.
What techniques and methods are used?
- Clinical and biological evaluation. - Ultrasound - Liver biopsy - Noninvasive fibrosis evaluation techniques. - Other organs evaluation: metabolic, heart, kidneys. Health related Qol evaluation and patient reported outcomes, patient medical education. - Collect of this Data in a special form for the study - Analytic study of this results using Microsoft Office Excel or SPSS - Make conclusion
What is the role of the student?
- The student will observe the practical experiments but will be highly involved in the analysis of the results
- The tasks will be done under supervision
- If the project is clinical
- the student will take active part in the clinical examination
- If the project is clinical
- the student will be allowed to work with patients
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
- Participate in data collection and inclusions and all the steps of the study including statistical analysis and organization. - Perform clinical exams, analyze biological data, initiation to ultrasound and Fibroscan, coordinate with other teams involved - Participate in patient education program. -Learn statistical analysis technics with an expert team using a software either Microsoft Office Excel or SPSS. -Participate in the comparison of our study’s results and other similar studies led in different countries. -Learn how to make scientific conclusions and practice that skill on this study.
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
Preliminary readings of articles sent by the tutor - Courses given by the tutor or one of the doctors in the department There will be at least 8 hours of theorical teaching
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
- The student will prepare a poster
- The student will prepare a presentation
- The student will prepare a scientific report
- The student will prepare an abstract
- The student’s name will be mentioned in a future publication
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
no special skills, only interest and motivation Previous experience with: basic medical knowledge, clinical examination, biological and ultrasound basics
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
Type of students accepted
This project accepts:
- Medical students
- Graduated students (less than 6 months)