On 11 December 2018, Assist Prof. Dr. Dara O. Meran, President of Hawler Medical University, attended the ceremony of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of announcing the top researchers in Kurdistan for the year 2018. The top 15 researchers in the scientific field and 7 researchers in the social science field who had the published papers in highest impact factor journals were announced and received awards from the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research. Three researchers from Hawler Medical University were in the list of top researchers; Assit. Prof. Nidhal Abdulkadir Mohammed, Dr. Hiwa Omer Ahmad and Dr. Hakar A. Saeed. Assist. Prof. Dr. Dara O. Meran thanked and congratulated the three researchers for this achievement and expressed his support to them to continue conducting high quality research and publishing in high impact journals.