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The 7th Pan Arab Human Genetics Conference to be launched this January

The Center for Arab Genomic Studies, a division of the Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences, will organize the 7th Pan Arab Human Genetics Conference from the 18th to 20th January, at the Conrad Hotel, Dubai.

Dr. Mahmoud Taleb Al-Ali, the Director of the Center for Arab Genomic Studies and the Chairperson of the Scientific Committee of the Conference, said, “Our Arab world has made considerable progress in human genetics research, as is clearly evident from the vast repository of research data in the CTGA database curated and maintained by the Centre for Arab Genomic Studies (CAGS). This database has passed a major milestone with the number of its records exceeding two thousand, thus contributing to the reinforcement of the global status of the CTGA database as the largest ethnic genetic database in the world.”

Dr. Mahmoud Taleb Al-Ali reviewed the main topics to be discussed in the conference. These being, Precession Medicine, Big Data in Human Genetics, Genomics of Multifactorial Disorders, as well as the Current Trends in Human Genetics including, Genome Editing, Human Microbiome, and Metabolomics.

This conference is part of the biennial series of conferences that showcase an average of 30 oral lectures and 100 participating research posters each time. The conferences are also accompanied by workshops imparting clinical training as well as the practical hands-on experience of useful clinical and laboratory techniques, such as genetic counseling, cytogenetics, and bioinformatics.


On his part HE Abdullah bin Souqat, Executive Director of Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Award for Medical Sciences conveyed sincere thanks and gratitude to H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Deputy Ruler of Dubai, UAE Minister of Finance and the Patron of the Award for his consistent follow-up and keenness to support the events of this major scientific forum, which has become, in record time, at the forefront of events in the field of human genetics at the regional level, and an important icon in defining new horizons for the future of our health and medical sectors in UAE.

He also praised the achievements of the Centre for Arab Genomic Studies, which is focused on two parallel levels; firstly, the diversification of scientific contributions and secondly, the consolidation of relations with Arab researchers. The latter is what the conference has achieved over its six previous sessions that have succeeded in achieving the main objectives of the Arab Center for Genetic Studies. He also paid tribute to the members of the Arab Council of the Center, a constellation of scientists with proven expertise in the field of genetics sciences.

It should be mentioned that the 7th PAHGC is held with the participation of a group of prominent regional and international genetics specialists, such as Dr. Fawzan Al-Koraya, Professor of Human Genetics, Faculty of Medicine, Al-Faisal University, King Faisal Hospital, and Dr. Andrew Morris, Professor of Biostatistics and Genetic Sciences, University of Liverpool, UK.

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