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​​NTU Institute of Science and Technology for Humanity (NISTH), School of Social Sciences, Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE) and School of Biological Sciences Seminar | Building Capacity for Genomic Medicine in Qatar

Published on: 16-Jan-2020

EventBuilding Capacity for Genomic Medicine in Qatar
Dr Khalid A. Fakhro
Director of Precision Medicine, Sidra Medicine
Doha, Qatar
Date16 January 2020 (Thursday)
Experimental Medicine Building (EMB) Learning Studio
59 Nanyang Drive

About the Seminar
Achieving “personalized medicine” will require high quality genome interpretation, tailored to individuals in the context of their native populations. Over the past 5 years in Qatar there have been significant advances in this domain, driven by initial explorations of population genetic structure to identification of disease-causing genes and loci underlying both rare (Mendelian) and complex disorders. Through sequencing thousands of Qataris to date, we have demonstrated a significantly under-appreciated diversity of modern day Arabs, as well as identified founder alleles for a numerous diseases relevant to the regional population.

This talk will cover the ambitious trajectory that the genomic enterprise has taken in Qatar in recent years – e.g. establishing the Qatar Genome Programme, and building capacity and a knowledge based economy – and identify areas of opportunity for collaborators and industry partners looking to shape the evolving field of precision medicine in the Arab world.

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