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HBKU Joins Sidra Medicine as Academic Partner at Functional Genomics Symposium

HBKU Functional Genomics Symposium

Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) is participating as academic partner at the fourth annual Functional Genomics 2018 Symposium hosted by Sidra Medicine at Qatar National Convention Centre. HBKU is represented through the participation of three of its science-focused entities – College of Science and Engineering (CSE), College of Health and Life Sciences (CHLS) and Qatar Biomedical Research Institute (QBRI).

The symposium provides a platform for experts to discuss cutting-edge advances in genetics, genomics and ‘big data’ in the field of medicine. The interdisciplinary international community of attendees aims to assess how best to use big genetic and clinical datasets to provide novel insights into the biology of disease.

Throughout the symposium, CSE will be exhibiting at the HBKU booth and engaging with visitors to promote their ongoing work and programmes.

Dr Omar Albagha, principal investigator at QBRI and professor of genetics at CHLS, said that many disease-related traits such as blood pressure and blood glucose levels are genetically determined. He said that the Qatar Genome programme is a great resource for investigating the genetic basis of these disease traits.

Unraveling the genetic contributions of these traits will also pave the way for precision medicine in Qatar. Our research team (in collaboration with Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar) is currently investigating genetic contributions to more than 60 disease-related traits. We will provide some insights into this project at the Functional Genomics 2018 Symposium.’

Assistant Professor at CSE, Dr Dena Al Thani, said that by participating at the Functional Genomics Symposium, they aim to showcase CSE’s potential and impact, as well as engage in meaningful discussions with counterparts.

HBKU regularly collaborates with local and international partners to promote dialogue and advance knowledge on its key focus areas. Advancing innovation is one of their objectives and is manifested in their ongoing academic and research endeavours.

For more information about CSE, CHLS and QBRI, visit

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