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 7th Pan Arab Human Genetics Conference
18 - 20 Jan 2018
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2nd Pan Arab Human Genetics Conference
20 - 22 Nov 2007


The Centre for Arab Genomic Studies is pleased to welcome you all to the 2nd Pan Arab Human Genetics Conference (November 20-22, 2007) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Genetic disorders and congenital abnormalities continue to be serious issues faced by healthcare providers in the Arab World. Fortunately, genetic research is evolving very rapidly in the region. On the one hand, this is expected to translate into reduced incidences of genetic disorders, early detection of these disorders, and better treatment and management strategies for those found affected. On the other hand, the surge in genetic research has also led to the cropping up of several serious ethical concerns, dealing with premarital genetic testing, prenatal diagnosis, newborn screening, genome mapping, and the recent international initiative to study human genomic variations.

The First Pan Arab Human Genetics Conference, held in April 2006 in Dubai, went a long way in bringing together experts in genetics from the Arab world, as well as from abroad, to set the priorities for research on genetic disorders in the region. With the Second conference in this series, we hope to be able to provide a platform for education on common genetic disorders in the region as well as the applied methods to control and prevent them. The conference will also host a forum for dialogue on ethical issues in genetics related to the Arab World.

The Scientific Program of the conference includes 30 lecture and 83 poster presentations. Abstracts have been received from 31 countries, namely: Algeria, Australia, Bahrain, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, India, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Morocco, The Netherlands, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sudan, Switzerland, Tunisia, UAE, UK, and the USA. This is an important indication for the potential of human genetics research in the Arab World as well as the awareness of the international scientific community to establish collaborations with research groups in the region.


  • Prof. Najib Al Khaja (President)
  • Mr. Abdullah Bin Souqat (Vice-President)
  • Dr. Mahmoud Taleb Al Ali (Director)
  • Dr. Ghazi Omar Tadmouri
  • Dr. Mouza Al-Sharhan


  • Dr. Mahmoud Taleb Al Ali (Chairperson)
  • Dr. Ghazi Omar Tadmouri (Vice-Chairperson)
  • Dr. Aida Al Aqeel (Saudi Arabia)
  • Prof. Andre Megarbane (Lebanon)
  • Prof. Habiba Chaabouni (Tunisia)
  • Prof. Hanan Hamamy (Iraq/Jordan)
  • Prof. Lihadh Al-Gazali (UAE)
  • Prof. Lotfi Chouchane (Tunisia/Qatar)
  • Dr. Mouza Al-Sharhan (UAE)
  • Prof. Rabah Shawky (Egypt)
  • Dr. Sabita Krishna Murthy (UAE)
  • Dr. Shaikha Al-Arrayed (Bahrain)


  • Mr. Moncy Philip
  • Mr. Najam Ali Mirza
  • Mrs. Pratibha Nair
  • Mr. Wael AbuDhaif


  1. Management of Genetic Disorders
  2. Molecular Diagnostics
  3. Premarital Genetic Screening
  4. Prenatal Diagnosis
  5. Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis
  6. Newborn Screening
  7. Mutation Detection
  8. Establishing Patient Registries
  9. Establishing Databases for Disease Information



Day 1: Arabic
Days 2 & 3: English



Healthcare professionals, academics, physicians, graduate students, senior medical students, nurses, laboratory technicians, and policy makers.



The 2nd Pan Arab Human Genetics Conference is accredited by the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, UAE University as the equivalent of 11 CME hours. A consice breakdown of the CME hours according to the conference sessions follows.

21 November 2007
- Session 1: Leaders in Genomics and Healthcare. (2 CME hrs)
- Session 2: Complex and Recessive Disorders in the Arab World. (1.30 CME hrs)
- Session 3: From Phenotypes to Genotypes. (2.20 CME hrs) 

22 November 2007
- Session 4: Bioethics and Human Genetics. (2.10 CME hrs)
- Session 5: National Startegies for the Prevention of Genetic Disorders in the Region. (1.40 CME hrs)
- Session 6: Fast Track Reports. (1.15 CME hrs)


  • An advanced barcode scanning system will be used to register the attendees during each session.
  • Individuals who fail to present their badges during the attendance control period will lose the CME hours for the respective session.
  • Certificates of attendance and CME hours collected will be distributed by the end of session 6 (afternoon of 22 November 2007) to participants who successfully submit their completed conference survey forms.
  • Certificates will not be mailed to participants and may be collected after the conference in person at the Centre for Arab Genomic Studies

Location & Timing
Dubai, United Arab Emirates