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Executive Board of the CAGS
Arab Genomic Studies
Mahmoud Taleb Al Ali
Director, Centre for Arab Genomic Studies

Dr. Mahmoud Taleb Al Ali is a Consultant Geneticist, the Head of the Genetics Centre, the Director of Dubai Cord Blood & Research Center, and the Assistant Director of Pathology and Genetics Services at the Dubai Health Authority, Government of Dubai. In addition, he continues to hold the position of the Director of the Centre for Arab Genomic Studies (since its inception in 2002) and as the Secretary General of H.H. Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan Humanitarian and Scientific Foundation (since its inception in 2011; www.sita.ae; www.sbkf.ae). Dr. Al Ali also teaches at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, UAE University as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biochemistry since 2001. 

Dr. Al Ali is a graduate (B.Sc. in Clinical Laboratory Science) from the University of Kentucky (USA), holding a Ph.D. (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology) from the University of London Medical School (UK). Following a special training in the recent advances in diagnosis of metabolic disorders at the Middlesex School of Medicine, London (1996), he setup single handedly the entire department of Metabolic Genetics that currently serves the entire region. 

Dr. Al Ali has held several important positions in the past and these include, the position of Project Leader at the Dubai Cord Blood and Stem Cell Center (Dubai Health Authority; 2005), the Executive Committee & Founding Member of Dubai Biotechnology and Research Park (2005 to 2008), Assistant Director of Al Wasl Hospital for Clinical Support Services (2000-2002), President of Emirates Thalassemia Society (2001-2002), Head of Federal Laboratories, Northern Emirates, UAE Ministry of Health (1993-1994) and as Head, Dept. of Clinical Chemistry and Immunology (Kuwaiti Hospital, Sharjah, UAE; 1988-1991). 

During this long tenure, he gained extensive experience in not only in clinical diagnostics and genetic metabolic disorders, but also in general administration. He has received several awards for his exemplary work and these include the distinguished Employee of the Year (2001-2002; Dubai Government Sector; by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoom); Health Services achievements in the Middle East Award (2005; International Hospital Federation, Switzerland); Employee of the Year Award (2001; Department of Health & Medical Services, Dubai); Sheikh Rashid Scientific Prize (1994; Awarded by the Ruler of Dubai); Honorary Kentucky Colonel (1987; Awarded by Governor of Kentucky, USA); Honorary Citizen of Richmond (1987; by Mayor of Richmond, Kentucky, USA); Presidential Scholarship (1986-1987; granted by University of Kentucky, USA); Honorary Dean’s List (1984 – 1985; University of Kentucky, USA). 

Dr. Al Ali has also chaired several professional committees. He has held the chairmanship of many conferences and committees and some of these include; Human Genome Meeting (2011); Scientific Committees of 1st, 2nd and3rd Pan Arab Genetics Conferences, Dubai (2006, 2008 and 2010 respectively); Regional Scientific Committee of 10th International Conference on Thalassemia and Hemoglobinopathies, Dubai (2006); Dubai International Pathogenetics Conference (2005); Arab Lab Conference, Dubai (2004); and Dubai International Genetics Conference (2004). He has given several presentations (National, Regional, and International Conferences) and has published numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Al Ali continues to be a member of several training, organizational, and research committees. Dr. Al Ali is the Principal Investigator of the ongoing project of the Centre for Arab Genomic Studies that has in 2011 entered in its third phase of research with International Collaboration from Switzerland and USA. This successful project has lead to the discovery of two novel loci for Tibial Hemimelia - findings published in American Journal of Medical Genetics (July 2006) and American Journal of Human Genetics (January 2007).