QATAR BIOBANK TO HOST INTERNATIONAL BIOBANKING CONFERENCE
- Publication Date:
- 26/01/19 4:00 PM
- Press Releases
Biobanking experts from Qatar and around the world will attend the three-day event
The three-day conference, titled ‘Quality Matters: A Global Discussion in Qatar,’ is being organized in partnership with the European and Middle Eastern Society for Biopreservation and Biobanking (ESBB), and supported by BBMRI-ERIC, a European research infrastructure for biobanking, and the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER). It will provide a unique opportunity for scientists, researchers, industry experts, and students to learn about the latest developments in the global biobanking sector and showcase their research findings.
Launched in 2011, Qatar Biobank has so far registered more than 18, 000 participants. It collects data and biological samples from the local population in an effort to develop customized medical solutions to the various diseases and health issues prevalent in the country.
Dr. Asmaa Al Thani, Board Vice Chairperson of Qatar Biobank and Chairperson of Qatar Genome Programme Committee, said: “The conference is an opportunity for everyone to learn about the incredible progress Qatar has made to move away from the ‘one size fits all’ approach to healthcare, with the aim of providing customized treatment for patients in the long-term.
Medical practitioners, health and genomic researchers, and the public are encouraged to register for the conference. The wide-ranging sessions and presentations are primarily focused on reviewing quality in biobanking in Qatar and beyond; the role of biobanks in healthcare; the importance of population biobanks; the use of big data and artificial intelligence in medical research; and the importance of international collaborations in biobanking.
Dr. Nahla Afifi, Director of Qatar Biobank, said: “The conference is designed to allow everyone to participate in a unique learning journey. Students and industry professionals will have the chance to learn about best practices in the global biobanking sector.
You are being invited to take part in Qatar Biobank, Qatar’s long-term medical health initiative for Qatar’s population. To help you decide whether to contribute, here is some information on Qatar Biobank and what taking part involves.
Qatar Biobank will make it possible for scientists to conduct research to address some of the greatest health challenges facing Qatar and the region, including cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, and cancer.