Zayed University organized the First Genetics-Biotechnology Conference

22 Dec 2009

Organized by the Department of Natural Science and Public Health, College of Arts and Sciences at Zayed University, Dubai Campus, and in collaboration with the UAE Genetic Diseases Association (UAE GDA), the Dubai Biotechnology and Research Park (DuBiotech) and the Yamaguchi University School of Medicine, Japan, the first meetings of the Conference on Genetic Diseases started yesterday, Monday, at Zayed University, Dubai campus. Dr. Sulaiman AlJassim, Vice-President of Zayed University opened the conference in the presence of Dr. Maryam Matar, Executive Director of the UAE GDA, and Dr. Daniel Johnson, Zayed University Provost, with the participation of about 300 specialists, professors, Zayed University students and a number of Arab and international universities.

The conference that was held throughout the day aimed at promoting studies and specialized scientific research in genetics in the UAE by attracting national and global expertise in this area.

Dr Sulaiman AlJassim, Vice-President of the  University, said that this scientific initiative contributes to the enhancement of scientific central and important role played by the specialists to respond to epidemics and diseases and  at the same time raise awareness for prevention and treatment methods, spreading and promoting medical knowledge and awareness, mainly that the world is being challenged by serious diseases and viruses that threaten the communities, as well raise the spirit of participation in the issues and topics of  common concern to both citizens and residents in the nation. The Vice-President stressed that the UAE is seeking to prepare its youth in various fields to work and contribute to the overall development plans and add to the achievements already realized.

Dr. Sulaiman praised the efforts deployed to organize the Conference, which will enlarge knowledge on genetics and its different branches.

In her inauguration word, Dr. Maryam Matar, Executive Director of UAE GDA, stressed that that the conference seeks to spread awareness on health and medical culture among specialists and students and the public at its different levels of education through the use of the latest scientific methods and  application of the best practices in an attempt to meet the  challenges and face the health risks facing the world today, and encourage students to specialize in genetics, biotechnology and genetic exchange of experiences between universities, national international organizations in this regard, as well as promoting concepts on genetic defects  spread in the communities through specialized scientific research.

For her part, Dr. Fatme Al Anouti, Assistant Professor-  Department of Natural Science and Public Health, College of Arts and Science at Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, and member of Organizing committee said that the university was keen to organize this conference in view of the importance of genetics in the identification of diseases and  in the aim to work to reduce risks through the application of the experts and specialists expertise, adding that the conference discussed throughout its sessions many research issues related to genetics.  Among the participants Dr. Mahmoud Taleb Al Ali, Consultant Geneticist & Head -Genetics   Department and Director - Center for Arab Genomic Studies gave a lecture on the genetic disorders in the Arab world. Dr.  Yukio Hattori, Professor of Health Sciences at Yamaguchi Medical University elaborated on the common genetic blood disorders in the community, while Dr. Ahmed Hassan Al- Marzouqi, Assistant Professor- Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, UAE University discussed Mechanisms of Gene Regulation, and Dr. Mohammad Naveed, Consultant Geneticist, UAE Genetic Disease Association talked about Prevention and treatment of Genetic Disorders.

Dr. Al Anouti said that the conference also discussed the recent developments in gene technology through the presentation of Dr. Yasuhiro Yamashiro, Assistant Professor of Health and Sciences at the Yamaguchi University  on PCR Techniques and the presentation by Dr. Mahra Al Marzouqi, Director of the Sharjah Blood Bank and Transfusion Services  at the UAE Ministry of Health, on the Nucleic acid amplification Technology (NAT)- Current issues and future challenges,  and Dr. Kamal A. Khazanehdari, Head of Molecular Biology & Genetics Central Veterinary  Research Laboratory on the application of the PCR technology in diagnosis of genetic diseases.

Dr. Al Anouti, ZU, discussed the molecular tools to modulate gene expression, supported by Dr.  Munawwar Ali Khan, Associate Professor, Department of Natural Science and Public Health, College of Arts and Science, ZU, who presented his research on Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria in the United Arab Emirates.

The conference concluded its sessions by discussing the future of genetics and biotechnology field presented by Dr. Firdos Ali Khan, Chairman- Department of Biotechnolgy, Manipal University, Dubai.