The Genomics Analysis and Genetic Testing - Ethics, Law and Society Workshop
The Genomics Analysis and Genetic Testing - Ethics, Law and Society Workshop will provide an opportunity to reach a consensus on ethical, legal and social issues related to genomic analysis and genetic testing in general, with a specific focus on Qatar. This workshop is directed towards academia, students, researchers, geneticists, and regulatory agents involved in the field of genomic analysis and genetic testing.
Key international speakers at the event include the leading expert on consanguinity and diseases – Professor Alan Bittles from the Center for Human Genetics, Edith Cowan University Australia; Liss Leitsalu, Genetics Consultant from the BioBank of Estonia; Giovanni Romeo, the President of the European Genetics Foundation in Italy and Dr. Ma’n Zawati, an Academic Associate and Lawyer from the Centre of Genomics and Policy from McGill University in Canada.
Dr. Mohamed Ghaly, Professor of Islam and Biomedical Ethics from Hamad Bin Khalifa University will be providing the local context with a discussion on the Islamic perspective on genetic testing and genomic analysis.
Dr. Paolo Gasparini, Chief of the Experimental Genetics Division at Sidra said, “With the advances in genetic testing and genomic research today, it is important to consider the changing dynamics of the ethics and legalities in these areas. We want to actively engage the student, legal and scientific research communities here in Doha to be a part of a conversation. Their contribution will help shape the future outlook on genetics and genomics and will also have a significant impact on Qatar’s own genetic research agenda.”
One of the key outcomes for the workshop is to develop a paper on “Genetic testing and genomic analysis: a debate on ethical, social and legal issues in the Arab world with a focus on Qatar”.
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