The two day conference was well organised and the speakers represented the global issues associated with biobanking and personalised healthcare. Overall, my awareness of Biobanking and personalised healthcare has improved dramatically and look forward to utilising this knowledge for the future development of molecular diagnostics.
Session 2: Population-Based Biobanks: Learning from the Past & Targeting the Future
Time: 13:30 – 15:00
Poster Viewing Session & Flash Talks
Flash Talk Speakers:
Fatihah Tarmizi | Diabetes Risk Score: A Simple Screening Tool for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Qatar
Mohamed Ahmed | Relationship between Insulin Resistance and Lipid Profile in Adults with Normal Glucose Tolerance
Kholoud Alshafai | Identification of Cardiovascular Disease-Related Genetic Variants in the Qatari Population and Assessment of their Functional Implications
Judita Kinkorova | BRoTHER, Bilateral Project of Cross Border Collaboration
Fasihul Alam | Factors Affecting Antibiotic Use among Qatari Adult Population
using the Qatar Biobank (QBB) Database
Tatiana Vinardell | Establishment of an Equine Biobank in Qatar
Social Activity | QBB Site Visit
Pre-registrations are mandatory and can be processed at the onsite registration desks when picking up your badge. Spaces are limited and offered on a first come, first served basis.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Session 3: Donors Matter: Incidental Findings & Return of Genetic Data
More and more of today’s large population studies, especially those that include genomic research, are grappling with whether to return research results and if so, the extent, mechanisms and challenges to return research results to study participants. The biospecimens and data from these studies may also yield information that is new and potentially clinically relevant to a participant who may not be aware of an incidental genomic finding. This session will include specific instances of return of results to participants from studies and biobanks around the world. The speakers will also touch on the procedures and ethical standards required to return research or genetic results as well as incidental findings during their talks and panel discussion.
Time: 09:45 – 12:00
Session 4: A Reach for Quality: Pre-Analytics as Key for Reproducibility
Pre-analytical variability of bio specimens can have significant effects on downstream analyses. Controlling such variables is fundamental for the future use of bio specimens in diagnostic or prognostic purposes. This session will cover pre-analytics research.
Time: 13:00 – 15:00
Sofia Iacomussi | Enhancing Participant-Centred Initiatives in Biobanking
Omar Albagha | The Genetic Architecture of Health- and Disease-Related Traits in the Qatari Population
Noha Yousri | Genetics, Metabolomics and Epigenetics Linked to T2D Pathways in Qataris
Isabel Gil-aldea | Biobanks as a Useful Tool in The Process of Drug Development and Discovery of Biomarkers
Patrick De Boever | Retinal Vessel Network Complexity Changes in Relation to the Cardiometabolic Phenotype in Participants in the Qatar BioBank
Halima Bensmail | Harnessing Qatar Biobank to Understand Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity in Adult Qataris from the First Qatar Biobank Project
Puthen Veettil Jithesh | Exploring Pharmacogenomic Variants in the Qatari Population
Zumin Shi | Iron Indicators, Iron Supplement Use and Diabetes among Qatari Adults
Souhaila Al khodor | Risk for Diabetes and Cardiovascular Diseases in the Qatari Population: Can the Salivary Microbiome Predict it?
Sureyah Nassimbwa | From Projects to Biobank: Development of MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit Biorepository in the last 10yrs (2008 -2018)
Constantinos Deltas | Familial Hematuric Nephropathies
Social Activity | Gala Dinner/ Reception (upon invitation only)
Session 5: Biobanks in Healthcare - From Basic Research to Clinical Use
Time: 08:30 – 10:20
Session 6: A reach for Quality: Best Practices and Standards!
Time:10:50 – 13:10
Awards and Closing Remarks
Ethical and Regulatory Issues
Biobanking in Healthcare
Collaboration and Partnerships
Hot Topics in Biobanking
innovative techniques and methods, emerging technologies
I like the way of organizing the conference & the great knowledge we have acquainted through the professional or social interaction that we have experienced which will help me in my career.
Everything seems astonishing from the Program and specially to speakers. Job well done.
The lectures helped me gained knowledge about biobanking and I hope that more group work or workshop will be integrated in future conferences.
The outcome of the conference is successful detailing the importance of biobanking for possible networking of all GCC counterpart.