June 23, 2015

New Genes: How Innovative Genetic-Based Services Can Change Our Lives

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Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP recently hosted two rounds of its acclaimed TECHtalk series. The discussions focused on ICT, and Smart Cities, as well as the impact of Innovative Genomics on personalized medicine in Qatar.
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The healthcare TECHtalk session was held under the title ‘New Genes: How Innovative Genetic-Based Services Can Change Our Lives’.

The talk kicked off with guest speaker Prof Paolo Gasparini, Head of Experimental Genetics Division at Sidra Medical and Research Center, who gave a unique insight into the endless possibilities of applied genetics from both inside and outside of the laboratory.

One of the top ten geneticists in the world, Prof Gasparini talked about the effect our genes can have on our diets and lifestyle. He shared research that showed how genetics can be responsible for our food choices and preferences, suggesting that knowledge arising from these studies will help in fighting diseases such as obesity and diabetes in Qatar.

Prof Hilal Lashuel, Executive Director at Qatar Biomedical Research Institute (QBRI) said, "Through this talk we explored how advances in genome sequencing and the increasing accessibility of genome-based services are paving the way today for more personalized approaches to wellness, prevention and treatments. The ethical and legal challenges associated with the implementation of genomic-based services in Qatar and the region were also discussed and debated”.

TECHtalks are one of QSTP’s free, flagship community initiatives providing the latest insights for members of Qatar’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

To read the full article on QSTP’s website, please click here.