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Webinar – Sustainable Genome Projects: Serving Patients & Advancing Research

Webinar – Sustainable Genome Projects: Serving Patients & Advancing Research

Starts at:

Wednesday, 19 June 2024 - 14:30
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Ends at:​

Wednesday, 19 June 2024 - 15:30
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Event Location:

Virtual

Join on June 19 this free webinar on implementing large genome projects.

Join this webinar to look at the methodologies available to implement large genome projects. The panel of experts will share their invaluable insights from their projects in Qatar, the United Kingdom and from a pan-European perspective, discussing the challenges and lessons learned from their experience. They will also speculate how large genome projects can be utilized to enhance the health of individuals, by minimizing the risk of severe illnesses and promoting healthier lifestyles for future generations.

Additionally, discover the sustainable use and integration of existing data in large-scale genome initiatives, and gain insights on developing consent forms with privacy by design to ensure future proofing. Explore the obstacles and benefits of standardizing and interoperating data across various sources and formats and understand the possibilities of federated data analysis.

 

Speakers:

Prof Said Ismail
Qatar Genome Director, Qatar Foundation

Dr. Said Ismail is the director of the Qatar Genome programme (QGP), one of the major national programs in the region. QGP is a population-based initiative designed around a comprehensive strategy involving drafting regulations and policies; forging local research partnerships; establishing national genomic data networks; building local human capacity; and facilitating the integration of genomics into the healthcare system. QGP sheds light on the genetic makeup of Qataris as well as over 400 million Arabs whose genomes have always been underrepresented in the scientific literature.

Dr Ismail, a Ph.D. graduate from the University of Oxford, has work experience extending into various fields including research, education and consultancy. His research experience is in the field of molecular biology and genetics with focus on cancer genetics and the screening and characterisation of disease related mutations in the Arab population. He also holds the positions of an adjunct professor at the Hamad Ben Khalifa University and Qatar University.

Kate Witkowska, PhD
Strategic Partnerships Director, Genomics England

Kate did her post-secondary training in Canada, obtaining a PhD in Molecular Physiology from University of Alberta. Her work focused on characterising of novel molecular pathways responsible for maintaining urate balance in humans, and, in disease states, contributing to conditions such as gout. She then went to do a post doc at Queen Mary University of London, UK where she developed functional assays to assess the role of novel gene candidates in blood pressure regulatory pathways discovered via GWAS. She joined Genomics England in 2015, supporting the academic community affiliated with the Programme looking after multidisciplinary researchers. These cross-cutting research domains aimed to apply machine learning, multiomic, population genomics, ethics and social sciences and health economics approaches to the study of the 100,000 Genomes Project dataset in a collaborative manner. In 2018, she has moved teams within Genomics England to support with development of the commercial programme at Genomics England and to bridge the gap between industry and academic efforts for the common goal of accelerated translation of research insights into patient impact. Today Kate works with industry partners, primarily from the pharmaceutical sector, as a Strategic Partnerships Director building on the strength and legacy of the Genomics England data asset and leveraging the opportunities of the UK genomics ecosystem and the NHS. Ultimately, the goal is to drive the use of genomic, and increasingly multiomic, data enriched with clinical data to improve drug discovery pathways, patient pathways and recruitment of suitable patients to appropriate clinical trials. Given UK’s prominence in genomics and the continued UK government support in this space the time is right here and right now to drive this change.

Serena Scollen
Head of Human Genomics and Translational Data, ELIXIR

Serena is the Head of Human Genomics and Translational Data at ELIXIR, the European infrastructure for bioinformatics and life-science data, based in Hinxton, UK. She is working with scientists across Europe to establish standards and infrastructure to facilitate discoverability, access, sharing and analysis of genomics data, linked to other data types and at a scale that has not previously been achieved. Developing infrastructure will unleash new possibilities for genomics and health. Serena is the coordinator of the GDI project, a €40M Digital Europe project and the completed B1MG project, a €4M EU H2020 Coordination and Support Action that are aligned with the 1+ Million Genomes Initiative (1+MG). This initiative is a commitment of 25 EU countries, the UK, and Norway to give cross-border access to more than one million sequenced genomes. She is also on the Scientific Advisory Board for Nxera, Health-RI, IHI BigPicture and the European Board for Movement Heath 2030.

Prior to joining ELIXIR, she was a Director within the Human Genetics and Computational Biomedicine group at Pfizer. Earlier in her career, she worked within the Toxicogenomics group at GlaxoSmithKline. She gained postdoctoral experience at the University of Cambridge and Imperial College London and a PhD from the University of Cambridge, with a focus on the genetic susceptibility to disease.

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