Sidra Medicine is proud to host its fourth annual Functional Genomics Symposium from 8-10 December 2018 titled “Big Data to Clinic”.  This year’s symposium will provide an opportunity to discuss cutting edge advances in genetics, genomics and “big data” in the field of medicine.

Understanding the variation of the human genome as well as its analysis and the evaluation of functional consequences of genetic variability requires extensive research, investment and collaboration. This needs the convergence of different communities of scientists to address the complexity of human disease and genome biology.  What better platform to address this than at our very own Functional Genomics Symposium this year?

The “Big Data to Clinic” Functional Genomics Symposium will bring together a cross-disciplinary set of speakers who can address all aspects of genome variability and function, with a specific focus on the genetics of disorders affecting children.

The symposium will assemble a unique and highly interdisciplinary international community to discuss on how best to use big genetic and clinical datasets to provide novel insights into the biology of disease. The symposium will also focus on various scientific challenges including implementation, scalable data infrastructures and the analyses required for impact on discovery and how it will impact on clinical care as well as developing novel therapeutics.


Conference Objectives

  • Provide the latest scientific information on the collection, analysis and use of big data in the field of genomics and precision medicine
  • Evaluate the actions on the evaluation of the functional consequences of genetic variants in the genome with respect to clinical phenotypes
  • Explore the translation of the genomic knowledge for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of genetic rare and common disorders that affect children.


To achieve these objectives, the symposium will be organized in nine sessions that  will be held during the three days. The sessions will explore the following topics:

  • The Message of the Genes;
  • Genome Sequencing in Action;
  • Qatar Genome and Medical Knowledge;
  • Modeling Human Disease;
  • Cellular and Organ Models of Disease;
  • Treating Genetic Diseases;
  • Reproduction and Infertility;
  • Diagnosis of the Future Child
  • Patient Genome Sequencing



Conference Timings

Saturday, December 8 , 7:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sunday, December 9 , 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Monday, December 10 , 8:00 am to 4:00 pm



Target Audience

The Functional Genomics Symposium is directed towards physicians, nurses, pharmacists, healthcare policy makers, scientists, academic researchers and students involved in the field of biology, genomics, genomic medicine, genetics, cancer and other chronic diseases.



Photos from Last Symposium






Early Bird General Admission Onsite
until Oct 15, 2018 Oct 16, – Dec 7, 2018 Dec 8, 2018
Students QAR 183 QAR 292 QAR 364
Professionals QAR 546 QAR 910 QAR 1,092
Abstract/Poster Submission QAR 292 QAR 455 QAR 728


*** NOTE ***

  • On-site registration is subject upon availability
  • Students must present their IDs upon registration on the day of the conference.
  • Students are not eligible for CME credits
  • For Sidra staff: please contact for details.





The Functional Genomics“Big Data to Clinic” symposium will have a mix format of invited speakers and oral and poster presentations selected from the submitted abstracts. We expect a large and highly competitive submission of abstracts on the different topics of the symposium.

We encourage work that is original and innovative for the following sessions: The message of the genes; Genome sequencing in action; Qatar genome and medical knowledge; Modeling human disease; cellular and organ models of disease; Treating genetic diseases; Reproduction and infertility; diagnosis of the future child; and Patient genome sequencing.

Great reasons to submit an abstract:

  • Global networking –We will bring world-renowned experts in the fields of genomics and personalized medicine, giving you  the opportunity to discuss your research with distinguished scientists and doctors and find new collaborators from around the world.
  • Professional development –Improve your presentation skills.  Get recognized for your research.
  • Awards:
  1. Additionally, early bird submissions are qualified for a chance to win one of the 5 competitive Travel Awards!
  2. Trainees are eligible to win best poster and best talk awards.

Accepted abstracts will be displayed as posters in a designated section of the Exhibit Hall from Saturday through Monday, December 8-10, 2018. Award Sessions and oral presentations are included in the scientific program.

Kindly submit all abstracts to


For guidelines and how to apply please click on the links below:



Oral & Poster Presentation

Deadline for submission is on or before Nov 1, 2018.

Click HERE


Competitive Travel Award Presentation

Deadline for submission is on or before Oct 15, 2018.

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The Scientific Organizing Committee, Sidra Medicine

Dr. Donald Love, Chief of Genetics Pathology
Dr. Bernice Lo, Investigator
Dr. Jithesh Puthen, Investigator
Dr. Rashid Al-Ali, Investigator
Dr. Xavier Estivill, Investigator
Dr. Tomoshige Kino, Investigator
Dr. Luis Saraiva, Investigator
Dr. Chiara Cugno, MD
Ms. Maribeth Caritan, Occupational Health Nurse
Ms. Asma Al Naama, Associate-Research
Mr. Mostafa Abdelhafiz- Supervisor – Pharmacy Drug Supply

The Supporting Organizing Committee

Nelly EL Mistekawy, CRO Office Manager
Maria Theresa Brunsman, Executive Assistant
Rana Hamada, Executive Assistant
Maricris Salud, Sr. Admin Assistant
Nevin Amin, Sr. Admin Assistant
Kimberly Nieto, Sr. Admin Assistant
Lianne Gomes, Sr. Admin Assistant
Hamda Zain Al Abdeen, Communications Event Specialist
Fadi Hamsho, Lead – Web Projects & Development



Sidra Medicine Lecture Series

The Scientific Organizing Committee has nominated Professor Dame Kay Elizabeth Davies as the inaugural speaker in the Sidra Medicine Lecture Series at this year’s Functional Genomics Symposium.

Professor Dame Kay Davies is the Dr. Lee’s Professor of Anatomy and a co-Director of the MDUK Oxford Neuromuscular Centre.  She is also Associate Head, Development, Impact and Equality, in the Medical Sciences Division at the University of Oxford. Her research interests cover the molecular analysis of neuromuscular and neurological disease, particular Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).  She has published more than 400 papers and won numerous awards for her work.  She is a founding editor of “Human Molecular Genetics” and a founding fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences.  She is a Fellow of the Royal Society and a Member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO). She was made Dame Commander of the British Empire for services to science in 2008.


Women in Science Workshop

This year we are hosting a Women in Science Workshop  with the participation of several  women who have achieved leadership positions in the field of science.

Workshop hosts include:

  • Professor Dame Kay Davis, Oxford University
  • Elizabeth G. Phimister, The New England Journal of Medicine
  • Bernice Lo, Sidra Medicine
  • Professor Miriam Ali Al-Maadeed, Qatar University
  • Kholoud Al Shafai, Sidra Medicine

The workshop will be chaired by a female journalist from Aljazeera TV.




Visa application to attend this symposium is the responsibility of each individual.  However, we are able to provide some assistance if needed.

For further assistance, please contact Mrs. Maria Brunsman at:


Programme Schedule

Please understand that the program schedule may change without prior notice

Starts / Ends

On       December 8, 2018

7:00 am – 5:00 pm

50 - 300

Eventbrite - Functional Genomics “Big Data to Clinic”

Venue Location

Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC)
Al Rayyan
Doha - Qatar