Sidra’s 3rd Annual Functional Genomics, co-organized with Nature Genetics, will provide an opportunity to discuss cutting edge advances in the field of Precision Medicine.

By bringing world-class speakers to Qatar, and combining speeches from Sidra’s most promising scientists, we aim to foster multi-national collaborations that will further cement Qatar’s position as a regional leader in this exciting and rapidly developing field.

Sessions will include recent breakthroughs in implementing personalized medicine from early life (maternal and neonatal), childhood, and adulthood. There will be a special emphasis on large-scale studies, novel technologies, and ongoing efforts towards the implementation of such programs in the MENA region.

The three day event will feature enhanced networking opportunities with speakers and thematic breakout sessions. Attendees will also have the chance to learn about technologies in the genomic and precision medicine space through sponsor-led, hands-on workshops.

For the first time, this year’s symposium will also feature early bird competitive travel awards for trainees.


CME/CPD Accreditation

This activity is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Category 1) as defined by the Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners – Accreditation Department and is approved for a maximum of 15.5 hour(s) for the two and a half day conference.




Conference Objectives

  • Learn about ongoing local and international efforts towards precision medicine in the Middle East.
  • Learn about how precision approaches can improve Maternal Fetal and Pediatric Healthcare.
  • Learn about Genomics contribution to complex disorders.
  • Understanding Novel approaches and emerging technologies towards precision medicine.


More Info


Conference Daily Timings

December 11 , 7:00 am to 5:30 pm

December 12 , 7:00 am to 5:30 pm

December 13 , 7:00 am to 2:00 pm

Download complete program schedule


Target Audience

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
up to Oct 25, 2017 Oct 26 – Dec 10, 2017 Dec 11, 2017
Students QAR 100 = USD 27 QAR 200 = USD 54 QAR 250 = USD 67
Professionals QAR 500 = USD 135 QAR 800 = USD 215 QAR 1,000 = USD 270



Don’t miss a chance to network and exchange ideas with our local and international guest speakers over lunch.  Forty (40) slots are available on a first come, first serve basis.  REGISTER EARLY TO GUARANTEE a slot… Selected individuals will be notified via email.


  • 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 registration, please contact Maria Brunsman at or check the Sidra staff portal.




Make your research visible to the international community at Functional Genomics. We encourage work that is original and innovative.  Individuals with accepted abstracts are eligible for oral or poster presentations. Early bird submissions by trainees are qualified for a chance to win one of the four competitive travel awards.  For guidelines and how to apply, please click on the links below.


Oral Presentation

Deadline for submission is on or before Nov 6, 2017.

CLICK HERE for Guidelines and Application Form


Competitive Travel Award Presentation

Deadline for submission is on or before Nov 5, 2017.

CLICK HERE for Guidelines and Application Form


Poster Presentation

Deadline for submission is on or before Nov 30, 2017.

CLICK HERE for Guidelines and Application Form



The Scientific Organizing Committee

Dr. Khalid Fakhro, Director- Human Genetics

Dr. Justin Konje, Executive Chair- Women’s Clinical Management Group

Dr. Khalid Hussain, Division Chief- Endocrinology

Dr. Davide Bedognetti, Director- Tumor Biology

Dr. Marios Kambouris, Senior Attending Physician

Dr. Younes Mokrab, Investigator

Dr. Xavier Estivill, Investigator

Dr. Tomoshige Kino, Investigator

Dr. Luis Saraiva, Investigator

Dr. Souhaila Al Khodor, Investigator

Dr. Annalisa Terranegra, Investigator

Dr. Mohammad Haris, Investigator

Dr. Nico Marr, Investigator

Dr. Puthen Jithesh, Investigator

Dr. Louis Herlands, Executive Director

The Supporting Organizing Committee

Nelly EL Mistekawy, CRO Office Manager

Maria Theresa Brunsman, Executive Assistant

Irina Chepilevskaya, Business Analyst

Lara Djansezian, Business Analyst

Maricris Salud, Sr. Admin Assistant

Nevin Amin, Sr. Admin Assistant

Rana Hamada, Executive Assistant

Hamda Zain Al Abdeen, Communications Event Specialist

Fadi Hamsho, Lead – Web Projects & Development

Scientific Sessions

  • Precision Medicine in Early Life (Fetal Maternal/Pediatrics)
  • Personalized Medicine in Chronic Diseases and Cancer
  • Big Data in Precision Medicine: Longitudinal Studies and Large Cohorts
  • Novel Approaches and Technologies Enabling Precision Clinical Practice
  • Efforts Towards Personalized Medicine in the GCC/MENA

Keynote Lectures from

Stephen Scherer (Director, The McLaughlin Center for Molecular Medicine – University of Toronto, Canada)

Paul Thompson (Director, NIH ENIGMA Center for Worldwide Medicine, Imaging and Genomics Professor of Neurology, Psychiatry, Radiology, Pediatrics, Engineering & Ophthalmology Director, ENIGMA Consortium)




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:



The Scientific Planning Committee (SPC) has reviewed all disclosed financial relationships of speakers, moderators, facilitators and/or authors in advance of this CPD activity and has implemented procedures to manage any potential or real conflicts of interest.

Starts / Ends

On       December 11, 2017
Until       December 13, 2017

7:00 am – 5:30 pm

27 - 215

Eventbrite - Functional Genomics “Towards Precision Medicine”

Venue Location

St. Regis Hotel
The Grand Ballroom (Ground Floor)
West Bay
Doha - Qatar