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The Centre for Arab Genomic Studies (CAGS) was established on 25 June 2003 for the purpose of alleviating human suffering from genetic diseases in the Arab World. Since then, the Centre, a division of Sheikh Hamdan Award for Medical Sciences, has dedicated itself to improving human health by characterizing and preventing genetic disorders in Arab countries based on recent advances in human genetics.


The Executive Board of CAGS is formed of a number of local scientists and it represents the governing body and the legal trustee of all activities of the Centre. The Council of CAGS includes a number of regional scientists and it facilitates the exchange of information on genetic disorders occurring in Arab countries. Countries represented in the Council include: Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia, and the United Arab Emirates.


The Catalogue of Transmission Genetics in Arabs (CTGA) database, which is a continuously updated, open-access compendium of bibliographic material and observations on human gene variants and inherited, or heritable, genetic diseases in Arabs. As the database covers country after country in what is the largest scientific effort to define genetic disorders in Arab people, a clearer picture of the pattern of genetic disorders and effective strategies to prevent them is emerging.


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Latest CAGS News
The Centre for Arab Genomic Studies (CAGS) conducted the second webinar in its monthly webinar series. Yesterday’s program focused on Population Genetics, and was attended by more than 600 participants from all over the world.
The Centre for Arab Genomic Studies (CAGS) will continue the activities of its webinar series through its second webinar, to be held on the 24th of March 21, 2021 at 7 PM.
The Centre for Arab Genomic Studies (CAGS) endorsed two webinars last week, where a group of specialists shared their findings with more than 500 participants from different countries of the world.
The Centre for Arab Genomic Studies (CAGS) launched its monthly webinar series yesterday, with the first webinar in this series focussed on the Genomics of Infectious Diseases. The webinar was attended by close to 400 participants from all over the world.
The Centre for Arab Genomic Studies (CAGS), a division of the Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences, is organizing a series of monthly webinars that will discuss various diverse topics on human genetics and genomics.
The Centre for Arab Genomic Studies (CAGS), a division of the Sheikh Hamdan Award for Medical Sciences, has launched its brand new website. Hosted at www.cags.org.ae, the updated website offers a snapshot of the structure and activities of the Centre, and offers users a clean layout, simple navigation structure and user-friendly functions
A two year research collaboration between Centre for Arab Genomic Studies (CAGS), a division of the Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences (HMA), the Institut Jerome Lejeune Paris in France, and several universities and hospitals across Lebanon has led to the publication of 10 research articles up until June 2020 in various international peer-reviewed PubMed-indexed journals.
The largest gathering of geneticists and researchers in the Arab world, the 8th Pan Arab Human Genetics Conference concluded its events today.
Several researchers and scientists from across the globe gathered today to attend the 8th Pan Arab Human Genetics conference held at Al Bustan, Rotana. The conference, organized by the Centre for Arab Genomic Studies (CAGS) under the aegis of the Sheikh Hamdan Award,

CAGS Objectives

  • To raise public awareness on the importance of genetic diseases in the Arab World.
  • To identify disease-causing genes in the Arab population and develop a database of genetic diseases prevalent in the region.
  • To bring together diverse expertise and resources in the field of genetics and related areas in the Arab World and to promote common understanding between experts and facilitate multidisciplinary research in the field.
  • To prevent genetic diseases by providing comprehensive genetic services by translating research achievements into well-integrated patient treatment programs.
  • To develop a center for excellence in Dubai for genetic research and clinical services in the Arab World.
  • To address the ethical, legal and social issues that may arise from novel applications in human genetics.
  • To cooperate with other research and medical institutions to ensure global access to new findings and technical developments.

The Catalogue of Transmission Genetics in Arabs (CTGA) Database

One of the major activities undertaken by CAGS is the Catalogue of Transmission Genetics in Arabs (CTGA) Database, which is a continuously updated, open-access compendium of bibliographic material and observations on human gene variants and inherited, or heritable, genetic diseases in Arabs.  As the database covers country after country in what is the largest scientific effort to define genetic disorders in Arab people, a clearer picture of the pattern of genetic disorders and effective strategies to prevent them, is emerging.

Open Access Publications

CAGS regularly brings out open access publications, aimed at both the scientific community and the public.  The Centre's major publication activity has been its series of books on "Genetic Disorders in the Arab World".  This compilation is a consequence of CAGS' work on cataloguing Arab genetic disorders.  Thus far, four volumes of these books have been published. CAGS also publishes articles in scientific journals from time to time.  Aimed at the public, CAGS has also published three booklets on blood disorders, cancers, and disorders covered by neonatal screening.  These guides contain basic information on the disorders, their causes, and management, along with relevant epidemiological information about the Arab World. 

Research in Human Genetics

One of the major activities of CAGS is to conduct cutting edge research in human genetics.  Since its establishment, CAGS has conducted a number of studies including research on the underlying basis of:

  • Split Hand/Foot Malformation with Long Bone Deficiency (SHFLD)
  • Hidradenitis suppurativa 

The Pan Arab Human Genetics Conference

The Pan Arab Human Genetics Conference (PAHGC) is a biennial event organized by CAGS.  This conference series has been one of the major contributions of CAGS towards the dissemination of research outcomes on human genetics in the region, and it has become one of the most awaited events in the calendar of human genetics.  The first edition of the conference, held in 2006, was supported by the Human Genome Organization (HUGO), and attracted more than 500 delegates.  Attendance almost doubled beyond 900 delegates in the second and third editions of the conference.  The fourth edition of the Pan Arab Human Genetics Conference was another feather in the cap for CAGS since it was merged with the 15th Annual Human Genome Meeting (HGM) of the Human Genome Organization (HUGO) in Dubai in March 2011.  This was the first large-scale event on human genetics and genomics to be held in the Arab World, and was a tremendous success in terms of providing a platform for national and international leading geneticists to work out strategies and set the priorities for research aimed at combating the menace of genetic disorders in the region.

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