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 Center for Arab Genomic Studies, a division of the Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences, will organize the 7th Pan Arab Human Genetics Conference from 18 to 20 January, at the Conrad Hotel, Dubai.
Today, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences (HMA) has concluded its awareness campaign on rare diseases. Under the slogan "With Research, Possibilities are Limitless", the awareness campaign was organized throughout this week in the emirates of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, and Ras Al Khaimah.
Dr Mahmoud Taleb Al Ali, the Director of the Centre for Arab Genomic Studies (CAGS), affiliated with Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences, announced that the Joint research project between CAGS and Latifa Hospital, affiliated with Dubai Health Authority, has revealed links between 12 hereditary rare diseases among Arab children and 16 new genetic mutations in 14 genes.
The Centre for Arab Genomic Studies (CAGS), affiliated to Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences, announced the remarkable success of its scientific project to identify the mutations leading to genetic disorders in Arabs. This project is conducted by CAGS in cooperation with Latifa Hospital, affiliated to the Dubai Health Authority (DHA).
H.E. Abdul Rahman Al Owais,the UAE Minister of Health and Prevention, has issued theresolutionon the formation of the National Committee forSupervising the UAE Human Genome Project, chaired by Dr. Mohammed Yousuf Al Serkal, the Assistant Undersecretary for hospitals, UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention.
In conjunction with the Rare Disease Day on February 29th, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences concluded its Awareness Campaign on Rare Diseases with a celebration held yesterday at the Children's City in Greek Park, Dubai.
Abdullah bin Souqat, a member of the Board of Trustees and the Executive Director of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences, announced the names of the winners of the school students’ competition on Rare Disease. “This competition is a part from the awareness campaign organized by the award on Rare Diseases from 21 till 26 February”, he said.
UAE, Dubai - Sunday, February 21, 2016: Today morning, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences launched its awareness campaign on Rare Diseases. In conjunction with the Rare Disease Day, this year’s awareness campaign is held under the slogan "Join Us in Making the Voice of Rare Disease heard ".
Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance, and supported by Hamdan Medical Award, Dubai hosted the 2nd International Conference of Top to Toe Transcatheter Solutions (4TS). The 2-days conference was held at Conrad Hotel, with the participation of about 500 doctors and specialists who received 12 CME hours accredited by the UAE University and the European Board for Accreditation in Cardiology (EBAC).

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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