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The Centre for Arab Genomic Studies, organizes the 1st Mena-Myo Workshop 23 April 2019
23 April 2019:  Under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences, and in collaboration with the Institute of Myology, the Center for Arab Genomic Studies, a division of the Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences, will organize a practical teaching course in myology ‘Mena- Myo’, from 12th to 14th October 2019 at Roda Al Murooj hotel, in Dubai UAE.
 
Dr. Mahmoud Taleb Al-Ali, the Director of the Center for Arab Genomic Studies said, “The main objective of the course is to raise awareness among medical professionals of the region, about these rare, often complex, almost always incurable conditions, increasing skills of professionals in terms of diagnosis and standards of care as well as the interpretation of genetic studies, and to foster and nurture Euro-MENA collaborative projects aimed at improving healthcare and social support for patients and families in each MENA country.”
He also stressed that the Centre for Arab Genetic Studies is aware of the importance of short-term practical teaching courses and workshops for professionals in the field.  CAGS is therefore launching a series of workshops and training courses aimed at junior professionals, which will offer participants training in the latest in genetic sciences.
“The major genetic neuromuscular diseases will be addressed during the course, covering diagnostic and therapeutic issues such as muscular dystrophies (including Duchenne MD), spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and metabolic myopathies (including Pompe disease), and we hope that these skills and trainings will be applied in the clinic and/or the laboratory”, he said.
 
“The 1st MENA-MYO course is planned to be the first in what will hopefully be a biennial training course, running in parallel with the Summer School of Myology in Paris”, he added.
 
HE Dr. Ahmed Al Hashemi, Member of the Board of Trustees of the Award, praised the success of the all the CAGS activities, which attracted researchers and specialists in genetics not only at the local level but also at the regional and international levels.
The course is organized jointly by neuromuscular specialists from Europe and MENA such as Dr J. Andoni URTIZBEREA, Paris, France, Prof. André MEGARBANE, Beirut, Lebanon, Prof. Yann Pereon, Nantes, France, Dr Waseem Fathallah, Abu-Dhabi, UAE, Dr Edward Cupler, Jeddah, KSA and Dr Tarek AL-azzabi, Al-Ain, UAE.