Al-Adan Hospital Internal Medicine Conference

1st AIM

Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait – Al Mirqab Hall
10 To 11 Jan 2025
Welcome Message

Welcome To Genetic Frontiers Conference

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the organising committee, I would like to welcome you to our 9th Kuwait International Medical Genetics Conference titled: “Genetics Frontiers: Empowering Clinical practise.”

Medical genetics is a field that is attracting a huge amount of attention, both in terms of research and clinical practice, because of the dramatic technical revolution in genome analysis worldwide and due to the rapid development of novel gene-specific therapies. The kuwait Medical Genetics Centre prides itself in organising The biennial Kuwait International Medical Genetics conference. This year, our conference will focus on utilising knowledge from research and experience in medical genetics to empower clinical practice.

As the chairman of this incredible event, I couldn’t be more excited to have you join us for what promises to be an unforgettable experience.We have curated an exceptional lineup of speakers, researchers, and experts who will be sharing their experiences in the world of clinical genetics. From the latest groundbreaking discoveries to innovative approaches in diagnosis and treatment. But this conference is about more than just knowledge-sharing. It’s about fostering connections, building networks, and sparking collaborations that will shape the future of clinical genetics. We have dedicated a whole session to show you how we have benefited from and contributed to international collaborations in clinical genetics. We’ve created ample opportunities for you to engage with your peers, exchange ideas, and form lasting relationships that will extend far beyond the conference walls.

Whether you’re a physician, a budding scientist, or simply someone with a keen interest in genetics, this conference has something for everyone. We’ve carefully crafted a diverse program that caters to a wide range of interests and expertise, ensuring that each and every attendee feels inspired, motivated, and empowered to make a difference in the field. So, be prepared to have your mind expanded as you listen to captivating presentations and engage in stimulating conversations with our esteemed speakers and fellow attendees.

I would like to take this opportunity to express my deepest gratitude to all the individuals and organizations who have contributed to the success of this conference. Without your unwavering support and dedication, none of this would have been possible.

Lastly, I encourage you to make the most of your time here in Kuwait and to make time to learn about our culture and connect with our people. Our team has also organized some exciting social events that will allow you to unwind, relax, and forge new friendships.

Thank you once again for being a part of this extraordinary gathering. Together, let’s explore the frontiers of clinical genetics.

See you at the conference !

Dr. Laila Bastaki
Chairman & Director of the Kuwait Medical Genetics Centre


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Target Audience

All healthcare professionals interested in prevention, diagnosis and management of genetic disorders, including, but not limited to:

  • Medical and Clinical Geneticists
  • Genetic counsellors
  • Genetic laboratory technicians
  • Bioinformaticians in the field of medical genetics
  • Paediatricians, obstetricians and maternal-foetal medicine specialists, neurologists, oncologists, cardiologists, ENT specialists, ophthalmologists, haematologists, endocrinologists and other physicians providing care for patients with genetic disorders.


Describe advances in genetic diagnosis, preventative genetics, bioinformatics, genetic counselling and introduce novel therapies for genetic disorders and provide a platform for clinicians and researchers regionally and globally to share their experiences using these therapies.

Provide opportunities for clinicians to discuss puzzling cases with other experts in their field and offer a platform for research collaboration and publication to improve patient care.

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Duration Topic Speaker
Day One: Wednesday 20 Nov 2024
Registration Opens at 08:00 AM
09:00 - 09:30 AM Opening Remarks

Dr. Laila Bastaki 

Theme One: Collaborations
Moderators TBA
09:30 - 09:50 AM Collaborations with KMGC over the years

Dr. Andoni Urtizberea 

09:50 - 10:10 AM Rare Mendelian disease and gene discovery

Dr. Jennifer Posey 

10:10 - 10:30 AM Gene Matcher

Dr. Reem Elshafei 

10:30 - 10:50 AM Genetics of Cleft lip and palate in Kuwait Q&A

Dr. Lateefa Alkharafi 

10:50 - 11:00 AM Breakfast Break
11:00 - 11:20 AM Collaborations with AlBahr Centre: Developing a protocol for genetic eye disease

Dr. Alaa Elshafei 

11:20 - 11:40 AM KCC and KMGC- bridging the gap for somatic cancer genetics

Dr. Shakir Bahzad 

11:40 - 11:50 AM Panel discussion
11:50 -12:00 PM Prayer Break
Theme Two: Diagnostics and preventative genetics
Moderators TBA
12:00 - 12:20 PM WGS in clinical practice

Dr. Wafik Mohammed 

12:20 - 12:40 PM Genomics in clinical practice

Dr. Ahmad Al Fares 

12:40 - 01:00 PM Updates in NIPT

Prof. Majid Alfadhel 

01:00 - 01:20 PM Pre-implantation genetic testing in Kuwait: a 5-years experience

Dr. Amal Al Wadaani 

01:20 - 01:40 PM Panel discussion
02:00 - 03:00 PM Exhibition, Prayer & Lunch Break
Theme Three: Gene-specific therapies I - Industry symposium
Moderators TBA
03:00 - 03:20 PM Genetic Obesity

Dr. Sarah Suliman 

03:20 - 03:40 PM Hypophosphatasia TBA
03:40 - 04:00 PM LC-FAOD

Dr. Rasha Al Safi 

04:00 - 04:10 PM Panel discussion
Theme Three: Genetics of developmental disorders
Moderators TBA
04:10 - 04:30 PM Developmental genetics

Dr. Nahed Al Ateeqi 

04:30 - 04:50 PM 50 years autism genetic research in the world and in the Arab countries

Dr. Gianluca Esposito 

04:50 - 05:10 PM Developmental genetics

Dr. Fowzan Alkuraya 

05:10 - 05:30 PM Genetic counselling in autism and developmental disorders

Dr. Mona Al Saffar 

05:30 - 06:00 PM Panel discussion
Duration Topic Speaker
Day Two: Thursday 21 Nov 2024
Theme Four: Gene-specific therapies II – Industry symposium
Moderators TBA
08:30 - 09:00 AM PIK3CA-related overgrowth syndrome

Dr.Guillaume Canaud 

09:00 - 09:20 AM Gene therapy in achondroplasia

Dr. Melita Irving 

09:20 - 09:40 AM SMA novel therapies: Egyptian experience

Dr. Nagia Fahmi 

09:40 - 10:00 AM TBA

Dr. Hind Alsharhan 

10:00 - 10:20 AM Metreleptin for the treatment of generalized lipodystrophy TBA
10:20 - 10:40 AM Hemophilia gene therapy TBA
10:40 - 11:00 AM TBA TBA
11:00 - 11:20 AM Gene-specific therapies in cystic fibrosis

Dr. Bashar Alkhaldi 

11:20 - 11:40 AM Gene therapy in epidermolysis bullosa

Dr. Arti Nanda 

11:40 - 11:50 AM Panel discussion
11:50 -12:10 PM Prayer & coffee Break
Theme Five: Updates in clinical genetics and genomic medicine
Moderators TBA
12:10 - 12:30 PM Genetics of aging

Dr. Sherif ElKhamisy 

12:30 - 12:50 PM A decade of novel gene discovery in Saudi Arabia

Prof. Majid Alfadhel 

12:50 - 01:10 PM Polygenic risk score

Dr. Nilanjan Chatterjee 

01:10 - 01:30 PM Metabolomics and dysregulated genes in Down syndrome

Dr. Tareq Mostafa 

01:30 - 01:50 PM Dyslipidemias

Dr. Susan AlBustan 

01:50 - 02:00 PM Panel discussion
02:00 - 03:00 PM Prayer & Lunch Break
03:00 - 03:20 PM Common disease genes in Kuwait and patient registry

Dr. Buthaina Bash 

03:20 - 03:40 PM Issues in clinical research in rare diseases

Dr. Marshall Summer 

03:40 - 03:50 PM Panel discussion
03:50 - 04:20 PM Poster presentations and Prizes
Theme Six: Disorders of sexual development (DSD)
Moderators TBA
04:20 - 04:40 PM Updates in genetic diagnosis of DSD

Dr. Doaa Ibrahim 

04:40 - 05:00 PM DSD: an endocrinologist’s perspective

Dr. Maria Almahdi 

05:00 - 05:20 PM Surgical intervention in DSD: updates and challenges

Dr. Abdulnasser Alsaeed 

05:20 - 05:50 PM Panel discussion
05:50 - 06:00 PM Recommendations & Ending Remarks

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