German-Egyptian expert exchange
The kick-off round-table brought together a multidisciplinary group of German and Egyptian experts in the fields of communicable and non-communicable diseases, genomics, and bioinformatics in order to highlight how genomic medicine can help reducing the global burden of disease and discuss a research and capacity building strategy for 2020.
Four German professors from the Technical University of Munich joined the event to share their knowledge and experience: Prof. Clarissa Prazeres da Costa, Prof. Andrea Winkler (via video), Prof. Stefanie Klug, Department of Epidemiology and Prof. Ruth Müller, Munich Center for Technology in Society. The Egyptian partners are Aswan Heart Centre (Magdi Yacoub Foundations), Cairo University, American University in Cairo and Zewail City for Science and Technology.
Workshop with young Egyptian scientists
The round-table was followed by an interdisciplinary workshop with PhDs, MDs and Young Researchers that included talks and brainstorming sessions on collaborative ideas for the integration of genomic medicine and improvement of the disease burden in Africa and worldwide. Participants also received hands-on training in bioinformatics and data analysis from experts in the respective fields.
Future directions such as joint projects with specific thematic focus, internships, and postgraduate studies opportunities are planned, as well as trainings on the improvement of employability and the upskilling of interpersonal skills.