TUM Cairo: Launch of the German-Egyptian Network for Genomic Medicine and Population Health

Kick-off for the German Egyptian Network for Advancing Genomic Medicine and Population Health GE-GPx: From December 9 to 11, the Network held its first round-table including a comprehensive workshop at the Goethe-Institut in Cairo, Egypt. The event was chaired by Sir Prof. Magdi Yacoub OM FRS and attended by his Excellency Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Egypt.

The GE-GPx Network was jointly established by TUM Alumna Dr. Yasmine Aguib and the founders of the Center for Global Health at the Medical Faculty of TUM, Prof. Prazeres da Costa and Prof. Winkler.

Die fünf Vertreterinnen der TUM mit Prof. Magdi Yacoub

TUM Cairo Liaison Officer Heba Afifi with Prof Clarissa Prazeres da Costa, Prof Ruth Müller, Sir Magdi Yacoub OM FRS, Prof Stefanie Klug, and Dr Yasmine Aguib (F.L.T.R.). Photo: Mina A.

Group picture of all candidates

Numerous young scientists participated in the GE-GPx workshop in Cairo. Photo: Mina A.

Workshop participants in Cairo

TUM Alumna Dr. Iman Gomaa (left) participated in the workshop. Photo: Mina A.

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.

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