HBKU launches MSc, PhD in Genomics and Precision Medicine
11 Apr 2017 - 0:24
Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) has announced the introduction of a Master of Science and a PhD in Genomics and Precision Medicine (GPM) program from fall 2017 at a meeting of university stakeholders that was held yesterday in the HKBU Student Center.
Discussions at the meeting highlighted how the new programme has the potential to supporting the significant efforts being made towards developing efficient, patient-focused healthcare solutions in Qatar.
The new program will provide advanced training in a fast-growing healthcare sector that integrates cutting-edge technological methods with recent advances in medicine at the molecular level in order to understand the biology of individuals and tailor treatment for individual patients.
HBKU will be helping bolster Qatar’s drive towards supporting genome-based scientific discovery by supporting students who will be expected to join the program having had prior experience of studying the sciences and who will probably come from medicine, healthcare, and associated fields.
In a world first, the new programme provides advanced, holistic teaching across all the main areas of genomics and precision medicine, including clinical, technical, and bioethical aspects.
The program also offers students the opportunity to undertake extensive hands-on research experience.
Applications are now being accepted for the first cohort of GPM students and an information session will be held at the Liberal Arts and Science Building (LAS Building) within Education City on April 19 at 5pm. At the information session, potential students will have the chance to meet with faculty to get detailed information on the program’s curriculum and will also get to discuss the application process with representatives of HBKU’s admissions team.
Qatar is well positioned to become a global leader in the provision of healthcare services and the launch of HBKU’s GPM program stems from a need, identified by the Ministry of Public Health in Qatar, to provide multidisciplinary academic training for future professionals and researchers in the field.
Commenting on the launch of the new program, H E Dr Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, Minister of Public Health, said: “New graduate programs such the Master's and PhD programs in Genomics and Precision Medicine offered by Hamad Bin Khalifa University focus on an increasingly important and rapidly expanding field of medicine. These programmes present a real opportunity for the students of today to develop their knowledge and learning in order to improve the lives of patients and their families in the future. I wish the programme every success.”
Dr Ahmad Hasnah, President of HBKU, noted: “HBKU’s Genomic and Precision Medicine programme seeks to develop future healthcare leaders through research training at the intersection of biological, clinical, societal and computational systems and to give our students the knowledge and skills needed to have a significant impact on disease treatment and prevention.”
The program will be taught within HBKU’s life sciences division. Dr Khaled B Letaief, HBKU Provost, added: “Our new Genomics and Precision Medicine master’s and PhD programs will be the first-of-their kind and will introduce students to the fascinating and growing field of personalised medicine."