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Center of Excellence In Genomic Medicine Research

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Welcome to the “Center of Excellence in Genomic Medicine Research” (CEGMR) at King Abdulaziz University. We are located in the heart of Jeddah city at the University's main campus in the King Fahd Medical Research Center.

With a dearth of genomic research centers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and because of the real need to initiate the development of advanced research platforms for maximizing progress of research oriented Saudi generation, the concept of formulating 'Genomic Excellence Center' was put forward and later has been approved by the Ministry of Higher Education. The overall aim of the Center is to conduct basic and applied research to the highest international standards in cancer and genetic disorders that are common in the Kingdom. The CEGMR aims at addressing important health issues at genomic, proteomic and epigenetic scale. CEGMR has recently initiated a major research program in the area to pharmacogenomics and drug discovery to study the effects of genetic variability on efficacy of anticancer drugs in the population of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and most importantly to discover novel anticancer and antimicrobial agents to address unmet medical needs.

The Center develops the genomic science research at its core and facilitates the interaction of investigators from different disciplines consisting of cooperative and productive team members in a conductive work environment.

The CEGMR research programs are broad spectrum, with a simple unifying theme to address important national health problems at the “genomic scale” using genomic protocols, developmental genetics, evolutionary genetics, cell and molecular biology. We strive for the development of novel technological and computational methods for the production and analysis of comprehensive data sets and other ways to develop and use genomic approaches for understanding biological systems of genetic diseases.

Apart from providing a very dynamic and innovative research, the CEGMR promotes education environment in the Kingdom. We are committed to train students and equip them with the skills and knowledge necessary for success in the global research market. Through national and international collaborations, partnerships with academic and industry professionals, and links with policy-makers, the CEGMR promotes sustainable research and education change in the Kingdom to improve academic success as well as promote economic advancement.

The future prospects of CEGMR are tremendous. This is an exciting time for the Saudi scientific community and we welcome participation of all concerned in our endeavors. Through commitment and devotion to research we aim to be a 'think tank' Centre in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
 
Prof. Mohammed Hussein Al-Qahtani
Director of the Center of Excellence in Genomic Medicine Research
 
 

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