The Centre for Arab Genomic Studies (CAGS), one of the centers of the Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences, presented a virtual lecture on the Revamped CTGA Database to around 30 Medical research professionals from the Lebanese American University (LAU).
The talk introduced the relevance of public genomic variant databases, especially in the context of Arab variant data. The lecture then went on to describe the Catalogue for Transmission Genetics in Arabs database maintained and curated by CAGS, its features and structure, data entry process, and finally the attendees were given a brief overview of the analysis of the Lebanese data within the database.
Dr. Andre Megarbane, CAGS Arab Council member and faculty at the LAU said '' "I believe that the CTGA database offers a very valuable resource to genetic and genomic researchers in the region and I'm very glad that we were able to showcase the CTGA Database to our research teams. I am sure that the researchers who attended the lecture will use the database within their research as well as contribute with more Lebanese data as they are published, so that we continue to update the map of genetic disorders in Lebanon."
Dr. Mahmoud Taleb Al-Ali Director, CAGS stressed ''The CTGA is a reference for doctors and specialists in the field of human genetics to help them diagnose diseases accurately and quickly and make the appropriate treatment decision based on accurate and constantly updated data, available to everyone for free."
''CAGS has always been keen to cooperate with institutions concerned with the field of human genetics inside and outside the country, and to work on exchanging all developments with specialists to work on advancing the field of scientific research in general and human genetics in particular.'' he added.