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Hamad Bin Khalifa University


Systems Biology of Diabetes: Towards Precision Medicine

26 - 27Jan2014
  • 03:15 PM - 07:15 PM
  • Qatar Biomedical Research Institute QBRI
  • Qatar National Convention Center
systems biology of diabetes


To bring world leading scientists together to respond to QBRI ideas and to contribute to formulating a path forward towards the creation of a meaningful Genomic Medicine and System Biology Research for Diabetes.


  • To shed light on new developments in genomic medicine for the understanding and innovative treatment of diabetes
  • To discuss opportunities for regional and global networks for type 2 diabetes and women's cancer
  • To create a world-class strategic research program for system biology approaches towards personalized medicine of diabetes


Symposium Day 1: January 26, 2014
Systems Biology: Challenges and Opportunities in Diabetes Research and Treatment

08:00 - 09:00

Coffee and Registration

09:00 - 09:30

Opening Session

Dr. Thomas Zachariah - Executive Vice President, Qatar Foundation Research and Development

Dr. Abdelali Haoudi - Executive Director, QBRI

Dr. Philippe Froguel - Senior Scientific Director, QBRI

09:30 - 10:30

Keynote Presentation

Dr. Bernard Thorens - (Center for Integrative Genomics, Department of physiology, University of Lausanne, Switzerland):
Mouse genetic, genomic, and physiology to uncover novel pathways controlling islet function

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 - 11:40

Dr. Chris Newgard - (Sarah W. Stedman Nutrition and Metabolism Center; Duke Institute of Molecular Physiology; Duke University Medical Center)

Metabolomics profiling reveals cardiometabolic diseases

11:40 - 12:20

Dr. Jorge Ferrer - (Chair in Genetics and Medicine at Imperial College London;UK)
Noncoding genome function in pancreatic development and disease

12:20 - 13:00

Dr. Decio Eizirik - (Laboratory of Experimental Medicine, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium)
The crosstalk between candidate genes for type 1 diabetes, alternative splicing and the gene networks regulating beta cell apoptosis

13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 15:00

Poster viewing and discussions

15:00 - 15:40

Dr. Oluf Pedersen - (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
The gut microbiome and metabolism in a system biology perspective

15:40 - 16:20

Dr. Emmanuel Van Obberghen - (University of Nice, France)
Aberrant microRNAs expression in diabetes


Symposium Day 2: January 27, 2014
Workshops: Towards Global Networks for Type 2 Diabetes

08:30 - 09:00



Workshop: System Biology in Diabetes: Challenges and Opportunities

09:00 - 09:30

Dr. Philippe Froguel (Qatar Biomedical Research Institute):
The road towards personalized medicine in type 2 diabetes

09:30 - 10:00

Dr. Guy Rutter (Imperial College London, UK): 
When genomics meets pancreatic beta cell biology

10:00 - 10:30

Dr. Karsten Suhre (Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar): 
Metabolomics in diabetes research: from individual biomarkers to a systems view

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 - 11:30

Dr. Timothy Spector (Kings College London, UK):
The use of Twins and Omics in metabolic diseases

11:30 - 12:00

Dr. Mario Falchi (Imperial college London, UK):
System Biology of obesity: where do we stand?

12:00 - 13:00

Open Discussion: What did we learn about T2D with system biology approaches? Is it helpful for personalized diabetes medicine?

13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 16:00

Round table: What should we do next?

16:00 - 16:15

Dr. Philippe Froguel: General conclusion