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Interdisciplinary Research Program (IDRP) - An Integrated Omic Approach to Identify Biomarkers for Type 2 Diabetes-Associated Complications and Comorbidities


To identify blood-based biomarkers of differential abundance in patients with Type 2 diabetes (T2D) with and without co-morbidities of cardiovascular disease (CVD), stroke and dementia and develop biomarker-based algorithms for the early-stage comorbidity diagnosis.

Objective 1:

Identification of biomarkers for diabetes-associated cardiovascular disease. Study of a cohort with detailed clinical phenotyping and cardiovascular disease.

Objective 2:

Identification of biomarkers for diabetes-associated stroke. Study of the diabetes and stroke (DAS) cohort - well-characterized patients with stroke, using detailed phenotyping of stroke type and brain imaging of small vessel disease.

Objective 3:

Identification of biomarkers for diabetes-associated dementia. Study of Diabetes and Dementia (DAD) cohort - a longitudinal study of patients with mild cognitive impairment and dementia, with an assessment of cognitive function and brain imaging.

Phase 2: Biomarker Validation

Biomarkers identified from phase 1 will be validated in newly recruited patients from the CVD, DAS, and DAD cohorts, with biomarker combination by artificial intelligence machine learning algorithm training and testing.

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  • Dr. Omar Albagha
    College of Health and Life Sciences (CHLS), HBKU
  • Dr. Halima Bensmail
    Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI)
  • Dr. Mohamed Emara
    College of Medicine, Qatar University (QU)
  • Dr. Jassim Al Suwaidi
    Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC)
  • Dr. Ashfaq Shuaib
    Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC)
  • Dr. Aijaz Parray
    Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC)
  • Dr. Rayaz Malik
    Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar (WCM-Q)