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IHCC Educational Webinar Series

Upcoming Webinar: 29 Sept. 2022

Join Us Each Month

IHCC’s free educational webinar series features new speakers each month who present their research and expertise in various fields of health sciences. With the ultimate goal to bring cohorts together to enhance information-sharing and collaboration, this online series aims to provide a forum for cohort members to:

  • exchange scientific ideas, best practices, and lessons learned;
  • showcase cohorts’ accomplishments, emphasizing LMICs;
  • share international funding opportunities;
  • and more!

Upcoming Webinar

“Qatar Biobank: A Pillar in Precision Medicine Initiative”

September 29th, 2022, 9:00 AM EST, 1:00 PM UTC

Dr. Nahla Afifi

Dr. Nahla Maher Afifi earned her MBBCh with honors from Ain Shams University, Egypt. She received her Master of Anatomy & Embryology, and a Diploma of Gynecology and Obstetrics from the same University. She received her Ph.D. of Anatomy & Embryology in 1996 from Ain Shams University under a joint supervision with University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey, USA. She started her academic career as a Medical Researcher in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She then served as Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Embryology at Ain Shams University, and Dubai Medical College for Girls, UAE. Dr Afifi joined Qatar University’s Biomedical Sciences Program in 1999 and was promoted to Associate Professor of Anatomy and Embryology and to Full Professor in 2007. She was assigned as a Head of Dept. of Health Sciences from 2007-2009. In December 2013 she joined QF as Education and Scientific Manager obtained Certificate” Principles in Biobanking form Luxembourg University and in 2017 was appointed as Qatar Biobank Director. Dr. Nahla Afifi has numerous grants and published research in her field of expertise. She is also a member in several international societies’ AAA, ASIP ISBER and ESBB.

About the Talk

Qatar Biobank (QBB) is a national, population-based longitudinal biobank, designed to build a powerful research infrastructure for future investigations of various lifestyle, metabolic and genetic risk factors by collecting comprehensive phenotypic baseline data, detailed personal lifestyle and clinical data, and biological samples sufficient to demonstrate valid associations between the genetic and/or environmental exposure and disease development for our scientists. Currently, QBB succeeded in recruiting around 35K participants with expansions to include COVID-19 infected and vaccinated participants as a national repository. QBB also collaborates with 20 different research entities contributing to 310 research projects. QBB co-sponsors 18 PPM projects, 9  PhDs, and 7  Masters. Moreover, QBB contributes to evidence-based policy making by participating current projects such as the Ministry of Public Health’s dialogue to develop Biobank Policy and Genetic Research Policies and Guidelines. Qatar Biobank strives to develop a coordinated and comprehensive framework that engages local authorities and research entities to work together towards the discovery and development of evidence-based novel healthcare interventions supporting the vision of implementation of precision medicine to the benefits of the people of Qatar, the region and across the globe.

Upcoming Webinar

“Genetics-Related COVID Cohorts”

October 3rd, 2022, 9:00 AM EST, 1:00 PM UTC

We’re excited to debut this new panel series as part of the IHCC Educational Webinar Series. This Panel Discussion will focus on Genetics Related-COVID-19 Cohorts.

The panelists for this first session will include:

  • Dr. Sarah Baumeister
  • Dr. Michèle Ramsay
  • Dr. Ricardo Verdugo       
  • Dr. Albert Tenesa

This panel will be moderated by Dr. Nicki Tiffin

Apply To Be a Speaker

Interested in speaking at an upcoming webinar? Use the form below to provide us with some information on your proposed topic and your availability to speak. 

Previous Webinars

July 28, 2022: “Creating a COVID-19 Cohort for Genomic and Proteomic Research”

Presented by Dr. Ricardo Verdugo

June 28, 2022: “Using the IHCC to Prevent Premature Death Around the Globe”

Presented by Dr. Reza Malekzadeh



April 26, 2022: “Terra and the Biomedical Data Ecosystem”

Presented by Dr. Geraldine Van Der Auwera

March 31, 2022: “Genomic Data Sharing for Global Health”

Presented by Dr. Peter Goodhand

February 28, 2022: “Diversity in Africa or Novel COVID Host Susceptibility Study”

Presented by: Dr. Michèle Ramsay and Dr. Andrew May


January 31, 2022: “Global Mental Health Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Presented by: Dr. Sarah Bauermeister


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