The UAE’s Vice President and Prime Minister and Dubai Ruler has approved the establishment of a UAE Genomics Council.
It is being established to help the country provide a world-class healthcare system.
It will be led by the Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Office.
It will regulate, oversee and guide the implementation of the Emirati Genome Programme in the country’s healthcare system.
It is being established to help the UAE carry out therapeutic and preventative programmes to help reduce the prevalence of genetic disorders, disabilities and mortality rates.
It will also oversee the execution of Government genomic programmes and propose legislation to govern the field together with health regulators across the country.
In addition, it will regulate data acquisition and storage and establish a system for issuing ethics and consent approvals for all genomics programmes.
It will support technology start-ups and companies and build partnerships with world-leading technology firms to drive cutting-edge genomics research as well and support new innovative therapies for rare and chronic diseases and develop technical training and graduate programmes and knowledge incubators to build the next generation of omics professionals.
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