AL AIN, 16th November, 2016 (WAM) – Experts from all over the world attended a symposium on genomics and bioinformatics, the first such conference organised by the UAE University, UAEU, in co-operation with the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, the Khalifa Centre for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering and others.

The event was attended by Dr. Eduardo Blumwald from the University of California, Davis; representatives of the Ministry of Presidential Affairs; Professor Ghaleb Ali Al Hadrami Al Breiki, Deputy Vice Chancellor of UAEU for Research and Graduate Studies; Dr. Ahmed Murad, Dean of the Faculty of Science, UAEU; Dr. Khalid Al-Amiri, Head of Life Sciences, Director of Khalifa Centre for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering, and Head of the Organising Committee for the Symposium.

A group of international experts and specialists in genomics and bioinformatics from the UK, the US, Austria, India, Pakistan, Spain, Belgium, Japan, Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, Oman and Bahrain also attended the symposium.

Dr. Mohammed Al Baili, Deputy Vice Chancellor of the UAEU, said that the university seeks to expand the horizons of knowledge co-operation in this vital field to achieve the balance in ecosystem as per international standards and transfer international expertise in genomics and bioinformatics to the UAE.

“The UAEU is implementing the National Strategy for Sciences 2021 through effective communication with experts, specialists and international research centres,” he added.

Al Baili hoped that the resolutions of this forum would be the genuine launch pad for scientific solutions in the strategic fields in the UAE.

Blumwald from the University of California, Davis, gave a presentation on climate change and its impact on genomics, and how genetics engineering may help ensure food security. He also spoke about the challenges of climate change and global warming.

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