Sonia Abdelhak, DSc, PhD
Laboratory of Biomedical Genomics and Oncogenetics
Institut Pasteur de Tunis
Dr Sonia Abdelhak DSc, PhD, is head of the Research Laboratory on Biomedical Genomics and Oncogenetics at Institut Pasteur de Tunis. She is mainly involved in the study of the molecular basis of inherited rare disorders in endogamous populations. Dr Abdelhak is author of more than 150 scientific publications. She is also involved in R&I training activities and capacity building in human molecular genetics, genomics and bioinformatics. Dr Abdelhak acts as an independent expert for national and international institutions (Tunisian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, the EU for European Research framework programme…). She is currently involved in the EU-H2020 project “Ingenious Science shops to promote Participatory Innovation, Research and Equity in Science” http://www.inspiresproject.eu/. Since 2011, Dr Abdelhak is the General Secretary and founding member of an NGO, Association la Recherche en Action (React-tn) www.react.org.tn
Title of the talk: Building skills and resources for genomics, epigenetics and bioinformatics research for Africa.
Facilitators: Charles Rotimi and Sonia Abdelhak
During the last AfSHG meeting in Cairo, young researchers were asked to write down their dreams for Genetics in Africa. Among the dreams, young researchers expressed the need for training and networking activities in Africa as well as creating genomics Centers of Excellence in every African country
The proposed panel discussion aims to answer to the following question:
– How to help young researchers realize their dreams?
– How to set up centres of excellence in genomics/human genetics in Africa?
Four panelists will share their experience and key elements of success in their careers to set up human genetics and genomics activities and how they contributed to set up centres of excellence in genomics in Africa.