Qatar has a heavy burden of genetic disorders, which is mostly explained by a high consanguinity rate. Multiple genetic disorders are common among the Qatari population including inherited and complex diseases such as cystic fibrosis and diabetes.
The investigation of Qatari-specific genetic factors is essential to understand disease pathogenesis and identify better therapeutic approaches. For this purpose, QGP is collaborating with different medical and research stakeholders (HMC pathology, heart hospital, cancer centre) to develop new screening and diagnostic tools using QGP data.
A publication steering working group has been established by QGP, to collaborate with local scientists in analysing the first 3,000 Qatari genomes with the aim to publish the results in high impact scientific journals.