Citylife > Press Release
  Home Contact us Add to Favourites
Most Recent Postings
More Press Releses
Featured Sections

Event Finder
A daily roundup of exhibitions, promotions and other events in Dubai and the rest of the Emirates.
Submit an Event
Latest Dubai Press Releases >> Healthcare, Fitness and Medicine

  • Arab nationals suffer from one of the highest rates of genetic disease in the world 
  • Rare disease day is marked on the last day of February every year. This year's theme is ‘Research' 
27 February 2018, Dubai, UAE:  This Rare Disease Day, experts are calling for increased research to unlock the answer to rare diseases which will, in turn, help the 25 million patients from the Middle East living with rare disease .
There are more than 6000 known rare diseases, of different prevalence rates, and this number is continuously growing . Most rare diseases are caused by a genetic defect, which means that children are born with the condition and will not get better by themselves. The symptoms of rare disease can often be very serious, making patients very sick or causing disabilities that impact on how long they will live and their quality of life. It is reported that rare diseases affect 7% of the population  in the Arab world. 
A 2018 report on Rare Diseases by the Centre for Arab Genomic Studies (CAGS) highlights that in the Arab World, most rare diseases have no cure and only few treatments are available and that, to help change this, patient involvement in research needs to improve. Although there is a need for more research in the Middle East, CAGS have successfully increased the number of gene and disease entries for the Arab population so it now exceeds 2,300 entries.
Dr. Mahmoud Taleb Al-Ali, Director of the Centre for Arab Genomic Studies said, “CAGS joins the global call of Rare Disease Day 2018 on policy makers, researchers, and healthcare professionals to increasingly and more effectively involve patients in rare disease research. This will contribute to enhanced and faster diagnosis of rare diseases and therefore reduce the number of people around the world who face the daily challenge of living with an undiagnosed rare disease. In addition, it will help develop treatments that can greatly ameliorate the quality of life of rare disease patients.”
International centres such as Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH) based in London, who treat 1,500 children from the Middle East every year, also aim to help children from the Middle East through using their specialist expertise to pioneer new research and techniques into rare, genetic diseases.
GOSH is home to 17 nationally commissioned services for rare diseases and has helped nearly 100 children from the Middle East with immunology problems last year. 
Dr Matthew Buckland, who specialises in primary immune deficiency at GOSH says, “The Immunology services at GOSH have been at the forefront of novel therapies in rare and inherited disorders for decades.  The first gene therapy in the UK for gamma chain SCID was developed here and trialled over 15 years ago.  Since that time the team have worked with others in the field.  The first licensed gene therapy for an immune deficiency (ADA-SCID) is now available in Europe, there are further developments in Wiskott-Aldrich, Chronic Granulomatous disease and novel approaches for other disorders to follow.  Genetic discovery is incredibly important, but so is translating this into treatments that work for affected children.”

Posted by : GoDubai Editorial Team
Viewed 6161 times
Posted on : Tuesday, February 27, 2018  
Replication or redistribution in whole or in part is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of GoDubai.com.
Previous Story : Ministry of Health & Prevention issues circular directing all doctors to issue electronic printed me...
Next Story : Western Australia Premier's maiden visit to UAE aims at boosting its AED8.4 billion trade relationsh...
Email this article Print this article

Share this article with your friends and followers


Back to Top  
Most Viewed Press Release posted in the last 7 days
Top Perfume Picks for Mother's Day @ Glambeaute.com
Filorga Launches Lift Range
Nissan's e-POWER technology wins environmental award
The Global Sensation UFO Lands in Europe at Cosmoprof 2018
Discover the MISA Cho Gong Jin Oriental and Herbal Skincare Range from Missha
Max launches its Inaugural Abaya Collection
Drink yourself to looking younger with Skinade
Mother's Day Offer from Blush N Curls Salon
It's Mother's Day!
The V-Tox Facial by Linda Meredith Skincare
Corporate Power Dressing redefined at Kachins Signature
Al-Futtaim Honda launches 10th generation Honda Accord
GMC sets a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title in partnership with Abu Dhabi Police
LULU Organic Food Activation
The only line you'll love in your face – your perfect jawline!
ba&sh's Spring-Summer collection 2018
OMEGA Launches its NATO Strap “Pop-Up Boutique” in Paris
Raymond Weil introduces the Maestro Blues
Cadillac Alghanim kicks off world-class opportunity in Kuwait
GUESS Unveils the Kids Spring 2018 Collection and Campaign
A Meet & Greet with the Pakistani Cricket Sensation Umar Akmal
Milan-san Remo a Dream Target as Uae Team Emirates Announce Super-seven Line Up
The Spring Summer 18 Womenswear Collection
Beyond Beauty partners with Platinum Records to position teen sensation Hala Al ...
Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation Attracts 1200 Emirati Job Seekers at Careers...
Join the UAEs first Women's Warrior Challenge.
Samsung Mother's Day Blurbs 2018
Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Inaugurates SIKK...
Scuderia Ferrari Father & Son Gift Set
Sanofi introduces innovative therapy to help address high unmet medical needs of...
UAE's first ICU Symposium attracts over 150 of GCCs top healthcare professionals
Top Picks for Babies & Kids @ Glambeaute.com
From Jade to Diamond
SOUQ welcomes 3M's innovative products to serve everyday customer needs
10th Emirates Airline Festival of Literature Ends with a Bang!
Velvet Caviar meets Roger Dubuis Diva power
Lufthansa Group achieves best result in its history
IKEA launches the OMEDELBAR limited-edition collection!
Centrepoint Partners With Anghami To Launch New Talent Sessions
Alexey Firsov Solo Exhibition
Agreement signed in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Na...
Dubai ranked amongst the world's top destinations for FDI in the real estate market
Business of beauty goes green at Beautyworld Middle East 2018 as Natural & Organ...
2XL launches “Caspar” living room collection in grey
Dubai WoodShow takes off with more than 300 exhibitors from 55 countries and six...
10 Must-see Activities at Dubai International Horse Fair This Week
Chloé Reinterprets the Iconic “Carlina” Sunglass With an Exclusive Twist Motif
Galeries Lafayette Le Gourmet Food Fest returns back to City Walk
24,208 school pupils take part in inspirational ‘lema?' sessions