Qatar Biobank is proud to support local scientists involved in biomedical science by highlighting their research and connecting them with their peers in Qatar and abroad.
As the Qatar National Research Strategy (QNRS) strives to improve the health and well-being of Qatar’s population, scientific research collaborations enabled by Qatar Biobank are the key to impacting the future of personalised healthcare in Qatar and the region.
Qatar Biobank has incubated The Qatar Genome Programme (QGP) which is a national initiative aiming to map the genome of the local population. Announced by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation and Vice Chairperson of the Supreme Council of Health during the World Innovation Summit on Health (WISH) 2013, the Qatar Genome Programme is currently in its pilot phase.
QGP uses a collection of samples and data from Qatar Biobank participants to identify genotype-phenotype associations relevant to the Qatari population. This will provide unique insights that would enable the development of personalized healthcare in Qatar. For more information about the Qatar Genome Programme click here.
Through the data and samples collected from our participants who are Qatari citizens or long term residents, we provide a research platform to facilitate researchers in their request to undertake high-quality biomedical research, to better understand the causes of a range of diseases that affect the population of Qatar leading to the discovery and development of new healthcare interventions.
Qatar Biobank also manages and safeguards the acquisition of thousands of samples providing researchers the opportunity to impact the local and regional research landscape using local resources.
What are the benefits for researchers?
Qatar Biobank will provide invaluable resources for researchers within the country and wider areas. Qatar Biobank will enable researchers to discover how the health and genes of Qatar’s population is affected by their lifestyle and environment.
Further information is available through our research portal or you can contact the Qatar Biobank Research Access office.
Research Access Office
You are being invited to take part in Qatar Biobank, Qatar’s long-term medical health initiative for Qatar’s population. To help you decide whether to contribute, here is some information on Qatar Biobank and what taking part involves.
Qatar Biobank will make it possible for scientists to conduct research to address some of the greatest health challenges facing Qatar and the region, including cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, and cancer.