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Friday, December 3 • 10:15am - 10:25am
OP 21 - The Egyptian Center for Genome and Microbiome Research: A Funded North-South Collaboration for Capacity Building and Genomics Research Sustainability

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OP-21
The Egyptian Center for Genome and Microbiome Research: A Funded North-South Collaboration for Capacity Building and Genomics Research Sustainability

Presenting Author: Ramy Aziz, Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University

Co-Author(s):
Mostafa Elshahed, Oklahoma State University
Noha Youssef, Oklahoma State University
Aymen Yassin, Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University

Abstract: The widening scientific/technological gap between the Global North and Global South is alarming. Bioinformatics has the potential to narrow that gap as it relies on human resources rather than costly equipment/supplies. However, bioinformatics research gains much power when the investigators generate their own data (typically multi-omic data), which is an economically challenging task for low- and low-middle income countries. Key factors towards successful capacity building in the Global South are technology transfer, repatriation of highly trained individuals, and genuine, synergistic, symbiotic North-South and South-South collaborations. Here, I demonstrate a successful example of North-South collaboration that aims at building capacity for genome and microbiome research at an academic institute in Egypt: “The Center for Genome and Microbiome Research” was established through a short-term fund, to build a sustainable collaborative center of excellence for innovative research, led by US-based and repatriated Egyptian principal investigators, with a second generation of junior scientists from both countries. The center was founded to have three main missions: (i) to conduct world-class research through continuous collaboration between the participating institutions; (ii) to provide training in microbiomics and genomics to a wide range of Egyptian and regional scientists, and (iii) to sustain itself through providing services for academic and industrial entities. Having started in 2018, the project has been successfully ongoing, with major research projects, such as the Nile River microbiome project, a hospital microbiome project, and different genome projects, in addition to offered services and training in different aspects of genome and microbiome sciences.


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Friday December 3, 2021 10:15am - 10:25am MST
Ballroom Salon 1