American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Volume 102, Issue 4, April 2020
Developing a Road Map to Spread Genomic Knowledge in Africa: 10th Conference of the African Society of Human Genetics, Cairo, Egypt
Ghada Y. El-Kamah, Amal M. Mohamed, Yehia Z. Gad, Sonia Abdelhak, Branwen J. Hennig, Raj S. Ramesar, Guida Landouré, Amadou Gaye, Melanie J. Newport, Scott M. Williams and Michèle Ramsay
The tenth conference of the African Society of Human Genetics was held in Egypt with the theme “Human Genetics and Genomics in Africa: Challenges for Both Rare and Common Genetic Disorders.” Current research was presented, and we discussed visions for the future of genomic research on the African continent. In this report, we summarize the presented scientific research within and relevant to Africa as presented by both African and non-African scientists. We also discuss the current situation concerning genomic medicine and genomic research within the continent, difficulties in implementing genetic services and genomic medicine in Africa, and a road map to overcome those difficulties and meet the needs of the African researchers and patients.