Research Centers

Genetic & Metabolic Diseases Center

Affiliation:  Medical School

Status: Closed

Director:  Samir A. Khatib, 

  • BSc Biochemistry, Liverpool University, Liverpool, England, 1979
  • PhD Biochemistry, Indiana University, Indianapolis, USA, 1987
  • Director, Medical Technology Department, Alquds University, 1987-1994
  • Organizer, External Quality Assessment Program for clinical labs, Alquds University, 1993-4
  • Director of Labs and Blood Banks, Palestinian Ministry of Health, 1994-1995
  • Director, National Blood Transfusion Services, Palestine Red Crescent Society, 2005-9
  • Breast Cancer Research Foundation Awards, New York, USA, 2007 and 2008
  • Consultant, National Food Safety Initiative, Palestinian Authority, 2009-2010
  • Memberships:  American Association for Clinical Chemistry AACC
  • American Society for Clinical Pathology ASCP
  • International Society for Blood Transfusion ISBT
  • European Society for Human Genetics ESHG

Contact details:

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Amer Ayyad

  • BSc Biology, Alquds University, 2000
  • MSc Public Health, Alquds University, 2007
  • Lab faculty assistant, Medical School, Alquds University, 2001-present
  • Coordinator, Genetics and Metabolic Diseases Center, Alquds University, 2010-present

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Genetics and Metabolic Diseases Center (GMDC)

Established 2010.

Mission: To aid in the reduction of the incidence of genetic and metabolic diseases among the Palestinian population.

Objectives: a) Cooperate with various institutions in providing public awareness and education about the spread of genetic and metabolic diseases in Palestine, and the significance of genetic counseling, genetic screening and prenatal and neonatal testing.

  1. b) Collect data on genetic and metabolic diseases in order to establish a national database for these disorders in Palestine.
  2. c) Conduct research related to genetic and metabolic disorders in Palestine.
  3. d) Establish contacts with international organizations and institutions that have similar interests and activities.

Services provided by GMDC:

  1. Awareness campaigns at high schools and community centers.
  2. Training for students on various lab techniques.
  3. Conduct research in cooperation with Ministry of Health on metabolic diseases and newborn screening.
  4. Genetic counseling referrals.

Available equipment at GMDC:

 Incubator, microwave oven, digital balance, macro centrifuge, thermocycler, spectrophotometer, digital dry bath, vortex mixer, micro centrifuge, refrigerator/freezer, karyotyping microscope, water bath, gel electrophoresis chamber, thin layer chromatography tank.

GMDC publications:

  1. Various leaflets, brochures, posters used in awareness campaigns.
  2. Booklet on genetic disease common in Palestine.
  3. CD with powerpoint presentations used in awareness meetings.
  4. Various powerpoint presentations used at international conferences on genetic disorders.

Research activities:

  1. Expanded newborn screening project in collaboration with the Palestinian Ministry of Health and Liege University, Belgium.
  2. Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) case studies in Palestine in collaboration with the University of Seattle in Washington, USA.
  3. G6PDH screening project in collaboration with the Palestinian Ministry of Health.
  4. Vision screening of school children in collaboration with Vision, USA.
  5. Heavy metals levels in hair of autistic children.

Student activities at GMDC:

  1. Training of pharmacy students on techniques in genetic testing.
  2. MSc student from Rennes University, France working on establishment of normal levels for vitamins B12 and D3.
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