Human Genetics and Genomics in Africa

Challenges for both rare and common genetic disorders

A partnership between the AfSHG, the H3Africa Consortium and The National Society of Human Genetics, Egypt.

A major goal of the society is the organization of a series of annual workshops and meetings in various parts of Africa.

The African Society of Human Genetics is a forum for scientists interested in Human Genetics in Africa to meet, interact, network and collaborate. The Society’s aim is to equip the African scientific community and policymakers with the information and practical knowledge they need to contribute to the field of genetics research and to attract global attention to the efforts of African scientists.


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Welcome Addresses

Professor Michèle Ramsay
President of the African Society for Human Genetics

Dear AfSHG and H3Africa members, colleagues and students,
I wish to extend a warm invitation to you to attend the 10th Conference of the African Society of Human Genetics at the Nile Ritz Carlton Hotel, Cairo, precisely 10 years after the previous AfSHG meeting in Cairo.

We are delighted to be partnering with the Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) Consortium and look forward to welcoming members of these two primary African Human Genetics communities to share their research findings and learn from one another.

Our theme this year is: Human Genetics and genomics in Africa – Challenges for both rare and common genetic disorders. We have invited an excellent cast of African, Egyptian and International speakers to highlight human genetics research at the cutting edge, on the continent and in the global arena. It is an opportunity to meet your friends and colleagues in the field of Human Genetics on the African continent and to discuss pertinent issues of mutual interest.

This meeting serves to bring together members from country-specific Societies of Human Genetics in Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Mali, Rwanda and South Africa and we hope to attract those from other African countries and to encourage them to form societies to strengthen the discipline locally. It is our aim to actively build capacity by inspiring our young students, investigators, clinicians and genetic counsellors to train and to work in the field of Human Genetics. On the 15th November, we will have a day dedicated to the The Young Researcher Research Forum where our young colleagues have an opportunity to showcase their work, to forge friendships and build networks.

I wish to thank all those involved in the organisation of the Conference for their hard work, dedication and commitment to making this a memorable meeting of our Society. In particular, I wish to extend my heartfelt appreciation to The National Society of Human Genetics- Egypt who are hosting this meeting and to the Local Organising Committee, working under the leadership of Professor Samia Temtamy, Professor Amal Mohamed and Professor Ghada El-Kamah. My appreciation also to the members of the International Scientific Committee who give so generously of their time.

I encourage you to enjoy, engage, participate and learn from your peers, mentors, colleagues and friends. Remember that we are united in our quest to explore the treasure trove of African genetic diversity while promoting an understanding of the contributions that African populations can make to understanding global health and disease.


With my best wishes for a highly successful and enjoyable meeting.

Professor Michèle Ramsay
President of the African Society for Human Genetics



Prof. Samia A. Temtamy,MD,PhD
President of The National Society of Human Genetics, Egypt

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to Egypt,

an African land where biomedical science has shown one of its early triumphs in man’s quest for better health with a spirit of continental belonging, scientific peermanship and yearning for excellence.

On behalf of The National Society of Human Genetics-Egypt (NSHG) and the local organizing committee, we are delighted to invite you to participate in the 10th Conference of The African Society of Human Genetics (AfSHG) in conjunction with the NSHG-Egypt 10 years after the previous AfSHG meeting in Cairo.

The NSHG and the multidisciplinary Human Genetics and Genome Research Division (DHGGR) at The National Research Centre (NRC) which have largely contributed to Human Genetics community are looking forward to partnering with the AfSHG and Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) Consortia in sharing among them as well as among other African and international genetic societies their research findings.

The National Research Centre-Egypt (NRC), the largest and oldest multidisciplinary research institution in Egypt(equivalent to a university), has recently celebrated its 60 years anniversary. It has 13 divisions each one equivalent to a faculty.

Our Division of Human Genetics and Genome Research(DHGGR)has its origins as the Department of Human Genetics, which was established 40 years ago. Over the ensuing years and incorollarywith the blooming of the field of human genetics, the department has steadily shown growth in Staff, genetic subspecialties, activities and publications. The NSHG.Egypt has been one of thedivision’s contributions to the promotion and public orientation of human genetic research and has been successfully affiliated to the International Federation of Human Genetic Societies(IFHGS).Lately,because of its outstanding achievements the DHGGR was selected by the Scientific Technology and Development Fund (STDF) Egypt as the Centre of Excellence for Human Genetics (CEHG)by the project No 5253.

The theme of the conference is ” Human Genetics and genomics in Africa – Challenges for both rare and common genetic disorders”, focusing on a wide range of topics from clinical diagnosis and variant detection to advanced human genomic data sharing. The scientific committee is planning a stimulating academic program including plenary lectures symposia and poster presentations to keep you updated on the latest development in human genomics, which involves data accumulation, and sharing systematically to avert genetic diseases.

The Scientific Committee has prepared a dynamic scientific program and we are working hard to present impressive highly respected and internationally renowned The National Society of Human Genetics- Egypt speakers to lead it. Aside from the excellent scientific program, you are welcome to join us for a unique and memorable networking evening with experts, leaders and young scientists in the field of human genetics

All participants are invited to submit their review articles, original research or case reports to the Middle East Journal of Medical Genetics, the official Journal of the NSHGEgypt and the DHGGR for peer review and subsequent publication.

We also would like to invite you to the vibrant, dynamic, yet culturally rich city of Cairo, with a blended atmosphere of multiple cultures and architectures and a large international presence, ranging from delicacies of the restaurants blended in modern and ancient Egyptian culture and traditions as well as the well-known Egyptian hospitality.

The conference will be held at the stylish Nile Ritz-Carlton hotel, which occupies the most iconic location in Cairo along the River Nile, with views of old, and new Egypt. It carries a rich legacy, long celebrated as an icon of luxury within the city. Views are unmatched, encompassing Tahrir Square and the Egyptian Museum, whilst guests are immersed in the diversity of the Egyptian culture, still near to the shopping and entertainment district enabling you to experience the best that this city has to offer. We cordially invite our colleagues to attend the 2017 meeting to experience this atmosphere together.

Cairo is also a convenient transportation hub, making it an easy-to-reach destination, as well as an ideal base for exploring the rest of Egypt. Besides the conference, please do spare some time to explore Egypt, and you will be enchanted.

The organizing committee is looking forward to the participation of everyone from every country and region in Africa and the world.

We wish you a fruitful meeting, an enjoyable stay and safe return with lots of happy memoriesand new friendships and collaborations.


We very much look forward to welcoming you in Cairo.

Prof. Samia A. Temtamy,MD,PhD
President of The National Society of Human Genetics, Egypt




Dr Clement Adebamowo – Chair
Dr Nicola Mulder – Co-Chair
H3Africa Consortium Steering Committee

Dear colleagues,
On behalf of the Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) Consortium we are delighted to welcome you to the 10th African Society of Human Genetics (AfSHG) Conference being held at the Nile Ritz Carlton Hotel, Cairo, Egypt from 16th to 18th of November 2017.

This is the third time that the H3Africa Consortium is partnering with the AfSHG, first in 2013 in Accra (Ghana), then last year in Dakar (Senegal), to host this premier conference on genomics research in Africa.

The theme of this meeting is Human Genetics and Genomics in Africa – Challenges for both rare and common genetic disorders. Among other papers, we anticipate several presentations from members of the H3Africa Consortium that will showcase the achievements made possible through strong collaborative research engendered in Africa by our Consortium. There will also be talks on H3Africa training, policies and the H3Africa Custom SNP Array.

We trust that members of the H3Africa Consortium will make many valuable contributions to this meeting and we hope to see our Fellows participate in the Young Researcher Forum planned for the 15th November 2017.

We also encourage H3Africa Consortium members to join the AfSHG, membership details can be found here.

We look forward to seeing in Egypt in November.

Yours Sincerely,

Dr Clement Adebamowo

Chair, H3Africa Consortium Steering Committee
Director of Strategic Information Research and Training Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria


Dr Nicola Mulder

Co-Chair, H3Africa Consortium Steering Committee
Principal Investigator H3ABioNet/Computational Biology UCT Faculty of Health Sciences Observatory, South Africa