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Two years af­ter it was first an­nounced and af­ter close to 2,000 sam­ples col­lected vol­un­tar­ily from cit­i­zens and longterm res­i­dents, Qatar Biobank has con­cluded its pi­lot phase and is ready to ramp up.

The ser­vice will cre­ate an in­valu­able re­source for per­son­alised medicine and also study the ef­fects of life­style, en­vi­ron­ment and genes on the pop­u­la­tion, Dr Hanan Al Kuwari, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of the Ha­mad Med­i­cal Cor­po­ra­tion and Chair­per­son of Qatar Biobank, said at a press con­fer­ence an­nounc­ing the find­ings. It will also help de­velop treat­ments and pre­vent dis­eases. Obe­sity, hy­per­ten­sion, di­a­betes and car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­eases were found to be preva­lent in the sam­ple group, largely stem­ming from a seden­tary life­style.

The pro­gramme will ramp up in the com­ing months, go­ing from about 12 par­tic­i­pants a day, who come in for the three-hour long pro­ce­dure that in­volves in­ter­views and sam­ple col­lec­tion, to 50 par­tic­i­pants a month ini­tially, who will be ac­com­mo­dated in their new, ex­panded fa­cil­i­ties set to be un­veiled in the com­ing months.

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