Dear Colleagues:

On behalf of the Directors of RASIT jeans 4 genes International program, Cardiff
University School of Medicine, and the entire course planning committee, we invite you
to join us in Beirut City - Lebanon to the first Genetic Counseling Education Course in
Developing States to be held between 20 –28 November 2008.

Since 1994, RASIT began an intensive look at the status of genetics disorders in Arab
Countries, existing programs, and methods of counseling, diagnosis, testing, statistics,
and personnel proficiency. The purpose of this study was to ask fundamental questions
mainly: what are the genetic disorders spread in Arab countries? How it can be
prevented?  Are there enough professionals to do the work?  and finally, how to fight
the training battle?

Although genetic counseling training programs have existed in North America and
United Kingdom for over 15 years, our recent evaluation suggests that genetic
counseling programs and services almost do not exist in Arab States, and if available it
is mainly provided by clinical physicians, who either do not have time for patients, or
do not have the skills for counseling patients.  

This training program will help to fill a gap in the provision of genetic counseling
services in Arab States. Our focus is to prepare professionals (including doctors,
psychologists, social workers and nurses) with the appropriate knowledge on the
concepts of human genetics and counseling, to become capable and skilled. To
accomplish this, variety of educational courses and activities are required.   

Organizing an educational course such as ours takes the dedication of a large team of
professional volunteers who have been working hard for well over six months. The
Cardiff University teaching team, chaired by Professor Angus Clarke, has organized a
notable slate of presentations on a diverse range of topics.  

Please consider submitting your registration application as we have limited places to
offer. The deadline for receipt of application submissions is October 24, 2008.

We are excited that the course will be held in Lebanon, a country dedicated to
improving health care and public awareness in the Middle East.  Also, it is quite a
pioneering to offer this educational course for the first time in Developing Countries.
Therefore, we are planning to celebrate the launching of the “jeans 4 genes
International Center” to commemorate this achievement. We hope you will be part of
the celebration.

Finally, and on behalf of the entire organizing committee, we would like to express our
sincere thanks and appreciation to His Excellency Prof. Mohammed Jawad Khalife`,
Minister of Health, for his Patronage to this course.

We look forward to seeing you in Beirut!

Dr Princess Nisreen El-Hashemite
Executive Director - RASIT
Under the Patronage of
H.E. Prof. Mohammad Jawad Khalife`
Minister of Health

The First Educational Workshop in Developing Countries
Genetic Counseling
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