Middle East Rheumatoid Arthritis Consortium (MERAC)

Genetic Studies of Rheumatoid Arthritis in some Arab States

Our research focuses on studying the genetic basis of Rheumatoid Arthritis in Arab patients in Qatar and the Middle East. We are interested in determining the genetic architecture in this population by looking for 1) common alleles identified by GWAS in patients of other ancestries and for 2) rare mutations observed in families with the disease and in collaboration with the Broad institute. Our research sites in the Middle East include in addition to Qatar, Jordan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates.

The main source of funding comes from the Qatar National Research Fund a member organization of Qatar Foundation. Qatar Foundation is leading a monumental and historical initiative to establish world-class scientific research at the heart of the Arab World/Middle East

Key collaborating institutions:

  • 1) Jordan: Jordan Hospital
  • 2) KSA: King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research center, Jeddah
  • 3) Lebanon: American University of Beirut Medical Center
  • 4) Qatar: Hamad Medical Corporation
  • 5) UAE: Al Biraa Arthritis and Bone Clinic
  • 6) USA: The Broad Institute

Dr. Wessam Gadelhak, MBBch

I am an Immune-Haematology specialist, currently holding the position of a clinical research coordinator at MERAC at Weill Cornell Medical College –Qatar. I earned my MBBch degree at Ain Shams University in Egypt. Prior to joining WCMC-Q, I worked as the Head of Issuing of Blood and its Components Department at the National Blood Transfusion center in Egypt, in collaboration with the Swiss Red Cross. I have also been as a cascade trainer of Blood Transfusion Medicine, as well as lecturer of Quality Management in Blood Transfusion Medicine courses.

Grace Aranki

I earned a Health Science Degree from California State University, Fullerton in 2008. Prior to my coming to Qatar, I worked as Clinical Research Assistant in the Epidemiology Department for Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, in Los Angeles California. I moved to Qatar with my family in 2011 and shortly after, I joined Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC-Q) as Clinical Research Coordinator for the Bipolar Affective Disorder Project. I am currently a team member working for the Middle East Rheumatoid Arthritis Consortium (MERAC).

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