About this event

  • Date and time Mon 29 Nov 2021 from 5:30pm to 6:35pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Medical Genetics

This webinar aims to explore the issues and management of risks related to endogamy and consanguinity and will highlight new advances in pre-natal screening protocols. Consanguineous marriage is still practiced by over 30% of the world's population and in some areas, the prevalence is as high as 60%. Advances in next-generation gene sequencing have led to a better understanding of pre-emptive carrier risk assessments and adult-onset disease risks.

Experts within the field aim to highlight the advances within the field and explain how they are important in helping to reduce the burden of diseases in these families and communities.

During this webinar you will:

  • Understand the definition of consanguinity and endogamy and the drivers. 

  • Know the current management of fetal risk for consanguineous couples. 

  • Increase awareness of recent advances in prenatal screening protocols. 

A CPD certificate with 1 CPD credit will be issued to those joining each webinar live and will be automatically issued after 7 days to those who watched the webinar live in its entirety. Those who watch the webinar on-demand will receive a CPD certificate 30 days after the webinar has gone live.  

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Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted. 

Key speakers

Professor Al Jasmi

Professor Fatma Al Jasmi

Professor, Chair of Genetics & Genomics department at UAEU

Speaker's biography

Prof. Al Jasmi is Chair of the Genetic & Genomic Department at the College of Medicine & Health Science, UAE University, Al Ain. Metabolic Consultant at Tawam Hospital. She pursued her postgraduate studies at University of Toronto, and Hospital for Sick Children, Canada. In 2006, Prof. Al Jasmi received Canadian Board of Pediatrics and in 2008 certified with Canadian College of Medical Genetics Board (Biochemical Genetics). She is the recipient of the Prime Minister Award for excellence in a specialized job (2017) Chancellors’ Innovation Award (2015) Women in Science (WiS) Hall of Fame as an outstanding woman in science throughout the Middle East North Africa region (2015) and  L’Oreal UNESCO For Women in Science Pan Arab award (2013) Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum Award for Excellent Achievements in Medicine (2000).

John Wright

Professor John Wright

Director of Research, Bradford Institute for Health Research, Bradford Royal Infirmary

Speaker's biography

John Wright is a doctor and epidemiologist with a background in hospital medicine and public health in the UK and in Africa. He established and leads the Bradford Institute for Health Research and Wolfson Centre for Applied Health Research, working to speed up the translation of medical research into practice and policy. He is the Director of Research for the City of Bradford and Director of the NIHR Yorkshire and Humber Applied Research Collaboration. He is Visiting Professor in Clinical Epidemiology at the Universities of York, Leeds and Bradford and has authored over 300 papers and three textbooks and been awarded over £150 million in research award funding, £40 million as chief investigator.

In 2007 he set up the Born in Bradford (BiB) cohort study which is following the lives of over 13,000 families as their children grow up. Evidence from BiB studies has informed local, national international policies and led to improvements in clinical practice and public health. In 2016 he set up Born in Bradford’s Better Start cohort to test new approaches to providing the best support in the crucial period of early life. In 2019 he established ActEarly to develop a whole systems City Collaboratory approach to improving the health and life chances of children from deprived communities in London and Yorkshire.

He has worked to develop sustainable public health programmes in Africa for 30 years including setting up and running an Ebola Treatment Centre for Doctors of the World in Sierra Leone during the Ebola epidemic. He was the research and scientific lead for Clinical and District Gold command during the COVID19 pandemic and set up the COVID19 Scientific Advisory Group (CSAG). He has reported for the BBC on programmes covering Born in Bradford, Ebola, and most recently The NHS Frontline podcast.


View the programme here

Welcome and introduction

Dr Anand Saggar, Clinical Genetic Specialist, International Gene Clinic

Consanguinity and endogamy: Evidence from Born in Bradford

Professor John Wright, Epidemiologist, Bradford Institute for Health Research

Residual risk for additional recessive diseases in consanguineous couples. Is there a role for additional genetic testing?

Professor Fatma Al Jasmi, Professor, Chair of Genetics and Genomics,
College of Medicine and Health Science, United Arab Emirates University

Adult onset disease risk and consanguinity

Dr Anand Saggar

Panel discussion
Closing remarks and close of meeting



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Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted. 

Special rates for difficult times 
The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s weekly COVID-19 Series webinars remain free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic.

Webinar recordings will be available for registered delegates up to 60 days after the live webinar, via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels.  

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