AGU participates in international conference


05 : 46 PM – 21/05/2018

Bangkok, May 21 (BNA): Assistant Professor at the Department of Molecular Biology at the College of Medicine and Medical Sciences, Dr Maryam Abdulla Dashti, represented Arabian Gulf University (AGU) at the international conference held by the Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis International Society, Bangkok, Thailand, in which over 300 scientists and researchers in embryology, genetics and fertilisation participated from around the world.
AGU was the only Gulf and Arab participant in the conference, where Dr Dashti presented a research poster on the importance of drafting scientific and ethical regulations to organise genetic analyses and protect the rights of patients during Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) within In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) programs, following the example of developed countries.

“There are regulations and ethics in every professional field of life,” she said. “I have worked with a team of specialists under the supervision of the Ministry of Health from 2004 to 2010 to develop regulations and practices for IVF operations in Bahrain. These were based on the assessment and analysis of the practices which have been carried out over the past years, to draft integrated recommendations that take into account Islamic Sharia. “

These recommendations were submitted in 2015 to the Councils of Shura and Representatives and were ratified by His Majesty the King in August 2017 to be issued as Law No. 26 of 2017 on the use of medical IVF and fertility assistance techniques, which regulates IVF procedures and defines the practices governing these applications in a way that preserves the interests of patients and society.

She affirmed the urgent need for these laws and regulations governing the work in medical centres that perform PGD, to reduce malpractice and protect the rights of families suffering from genetic problems, and to limit the spread of these diseases in Bahraini society.


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SOURCE: Bahrain News Agency


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