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Qatar Biomedical Research Institute has appointed Philippe Froguel to head its planned Genomic Medicine Research Centre.

Froguel currently serves as chair of genomic medicine at Imperial College London and also runs a research laboratory focused on genetics and multifactorial diseases at Institut Pasteur de Lille. His research is focused on the genetics of diabetes and obesity.


Jane Rogers will step down from her position as director of the Genome Analysis Centre in Norwich, UK, according to the center.

Rogers has been director of the center for the past five years. Mario Caccamo, head of bioinformatics at TGAC, has been appointed deputy director and will temporarily lead the center until a new director is named.

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