Congress Report

The Second Middle East Molecular Biology Congress and Exhibition - Istanbul 2015

  Sep 17, 2015

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After the success in its first congress in Dubai, The Middle East Molecular Biology Society (MEMBS) launched the second event that has attracted hundreds of leading professionals, academics, and students.

The 2nd MEMBS Congress and the accompanying exhibition which took place in Istanbul, 17 September 2015, shed light on the recent advances and technologies of Molecular Biology and Genomic Medicine fields, and how to translate the biological insights into clinical impact that would benefit patients.
The conference provided an excellent environment and a range of opportunities to present and discuss methods, theoretical approaches, algorithms, tools, platforms, practical applications and experiences.

Event Name: The 2nd Middle East Molecular Biology Congress & Exhibition 2015.

Country: Turkey.

Venue: Istanbul Congress Centre.

Dates: 17 - 20 September 2015.

  • Molecular Biology Association of Turkey.
Joint Activities
  • The 1st Middle East Genetics Forum.
  • 4 Keynote Presentations:
    • Obesity In Arabs: Search For Susceptibility Genes And For White / Brown Fat Markers. 
    • The Role of Tem1, Cdk4 & Prom1 in Colon Cancer Angiogenesis and Progression.
    • Regional Research Funding. 
    • OMICS And Translational Medicine.
  • 12 sessions covering: Funtional Genomics & Diagnostics, Pharmacology, BioEthics & Quality, Structural and Cellular Biology, Tumor Biology, Clinical Microbiology, NeuroScience, Immunology, Stem Cells Biology, Reproductive Medicine, Regenerative Medicine, Metabolism and Endocrinology.
  • 7 workshops:
  • Stem Cell Technologies.
  • Essentials of Grant Writing.
  • Sequence To Phylogeny.
  • Ethics of Genetic Testing.
  • DNA Extraction for Successful Identification of Blood Parasites: Blood/Blood Product & Vectors.
  • Implementing Quality Management as a Change Process.
  • ASHI and ABHI Laboratory Accreditation for Immunogenetics and Histocompatibility Professionals.
  • Public Presentation.
  • 2015 MEMBS Awards sponsored by Qatar Biomedical Research Institute.
  • Specialized Exhibition (Commercial + Scientific).
  • Gala Dinner.
  • Istanbul Tour.
Scientific Abstracts
  • 182 Submitted.
  • 174 Accepted.
  • Abstract book published by Frontiers (Click here).
Speakers46 speakers (check congress book) .

Scientific Lectures54 lectures (check congress book).

Scientific Committee23 members (check congress book).

Congress Book: (Click here).

Visitors Facts
  • 450 Visitors (Oral Lectures).
  • 72 Visitors (Workshops).
  • 270 Visitors (Exhibition).
  • 29% Professionals.
  • 21% Young Scientists.
  • 21% Students.
  • 17% Professors.
  • 12% Traders.
Exhibitors Facts:
  • 48 Distributers.
  • 27 Companies.
  • 21 Scientific Organizations.
  • Both are represented more than 85 international names (check congress book).
Partners: 76 scientific organization we working with MEMBS for this event (check congress book).

Sponsors: more than 12 global names sponsored MEMBS 2015 (check congress book).
2015 Winners
Under the patronage of QBRI - Qatar Biomedical Research Institute, MEMBS chose the top three posters and the top three oral presentation, and the results were as the following:

1st Oral Winner:
Mr. Mana Alshehri
University of Calgary 
2nd Oral Winner:
Prof. Dr. Ban A. Abdulmajeed
Al-Nahrain University
3rd Oral Winner:
Assist. Prof. Fatih Kocabas
Yeditepe University

1st Poster Winner:
Ms. Yomna Nasser
Alexandria University

2nd Poster Winner:
Dr. Sawsan S. Al-Jubori
Al-Mustansiriyah University

3rd Poster Winner:
Ms. Shahad Daali
King Abdulaziz University

General Feedback:
  • Visitors feedback (people who attended the congress):
    • 80% were so satisfied and pleased with the lectures quality, the speakers and the development comparing to 2014.
    • 90% were so impressed about the exhibition zone.
    • 25% were not so happy toward the dates matching Eid Adha holiday.
    • 15% claimed that 2014 were better organized.
  • Members Feedback (the members of the society who weren't able to attend):
    • 80% Unfortunately were toward the dates and weren't able to travel.
    • 70% Show up their appreciation and were so impressed toward the contents of the scientific program. 
  • Exhibitors Feedback
  • 80% were so impressed with the quality of the visitors.
  • 35% were somehow resentful with the number of the visitors (less than expected because of the holiday)
  • 20% agreed that the hospitality of Dubai venue was better.
Countries Involved