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[Perspectives] Fowzan Alkuraya: leading light in Saudi Human Genome Program

Fowzan Alkuraya occupies a unique position in Saudi Arabia’s scientific community. As Principal Clinical Scientist of the Developmental Genetics Unit at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, and as Professor of Human Genetics at the College of Medicine, Alfaisal University, both in Riyadh, his laboratory is focused on understanding genetic disorders specific to the Saudi population, where consanguinity and resultant inherited genetic disorders represent a major public health problem.