Dr Aimé Lumaka graduated from the Medical school and specialized in Pediatrics at the University of Kinshasa (DR Congo). He later obtained his PhD degree in Human Genetics and Genomics at the KU Leuven (Belgium). Dr Lumaka is clinical consultation in genetics in the University hospitals of Liège and the Coordinator of a Genomic Medicine platform at the University of Liège (Belgium). He teaches Genetics and Pediatrics at the University of Kinshasa. His work focuses on the use of Next Generation Sequencing in the diagnosis and research for rare diseases, as well as in care improvement for RD patients, especially critically ill children. He is engaged in increasing accessibility to NGS for rare diseases patients from underserved communities. Dr Lumaka is currently the chair of the Rare Diseases Working Group of the H3-Africa consortium and the Director of the Reference Center for Rare and Undiagnosed Diseases in the RD Congo.
Sharon Terry, Genetic Alliance & Alice Rathjen