Experts from Japan and Singapore offer to train Pakistani neurologists to perform free genetic testing of patients

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 Neurology Update 2016

Experts from Japan and Singapore offer to
train Pakistani neurologists to perform
free genetic testing of patients

KARACHI: Japanese and Singaporean neurologists has offered to train Pakistani doctors in the area of nerves and muscle pathology at their institutes as well as providing free genetic testing if the samples are transported to their labs in Japan and Singapore. Funds and expenses for trainings could be borne by the Asian Oceanian Congress of Neurology (AOCN). It will help in accurate diagnosis of nerve and muscle disorders for proper treatment for the patients. They were speaking at an introductory workshop on Nerve and Muscle Pathology, held at Aga Khan University Hospital as part of the four-day 16th International Neurology Update 2016, organized by the Pakistan Society of Neurology in collaboration with Neurology Awareness and Research Foundation (NARF).

International experts, neurologists, researchers and academicians from United States of America, Canada, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Singapore and many other countries participated in various workshops and scientific sessions and discussed latest developments in the field of nerve and muscle pathology in the world. Speaking at the inaugural workshop of the neurology conference, experts termed intra-family marriages as one of the biggest causes of the nerve and muscle disorders in Pakistan, and stated that at least 20 to 25 percent of the muscle and nerve disorders were due to the intra-family marriages.


 Group photograph taken during concluding session of 16th International Neurology Update 2016 held in 
Karachi from December 22-25, 2016.

They called for creating awareness among people to avoid cousin marriages. Unfortunately facilities for nerve and muscle disorders including genetic testing were not available in Pakistan so proper treatment could not be initiated without proper investigation of the causes of the disorders. Discussing various cases studies, they apprised local neurologists and pathologists how to conduct muscle pathology.

Speaking at the workshop, Dr. Sara Khan from AKU said neuromuscular disorders were very common in Pakistan but due to lack of diagnosis facilities, many physicians could neither identify the disorders nor they were able to offer proper treatment for such patients. She claimed that in most of the cases, diagnosis for neuromuscular disorders is carried out on the basis of clinical symptoms and history of the patients and then supportive treatment is offered.

Muscular Pathology Specialist from Japan Dr. Ichizo Nishino, Neurologist Dr. Ikuyu Nonaka, Dr. Umapathi Thirugnanam from Singapore and former President of Pakistan Society of Neurology Dr. Wasey Shakir also addressed the workshop participants while Secretary of the NARF Dr. Abdul Malik introduced the international experts and speakers to the local participants. Another workshop on Botulinum Toxin Use in Neurological Disorders was held at a local hotel which was presided over by Dr. Nadir Ali Syed and it was addressed by experts from Saudi Arabia and United States.