Health RAB helps establish Clinical Research Center at AIMS at Muzaffarabad

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 Health RAB helps establish Clinical
Research Center at AIMS at Muzaffarabad

MUZAFFARABAD: Health Research Advisory Board established by PharmEvo has helped establish a Clinical Research Center at Abbas Institute of Medical Sciences at Muzaffarabad in Azad Kashmir. A delegation of Health Rab headed by Prof. Abdul Basit a noted researcher and Executive Director of Baqai Institute of Diabetes and Endocrinology (BIDE) affiliated with Baqai Medical University who is also Vice Chairman of Health RAB visited Azad Kashmir on April 30th 2016 for this purpose.

In his introductory remarks Dr. Saleem Abbasi Dr. Saleem Abbasi, the Executive Director of AIMS pointed out that Abbas Institute of Medical Sciences, Muzaffarabad was established in 1992 and is recognized by PMDC and CPSP for undergraduate and postgraduate training. AIMS is a 300 bedded hospital which provide services to around 60% of patients of the Nelum valley. During earthquake on October 8, 2005, the hospital was partially damaged but it was the only hospital that remains working and provided services to injured patients. After the earthquake it was rebuilt and now have very good structure and equipment. He was of the view that in the current era of Evidence Based Medicine, research is of paramount importance but unfortunately we only do research under compulsion and that too for promotion.

Dr. Zakiuddin Ahmed in his presentation gave an introduction of Health RAB. The main objectives of Health RAB, he said, are to provide leadership for developing the medical research ecosystem of Pakistan. Create synergy among the existing stake holders and bring them together. Build capacity of the human resource involved in conducting research. Collaborate & network locally as well as globally to initiate research activities in the country. Facilitate the development of a national research policy & strategy.

Prof. Abdul Basit, Director Baqai Institute of Diabetes and Endocrinology (BIDE) discussed the BIDE model of CRC and different steps. He stated the BIDE started slowly and gradually initially with one full time dedicated research officer and part time biostatistician. Now, BIDE have more than one hundred publications in leading national and international peer reviewed journals. The time has come that BIDE is now collaborating with major international organizations and running multiple projects with large funding at any given time. On request of some faculty members he also discussed Diabetic Foot services being provided at BIDE which was appreciated by the participants,

Dr. Masood Jawaid Director Medical Affairs in PharmEvo discussed what Health RAB and PharmEvo can do at AIMS for the development of CRC. One of the initiatives of Health RAB he said was to support establishment of Clinical Research Centers with constant research support to foster research culture in the institute. The CRC will provide help to increase the number and quality of publication from the institute.

The presentations were followed by lively interactive discussions. The participants were very pleased and requested for organizing different workshops for continuation of the current motivation among the participants. Dr. Saleem Abbasi specially thanked Health RAB and PharmEvo for arranging this CRC workshop. He commended the contributions of PharmEvo in promoting academic activities at medical institutions.