Prof. Farhand Handjani from SUMS Iran takes over as President of EMAME


Prof. Farhand Handjani from SUMS Iran
takes over as President of EMAME

Shaukat Ali Jawaid from Pakistan unanimously
re-elected as General Secretary

SHIRAZ (IRAN):Prof. Farhad Handjani Professor of Dermatology at Shiraz University of Medical Sciences (SUMS) who is also Chief Editor of Middle East Journal of Cancer took over as the new President of Eastern Mediterranean Association of Medical Editors for a two year term 2015-2016. Dr. Ahmad Said El-Morsy from Egypt was elected as President Elect.  Mr. Shaukat Ali Jawaid from Pakistan who is Chief Editor of Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences was also unanimously re-elected as General Secretary for the next term.

Others who were elected during the General Body Meeting of the recently concluded EMMJ6 Medical Journals Conference held at Shiraz from February 18-20th 2015 through the secret ballot conducted through electronic voting controlled by WHO EMRO included Dr. Behrooz Astaneh Chief Editor of Iranian Journal of Medical Sciences, Dr. Akhtar Sherin from Kohat Pakistan Editor of Khyber University Medical Journal and Dr. Mohamed Daw from Libya as the three Vice Presidents.  There were no nominations for Vice Presidents at large from Region one and two hence these posts remain vacant which will be filled later. Dr. Hamid Yahya Hussain was elected as Vice President at large from Region three and Prof. Major General Muhammad Aslam from Pakistan, Vice Chancellor of University of Health Sciences of Lahore and Chief Editor of Biomedica was elected as Vice President at large from Region 4. As such in the new EMAME Executive there are three representatives from Pakistan i.e. Mr.Shaukat Ali Jawaid, Dr. Akhtar Sherin and Prof. Maj. Gen. Muhammad Aslam.

Prof. Muhammad Aslam it may be mentioned here was the founder President of Pakistan Association of Medical Editors (PAME) while Dr. Akhtar Sherin is also former President of PAME.  Prof. Muhammad Aslam has contributed a lot in the promotion of scientific publishing and promotion of the specialty of medical journalism in Pakistan during the last many years. He organized the first ever National Conference on Medical Editing at Rawalpindi when he was the Principal of Army Medical College Rawalpindi. Later EMMJ5 was held at Karachi in 2010 also under his leadership as President of PAME and then he hosted the Second National Conference of PAME at UHS Lahore in April 2014 which was a great success. His other quality is that he is a devoted and dedicated worker who is a team player. Dr. Akhtar Sherin as President of PAME has been quite active and has also made lot of contributions to promote PAME and its aims and objectives. Mr. Shaukat Ali Jawaid is one of the senior most medical journalists of Pakistan who founded the Pakistan Medical Journalists Association in 1976, was its founder President and later helped form the Pakistan Association of Medical Editors (PAME) in 2010 and PMJA was also merged in this new organization. He is also founder member of EMAME

Members of the Election Committee were Ms. Jane Nicholson from WHO EMRO, Prof. Farhad Handjani President –elect of EMAME and Dr. Maqbool Jafary President EMAME. The election result was announced by Ms. Jane Nicholson in the General Body Meeting.

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