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PHL Symposium at Islamabad from 
Feb. 27th to March 1st 2015

Islamabad: Pakistan Hypertension League is holding its 18th annual symposium at Islamabad from February 27th to March 1st 2015. Prof. Shahbaz A. Kureshi is the Convener while Dr. Inamul Hawq Khan is the Secretary of the organizing committee. For further details contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 0300-5501033

 Dow University launches
Student Facilitation System

KARACHI: Dow University of Health Sciences has launched a new initiative titled ‘Student Facilitation System’ to address academic as well as non-academic quires/problems/suggestions of the students studying at Dow University and its constituent institutions. The objective   is to serve students without moving them from one office to other for resolution of their problems or for seeking guidance. Student Facilitation System will work closely with other departments across the campus and provide specialist and general advice, information and services in various areas.

Student Facilitation System (SFS) is IT based online query management software, especially designed for facilitating students to Upload query/problem relevant to registration, accounts, examination or any other, Obtain information about policies, rules and procedures and to check status of their application/query/problem already uploaded/submitted.

PIMA Biennial Provincial
Conventions 2015

ISLAMABAD: The preparations of Pakistan Islamic Medical Association’s biennial provincial conventions 2015 are in full swing. These conventions are being held at Sialkot on 8 March, Karachi on 22-23 March, Swat on 4-5 April, Rawlakot on 2-3 May and Quetta on 9 May. Experts from various specialties will present research papers, CME workshops and lectures for professional expertise and ethical programs regarding Islamic medical ethics will also be arranged. (PR)

Community Oriented
Medical Education at BMU

KARACHI: Baqai Medical University organized an awareness lecture on Community Oriented Medical Education recently. The Chancellor Prof. Fareeduddin Baqai enlightened the audience about Community Oriented Medical Education. He pointed out that this was our religious and moral obligation to deliver Community Oriented Medical Education. Quality education is our mission and we will achieve our mission .He said that community oriented education is the combination of educational health care and research activities based on the needs of community.

Baqai Foundation is committed to provide better health care and providing medical education with various skills. Many universities, Prof. Baqai said have modified their education system Community Oriented Medical Education consist of training efficient human resources in such way that they are suitable to the needs of the community in order to improve physical mental and social health of any individual. From the medical students point of view it provides training in the community as compared to the training in hospital clinics.

Mediterranean diet may reverse
development of metabolic syndrome

A study published online Oct. 14 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal suggests that a Mediterranean diet augmented with more olive oil and extra nuts may reverse development of the metabolic syndrome, thereby reducing the chances of disease and diabetes.

For the study, investigators “put 5,801 men and women ages 55-80 on a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil, supplemented with nuts, or a low fat diet as a control group.” Even though “64% of the participants had metabolic syndrome at the beginning of the study, 28.2% of people on the diet with the syndrome no longer met the criteria after just under five years.”

Another report says that people “who ate the Mediterranean diet also had a decrease in belly fat, which is known to increase heart disease risk, according to the study.” The study authors explained that “monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA), which are found in olive oil, replace saturated fatty acids in a Mediterranean diet, and this helps the cholesterol profile and insulin sensitivity (which decreases type 2 diabetes risk).” In addition, many nuts are MUFA-rich. People “in the olive oil group had significant decreases in both central obesity and high fasting glucose, while those in the nut group had a significant decrease in central obesity only.” 

 DUHS Institute of 
Health Management

KARACHI:Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) has  established Institute of Health Management (IHM) to promote advance health services management through programs and research that provides outstanding practical education to students, create and disseminate applied knowledge, promote the understanding and ethical practice of business and service to the community. Currently more than 500 students are undertaking various courses at IHM.The Formal Inauguration of Institute of Health Management was performed by Dr. Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan, Governor of Sindh on December 25th 2014. Prof. Masood Hameed Khan, Vice Chancellor, DUHS and senior faculty members of the IHM were also present on the occasion.

Dr. Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan in his remarks said that there is a great need of healthcare managers. Although doctors are professionally competent and hard working but now a days they also need to have additional qualities as administrators and managers at every level. Treatment issues and logistic issues are equally important, therefore good hospital administrators and clinical managers are essential for best possible healthcare facilities.

Prof. Masood Hameed Khan in his address informed about the progress of the University since its inception and also highlighted the developments and up-coming projects of the University. He informed that the Institute prepares graduates for careers towards senior level leadership in health services management, besides conducting research.

He further stated that Dow University keeping in view its vision to serve community healthcare also establish Dow Diagnostic Laboratory & Radiology Setup is providing reliable, high quality diagnostic services of International standard for routine and specialized tests at, extremely economical rates for all socioeconomic segments of population. Besides the main laboratory at Ojha Campus, Dow University has established 21 Dow Laboratory Collection Centers out of which 16 are in Karachi and five are in Interior Sindh.(PR) 

 International Bioinformatics
Workshop at SIUT

KARACHI: A three days International Bioinformatics Workshop was held at Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation - SIUT in collaboration with COMSTECH from 20-22nd Dec. 2014. Its main objective was to present a hands-on approach to the online Ensembl bioinformatics resources and to introduce command line based options for analyses of whole genome sequencing data regarding biological research for students, post-doctoral fellows and teachers.

An introduction to the Ensembl Genome Browser with practical demonstrations and exercises using the human genome as reference was done. Analyses of high throughput genotyping and whole genome human sequencing data was also presented with overall aim of promoting the use of bioinformatics for health and research in the life sciences. Only human genomic sequencing data was analyzed during the training, whereas the same techniques can be used to analyze any data generated by next generation sequencing.

The workshop introduced and trained researchers and clinicians in the use of internet resources to analyze the vast amount of genetic data produced through high throughput genomic sequencing. The advent of a genomic revolution in the last few years has made a number of discoveries possible in both the research and medical sciences arenas. The latest findings will deliver a great deal of benefits and improvements in the quality of life of the common man through personalized diagnosis and treatment. With the current genomic information it will be possible to predict and monitor one’s susceptibility to a particular disease or infection, therefore allowing for appropriate interventions to reduce painful and expensive diagnostic tests and treatments. The requirement for genetic tests to diagnose the disease and the increased accuracy of prescribing drugs that will be effective for a particular individual, will reduce expenses and increase the benefits to suffering patients.

The workshop provided the expertise and updated knowledge for Pakistani researchers and physicians to translate the genetic approach to everyday clinical practice.The instructors of the workshop included Dr. Qasim Ayub Staff Scientist, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, UK; Dr. Vincenza Colonna, Research Scientist, National Research Council, Institute of Genetics and Biophysics, Napoli, Italy; Dr. Luca Pagani Postdoctoral Fellow, Division of Biological Anthropology University of Cambridge, UK and Dr. Denise Carvalho-Silva (Virtual Lecturer) Ensembl Outreach Officer EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute Hinxton, UK. An online lecture was also delivered by Dr. Giulietta Spudich Ensembl Outreach Project Leader, EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute Cambridge, UK.. The focal person from SIUT was Dr. Syed Qasim Mehdi HEC Distinguished National Professor Centre for Human Genetics and Molecular Medicine SIUT. (PR)

  Biomaterials Conference
at UHS Lahore

LAHORE, Former Chief Justice of Pakistan Tassaduq Hussain Jillani was the chief guest at the  2-day symposium organized by Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Biomedical Materials (IRCBM), Lahore, in collaboration with UHS, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology, King Edward Medical University, Lahore. Speaking at the occasion he said that though there had been considerable development in education and research in the country during the last 10 years, there was still much to be desired.

 “It was high time we ask ourselves why there is not a single university of 57 Islamic states included in the top 100 universities of the world; why Pakistan spends only 2.4 per cent of its GDP on education; and, why we have such a horrible infant mortality rate”, Justice Jillani remarked.

In his speech, Prof John Haycock of University of Sheffield, UK, said that biomaterials were being used in joint replacements, bone plates, bone cement, artificial ligaments and tendons, dental implants for tooth fixation, blood vessel prostheses, heart valves, skin repair devices (artificial tissue), cochlear replacements, contact lenses, breast implants, drug delivery mechanisms, sustainable materials, vascular grafts, and stents.He said that biomaterials’ market was rapidly flourishing and was expected to rise from 44 billion dollars in 2012 to 88.4 billion dollars by 2017.

The Executive Director of IRCBM, Prof Ihtesham ur Rehman, stressed the need of strengthening linkages between universities and industry. UHS VC, Maj. Gen.(Retd.) Prof Muhammad Aslam said that emerging biomedical materials held out the promise of new therapies for the treatment of many currently untreatable medical conditions. He emphasized that research results should enter the market for larger public good.

The theme of the symposium was ‘Translational Research and Commercialization’. The topics discussed included: materials in orthopedic and clinical dentistry, skin repair and regeneration, tissue engineering, drug delivery, nanotechnology, biosensors, implants, materials for cancer treatment and current clinical approaches to functional neurosurgery, skin injuries, ophthalmology and cover treatment.

The guest speakers included: Prof. Jean-Louis Marty, University of Perpignan, France, Prof. Jonathan C. Knowles, Eastman Dental Institute, UK, Prof. John Haycock, University of Sheffield, UK, Dr. Jukka Pekka Matinlinna, University of Hong Kong, Dr. Nicola Greece, University of Sheffield, UK, Prof. Jawwad A. Darr, University College London, UK, and Prof Syed M. Awais, King Edward Medical University, Lahore. The programme also included forty workshops and thirty five poster presentations. (PR)

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