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 Research Seminar at Kharadar General Hospital
We can combat health challenges 
by adopting advance research
methodology - A.G. Billoo

KARACHI: Through adaption of advance research methodologies, we can combat health challenges. This was stated by Prof. A. G. Billoo an eminent pediatrician while speaking a research seminar organized by Kharadar General Hospital School of Nursing recently. The current health indicators of Pakistan, he said, are not satisfactory, now the need is to target community health issues and move ahead in Research.

Continuing Prof. Billo said that Kharadar General Hospital was performing its role in providing state of the art research and educational facilities. President, Pakistan Nursing Council Prof. Afshan Nazli said that in Nursing Profession interest towards research will help to resolve the health issues in the best manner. Development of research interest in health individual is our priority and we are enforcing in curriculum to develop quality researchers and research environment can help us to move along with other countries of the world.

Prof. A.G. Billoo photographed with the participants of Research Seminar
held at Kharadar General Hospital last month.

Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Khalid Iqbal said all developing nations are adapting preventive measures to overcome all health problems. Control of the health problems like neonates and maternal mortalities, dengue and XDR typhoid Outbreaks, Chronic Disease like Diabetes, Hypertension and Hepatitis will lead towards healthy society. Kharadar General Hospital, School of Nursing Principal Talat Perveen Shah stated that the directions of interest towards research in Nursing Profession will predict a bright and healthy future of Pakistan. Students should adopt health research in educational and professional practices to increase their interest and be part of capacity development. Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) Institute of Health Nursing Principal Prof. Shahid Zafar, Indus Hospital Network Institute of Health Nursing Principal Prof. Hakim Shah and Ms. Durr e Shehwar besides other guests also addressed the meeting. Kharadar General Hospital, School of Nursing students’ presented their research work in the Seminar. Shields to the Guests were presented at the end of the Seminar.

535 graduates
presented degrees
at JSMU Convocation

Karachi: Governor Sindh and Chancellor Imran Ismail was the chief guest at the Jinnah Sindh Medical University’s Convocation held here on December 27, 2019. Five hundred thirty five doctors were presented degrees in medicine and allied health sciences during the convocation. Fifteen gold medals were also awarded to high achieving graduates in medicine, pharmacy, public health, and business and healthcare management.
Those who were presented Gold Medals included:

  1. Taqveem Ilyas (Best Graduate MBBS)
  2. Muntaha Khan (Best Graduate Pharm D)
  3. Rida Fatima (1st position MBBS, Honours in BMS and Paediatric Medicine)
  4. Sakshi Bai (2nd position and Honour in Surgery)
  5. Amna Farid (3rd Position)
  6. Mariam Saleem (Honour in Obs & Gynae)
  7. Memoona Farooque (Honour in ENT)
  8. Asfa Ahmed (Honour in Ophthalmology)
  9. Ramesh Das (Honour in Medicine)
  10. Rida Hasan (1st position Pharm D)
  11. Aeliya Batool (1st position in MS Public Health)
  12. Samina Badar (1st position in Business Management)

These gold medals have been named after eminent personalities who have contributed a great deal in the field of medicine and to Jinnah Sindh Medical University. The details are as under:

  1. Professor Khwaja Muinuddin Ahmed Medal for the Best Graduate MBBS
  2. Professor Sultan M. Farooqui Medal for First position MBBS
  3. Professor Samie Ashraf Medal for Second Position MBBS
  4. Professor Q.M.H. Jalisi Medal for Third Position MBBS
  5. Professor Mohammad Ilyas Medal for Honours in Public Health
  6. Professor Kashaf ud Duja Medal for Honours in Basic Medical Sciences
  7. Professor Sadiqua N. Jafarey Medal for Honours in Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  8. Professor S.A. Hamid Medal for Honours in Surgery
  9. Professor Zeenat Essani Medal for Honours in Paediatric Medicine.
  10. Professor S.M. Rab Medal for Honours in Medicine
  11. Professor S.M. Tariq Rafi Medal for Honours in ENT
  12. Professor Aley Hassan Zaidi Medal for Honours in Business Management
  13. Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medal for Honours in Pharm D
  14. Professor Waqar Hussein Medal for First Position Pharm D
  15. Professor Syed Hassan Manzoor Zaidi Award for Best Teacher (Professor)

Best Teachers awards for the year 2019 were presented to the following:

  1. Professor Iqbal Afridi – Professor Syed Hassan Manzoor Zaidi Award for Best Teacher (Professor)
  2. Dr. Humera Anser – Best Teacher (Associate Professor)
  3. Dr. Nazish Jafar – Best Teacher (Assistant Professor)
  4. Dr. Ubaid Ahmed Khanzada – Best Teacher (Lecturer). 

Hyper authorship
Papers with Thousands
of authors on the rise

The number of research papers with more than 1,000 authors has more than doubled in the past 5 years. ‘Hyper authorship’ was once mainly the outcome of huge collaborative research projects in particle and nuclear physics. But the global data increasingly used in fields such as epidemiology and climate change mean that mass authorship looks likely to spread further. The mass-authorship trend that began in particle physics is spreading to other fields. Now the number of research papers with more than 1,000 authors has more than doubled in the past 5 years, a study of millions of articles indexed by the Web of Science (WoS) database has found.

Between 2009 and 2013, 573 manuscripts listing 1,000 co-authors or more were published, according to a report released on 4 December by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), which is part of Clarivate Analytics, the firm in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that runs the WoS. But that figure has risen to 1,315 papers over the past 5 years.  The surge in this practice, dubbed hyper authorship, reflects the increasingly global nature of research across several fields, the institute says.

In particle and nuclear physics, papers with hundreds or even thousands of authors have been common for some time, largely because of massive collaborative research projects at CERN, Europe’s particle physics laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland. “What a lot of people think about when they hear about hyper authorship is CERN,” says Martin Szomszor, head of research analytics at the ISI. But he says that data from the past five years show an increasing number of thousand-author studies in other fields, including global epidemiology and climate change. A 2017 analysis of body-mass index published in The Lancet1, for example, involved more than 1,000 named authors from more than 100 countries. “It’s the type of research where global data is required,” says Szomszor.

The ISI study found that papers involving authors in dozens of countries although rare are also being published more often. Between 2009 to 2013, just one manuscript authored by researchers from more than 60 countries was listed in the WoS. Between 2014 and 2018, there were 49 such papers and nearly two-thirds of these had authors from more than 80 nations. Szomszor thinks the trend towards mass authorship will probably continue over the next five years, as more fields start to involve large numbers of researchers in different parts of the world working together. He predicts that topics associated with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals such as poverty and sustainability are likely to produce more mass-authored papers in future.

The report’s findings are a positive sign, indicating growing global collaboration among researchers, says Vincent Larivière, an information scientist at the University of Montreal in Canada. “I’m not surprised about the increase in fields other than particle physics,” he says. “The important thing for me is that the contribution of researchers, irrespective of their rank in the academic hierarchy, is recognized and credited.” (PR)

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