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AEME conference on Medical Education
on March 7-8th 2015

ISLAMABAD: Association for Excellence in Medical Education (AEME) is holding its conference on Medical Education at the Foundation University, Islamabad from March 7-8th 2015 while Pre-conference workshops on different subjects are planned on March 6th 2015.

Theme of the conference is “The continuum of Education in the Health Professions: Enhancing Quality”. International Key note speakers include Ara Tekian, John Norcini and Henk Schmidt. For further details visit www.ae.me.org.


PMA(C) Biennial Conference and
elections of new office bearers

LAHORE: Pakistan Medical Association (C) held its elections during the 31st Biennial Medical Conference held here from 7th to 9th November 2014. The following candidates were elected unopposed while Dr. Aziz Ahmed Lehri from Province of Baluchistan took over as President of Pakistan Medical Association (Centre) for next two years.

 

Prof. M. Ashraf Nizami
President Elect, PMA (Centre)

  1. Prof. M. Ashraf Nizami
    President Elect  
  2. Dr. Mirza Ali Azhar
    Secretary General
  3. Dr. S.M.Qaisar Sajjad
    Treasurer
  4. Dr. Talha Sherwani
    Joint Secretary -1
  5. Dr. Bashir Channa
    Joint Secretary-II\
  6. Prof. M. Idrees Adhi
    Chairman Editorial Board-JPMA

According to a press release issued by the PMA, there were 75 scientific sessions which were devoted to Surgery and allied, Gynecology and Obstetrics, Maternal and Child Health, Anesthesiology, Dermatology, Infectious diseases, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics and Medical Education Training and Patient care. Forty pre-conference workshops were also held in Lahore and Karachi.(PR)


Study explains the link
between cilia and diabetes

Tiny extensions on cells, cilia, play an important role in insulin release, according to a new study, which is published in Nature Communications. The researchers report that the cilia of beta cells in the pancreas are covered with insulin receptors and that changed ciliary function can be associated with the development of type 2 diabetes.

Cilia are tiny extensions on cells and they are credited with many important functions, including transduction of signals in cells. Defects in cilia have been implied in several diseases and pathological conditions. Thus, scientists at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, University College London and the Helmholtz Zentrum München (HMGU) took interest in the role of cilia in blood glucose regulation and type 2-diabetes.

“It has been known for some time that the rate of type 2 diabetes is above average in people with ciliopathy, which is a pathological ciliary dysfunction”, says Dr. Jantje Gerdes, previously at Karolinska Institute and now at the Institute of Diabetes and Regeneration Research at the HMGU, first author of the study. “Our results confirm this observation and additionally explain how cilia are linked to glucose metabolism and diabetes.”

The researchers investigated the function of ciliary cell extensions in the insulin-secreting pancreatic beta cells. Insulin is the hormone that reduces blood glucose levels. When the investigators stimulated the beta cells with glucose the number of insulin receptors on their cilia increased. When circulating insulin binds to the receptors it stimulates the release of more insulin into the blood. The cilia consequently play an important role in the release and signal transduction of insulin.

The investigators also studied what happens when the cilia are defective. They found that in mice with few or defective cilia the insulin release was reduced and the animals had significantly elevated blood glucose levels.

“Ciliary dysfunction and defective glucose utilization are directly linked”, says Dr. Per-Olof Berggren at the Rolf Luft Research Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at Karolinska Institute, principal investigator of the study. “Ciliopathies therefore have a potential function as models in the investigation of many still unknown mechanisms that underlie diabetes.”

The research was supported by, among others, the Swedish Research Council, the Novo Nordisk Foundation, the European Research Council, The Family Erling-Persson Foundation, the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, and the Stichting af Jochnick Foundation. (PR)


 

Prof. Kh.Saadiq Husain former President CPSP presenting a mementoe to
Mr. Shaukat Ali Jawaid Chief Editor Pulse Internationals at a meeting  of the
senior Fellows and Members of Royal College of Physicians London organized
by Prof. M. Akbar Chaudhry at Lahore recently to meet Dr. Fraz Mir,
International  Associate Director of  RCP London for South Asia.


 

Mr. Shaukat Ali Jawaid Chief Editor Professional Medical Publications and former Member of
NBC making a presentation on Medical Ethics at the Azra Naheed Medical College Lahore
on October 10th 2014. Picture also shows Prof. M.Akbar Chaudhry Principal AZNMC
welcoming the guest speaker.

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