VC Air University Proposes Pak-China Health Corridor which will benefit both countries


 Proceedings of LIFECON-2018

VC Air University Proposes Pak-China Health
Corridor which will benefit both countries

ISLAMABAD: A two day international conference LIFECON-2018, with the theme “One Belt and Road Initiative” was organized by Fazaia Medical College, Air University Islamabad on 15th & 16th January, 2018. The conference aimed at developing research and advances using a multidisciplinary approach to various projects of health and affiliated sciences. It provided a unique platform for research involving coinciding spheres of health with other sciences. LIFECON-2018 also aimed at developing linkage for future between different National and International universities and research organizations with Fazaia Medical College (FMC) and other departments of Air University, Islamabad.

Dr. Asad Hafeez DG Health, Lt. Gen. Zahid Hamid HI (M), Surgeon General of Pakistan presenting
mementoes to the speakers at the LIFECON-2018 organized by Fazaia Medical College recently.

In his welcome address Principal Fazaia Medical College, Maj. Gen. Prof. Salman Ali HI (M) (Retd), stressed the need that medical colleges like Fazaia Medical College should aim to produce health care professionals who are leaders and have enabling skills to play their role for betterment of health care systems of the society.

Vice Chancellor Air University, AVM Faaiz Amir HI (M), S Bt (Retd) briefly highlighted the importance of conferences with multidisciplinary approach. He pointed out that this conference was unique, as it provides exceptional educational focus on human physiology & engineering in a board range of areas. He proposed Pak-China Health Corridor along CPEC for both nations to benefit. He said that it is imperative for health sciences to collaborate, integrate and understand the researchers and innovation in other sciences.

Some of the speakers of the LIFECON 2018 organized by Fazaia Medical College
photographed along with the chief guest during the conference.

 Dr. Sania Nishtar, Co-Chair, WHO Commission in NCDs was impressed by the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach of conference. She highlighted that health challenges we face today can be overcome by research & collaboration of different domains of health sciences and engineering. Theme of this conference she hoped will contribute towards overall improvement of health systems of the country. Air University has taken this important initiative of bringing together the important domains related to health systems in Pakistan by inviting national speakers and gathering key stake holders in health care & engineering, she added.

Lt. Gen. Zahid Hamid HI (M), Surgeon General of Pakistan, who was the Chief Guest on this occasion emphasized the importance of collaboration which is being carried out between researchers of health sciences with overlapping sciences. He also expressed delight about involvement of students in this collaboration.

A five member’s delegation from Xian China graced the occasion from Northwest Polytechnic University. It included Professor Airong QIAN, Associate Professor Dr. Zhi Ping MIAO, Assistant Professor Dr. Kai Dang, Dr. Raees Fida Swati and Dr. Muhammad Shahid Riaz.

Plenary session on 15th January, was chaired by Professor Dr. Assad Hafeez, DG Ministry of NHSR&C. Prof. Dr. Airong Qian talked about `Biological effects of simulated weightlessness on bone cells and its mechanism`. Dr. Zhing Ping MIAO, who talked about `Measurement system of memory congenital development and its experimental study`. Professor Emeritus Muhammad Nawaz from University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences Lahore, talked about “One world one Health”. Dr. Kai Dang, NPU, spoke on hemostasis of protein glycosylation. Dr. Musa Kaleem, consultant Paediatric Radiologist, UK discussed the latest application and use of 3D printing in developing human organs like heart. Consistent with the conference theme Col. Najamussahr (R) talked about various Health Systems Models and their applications in different comminutes and setup. The significance of Human Factors Engineering and its relevance to Health care and safety was highlighted by Prof. Mati-ur-Rehman, Principal and Director Riphah Institute of Health Care Improvement and Safety. Dr. Zahoor Sarwar from Bahria University, Islamabad explained the common domain about the lessons the health systems can learn from engineering management and system engineering. Other topics discussed included Nanotechnology applications for cancer therapy by Senior Dean Air University Prof. Dr. Zafar Ullah Koreshi, Development of Prosthetic elbow and intention realization of EMG by Prof. Dr. Zareena Kausar, Head of Mechatronics Department, Air University.

Group Photograph shows Members of the organizing committee, Faculty members of Fazaia Medical
College along with some of the participants to the LIFECON 2018 conference organized
by Fazaia Medical College recently.

Plenary session on 16th January, was chaired by Maj. Gen. Prof. Dr. Salman Ali (R), Principal FMC. Professor Dr. Mirza Naqi Zafar from Sindh Institute of Urology Transplantation, presented `Long term outcome of living related renal transplant recipients in an emerging economy` followed by David Arthur, Dean School of Nursing and Midwifery Aga Khan University, who discussed `Nursing care: Expectations of 21st century Healthcare in the local context`. Dr. Ayesha Habib, Aga Khan University, spoke on `Perspective of Metabolic Bone Diseases in Pakistan`. Dr. Muhammad Shahid Riaz talked about probiotics potential of lactobacilli. Maj. Gen. Prof. Salman Ali (R) in his concluding remarks thanked the speakers while DG KRL, Dr. Kamran Majeed presented mementos.

Plenary sessions on both days were followed by scientific sessions. Maj. Gen. Saleem Rana, Principal Army Medical College was the chief guest in the concluding session. He commended Department of Pathology and Community Medicine, for their relentless efforts, which culminated in a successful two day International conference. He also thanked speakers, participants and sponsors for facilitating and supporting this academic activity of immense public and professional significance.

The conference provided an opportunity to local and foreign experts to facilitate cooperation and learning through mutual experience. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was also signed between FMC and NPU. It will result in programs of faculty exchange, student exchange and admin staff exchange. It also includes biomedical effects of special environment including areas of research for Aeronautics, Astronautics, High altitude and Deep sea medicine. Though Fazaia Medical College itself has just begun its academic journey, it has successfully organized two international conferences in two consecutive years which is commendable. (PR)