SMDC’s 3rd International Conference attracts 1315 registered participants


 SMDC’s 3rd International Conference
attracts 1315 registered participants
Scientific highlights include 49 workshops,
78 invited speakers, 
85 oral presentations
and 54 Poster presentations

LAHORE: Keeping up its past traditions, Shalamar Medical & Dental College successfully organized its Third International Conference from 2-3rd February 2019 which attracted 1315 registered delegates from all over the country besides a dozen delegates from overseas. The scientific highlights of the conference which was organized without any financial help and assistance from the pharmaceutical trade and industry included forty nine pre-conference workshops organized on 31st January and February 1st, seventy-eight invited speakers, and eighty five out of 140 abstracts were selected for oral presentations besides fifty four poster presentations. The conference was as usual held at the college campus in an academic environment. The theme of the conference was “Navigating the Future”.

Invited guest speakers from overseas who graced the conference with their presence and made useful contributions to the scientific programme included Dr. John Lantos from USA, Prof. Paul Barach from USA, Prof. Hakan Yarali from Turkey, Dr. Colette Marie-Claire Magnant from USA, Prof. Vugar Gurban Mammadov from Azerbijan and Dr. Jeffrey Yen Lin from USA.

Shalamar Medical & Dental College as well as University of Lahore have shown the way to other conference organizers that if there is a will and determination, successful conferences can be organized in institutions rather than the Five Star Hotels as is the case with many other institutions and professional specialty organizations and most of which eventually also turn out to be mere social get-togethers with very little scientific contents. Prof. Zahid Bashir Principal of Shalamar Medical & Dental College was the patron of the conference, Prof. Sarah Khalid Chairperson of the organizing committee while others who made commendable contributions to the scientific deliberations included Prof. Bilal Bin Younis and Prof. M. A. Wajid besides other members of the different committees. Excellent arrangements were witnessed throughout the conference, attendance in pre-conference workshops, scientific sessions, and plenary sessions and even in sessions on Sunday were highly satisfactory. The audiovisual arrangements were perfect and credit for all this goes to the members of the organizing committee.

Dr. Faisal Sultan Director of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre was the chief guest in the inaugural session while Prof. Javed Akram Vice Chancellor of University of Health Sciences was the Chief Guest in the concluding session. Yet another highlight of the conference was the presence of Mr. Shahid Hussain Chairman of the Businessmen Hospital Trust throughout the conference. Speaking in the inaugural session he disclosed that SMDC was going to sign an MOU with John Hopkins Medical School for collaboration in the academics and training of the faculty. He also presented the mementoes to some of the guest speakers. Brig. Anis Ahmed is the current Chief Executive of Shalamar Institute of Health Sciences.

Speaking in the concluding session Prof. M. A. Wajid said that it was the political and leadership decisions by SMDC to start holding this international conference in 2017 and with every passing year the number of participants, invited speakers and workshops has increased and this has emerged as an important academic event in Pakistan. Prof. Sarah Khalid Chairperson of the Organizing Committee gave an excellent wrap up of the three days conference deliberations in the concluding session and thanked their team leader and Mentor Prof. Zahid Bashir, members of the organizing committee including Mr. Zaheer Khan for their devotion and dedication which played a vital role in the success of this academic event. Invited guest speakers including foreign delegates were also taken on a Foreign Trail Tour of the Forte of Lahore followed by dinner while Gala Dinner of the conference was held at the college campus. Reports related to presentations during the conference to be published in subsequent issues.

The organizers have also announced the dates for the 4th International Conference which will be held on 1-2, February 2020. The conference theme will be “Challenge of Change”.