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DUHS to establish Cochlear Implant Centre
& Institute of
ENT/ Head & Neck Surgery

KARACHI: Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) in collaboration with International Medical Relief Agency (IMRA) England would establish Cochlear Implant Centre at DUHS Ojha Campus which will start functioning in December 2012. DUHS has also got Syndicate approval to establish an Institute of ENT & Head & Neck Surgery at its Ojha Campus. Cochlear Implantation Centre will be the first facility in Public sector and would entertain children and adults who are deaf and the person having problem in hearing loss or using hearing aid. This was stated by Prof. Dr. M. Umer Farooq, Pro Vice Chancellor, DUHS and Dr. Haroon Zafarullah Khan, an ENT Surgeon and Representative of (IMRA) England while addressing a Press Conference at Ojha Campus.
Prof. Umer Farooq further said that Cochlear Implant is recommended for the children with profound hearing loss in both ears and who have shown little prior success with hearing aids. Cochlear Implantation can be a very effective alternative in this situation. Dow University would be the first in public sector to provide Cochlear Implant service to the needy patients. This implant will be done with the help of International Medical Relief Agency (IMRA) England and first procedure will be performed in December 2012. It is a team work and speech therapist has major role in the procedure.
Dr. Haroon Zafarullah Khan said that Cochlear implant is the most modern technology in World and it is being manufactured by three countries. In UK alone twenty thousand cochlear implants have been performed while Worldwide two hundred fifty thousand cochlear implants have been implanted. People who had completely lost their hearing could be helped with this facility of hearing with this innovative device. Cochlear implants are being performed routinely in 65 countries including India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, he added.

Microbiology conference at Karachi
December 28-31st 2012

KARACHI: Pakistan Society of Microbiology is holding its 9th international conference at Karachi from December 28-31, 2012. It is being organized in collaboration with American Society for Microbiology (ASM) ,, Department of Microbiology, University of Karachi , Biosafety Association of Pakistan-(BSAP) and Consortium of Scientific Societies of Pakistan (CSSP)
The conference program includes lectures by invited speakers, workshops, and research papers/poster presentations covering the following areas of Microbiology:

1. Genomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics.
2. Immunodiagnostics and Molecular Microbiology.
3. Animal Health and Agricultural Microbiology.
4. Zoonotic Diseases Outbreaks and Surveillance.
5. Biosafety and Biosecurity for Human, Animal and Plant Health.
6. Stem Cell Research: Benefits and Ethical issues.
7. Antimicrobial Agents, Vaccines and Immune therapeutics
8. Environmental Biotechnology and Climate Change.
9. New and Emerging Infectious Diseases, Beneficial Microbiology.

For further details contact: Prof. Dr. Aqeel Ahmad / Prof. Dr. Shazia Hakeem Room 214 – Conference Secretariat - Department of Microbiology, University of Karachi, University Road-75270, Pakistan. Tel: +9221-9243213 /3498-9018 E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dr. Maqbool H. Jafary FRCP

Chief Editor,
Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences
has shifted to Lahore with effect from
November 1, 2012.

His contact details areas follows

 114-B Johar Town, Lahore

Phones: 042-3516 5114 and
042-3517 8114
Cell- 0300 8286962 

 Prof. Inkisar, Aisha Mehanz 

awarded Gold Medals by PPA

KARACHI: Keeping up its past traditions of honouring distinguished paediatricians, Pakistan Paediatric Association at its recently held conference presented Gold Medals to two senior paediatricians. Those honoured and awarded included Prof. S. M.Inkisar Ali who recently retired as Head of the Department of Paediatrics from Dow University of Health Sciences and Prof. Aisha Mehnaz at present Head of the department of Paediatrics at Dow University of Health Sciences, Civil Hospital, and Karachi.
Both of them were presented Gold Medals in recognition of their contributions to promote the discipline of paediatrics and dedicated, devoted services to improve paediatric patient care.

 Spotlight on pediatric 

and adolescent diabetes

Diabetes is a growing problem in adults and children alike, and, as more people are affected by the condition, so the intensity of research and the debate surrounding management options increases. The recent focus on diabetes in the pediatric population is highlighted in a timely special focus issue of Diabetes Management, a peer reviewed journal published by Future Medicine Ltd. Type 1 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes in children, however, Type 2 diabetes in pediatrics and adolescents is now also on the rise. There are unique challenges involved in the management of this chronic condition in children and these challenges vary as patients transition through childhood into adolescence and early adulthood.

The content of the special issue has been driven by two esteemed Guest Editors, Chief Pediatrician and clinical researcher Denis Daneman of the University of Toronto, Canada, and a pediatric clinical scientist, David Dunger, from the University of Cambridge, UK. The support of both of the Guest Editors, one working on either side of the Atlantic Ocean, is of key importance when approaching this globally relevant topic.
“Diabetes remains a day-to-day challenge for people with the condition, whether Type 1 or Type 2. We hope that this Special Focus issue of Diabetes Management contributes in some tangible manner to lessening the burden of diabetes in childhood.” explains Daneman, Guest Editor of the issue and an Associate Editor of Diabetes Management.
A range of editorial, interview, perspective and review articles in this special focus issue highlight the specific care needs of diabetic children as they grow and reach different life stages. The articles also look at a number of different complications, such as retinopathy, microalbuminuria, and diabetic ketoacidosis, and how these should be handled in the pediatric population.
As science improves, so too should the accuracy of managing diabetes in young people. “It is our distinct hope that the pace of change in management of Type 1 diabetes in children and youth moves ahead in the years to come as the fruits of basic and applied science no longer require that we give the wrong amount of insulin in the wrong place at the wrong time, nor that we apply guesswork in closing the loop, nor that behavior plays such a pivotal role in treatment success.” comment Daneman and Dunger in the issue’s opening article.
A full listing of articles included in the issue is available at

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