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Speakers highlight the critical role of anatomy in medical education & practice

Salient features of scientific program included Key Note Lectures, Panel Discussion, Pre-conference workshops & poster presentations

KARACHI: Anatomical Society of Pakistan in collaboration with Fazaia Ruth Pfau Medical College organized the ANATCON 2024 at FRPMC campus from April 26 to 27th 2024. It attracted a large number of eminent anatomists from all over the country besides delegates from overseas. The theme of the conference “Role of Anatomy in medical advancement” emphasized the critical role of anatomy in medical education and practice. This prestigious gathering brought together leading intellectuals to delve into discussions on anatomy and uncover new insights. The conference featured an agenda packed with keynote speeches, panel discussions, and interactive workshops aimed at addressing the latest advancements and challenges in anatomical sciences.

VCAS Air Marshal Hamid Rashid Randhawa, Pakistan Airforce &
Prof Beverley Kramer speaking at the Anatcon 2024.

Chief guest of the inaugural ceremony was, Vice chief, Pakistan Air Force, Air Marshal Hamid Rashid Randhawa, HI(M), who in his address highlighted the importance of academic collaboration and innovation in advancing anatomical sciences. The highlight of the conference was the presence of several distinguished international speakers, notably Prof. Dr. Beverley Kramer, President of the International Federation of Associations of Anatomists (IFAA) and an Emeritus Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. Prof. Kramer, a celebrity in anatomical sciences with significant contributions in embryology and developmental biology, delivered a keynote address that captivated the audience. Her presentation on the latest developments in anatomical research and education provided valuable insights and set the tone for the conference.

Prof. Kramer and Prof. Bushra Waseem led a panel on collaborative research, emphasizing the importance of cooperation within institutions, both domestically and internationally, to yield promising results. Prof, Kramer’s wisdom and extensive experience significantly enriched the conference, making her the main attraction and a source of inspiration for all attendees. Other noted international speakers included Dr. Cheah Pike See from Malaysia, who discussed translating research from bench to bedside for better management of neurological disorders; Dr. Michael KH Ling from Malaysia, who focused on genetic networks in brain development and new therapeutic approaches in neurogenetics; Dr. Zahid Ali from King Saud University, Saudi Arabia, who highlighted innovative teaching methods and the importance of hands-on anatomical education; and Prof. Dr. Eltuhami Abdelmageed, an expert in electron microscopic ultrastructure, who presented his research on ultrastructural studies and stem cell research.

Participants of preconference workshop on Teaching Anatomy through Embryology with Professor Beverley Kramer, President IFAA,
international federation of Association of Anatomists.

Many distinguished speakers from Pakistan also contributed to the scientific programme through their presentations. These included Prof. Bushra Wasim from Ziauddin University, who focused on integrating anatomical research with clinical practice to improve patient outcomes; Prof. Khalid M. Khan from Aga Khan University, who shared insights on the vertebrate auditory system and neurotoxicity; Dr. Mughees Sheerani from Aga Khan University, who focused on raising awareness about neurological diseases and their treatment; Prof. Nabila Kaukab from University of Lahore, discussed innovative teaching and assessment strategies for complex anatomical concepts; Prof. Ambreen Usmani, Principal of Jinnah Medical and Dental College, emphasized about the usage of artificial intelligence and virtual reality in medical education; Prof. Rufina Soomro, a leading breast surgeon, presented the latest techniques in breast surgery and cancer research; Dr. Saima Athar Shaikh shared her innovative approaches to teaching anatomy; Dr. Uruj Zehra, Chair of Anatomy Department at the University of Health Sciences, Lahore, provided insights into the research training and effective anatomy pedagogy; Prof. Zia-ul-Islam emphasized the development of evidence-based assessment systems in anatomy; Prof. Mariyah Hidayat, from the University of Lahore and managing editor of the Journal of the University College of Medicine and Dentistry, talked about various strategies on how to increase the citations of our research papers their impact.

Office bearers of Anatomical society of Pakistan with Prof Beverley Kramer.

The scientific programme also included a diverse range of panels, workshops, poster presentations, student paper presentation, and exhibition of anatomical models by faculty and students from various medical colleges across the country. Noteworthy sessions included the panel on “Anatomy and Clinical Practice: Bridging the Gap,” where experts discussed how advancements in anatomical sciences are directly impacting clinical outcomes. The interactive nature of these sessions allowed attendees to engage directly with panelists, fostering a collaborative atmosphere.

Pre conference workshops

Nineteen preconference workshops offered a diverse array of insights and practical knowledge to attendees. These workshops, covered various topics ranging from teaching methodologies to hands-on laboratory techniques, provided invaluable opportunities for professional development and skill enhancement. Prof. Beverly Kramer’s workshop on “Teaching Embryology to understand Human Anatomy” emerged as a highlight, drawing considerable attention and participation. Attendees benefitted from Prof. Kramer’s expertise, gaining new perspectives on integrating embryological concepts into anatomical education, thus enriching their teaching practices. Other workshops, such as those on diabetic foot complications, nerve blocks for chronic headaches, and anatomical localization of epileptic foci, addressed crucial clinical challenges, equipping participants with practical skills and knowledge applicable in real-world medical scenarios.

Additionally, workshops focusing on innovative teaching methods through digital tools, ultrasound imaging, and virtual dissection offered participants insights into leveraging technology for enhanced learning experiences. The sessions on RNA and DNA extraction, tissue processing and staining, and gene polymorphism analysis provided attendees with hands-on experience in laboratory techniques, fostering a deeper understanding of research methodologies and laboratory procedures. In addition workshops emphasizing mentoring, emotional intelligence, and manuscript quality improvement underscored the importance of holistic professional development, highlighting the significance of soft skills and scholarly communication in academic endeavors. Overall, the preconference workshops served as catalysts for learning, collaboration, and skill enhancement, setting the stage for ANATCON 2024 with a wealth of knowledge and practical insights.

Concluding Session

The concluding session shared and the connections made. Prof. Beverley Kramer reflected on the conference’s success and the importance of continuous innovation in anatomical sciences. She reiterated the need for collaborative efforts to address global challenges and praised the conference for its role in fostering such collaborations. ANATCON 2024 was not just a gathering of experts, but a platform where big ideas were shared that could shape the future. The diverse array of topics, high caliber of speakers, and interactive format ensured that every participant left with new insights and inspiration. Extensive discussions took place regarding solutions to the most critical healthcare and medical education challenges in the field of anatomy, fostering the exchange of ideas. Prof. Beverley Kramer’s contributions emphasized the core message of the conference: “innovation, integrity, and collaboration are the keys to a sustainable and prosperous future in anatomical sciences”.

Life Time Achievement & Academic Excellence Awards

The organizers also presented lifetime achievements and academic excellence Awards to late Prof. Dr. Nasra Hyder Kazi, renowned for her pioneering teaching methods; the late Prof. Amir Ali Shoro, in recognition of his extensive academic leadership; Prof. Dr. Attiya Mubarak Khalid was recognized for her outstanding contributions to anatomy; and Prof. Dr. Nosheen Omer, for her significant administrative roles in academia and her pioneering tenure as the president of the Anatomical Society of Pakistan.

Credit for the success of the conference goes to Prof. Masood Ahmed, Vice President of the Anatomical Society of Pakistan and Principal of Fazaia Ruth Pfau Medical College. His dedication and leadership were pivotal in orchestrating this landmark event, and his vision for a collaborative platform where international and national experts could converge to advance anatomical sciences was realized through meticulous planning and untiring commitment. His efforts, alongside those of Prof. Muhammad Sohail, President of the Anatomical Society of Pakistan, and other esteemed members of the organizing committee of the Anatomical Society of Pakistan, ensured the seamless coordination and execution of the event. Prof. Sohail’s leadership and guidance were instrumental in bringing together a diverse array of speakers and participants, fostering an environment of learning and collaboration. (PR)

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