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Measles kills 200 children in Sindh

08 January, 2013

KARACHI: "Deaths of more than 200 children in Sindh due to measles is really a point of concern not only for the government but also for health experts and scientists as well.

The scientists working in the area of molecular medicine are required to conduct research on such diseases, like measles and polio. The fact is appreciable that the galaxy of scientists has come to University of Karachi (KU) from abroad despite the country is facing worst law and order situation. This is an extraordinary opportunity for young researchers to learn from the vast experience of these scientists."

These views were expressed by University of Karachi (KU) Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Qaiser during his address at the inaugural ceremony of the 4th International Symposium-Cum-Training Course on Molecular Medicine and Drug Research held on Monday at the International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) KU. Over 350 scientists, including 35 scientists from 24 countries, are attending the international event, organised by Dr Panjwani Centre for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research (PCMD), KU.

The KU chief pointed out that the university's dedication towards scientific activities could be judged from organisation of this global event in which international reputed scientists belonging to Bangladesh, India, Iran, Azerbaijan, Korea, Egypt, Italy, Sri Lanka, UAE, Jordan, Sugan, Turkey, Nepal, Myanmar, Germany, Sweden and Canada were attending.

The former chairman Higher Education Commission Prof Dr Atta-ur-Rahman said, "Science is beyond from borders and religions. It can bridge the gap between nations of the world." He said that education and science were the only solution to all problems of Pakistan.

Later, Prof Rahman in his plenary lecture said that despite financial and cultural constraints, HEC under his leadership had changed the landscape of the public universities and R&D institutions in the country.

"Although the impact of our struggle of decade will appear in times to come, however, we are already witnessing over 600 percent increase in scientific publications in international journals, along with inclusion of three universities of Pakistan in the list of top 400 and 500 universities of the world," he added.

Director ICCBS Prof Dr Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary said that this symposia series covers all important aspects of molecular medicines and rational drug development which was an interdisciplinary field which exploits advances in molecular and cellular biology and genetic engineering. He said. "The aim of the event is to develop understanding and appreciation of this emerging field (Molecular Medicine and Drug Research) in Pakistan, to bring together the leading experts in the field of molecular medicine from all around the world."

KU Dean Science Prof Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi, former KU Dean Science Prof Dr Nusrat Jamil and Dr Asmat Saleem also spoke on the occasion.


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