UHS to establish country’s ‘first’ clinical research department – Pakistan

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LAHORE: University of Health Sciences (UHS) Vice Chancellor Prof. Javed Akram has said the country’s first clinical research department will be established at the university and a six-year certificate course month will be launched in May for doctors and other healthcare professionals. professionals.

He was speaking at the inaugural session of a three-day international clinical trials conference here at UHS. The conference is organized in collaboration with the University of Granada (Granada) Spain, Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP), National Institute of Health (NIH) Islamabad, Pakistan Society of Internal Medicine (PSIM) and University of Child Health Lahore. Prominent scholars from Spain, Sri Lanka and Pakistan participate in the competition.

Professor Javed Akram said that if the benefits of research can’t reach people, they’re useless. “Credit for promoting clinical research in Pakistan goes to the Supreme Court of Pakistan which in 2017 took note of the non-commercialization of artificial human skin prepared by a team of scientists under its supervision,” he said. he declares.

He added that there are 370 biotech factories in India while there is not a single one in Pakistan. He said he had to appear before NAB and FIA officials several times for giving low-cost interferon injections to treat hepatitis B and C, but later those agencies praised his efforts.

Drawing attention to the lack of quality medical journals in the country, Prof. Javed Akram said that despite being one of the largest countries in the world, Pakistan has only three factored medical journals. impact.

DRAP CEO Asim Rauf said the authority is on track to become a world-class regulator on par with international standards and best practices, thanks to effective e-governance, better management for the implementation of regulations and their application throughout the country. He added that minimum standards for clinical research had been set and would not be compromised at any cost.

NIH Executive Director Maj. Gen. Prof. Aamer Ikram (Retired) said in his online address that the foundations for clinical trials have been laid in the country and a building can now be constructed there. He acknowledged that medical journalism and research writing were very important areas where UHS was leading the way.

Prof. Aamer Ikram said that with the efforts of Prof. Javed Akram, a comprehensive policy regarding stem cell therapy is being developed in the country.

The conference secretary, Dr. Shehnoor Azhar, Dr. Masud ur Rehman, Dr. Ume Sughra and Dr. Summaya Azam also spoke on this occasion.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2022

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