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Poster Presentation at University of Sharjah

We would like to congratulate Dr. Shumaila Usman, an emerging Pakistani scientist from the Department of Molecular Medicine at Ziauddin University, in recognition of her scientific work presentation at the 4th Forum for Women in Research held at University of Sharjah. Dr. Shumaila is a Stem Cell biologist working on the stem cell therapy for Chronic Liver disorders. Her engagement and dedication to this cause have been truly inspiring and has gained international recognition.

Shortlisted from the 571 submissions for final poster presentation at the conference.

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Fundamental Cell Culture Techniques

Two days introductory workshop on Fundamental Cell culture techniques was conducted by Department of Molecular Medicine from 22nd– 23rd Aug, 2023 at Multidisciplinary Research Labs, Ziauddin University.

Dr. Shumaila Usman started the program with the welcome address, followed by the recitation of Holy Quran. Executive Director Research Prof. Dr. Talat Mirza highlighted the Clinical perspectives of the cell culture techniques. She said the ultimate objective of such events is to create awareness and knowledge based for new methods and techniques for practical implications and research.

Dr Shumaila gave a brief introduction of the cell culture technique to convey basic understanding before lab demonstrations. Video session on the important cell culture techniques was conducted prior hands-on training. Isolation of Mesenchymal Stem Cells from Umbilical cord, trypsinization, cell counting, seeding and cryopreservation was conducted by Dr. Shumaila. Dr. Irfan Khan, Assistant Professor, Dr. Panjwani Center for Molecular Medicine delivered a lecture on Stem Cells from Bench to Bedside, highlighting the clinical importance of the stem cells research.

Second day of the workshop started with the treatment of the cells with compounds for cytotoxicity analysis. Dr. Rehan Imad conducted a lecture prior to the lab session. MTT assay was performed and the results analysis was explained to the students followed by a lecture on Recent Advances in Cell Culture by Dr. Shumaila Usman.  Extensive knowledge and practical skills were imparted through the lectures, video sessions & interactive sessions along with the hands-on training. Participants were assessed for their knowledge at the end of the workshop.

The productive activity was concluded and certificate distribution among the participants by Dean Faculty of Health Sciences Prof. Dr. Abbas Zafar and Executive Director Research Dr Talat Mirza The session was closed after taking feedback from the students.

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First PPIE Group Meeting

16 September 2023. Our PPIE group has held their first-ever meeting! This group of eight inspirational and dedicated members came together to start their exciting work on bringing the patient voice to clinical trials at Ziauddin University. During their first meeting, the group learned about the power of PPIE in clinical trials and discussed the ethical, moral and practical imperatives for meaningfully involving the public in research. The group also set ambitious aims and objectives to transform clinical trials in Pakistan to make them more patient-centered and societally beneficial.

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NGS Unveiled

Ziauddin University is organising a 4-Day Workshop, “NGS Unveiled,” at Ziauddin University, from Oct 3rd to 6th, 2023, 9 am to 4 pm. Explore wet lab techniques, PCR, next-gen sequencing, bioinformatics, genome assembly, human genetics, SNP analysis, and oncology biomarkers. Facilitated by experts Dr. Ambrina Khatoon, Molecular Medicine Professor, and Muhammad Jahanzaib, Genetic Consultant. Gain practical genomics insights in this dynamic learning experience.
 
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Scrubs day

 

The students at ZCRS, ZU – Sukkur Campus are filled with excitement as they prepare to embark on a new phase of their careers: Clinical Rotations. ZCRS has diligently prepared its students to face the upcoming challenges and experiences. The first batch of DPT students is all set to begin their Clinical Rotations on September 4, 2023. To mark this significant milestone, the students donned their scrubs and created cherished memories that will last a lifetime. Let us all show our support and encouragement to these budding professionals as they step into this new chapter of their educational journey.
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Contract Signing Ceremony for the Establishment of the PPIE Group

1 June 2023. A contract signing ceremony was held at Ziauddin University to celebrate the historic establishment of the first-ever Patient & Public Involvement and Engagement Group in a Clinical Trials Unit in Pakistan. This ceremony was the culmination of months of hard work to seek funding, gain approvals, design the project, and recruit team members to allow this exciting group to be launched. We are extremely grateful to Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit for providing us with funding and to Ziauddin University for enabling us to carry out this work. In attendance at the contract signing ceremony were Dr. Timo Tolppa (co-lead of the project from the University of British Columbia), Dr. Madiha Hashmi (Head of the Department of Critical Care Medicine at Ziauddin University), Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Umrani (Director of the Office of Research, Innovation, and Commercialization), Prof. Dr. Syed Irfan Hyder (Vice-Chancellor of Ziauddin University), and Prof. Dr. Abbas Zafar (Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Ziauddin University).

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Lecture on Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement for Clinical Trials

1 June 2023. Dr. Timo Tolppa delivered an inspiring lecture to staff and faculty at Ziauddin University on “Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement for Clinical Trials” to introduce the crucial role patients and the public can play in shaping the future of clinical research. Dr. Tolppa shared his insights on the ways in which public engagement can lead to more inclusive, societally beneficial, and impactful clinical trials. Attendees discussed the opportunities, challenges, and future directions of involvement and engagement in Pakistan and at Ziauddin, and left the session empowered to begin the exciting work of fostering collaborative relationships with the community. 

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Fundamental Cell Cultural Techniques Workshop

Collect and fill your pocket with each and every gem that comes your way!
“Fundamental Cell Cultural Techniques”
A 2-day hands-on workshop on 22-23 August, 2023 at Ziauddin University is a golden chance to learn many things, including stem cell isolation, cell line revival, subculture, and many more. Register before it’s too late! Deadline: 18-Aug-23
For Online Registration
https://registration.zu.edu.pk/login

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Dr. Abdul Hameed – Exceptional Contributions Representing Ziauddin University at IDF-WPR Congress 2023/15th Scientific Meeting in Kyoto, Japan

We are delighted to share the outstanding accomplishments of Dr. Abdul Hameed, a distinguished Pakistani scientist from the Department of Molecular Medicine at Ziauddin University, who recently delivered two captivating talks at the prestigious IDF-WPR Congress 2023/15th Scientific Meeting in Kyoto, Japan. Dr. Hameed’s exceptional research talks on discovering new drug targets, candidate leads, and drug repurposing offered new hope for diabetes patients and has drawn international acclaim and recognition.

Dr. Abdul Hameed’s continuous contributions to these esteemed international diabetes forums showcase the nation’s exceptional capabilities and remarkable competence in research and innovation on the global stage. In recognition of his contributions to the global scientific communities, Dr. Hameed received the prestigious Excellent Scientific Award in 2018 and the esteemed AASD Award for 2019. These accolades show his dedication and commitment to advancing scientific knowledge for the betterment of humanity.

We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Abdul Hameed for his outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the scientific world. His unwavering dedication and exceptional research work are an inspiration for our young researchers to highlight Pakistan as on international focus.

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Ziauddin University Delegation Holds Productive Meeting with Chinese Consulate to Enhance Bilateral Relations and Educational Collaborations

A distinguished delegation from Ziauddin University, comprising the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Syed Irfan Hyder; the Director ORIC, Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Umrani; the Dean of Faculty of Liberal Arts & Human Sciences, Dr. Shehla Najib Sidiki; and the Deputy General Manager of PR & Communications, Mr. Amir Shahzad, had the honor of meeting with Mr. Yang Yundong, the Consul General, and Mr. Shang Hailong, Vice Consul of the People’s Republic of China in Karachi.

The primary objective of the meeting was to engage in discussions aimed at fostering bilateral relations and exploring educational and research opportunities for our esteemed institution. Additionally, we explored the potential of establishing Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) between Ziauddin University and prestigious universities and training institutions in China. Such meetings will surely contribute significantly to the broader academic community and strengthen the bond between our nations.