KARACHI:Rapid changes emerging in the disease pattern and eruption of wide ranged variants in all categories of
infection demand urgency to keep actively involved the local researchers and students in molecular and immunodiagnostic research.
This was suggested by experts including Dr. Ata-Ur-Rehman, Prof.Dr. Shahana Urooj Kazmi, Prof. M. Umar Farooq, Dr. Saeed Khan, Dr.Shaheen Sharafat, Dr. Asif Qureshi, Dr. Samreen Soomro, Dr. Adnan Khan and others during inaugural session of a hands-on training workshop on “Molecular and Immunodiagnostics,” organized by Department of Molecular Pathology, Dow University of Health Sciences in collaboration with the American Society for Microbiology and Pakistan Society for Microbiology.
They on the occasion also suggested need for exchange of ideas on the emerging trends and to create awareness among the student about the importance of analytical tools in diagnosis.
The fact was frequently highlighted that molecular and immunodiagnostic research captures the express patterns in the field of proteomics and genomics which further helps in understanding the mechanism of disease at molecular level and aids in the development of new molecules.
These molecules were cited to be extremely important in facilitating diagnosis and treatment of various diseases as diabetes,cancer etc.
A number of immuno diagnostics tests are being developed to help identify antibodies to viruses that can cause serious complications when present in patients taking one of several new immune-modulating therapies, said Dr. Shahana Urooj Kazmi.
Dr. Shaheen Sharafat said immunodiagnostics tends to originate from large reference laboratory companies with a strong competency in infectious disease testing.
Speakers on the occasion appreciated the fact that Department of Molecular Pathology, Microbiology and Histopathology, DUHS is equipped with state of the art facilities coupled with excellent quality control maintenance, dedicated staff and an impeccable reputation for arranging scientific events.
The workshop was participated by research students from both national and international centers including Nepal and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia alongwith those from Karachi,Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar,Mansehra, Haripur KPK, D.I Khan, Gilgit, Multan, Quetta, Khairpur,Larkana, Jamshoro and Hyderabad.
They were provided with a hands-on experience in PCR-based methods used in diagnosis besides conventional and traditional methods used in microbiology as well as molecular immuno diagnostic.
Source : APP