KARACHI: The genetic characters are directly or indirectly involved in the evolution of emerging disease in our society.
This was stated by Prof. Abid Azhar, Director General, Dr. A. Q.Khan Institute of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (KIBGE), University of Karachi.
He was delivering inaugural address during the first day of a3-day winter school on Modern tools and techniques in health and disease’ at KIBGE, an official of the institution said on Saturday.
Prof. Abid was of the view that the treatment and cure of the emerging diseases is not possible without taking into account the genetic variations from normal to patients.
Therefore, he added the modern tools and techniques in health and disease is mandatory for modern medical sciences research and health care system.
The workshop was also addressed by Dr. Muhammad Afzal, former Editor-in-Chief, East Mediterranean Health Journal, World Health Organization (WHO), who shared the modern statistical and Epidemiological tools in health and disease. In his lecture, he trained the workshop participants on various options available using latest statistical software.
The workshop resource persons also included Dr. Nisreen AL-Hmoud,Director, Royal Scientific Society, Amman, Jordan.
She presented a world view on how to regulate the production and market for genetically modified food and organisms.
She also discussed with the participants the baseline information regarding genetically modified organisms in terms of food and feed.
Dr. Muhammad Ismail, Director, Institute of Bio medical and Genetic Engineering (IBGE), Islamabad, presented the modern protocols for gene data retrieval from world databases and the analysis of genes and DNA using modern techniques available online.
The concluding session of the workshop will be held on December 28, at KIBGE, University of Karachi.
The workshop participants included the research scholars and students from various departments and University of Karachi and other universities and institutes of the country, including Hamdard University, Baqai Medical University, Jinnah University for Women, National Institute of Child Health (NICH), Karachi, BUITEMS, Quetta, Sardar Bahadur Khan University for Women, Quetta.