KARACHI - Deaths of more than 200 children in Sindh due to the fatality of measles is a point of concern for the health experts and scientists also.

The scientists working in the area of molecular medicine are required to conduct research on such diseases, like measles and polio, claiming lives of hundreds of helpless Pakistani children, on molecular level.  This is highly appreciable that the galaxy of the scientists have come to Karachi University and this is an extraordinary opportunity for young scientists to learn from the vast experience of these scientists. These views were expressed by the Vice Chancellor of Karachi University, Prof Dr Qaiser, while speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the 4th International Symposium-Cum-Training Course on Molecular Medicine and Drug Research on Monday at the International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) Karachi University.

Over 350 scientists including 35 scientists from 24 countries, are attending the four-day international event being organised by Dr Panjwani Center for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research (PCMD), University of Karachi.

The Vice-Chancellor pointed out that the University’s dedication towards scientific activities can be judged from the holding of this international event in which internationally reputed scientists belonging to Bangladesh, India, Iran, Azerbaijan, Korea, Egypt, Italy, Sri Lanka, UAE, Jordan, Sudan, Turkey, Nepal, Myanmar, Germany, Sweden and Canada are attending. The former Chairman HEC Prof. Dr Attaur Rehman, said on the occasion that science is beyond borders and it can bridge the gap between nations of the world.

He said that education and science is the only solution to all problems of Pakistan.

Later, Prof Attaur Rehman, in his plenary lecture, said that despite financial and cultural constraints, HEC under his leadership has 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 per cent 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.

ICCBS Director Prof Dr Iqbal Chaudhry said that this symposia series covers all important aspects of molecular medicines and rational drug development which is an interdisciplinary field which exploits advances in molecular and cellular biology and genetic engineering.

He said the aim of the event was 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.

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

During the scientific programme of the symposium various plenary and invited lectures by eminent scientists were also held on the day. These sessions were conducted by international experts.