Healthcare researchers’ role vital for society’s welfare: AU VC
ISLAMABAD – Air University Vice-Chancellor Air Marshal (retd) Javaid Ahmad, while highlighting the importance of healthcare research for the betterment of society, has emphasized that researchers must play their due role to enlighten significant information related to various disease trends and risk factors, outcomes of treatment, interventions, and patterns of care.
The chief guest made these remarks while addressing the Annual research conference 2021 on “Promoting health through evidence” organized by the Department of Community Medicine, Fazaia Medical College, here on Monday at Air University, Islamabad. The Conference started with a well-structured inaugural session in which the chairperson of the conference, Prof Dr Rukhsana Khan emphasized the aim of the conference as promoting and encouraging evidence-based practices among the young researchers. Maj Gen Prof Dr Aamer Ikram, Executive Director NIH, while joining the session as a national keynote speaker, lauded the efforts of inculcating research culture amongst medical undergraduates. He also acknowledged the crucial role of researchers in the betterment of the health system. The international keynote speaker Dr David Franz, a well-known researcher, and an enthusiastic public health specialist, also joined the conference from the US and discussed the role of research in today’s time of the global pandemic.
According to him, defining healthcare research and delineating its quality value to society is the need of time. The scientific sessions started at three different venues simultaneously with seven different thematic areas, i.e: (i) Triple burden of disease, (ii) Maternal and Child Health, (iii) Global Pandemic, (iv) Quality and patient safety, (v) Technology and innovation in health, (vi) Advances in medical education and, (vii) Mental health and wellness.
During the conference, students of Fazaia Medical College presented their abstracts whereas a large number of students from different medical colleges across the country joined online.
There was a distribution of cash prizes, shields and certificates amongst the winners belonging to FMC, Rawalpindi Medical
University, CMH Lahore, and others.