LAHORE - Punjab AIDS Control Program has introduced PACP Research Scholarships Scheme for postgraduate students (MPhil & PhD).

The focus of these research proposals is mainly Microbiology, Virology, Molecular Biology, Epidemiology, Genetics, Biochemistry, Public Health, Physiology, Gender Studies and Pathology. In the first phase, 44 applications were received for PhD and 76 for MPhil. PhD students will be awarded Rs40,000 and MPhil Rs20,000 per month.

Project Director PACP and Additional Secretary P&SH Department Dr Adnan Zafar said that these applications have been evaluated by panel of experts from all over the province to maintain quality of research work. He said that the selected students would be provided opportunity to polish their abilities to cope with objective oriented research.

The lectures from nationally and internationally renowned scientists of respective fields would be arranged for these research students. The capacity building of students would be the main focus of this program to produce skilled and trained manpower that would be a valuable addition. He said that the Advanced Reference Lab (ARL) under this project would serve as central point and provide laboratory network between district and reference laboratories.

Moreover, the ARL would also establish collaborations with international laboratories/reference centers. Current diagnostic facilities provided by ARL included ELISA, PCR, Sertotyping, Hepatitis B & C, Cryptococcus, many other bacterial and viral infections and also providing facility for anti rabies vaccination.

A team comprising skilled and trained human resource on virology, molecular biology and biological sciences was working in this laboratory, he said.

Moot on health sciences

The first international conference on allied health sciences, nursing and pharmacy started at the University of Health Sciences (UHS) yesterday with 18 workshops arranged at various institutions.

The theme of the three day conference is “Bridging the gaps in healthcare: Improving patient care outcomes”. The conference will be formally inaugurated today (Friday) by Advisor to Chief Minister on Health Kh Salman Rafiq.

The conference has been divided into seven sessions including keynote addresses, paper presentations, workshops and poster presentations. 

The workshops organized yesterday were on diverse topics related to allied health sciences, nursing and pharmacy held at Fatima Memorial College of Medicine and Dentistry Lahore, Kinnaird College Lahore, Alam Clinic Shadman, University of South Asia Lahore, Rashid Latif Medical College Lahore, University of Faisalabad, Govt. College for Women University Faisalabad, CMH Rawalpindi, School of Allied Health Sciences Children Hospital Lahore, Yusra Medical and Dental College, Islamabad, Lahore Medical & Dental College Lahore, Faisalabad Institute of Research Sciences & Technology Faisalabad and University of Health Science Lahore.

The workshops were facilitated by Dr Afzaal Alam, Dr Syed Jawwad Hussain, Dr Masood Butt, Dr Huma Ambreen, Dr Muhammad Afzal, Dr Edress Anwar, Dr Aimen Anjum, Dr Muhammad Saleem, Prof Sattar Bakhsh Awan, Dr Zia ur Rehman, Dr Mehmood Malik, Dr Amber Gurraya, Dr Nadeem Mukhtar, Dr Atif Khan Gopang, Dr Nadia Naseem, Dr Rubina Tabassum, Dr Sohail Saleem, Dr David Arthur, Prof Shazia Maqbool and Dr Nadeem Afzal.