STAFF REPORT KHI: Experts at a Wwrkshop on “Modern Tools and Techniques in Health and Disease” have said that the latest tools and techniques in health and disease are mandatory for modern medical science, research and health care system in Pakistan.

The workshop was organized by Karachi Universitys Dr A. Q. Khan Institute of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (KIBGE).

Delivering his speech, the KIBGEs director-general Prof Abid Azhar said that genetic characters are directly or indirectly involved in the evolution of emerging disease in our society.

“The treatment plans and cure of emerging diseases is not possible without taking into account the genetic variations from normal to patients,” he said.

Dr Afzal, former editor-in-chief of World Health Organizations East Mediterranean Health Journal, shared the modern statistical and epidemiological tools in health and disease. He also trained the participants of workshop about various options available for using latest statistical software. The workshops resource person Dr Nisreen AL-Hmoud, Director Royal Scientific Society, Amman, Jordan, presented a world view on how to regulate the production and market for genetically modified food and organisms.

Director Institute of Biomedical and Genetic Engineering (IBGE), Islamabad, Dr Muhammad Ismail, presented the modern protocols for gene data retrieval from world databases and the analysis of genes and DNA using modern techniques available online.

The participants of the workshop included research scholars and students from Karachi University, Hamdard University, Baqai Medical University, Jinnah University for Women, National Institute of Child Health (NICH), BUITEMS and Sardar Bahadur Khan University for Women, Quetta.

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