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Experts put spotlight on nanomedicine usage against COVID-19

ISLAMABAD: Three-day International workshop on ‘Nanomedicine; Development and Challenges’ kicked off here recently with the participation of a number of national and international experts calling for mutual efforts to make use of Nanomedicine possible for diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19 and other diseases.

The speakers highlighted that the COVID-19 outbreak has made it clear that indigenous capacity in science and technology is critically important for every country, big or small while investment in scientific research relevant to national needs has the highest rate of return.

They observed that Nanotechnology offers new prospects of developing affordable, quick and scalable solutions in the diagnoses and treatment of COVID-19 and other diseases and manufacturing of personal protective equipment.

Federal Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology, Dr Arshad Mahmood inaugurated the event as chief guest.

Speaking on the occasion, he appreciated the efforts of COMSTECH to ensure the presence of international speakers and participants for this workshop.

He urged the experts of the meeting to formulate future directions for promoting the field of Nanomedicine in Pakistan.

Coordinator-General COMSTECH, Prof Dr Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary highlighted the role of COMSTECH in promoting science and technology among different OIC member countries.

The ultimate aim of this institution is to build and nourish a scientific culture in addition to using Science and Technology as a major contributor to socio-economic development and rapid industrialization.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof Dr N M Butt gave the keynote lecture on the evolution of Nanomedicine. Director, Division of Pharmacy Services, Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) Dr Abdur Rashid shared plans of DRAP to harness the use of nanomedicine in the country.

This workshop will be delivered by 15 leading scientists from UK, USA, Germany, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Pakistan.

Despite COVID-19 related constrains several hundred participants from various countries are taking part in this important workshop. Apart from 100+ young scholars physically present in the venue, numerous international participants will be taking part virtually.

These virtual participants are from many countries like Egypt, UAE, Mauritius, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Cameroon, Niger, Iraq, Bangladesh, UK, China, Kyrgyzstan, Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia.

Around 45 academic and research institutions from Pakistan and other OIC states are represented physically whereas more than 60 institutes are joining virtually from across the world.

-DN Report

March 16, 2021

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