A Pakistani female PhD scholar of the Dr Panjwani Center for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research (PCMD), University of Karachi (KU) has won two international awards from the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR), USA.

The Spokesman of the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) – at the University of Karachi on Thursday said that ISSCR had awarded the PCMD PhD scholar, Aisha Ishaque the ‘ISSCR Merit Abstract Award’ and ‘ISSCR Zhongmei Chen Yong Travel Award’ in recognition of her outstanding research abstract entitled “Bone Marrow Mesenchymal Stem Cells Reverse Ischemia Induced Neuronal Degeneration in Rats,” the work carried out under the supervision of Prof Dr Asmat Salim.

It is pertinent to mention here that Aisha Ishaque is also pursuing her PhD under Prof Asmat Salim. It is also worth mentioning here that the study was presented online in the poster session of the international conference organized by the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) during June-2022 in San Francisco, CA, USA.

Around 2,200 members participated in-person and over 1,000 virtually in this hybrid international event, the official said.
Prof Dr M Iqbal Choudhary, Director of the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences, and COMSTECH Coordinator General, congratulated the PhD scholar, and said that this was a recognition of young talent of Pakistan, and this is really a pride for ICCBS – University of Karachi to have a pool of such talented young scholars.

Vice Chancellor University of Karachi Prof Dr Nasira Khatoon and Prof Atta Ur Rahman, ICCBS Patron-in-chief and former Federal Minister for Science and Technology, also congratulated the scholar for her achievement.

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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