PU CEMB holds conference on changing trends in Health Sciences
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PU CEMB holds conference on changing trends in Health Sciences

Punjab University (PU) Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology (CEMB) has organized a two-day international conference on ‘Trends and Challenges in Health Sciences’.

Caretaker Health Minister Punjab Prof Dr Javed Akram, Chairperson Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) Prof Dr Shahid Munir, CEMB Director Prof Dr Kausar Malik, faculty members and over 180 scientists from the US, UK, Taiwan as well as from different prestigious institutes of Pakistan were present.

In his address, Dr Javed Akram said that CEMB stands at the forefront of other life sciences departments in Molecular Biology research, and researchers at CEMB are working for the welfare of the common man. He applauded the efforts of the scientists and staff of CEMB for working hard and developing innovative biotech products. He appreciated the productive idea of Dr Kausar Malik to provide a platform for scientists to present their research.

Dr Shahid Munir applauded the progress made by CEMB researchers in the field of stem cell therapeutics and genetic diseases, especially vision impairment, deafness, and intellectual disability disorders.

Dr Kausar Malik said that CEMB has always created opportunities for our researchers to collaborate with foreign scientists and CEMB researchers are contributing to mankind by developing products like stem cell-based treatments for numerous pathological conditions such as wound healing including burns and diabetic wounds; ocular defects, cartilage defects such as osteoarthritis, spine injuries, liver fibrosis and diabetes.

She said that CEMB has developed methods for the production of various recombinant therapeutic proteins and biosimilars such as Filgrastim, Oprelvekin, and Insulin. She said CEMB has also developed methods for the indigenous production of high-quality Taq Polymerase. She stressed the need of developing commercializable Health biotech products via cost-effective innovative methods to strengthen the economy of our country.

Later, in various sessions, Dr Ihtesham ul Haq, Dr Tayyab Hussnain, Dr Hirohito Yamaguchi, Dr Muy Teck Teh and researchers from the USA, Taiwan, South Korea, the UK, China and from all over Pakistan gave their talks and shared their research experiences.

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