Moot on clinical trials begins

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LAHORE: A three-day international conference on clinical trials began Friday at the University of Health Sciences (UHS).

The University of Granada, Spain, Medicines Regulatory Authority, National Institute of Health Islamabad, Pakistan Society of Internal Medicine and Child Health University Lahore are jointly organizing the conference. The main objective of the conference is to highlight the importance of clinical trials in scientific discovery and to explore its future prospects.

Two workshops were held on the first day of the conference. Professor Khalid Saeed Khan from the University of Granada, Spain, facilitated the first workshop. Professor Khalid, who is the author of over 400 research papers, received the Medical Book Award from the British Medical Association.

The theme of Professor Khalid’s workshop was “Transparency in Clinical Trials”. The main message of the workshop was that given the importance of clinical trials in medicine and scientific discovery, proper education and training is necessary for their registration. He said the value of any clinical trial depends primarily on the quality of the information and data it generates.

Professor Sidrah Saleem, head of the UHS Department of Microbiology, facilitated the second workshop. The theme of his workshop was “Preparing laboratories according to good clinical practices”. The main idea of ​​the workshop was that laboratory personnel should be fully trained and certified before clinical research begins, as protocols may require the collection, processing, storage and transport of various samples and biological specimens. . Conference secretary Dr. Shehnoor Azhar said that over the next two days, experts will give their presentations on various aspects of clinical trials.

BS Honours: The University of Home Economics (UHE) Lahore has announced the launch of six new BS Honors Degree programs. The announcement came after the UHE Academic Council approved the new degree programs at a meeting chaired on Friday by Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Kanwal Ameen.

These new study programs are BS Digital Media Studies, BS Social Entrepreneurship, BS Visual Communication Design, BS Ceramics & Sculpture, BS Fine Arts and BS Social Work. Dr Kanwal said new degree programs were being launched to provide better job opportunities for female students. The Academic Council of UHE has also approved the offering of a Punjabi language course as an elective subject for BS Hon students.

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