KARACHI: The 5th Science and Technology Exchange Programme (STEP) International Conference on 'Health Challenges of Communicable (CDs) and Non-Communicable Diseases' (NCDs), jointly organised by Pakistan and Iran, concluded successfully on Friday. Nearly 500 scientists from over 40 countries attended the international conference held at University of Karachi's (KU) International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS).
Speakers at the conference recommended Muslim countries and their scientists to increase scientific and technological collaborations among themselves. The experts suggested the establishment of a virtual hub to facilitate communication and networking for scientific research as well as strengthening the network between Pakistani, Iranian and other scientists from across the Muslim world.
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Present on the occasion were ICCBS Director Dr Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary, Iran Nanotechnology Research Centre Director Prof Rassoul Dinarvand, Adviser to Iran Women Affairs Minister Zeinab Hamidzadeh, Nadira Panjwani from Iran and other national and international dignitaries. The participant countries included Lebanon, Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Finland, Jordon, United States of America, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman and Sweden among others.
The conference saw panels on science and technology, round tables, talks on STEP and talks which centered on potential actions to overcome challenges related to health in the Islamic world. There were also discussions on overcoming the challenges arising from CDs and NCDs.
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ICCBS Dr Choudhary said that the international centre focused on collaborations and joint ventures with leading institutions of different countries and was one of the finest research institutions in the world. Dr Dinarvand stated that Iran encouraged collaborative research among Muslim countries, adding that they were trying to provide assistance in terms of mobility for young scientists.
Participants appreciated the hospitality of KU and dedication and commitment of its leadership as the event came to a close.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 2nd, 2019.
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