Par­tic­i­pants call for eth­i­cal re­view com­mit­tees to mon­i­tor biotech­nol­ogy re­search

Pakistan Observer - - TWIN CITIES - 04:30 01:30 05:30 08:45 Fig­u­ra­tive draw­ing Khuli Katcheri Lit­er­ary ref­er­ence STAFF RE­PORTER

The Na­tional Art Gallery (NAG) will or­ga­nize a work­shop on Fig­u­ra­tive and Con­cep­tual Draw­ing on May 16. An em­i­nent vis­ual artist Aleem Dad Khan will con­duct the three-day work­shop. Cer­tifi­cates would also be awarded to the par­tic­i­pants show­ing 90 per cent at­ten­dance, he added. **** On the di­rec­tives of Pun­jab Chief Min­is­ter Muham­mad Shehbaz Sharif, City Po­lice Of­fi­cer (CPO) Is­rar Ahmed Khan Ab­basi will hold a ‘Khuli Katcheri’ (open court) at Tax­ila Po­lice Sta­tion on Mon­day, a po­lice spokesman said on Sun­day. The CPO on the oc­ca­sion would lis­ten to the com­plaints and griev­ances of the peo­ple and re­dress the same on spot, he added. May 17 Pak­istan Acad­emy of Let­ters (PAL) is or­ga­niz­ing a lit­er­ary ref­er­ence in the mem­ory of renowned writer Agha Khalid Saleem on Tues­day (May 17) at 04.00 pm in PAL con­fer­ence Hall. Marvi Me­mom, Chair­per­son, Be­nazir In­come Sup­port Pro­gramme will pre­side over the ref­er­ence, said a news re­lease is­sued here on Sun­day. Em­i­nent in­tel­lec­tu­als from Islamabad/Rawalpindi will pay trib­ute to Agha Khalid Saleem and shed light on his ser­vice for lit­er­a­ture. ISLAMABAD—Par­tic­i­pants of a sem­i­nar on “Bioethics & Biosafety is­sues in Biotech­nol­ogy Re­search” have called for es­tab­lish­ing eth­i­cal re­view com­mit­tees to mon­i­tor re­search which in­volves hu­man or an­i­mals. The sem­i­nar was or­ga­nized by De­part­ment of Bioin­for­mat­ics & Biotech­nol­ogy here at fe­male cam­pus of the In­ter­na­tional Is­lamic Uni­ver­sity, Islamabad (IIUI), in which par­tic­i­pants fo­cused on ethics of re­search in the field of biotech­nol­ogy, said a press re­lease is­sued here Sun­day.

Muham­mad Hu­mayon, Fed­eral Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and Pro­fes­sional Train­ing who was the chief guest of the sem­i­nar noted that biotech­nol­ogy is an es­sen­tial field of sci­ence which is one of the most ad­vanc­ing fields of fu­ture. He added that biotech­nol­ogy and its ad­vance­ments would be a sig­nif­i­cant as­pect of im­prove­ments in hu­man health, nat­u­ral bal­ance and cure of dis­ease.

He lauded IIUI for hold­ing sem­i­nar on biotech­nol­ogy re­search ethics and termed it as a use­ful and con­struc­tive ac­tiv­ity. IIUI Rec­tor, Prof. Dr. Ma­soom Yas­in­zai, in his brief lec­ture on “Ethics in Bio Sciences” stressed that func­tional eth­i­cal re­view com­mit­tees must be es­tab­lished in the re­search cen­ters where pre­rog­a­tive of life of hu­mans and an­i­mals must be ob­served strictly.

“Al­ter­na­tive to an­i­mal test­ing must a top pri­or­ity of the bio- sci­en­tist” said IIUI Rec­tor while urg­ing to min­i­mize the em­bry­onic wastage. Dr. Ma­soom said that it is an hour of ad­vance­ments as the pace of progress in sciences has dou­bled and it’s a pre-req­ui­site for de­vel­op­ment of na­tions to fo­cus on key fields of sci­ence such as biotech­nol­ogy.

The event was also ad­dressed by the ex­pe­ri­enced re­source per­sons in­clud­ing Sheikh Saqib, Di­rec­tor Bio­med­i­cal Ser­vices, Aftab Ahmed, Pres­i­dent Na­tional Acad­emy of Young Sci­en­tists. Dr. Sha­heeh She­hzad, an As­sis­tant Pro­fes­sor at IIUI and or­ga­nizer of the event said on the oc­ca­sion that life sci­ence re­search and biotech­nol­ogy have of­fered great ben­e­fits glob­ally in pub­lic health, agri­cul­ture and en­ergy de­vel­op­ment, while same ad­vances also gen­er­ate safety and se­cu­rity risks.

She added that keep­ing in view the im­por­tance of topic, de­part­ment of bioin­for­mat­ics & biotech­nol­ogy of var­sity or­ga­nized event to raise aware­ness re­gard­ing bioeth­i­cal and biosafety is­sues among young re­searchers.

The sem­i­nar was also at­tended by Dean Fac­ulty of Ba­sic and ap­plied sciences, Prof. Dr. Muham­mad Sher , fac­ulty mem­bers and a large num­ber of the stu­dents.

May 16

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