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« on: June 10, 2010, 08:12:05 AM »
Biophysics department opens at DUHS
 KARACHI, June 9: The inauguration ceremony of the department of biophysics, research laboratory of biophysics and interdisciplinary sciences and Dow graduate programme in biophysics was held on Wednesday at the Arag auditorium of the Dow Medical College Karachi.

Member of the DUHS syndicate and director of the Panjwani Foundation and Trust Ms Nadra Panjwani was the chief guest and vice chancellor of the DUHS Prof Masood Hameed Khan was the guest of honour on the occasion.

Addressing on the occasion, Ms Panjwani said that professional research and dedication should be enhanced in Pakistan to make remarkable improvement in the field of biophysics.

She regretted that research in Pakistan remained neglected until recently.

“It is the failure of the leaders and stakeholders,” she said.

She appreciated the high standard of education of the Dow University of Health Sciences in imparting academic education and encouraging research activities.

The vice chancellor of the Dow University of Health Sciences, Prof Masood Hameed Khan, said that the DUHS had established a large number of high-standard educational and research institutes in a very short span of time since its birth, especially a modern medical research city on the Ojha campus.

The department of research was providing both academic and research related activities, he said.

The department was also publishing a journal of DUHS which was initiated in 2006. It was a peer-reviewed journal and approved by the PMDC, he said.

He said that in 2004, DUHS faculty members published 42 research papers and in 2008, 140 research articles were published.

Recently five students presented their research papers in international conferences and the university had 76 students in M.Phil programme in basic medical sciences and 20 students for master in dental surgery, he added.

Head of the department of biophysics of the Dow University of Health Sciences Dr Masroor Bhukhari said that biophysics was an interdisciplinary science that used methods of physics and physical chemistry to study biological systems.

He said that studies included under the branches of biophysics span all levels of biological organisation — from the molecular scale to whole organisms and ecosystems.

Biophysical research shared significant overlap with biochemistry, nanotechnology, bioengineering, agrophysics and biology, he said.

The inauguration ceremony was concluded with distribution of shields among the speakers.—PPI