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Industrial effluents are high priority effluents that need to be treated as they contaminate the underground water and rivers, resulting in adverse health effects in our population. Nowadays, bio-based technologies are being adopted for waste water treatment as these are cost-effective, environmentally friendly and less hazardous for the associated sites. This project titled “Development of efficient Biological water purification systems for industrial wastewater” awarded under HEC-TTSF grants scheme, is the first step towards commercialization of this technology for industries. This project will provide a solution for a national issue and help the government to achieve SDG-6 “Clean Water and Sanitation”. Moreover, by the implementation of this technology the end-user will not only meet the National Environmental Quality Standards of wastewater discharge but also get the benefit of reusing the treated water for gardening, toilet flushing and agriculture.

 

Grant Information Funding Agency:    Higher Education Commission

Grant Value:           8.2 Million PKR

Project Duration:   24 Months

PI Details: Name:   Dr. Mahwish Ali

Designation:      Assistant Professor

Affiliation:          Department of Biological Sciences

Specialization:  Applied and Environmental Microbiology

 

    


Dr. Shumaila Naz, Assistant Professor in the NUMS Department of Biological Sciences was invited as a speaker to give a talk on “Prevalence, Management and Control of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in Pakistan” in the NIPD-TDR-WSH workshop on multisectoral approaches (MSA) for the prevention and control of vector-borne diseases..

The workshop was organized by the National Institute of Parasitic Diseases (NIPD) of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC), with TDR and the WHO/WSH teams, with an aim to share the experiences in preparing a response before and during the health emergencies, and to strengthen collaboration in research and implementation in MSA in the era of COVID 19.

The workshop was attended by professionals related to the fields of medical and biological research, from Asia, Europe, Africa and America.

        


Project Digest :

This TTSF project will lead to the development and commercialization of a skin wound healing scaffold.  The currently available wound care bandages in the local market only cover the wound and protect against infections. Our scaffold comes with an added advantage of a natural wound-healing compound called Aloesin embedded in a safe natural polymer composite packaged in the form of a bandage. The second feature that makes it superior to the available products is the sustained release of drugs which will accelerate the wound-healing process and reduce the need for frequent replacement of the bandage. So the safety of all the substances used in the making of the scaffold, ease of use, and the degree of innovation will not only make this scaffold a leading wound care product in the market in coming years but will serve as a pioneering approach for the development of similar products using various combinations of compounds and polymers.

Grant Information:

Funding Agency:    Higher Education Commission

Grant Value:           10 Millon PKR

Project Duration:   24 Months

PI Details:

Name:                 Dr. Hussain Mustatab Wahedi

Designation:      Assistant Professor (TTS)

Affiliation:          Department of Biological Sciences

Specialization:  Regenerative Medicine

 

  


Dr. Mahwish Ali has been awarded by a scholarship from the Future Earth Secretariat. The future earth is an international research program which aims to build knowledge about the environmental and human aspects of Global change, and to find solutions for sustainable development. It aims to increase the impact of scientific research on sustainable development. Future Earth Secretariat arranges congress every year to bring together a global community of change makers driven by a common goal to accelerate the global sustainability transformation at the local level. This enable early careers scientists to develop new interactions, potential collaboration and facilitation of participation in the congress. 

  


National University of Medical Sciences(NUMS) hosted a webinar recently to discuss more use of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAPSs) by the people instead of chemicals in products such as food, cosmetics and medicines which has created a global market for such products.

The webinar was jointly organized by Department of Biological Sciences and National Agriculture Research Centre. It was attended among others, by an Iranian Representative Dr. Hossein Khassaf, CEO of AROMEDE, (a company involved in this field), Dr. Amir Sultan, Director National Herbarium of Pakistan; Mr. Abdul Hakim Mirjawa, President of Iran-Pakistan Joint Chamber of Commerce; and Raja Zulqarnain Zaka, Assistant Manager, Pakistan Horticulture Development and Export Company and officials of the ministry of commerce.

The webinar has helped strengthen bilateral trade relations between the two countries while increasing Iranians knowledge of medicinal and aromatic plants. It enhanced Iranian understanding of the history, market, industry, and know-how of MAPs in Pakistan would be a step towards establishing partnership between Pakistan and Iran. Both countries decided to exchange delegations comprising researchers, industrialists, and government officials to further develop their links in this regard.

There are approximately 2000 medicinal plants in Pakistan, a 100 registered herbal companies that manufacture more than 1,000 herbal products and approximately 65,000 traditional practitioners. 

 

          


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