A delegation from the National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS), led by the Office of Research, Innovation, and Commercialization (ORIC), visited the Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) on November 21, 2023. The primary aim of this visit was to strengthen collaborative ties between the two institutions, and the outcomes were highly productive.

The delegation, consisting of Director ORIC Dr. Shahid Waseem, Mr. Amjad Mehmood (Deputy Director Business Development & Marketing - ORIC), and Mr. Aqeel Yunus (Assistant Director - ORIC), engaged in fruitful discussions with the President of RCCI, Mr. Saqib Rafiq. Both parties recognized this interaction as the initial step towards fostering a lasting collaboration. The envisioned collaboration includes establishing industry-academia linkages, conducting joint applied research projects involving relevant industries, participating in industrial expos/fairs, and collaboratively executing community awareness campaigns related to waste management and recycling.

Director ORIC extended a warm invitation to President RCCI to address NUMS students and faculty, emphasizing the importance of industry-driven research and fostering an entrepreneurial culture in higher education. The invitation was graciously accepted, signifying the commitment of both institutions to promoting a symbiotic relationship.

The next steps involve formalizing the collaboration through in-depth discussions, outlining joint initiatives, and creating a roadmap for impactful endeavors aligned with the shared goals of NUMS and RCCI. This collaboration is anticipated to pave the way for innovative projects and contribute significantly to the development of both institutions and the community at large.

In conclusion, the industrial visit to RCCI proved to be a pivotal moment in establishing a robust partnership between NUMS and RCCI, setting the stage for future collaborations that will undoubtedly bring about positive outcomes for both entities.


The "International Day of Mental Wellbeing" is an annual event that underscores the growing significance of mental health in our rapidly evolving world. The Office of Research, Innovation & Commercialisation (ORIC) at the National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) organized a capacity building session on this topic on 12th October 2023. The session aimed to address the challenges and issues related to mental wellbeing and featured Dr. Mushayyada Nisar, a renowned Consultant Psychiatrist, as the keynote speaker.

The event began with the Assistant Director of ORIC welcoming the attendees and introducing Dr. Nisar. The audience comprised students and faculty from various departments, including Clinical Psychology, Biological Sciences, Public Health, and Psychology.

Key highlights from the session include:

Lifespan Approach: The session emphasized the need to address mental health issues across all life stages, from adolescence to adulthood and beyond. It highlighted early intervention for conditions like anxiety, depression, and peer pressure among adolescents.

Work-Life Balance: The challenges adults face in balancing work, family, and personal life were discussed, with a focus on effective stress management and recognition of burnout.

Elderly Mental Health: The often-overlooked mental health concerns of the elderly, such as loneliness and isolation, were highlighted. The role of social connections in their psychological well-being was stressed.

Evidence-Based Solutions: Evidence-based solutions were presented, promoting open communication and emotional support within families, encouraging adolescents to express their feelings, and fostering a non-judgmental environment.

Stress Reduction: The session discussed the importance of work-life balance, time management, and stress reduction techniques to address burnout, along with timely diagnosis and treatment of depression.

Self-Care: The importance of self-care practices, including exercise and a balanced diet, for maintaining mental well-being was emphasized.

Reducing Stigma: The need to reduce the stigma around mental health through open conversations in both personal and professional settings was advocated.

In conclusion, the Director of ORIC thanked Dr. Nisar for her expertise in psychiatric research and expressed gratitude to the attentive audience for their active participation in the session. This capacity building session served as a significant platform to address the vital aspects of mental well-being and the challenges individuals and communities face in maintaining their psychological health in the modern world.


On October 10, 2023, NUMS ORIC delegation visited TEMAR Diagnostic Center (Said Pur Road, Rawalpindi) to explore collaborations in research and development. The visit focused on knowledge exchange for advancing medical diagnostics research and healthcare. Both parties are eager to formalize their partnership through a document of understanding.

NUMS ORIC Delegation:

Dr. Shahid Waseem (Director, ORIC)

Mr. Amjid Mehmood (Deputy Director, Business Development & Marketing)

Mr. Zahoor Muhammad Khan (Assistant Director, Industrial Linkages)

TEMAR Diagnostic Center Representatives:

Dr. Bilal Ahmed Sethi (Chairman, TEMAR Diagnostic Center)

Key Highlights:

Welcome and Introduction: Dr. Bilal Ahmed Sethi introduced TEMAR Diagnostic Center and its healthcare contributions.

ORIC Presentation: Dr. Shahid Waseem presented NUMS ORIC's research initiatives, emphasizing collaboration between academia and industry.

Exploration of Common Interests: Both parties identified shared interests, including research, data analytics, and diagnostics.

Collaborative Potential: Both parties discussed mutual interests, such as healthcare research and data analytics. They explored collaborative projects, internships, joint studies, and knowledge-sharing. Genomics profiling of diseases emerged as a potential collaboration, with NUMS offering expertise, genetic counseling, and data interpretation services. The discussions were enthusiastic and open.

Document of Understanding: The upcoming signing of a DoU will formalize the commitment to collaborate on research, technology transfer, and expertise exchange.

Potential Outcomes:

  • Strengthens NUMS commitment to impactful medical diagnostics and healthcare research.
  • Provides access to cutting-edge research opportunities and enhances the university's reputation.
  • Fosters knowledge exchange and innovation in diagnostic techniques and healthcare solutions.
  • Elevates NUMS' recognition in medical diagnostics, benefiting healthcare nationwide.

"Explainable AI - Role in Teaching, Research, and Clinical Management" examines the significance of explainable artificial intelligence (AI) in transforming academia and healthcare. By providing transparent and interpretable insights, explainable AI empowers educators, researchers, and healthcare professionals to make informed decisions based on understandable AI-driven outputs.  

For the said purpose NUMS Office of Research Innovation and Commercialization(ORIC) organized a capacity building session on the topic of "Explainable AI - Role in Teaching, Research, and Clinical Management." at the National University of Medical Sciences, PWD Campus, Islamabad, on Tuesday, 20 June 2023.

Dr. Rehan Ahmed (Dean Riphah Institute of Assessment, HOD and Professor of Surgery, Chairperson Assessment Committee Riphah International University) was the keynote speaker. The session focused on AI's role in teaching, research, and clinical management along with ethical concerns.

The workshop was actively attended by Head of Departments, faculty members and students from Biological Sciences, Public Health, Psychology, Nutrition & Dietetics, Social & Behavioral Sciences and Clinical Research. Assistant Director ORIC opened the session with the welcome note & introduction of the respected guest speaker to the audience.

The session provided faculty members with valuable insights into the transformative potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in academia and healthcare. The session highlighted the benefits of AI in personalized learning, research acceleration, and clinical decision-making, while also emphasizing the need to address ethical concerns. Attendees expressed their appreciation for the comprehensive understanding gained from the session, noting increased awareness, knowledge exchange, and a commitment to incorporating responsible AI practices in their work. Overall, the session successfully disseminated knowledge and fostered enthusiasm for AI-driven approaches in teaching, research, and clinical management.

The session will serve as catalyst to encourage faculty and students to adopt latest technological trends related to AI to enhance their day to day working.


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