Rawalpindi: The Vice Chancellor of the National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS), Lt. Gen. Wasim Alamgir HI (M) performed here on Friday the groundbreaking for the construction of the NUMS Institute of Advanced Studies and Research (NIASR ), a state of the art Rs3 0.488 billion project that would help the university stay abreast of the ever-changing advancements and trends in the fields of medical research.
In his brief remarks on the occasion, the Vice Chancellor, Lt. Gen. Wasim Alamgir, said that spread over an area of 3.99 acres, the institute would mainly focus on research and development by establishing a unit 64-bed state-of-the-art clinical trial facility, drug bioequivalence study facility, biogenetics/tissue banking and bio and animal facility.
Those present on the occasion were Pro VC (Academics) Maj Gen (r) Saleem Ahmed Khan HI (M), Pro VC (Administration) Maj Gen (r) Syed Ammar Reza Hamdani HI (M), Provost Strategic Planning & Development Javeed Akhtar, Director of Planning and Development Muhammad Ashfaq Sheikh and Project Director Brig (r) Syed Muhammad Nasir Zaidi SI (M), along with his team, Lt. Gen. Wasim Alamgir, said that at the start of the 19th century, the basis of treatment was research that benefited humanity, adding that Muslim scientists played an important role in this regard.
However, there had unfortunately been a lack of research in Pakistan, but the completion of NIASR would help fill this gap in research, which would benefit the country.
This institute will conduct research on all the ailments prevalent in this region, which would help find a cure for these diseases to help people.
The basis of medical treatment is research and NIASR is the first such research institute that would conduct basic research in all integrated subjects of medical science.
The NIASR would be a step forward in the training of human resources and the use of the latest equipment in the medical field.
NUMS has already trained its human resources and purchased the latest equipment to ensure that research work should begin at full speed soon after the building is completed.
He also received a detailed briefing, aided by the graphics, on the development work for the project which was expected to be completed by April 2024. NIASR will provide clinical simulation and advanced skills training coupled with training facilities. teaching that will also help solve the long-standing problem of substandard and fake medicines very effectively, the Vice Chancellor said.
Giving details, the project director, Brigadier (r) Syed Muhammad Nasir Zaidi said that this institute comprises advanced research laboratories to support basic and applied research in microbiology, immunology, genomics, biotechnology, nanomedicine and phytochemistry and natural products.
An animal facility for functional genomic studies and preclinical trials is also being created at the institute.
A 64-bed clinical trial unit for bioequivalence studies and clinical trials is also being established at the institute.
This initiative will help address the long-standing problem of substandard and falsified medicines in the country.
Currently, a faculty of sixty highly qualified doctoral professors inducted for NIASR are involved in various research projects related to biological sciences, psychology, public health and nutrition at NUMS Rawalpindi campus.
The faculty has obtained several research grants and has published its research in quality impact factor journals.
NIASR will complement the research and teaching facilities of Army medical institutions (AM College, AFPGMI, AF Institutes, PEMH, and CMH).
Some of the research areas will include the indigenization of vaccines AND antisera (anti-snake venom), he added.