Sciences Research Assembly 2006
Produced Nearly 500 Abstracts
Health care research in
a developing country is directly linked to the improvement in
its health care indicators. Given its unique socio-economic set
up, Pakistan offers research and investigation opportunities in
all social sectors including health sciences. Researchers at AKU
have actively responded to the need for indigenous data to facilitate
advancements in health care for the local population.
members discuss one of the 240 posters displayed.
The volume of research
in health sciences being carried out at AKU accounts for about a third of all
indexed health sciences publications from Pakistan each year. At any given time,
there are as many as 500 research projects in progress at AKU highlighting the
need to bring investigators together on a forum to facilitate collaboration
and enrichment in research activities. This led to the first Health Sciences
Research Assembly in 2005.
In 2006, a total of 484
abstracts were submitted by almost 80% of the 250 faculty members from all academic
units. Over all, 240 posters were displayed on each day of the two-day event,
which surpassed the anticipated target of 200 posters per day.
An analysis shows that
about 600 abstracts presented in the last two years were unpublished. Only about
300 research articles were published in a year against an annual output of 500
abstracts. "To lower the gap, we are developing a mechanism not only to
monitor the publication status of each abstract but to support faculty in grants
writing and manuscript writing," said Dr Anwar Siddiqui, Associate Dean
of Research at AKU.
"The Research Assembly
is an opportunity for junior researchers to learn and gain confidence through
exposure and interaction with peers and seniors. "This will have a positive
impact on the research environment at AKU and Pakistan," said Dr Mohammad
Wasay, Chair of the Assembly Organising Committee and Associate Professor of
Research Assembly has been
a success in terms of enhancing research ethos at AKU and is becoming a hub
for sharing, collaboration and University-based compilation of research work.