Building Capacity in Pakistan: Training in the Use of Polymerase Chain Reaction

Building Capacity in Pakistan: Training in the Use of Polymerase Chain Reaction

“The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is supporting a training program for early career scientists in Pakistan to develop and improve advanced molecular-based polymerase chain reaction (PCR) techniques. PCR methods improve capacity for targeted surveillance and detection of high threat pathogens and outbreaks, and reduce the need to culture and store infectious material. The training will be conducted in collaboration with the National Institute of Health in Pakistan and the Kenya Medical Research Institute.”
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Being elected as the President of Pakistan Biological Safety Association (PBSA) is a true honour for me. I believe that promoting awareness, knowledge and understanding of biosafety at the regional and national level is responsibility of each member and trainer of the PBSA. This organization is commended in many of the national and international forums for its preventive training for Risk Assessment and management, that was much needed at the time of COVID-19 outbreak. Additionally, it has promoted strong collaborations and affiliations with various Biosafety developmental programs that align with international standards to acknowledge and recognize biosafety as a separate scientific discipline within Pakistan. I strongly agree that “no one is safe until everyone is safe”, and would like to work with the PBSA team to implement this approach as far and wide as possible.

Prof. Dr. Saeed Khan
Prof. Dr. Saeed Khan, President PBSA/ Professor Dow University of Health Sciences Karachi