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Renowned scientists from US, Canada, Italy will attend three-day event

12th Intl Biennial Conference of Microbiology from 20th


By K A Mian

LAHORE: In order to discuss emergence of new infectious diseases, crop failures, bioterrorism, food poisoning, antibiotics resistance, and new microbial explanations for ulcers and heart diseases and to develop immediate and long-term solutions, the 12th International Biennial Conference of Microbiology will be held from February 20 to 22, 2019 at the Abbottabad University of Science and Technology, Pakistan, with the theme of “Next Generation of Microbial Therapeutics.
This conference will provide an ideal opportunity to discuss the most recent advances in the area of molecular biology, biotechnology, virology, genomics, proteomics, food-borne illness, molecular diagnostics methods, antibiotics resistance, stem cells research, bioinformatics, immunology, nano particles, epidemiology of infectious diseases, probiotics, anti-microbial agents and chemotherapy.
It will be jointly organised by the Pakistan Society for Microbiology, Dadabhoy Institute of Higher Education, Biosafety Association of Pakistan, American Society for Microbiology, Health Security Partners, Higher Education Commission, Pakistan, National Accreditation Council and Dr Essa Laboratory & Diagnostic Centre.
These views were expressed by Dr Syeda Sadaf Akber, Assistant Professor at Dadabhoy Institute of Higher Education, while talking to Daily The Business here on Friday.
She says that the microbiome comprises all the microbes living in and on the human body.
“Human cells are greatly outnumbered by bacterial cells; thus human health depends on the health of the microbial ecosystem”. For the immature preterm infant, the microbiome also influences intestinal and immune system development, she said, adding that optimization of the preterm infant microbiome is a growing topic of interest. Dr Sadaf explained that the microbial world is not one of the good versus evils, but rather one of community; thus optimization includes not only minimizing pathogens, but also enhancing beneficial organisms. The conference programme includes keynote lectures by invited speakers, workshops, symposia, oral and poster presentations in addition to hand on-training workshops including stem cells and antimicrobial Stewardship. Prof. Dr Essa Abdulla Memorial lecture will also be delivered followed by scientific sessions and poster competition on the theme of the conference in which students from all colleges and universities will be invited to participate. The scientific programme on February 20 to 22 will spread over 13 sessions of three hours each, wherein more than 300 papers will be presented by eminent scientists. Renowned scientists from Pakistan and abroad including USA, Canada, Iran, Italy, Korea, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Singapore and Taiwan and other countries will take part in this three days scientific conference.

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