Founder director of the Institute for Global Health and Development and Center of Excellence in Women and Child Health, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Prof. Dr. Zulfiqar Ahmad Bhutta along with Prof. Dr. Uzair ul Ghani and Dr. Jamie Stewart visited Khyber Medical University (KMU), Peshawar while KMU vice chancellor Prof. Dr. Zia ul Haq, Director of KMU Institute of Public Health & Social Sciences Dr. Saima Afaq, faculty and other relevant administrative officers were also present at the occasion.
The purpose of this visit was to establish collaboration between KMU clinical trial experts, statisticians, economists, clinicians, and project managers through research networking. On this occasion, Prof. Dr. Zulfiqar A. Bhutta also visited KMU Public Health Reference Lab, Pharmacology Lab, and Clinical Trial Unit IPH besides inaugurating Prof. Dr. Zulfiqar A. Bhutta Academic Block.
Earlier, while giving a briefing to Prof. Dr. Zulfiqar Ahmed Bhutta and his team, vice chancellor KMU Prof. Dr. Zia ul Haq said that the Clinical Trials Unit, being the backbone of ethical clinical research establishes the research governance and ensures quality research by safeguarding the integrity of researchers, study participants and the trial itself yet catering to the need of local population by generating high-quality evidence.
He said researchers, study participants, and trials play a key role in providing high-quality evidence that meets the needs of the local population. Dr. Saima Afaq explained to the participants the details regarding the structure of CTU and the policies and practices in the Trials Unit. The discussion session was led by Prof. Dr. Akhtar Sheerin, who emphasized the importance of research and trial governance, while the delegation reiterated to keep close ties with KMU in the future and collaborate in various research projects.