Research and Scholarship
Research and Scholarship initiatives at the AKU Medical College span many disciplines and respond to contemporary challenges currently facing the world today, to generate new knowledge and improve human life. There is particular emphasis on problems of the developing world, such as: investigation of the causes and treatment of childhood diarrhoea, studies of the immunological characteristics of tuberculosis and leprosy and community-based health systems development.
The significance of research and scholarship is also firmly embedded in each Department as well as in programmes and projects. Students at the Medical College receive the necessary skills and training to complete their scholarly projects by the time of graduation.
Agreements with leading academic institutions such as Harvard University in the United States, McGill and McMaster Universities in Canada and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden have contributed to body of research as well as to faculty and curricular development. Recent affiliations with the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, University of Calgary, University of British Columbia, and University of Alabama in the United States have enabled advanced training and research especially in areas where such opportunities are not available in Pakistan.
During the last year, 52% of the research funds secured were dedicated to Infection, Immunity, Inflammation and Maternal Newborn and Child Health, mostly to undertake epidemiological studies (on etiology of neonatal infections, Maternal Newborn and Child Health, determination of environmental pollution health hazards, etc.), and capacity building. Faculty at the Medical College submitted extramural grant applications (research, consultancy, capacity building, scholarships, and training) for US$ 23 million. These grant proposals included funds for the support of six post-doctoral fellows and 16 PGME residents.
The faculty also produced more than 450 peer reviewed publications which included research papers, reviews and viewpoints, case studies, surveys and communications. In addition to journal articles, faculty published two co-authored books, one chapter in a book edited by a non-AKU faculty and contributed several chapters in seven co-edited books.