Welcome to the Clinical Trials in Pakistan: Bridging Gaps, Building Networks symposium at the Aga Khan University.
Over a period of 30 years, the Aga Khan
University has garnered global acclaim for excellence in teaching,
learning and research. Working in the developing world, the University
has striven to be innovative and pioneering in its academic and research
efforts in the regions in which it works.
In response to the needs for research, in
2011 the University opened the Clinical Trials Unit – a state-of-the-art
facility. Clinical trials form the cornerstone of human research but in
Pakistan – despite the vast potential – they are in their nascence. The
Unit has since made its presence felt with its Good Clinical
Practice-compliant standards and its spectrum of services.
Parallel to medical and scientific
advancements, the University also realizes the urgent need to build
successful partnerships with all stakeholders – clinicians, researchers,
academia, regulators and industry leaders – to conduct high quality,
high impact trials. The University at every stage is committed to
investing resources in clinical trials and creating a collaborative
setting with key players to advance research studies in human
This conference is the first step to creating
a more robust regulatory network for human trials in Pakistan. We hope
that your deliberations will be successful in encouraging solid growth
in the number and quality of clinical trials in the region and country.
Mr Firoz Rasul
Aga Khan University