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May 17-18, 2019 

Uncovering the Fundamentals of Animal Research​

​The Ethics Committee for Animal Care and Use (ECACU) in collaboration with Office of Research and Graduate Studies (ORGS) and Department of Continuing Professional Education (DCPE) conducted a two-day course on Principles of Laboratory Animal Science on May 17-18, 2019. The practicum was attended by external participants from DOW University of Health Sciences, PNS Shifa Hospital, The Women University and SZABIST. Internal participants representing major departments of AKU Karachi including Medicine Gastroenterology, Oncology, Pharmacy, Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Surgery, Pediatrics and CRM also joined the course.

Designed for individuals that are engaged in laboratory animal-based research, the course covered basic scientific facts and principles that are essential for the humane use and care of animals and to ensure research integrity. Day 1 of the practicum featured lectures by facilitators from Aga Khan University (AKU), Government College University, Faisalabad (GCU) and University of Management and Technology, Lahore (UMT) on a wide array of topics including, animal handling, biological/physiological measurements and modeling human diseases as well as practical exercises on blood collection and drug administration.

Day 2 commenced with a talk on the code of conduct in animal laboratories and an overview of the Ethics Committee for Animal Care and Use (ECACU) at AKU. A dissection (necropsy) demo was conducted to provide students with practical knowledge and expertise in the field of animal research. The attendees were also invited to perform a site visit of the new animal facility at AKU which was developed in line with international standards to facilitate pioneering research. Participants with full attendance were awarded certificates at the end of the course.

May 10, 2019

Safety by Choice, Not by Chance | 52 Weeks of Biosafety Session One​

The first session of the year-long series of workshops on laboratory biosafety titled 'Four Primary Controls of Biosafety' was held by the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) under the auspices of Office of Research and Graduate Studies (ORGS) on May 10, 2019. 43 participants from major departments of AKU namely BBS, Pathology and Lab Medicine, Juma Research Lab, Paediatrics and SONAM attended the session.

Conducted by American Society for Microbiology (ASM) registered Biorisk Master Trainer Furqan Kabir, the workshop introduced participants to the ABCs of biosafety and shed light on the significance of engineering controls, personal protective equipment (PPEs), standard operating procedures (SOPs) as well as administrative and leadership controls in a laboratory setting. A range of teaching approaches were employed in the workshop including interactive discussion, group work, and hands-on work. Certificates of participation were awarded to participants at the end of the session.

'Four Primary Controls of Biosafety' is a part of the American Society for Microbiology's (ASM) 52 Weeks of Biosafety programme which is a pioneering, multifarious approach to creating sustainable biorisk management systems. The programme offers "bite-sized" lessons on biosafety and biosecurity to make positive change feel more attainable.​

​April 19, 2018

​Research Management & Facilitation | Workshop for Research Administrators​

​​The ORGS held a three-day training workshop for research administrators from all campuses. The workshop was aimed at ensuring an efficient and uniform research management and facilitation system across the University. A range of teaching approaches were employed in the workshop including short presentations, interactive discussion, group work, and hands-on work. Certificates of participation were awarded to participants with full attendance.​​
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