On 19th May 2014 Professor Dr.Jamshed Iqbal went to visit Germany for one week. The visit was a continuation of the collaboration with University of Rostock. Head of the Department of Organic Synthesis of the Leibniz-Institute of Catalysis, University of Rostock Prof. Dr. Peter Langer and Professor Dr Jamshed Iqbal had detailed discussions and meetings with the research groups. Prof.Langer also shared his groups synthetic medicinal compounds with Dr. J. Iqbal to carry out further studies at CADR.
The future planes for more jointly carried out projects were discussed and the student and research exchange program for accepted projects of 2014-2015 were the main points of meetings. Some other research universities were also visited and the tour was quite successful which would bring out more opportunities for young researchers and open gate towards collaborative research projects.
Another milestone of CADR member Assistant Professor Dr Muhammad Ali won HEC project worth of 15 million Title “Targeting NS3-4A Protease: A Rational Approach for Developing New Antivirals against Hepatitis C Infection Based On “Medicinally Privileged Heterocyclic Scaffolds” The first installment of 10 million has been recently received. It is privilege of CADR to provide such huge funding which will not only help to build up research level but would provide great opportunities to train young researchers as well. CADR will announce the appointment of Research Associate PhD scholars very soon under the same project. We are quite hopeful to win more such projects to build up the capacity and skills of our students who are naïve in research along with experienced scholars.
COMSATS Institute of Information Technology Abbottabad Campus has strong ties with Germany. Professor Dr. Jamshed Iqbal has number of collaborations with German Universities. Many joint research ventures are being carried out at the research laboratories of Centre for Advanced Drug Research (CADR) and different universities of Germany. Recently, he won the FLUOstar omega, a multipurpose high-tech research instrument worth Rs.2.6 Million, in the Equipment Grant Project for the year 2013-2014, that will play a crucial role in the development of research facilities in CADR.
For official handing over of the equipment, a German Delegation constituting Dr. Dan Tidten, Head of the cultural section of the German Embassy Islamabad, and Ms Ursula Saarbeck, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) representative visited COMSATS Institute of Information and Technology, Abbottabad on May 15th, 2014. The delegatories had meeting with the Director, later on they delivered a lecture on funding opportunities to faculty and MS/PhD students. The session came to an end with the certificate distribution ceremony among the participants of recent DAAD Study Visit held in March, 2014.
An inaugural ceremony was held for FLUOstar omega, a multipurpose high-tech research instrument in the research lab of Professor Jamshed Iqbal. The instrument was provided by DAAD in an Equipment grant project for CADR, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Abbottabad. Professor Shahid Khattak and Professor Jamshed Iqbal expressed their gratitude for the up gradation of laboratory by this facilitation.
During the ceremony Dr. Tidten encouraged and appreciated the research work carried out in COMSATS Institute of Information Technology within limited resources. He acknowledged the contribution of Professor Jamshed Iqbal in strengthening the links between two countries. He said “Pakistan’s scientists are among best in the world”. Ms Saarbeck expressed a feeling of hope that this gift will further deepen the strong connections between scientists in both countries.
Germany and Pakistan have a long-standing tradition of academic and scientific exchange, which is strongly supported by DAAD as well as the HEC. The delegation was impressed by research laboratories and research work being carried out having a great impact in scientific community. Future prospects on capacity building were also discussed in detail. The visit concluded with mutual agreement between both partners to further strengthen their ongoing projects and collaborations.