Medical Research Is Obligation Not Option, Dr. Khalid

Medical research is not an option, it is an obligation on us all to find new ways and means to tackle with current and future health crisis, said Prof. Dr. Khalid Saeed Khan, in his lecture delivered at COMSTECH.

Medical Research is Obligation not Option, Dr. Khalid

Current pandemic, COVID-19 has made it clear that knowledge in text books being taught is something of past and not sufficient to help tackle with the current pandemic.

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Research in medical is not an option, it is an obligation on us all to find new ways and means to tackle with current and future health crisis, said Prof. Dr. Khalid Saeed Khan, in his lecture delivered at COMSTECH.

He emphasized general public to take part in the research process, it is beneficial for you and the generations to come.

Dr. Khalid talked about the difference between factual knowledge and the fake one. He delved deep in the research process to find fact based implementable beneficial knowledge for the humanity. He said that the health and economic development are related and both go side by side.

Dr. Khalid said that good decisions can only be made when they are research based. Decisions made on the basis of untested fake information cannot be beneficial.

He said that medical research is limited in Pakistan and the infrastructure is not available at ground level. He stressed the need of the engagement of citizens in the research process and the dissemination of research information to the masses through the internet and all other available means.

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Answering to a question asked by Dr. NM Butt, a physicist and expert in nanomedicine, he stressed the need of the curriculum balance with regard to theory and practice. He totally agreed with Dr. Butt to add a research semester at MBBS level to engage the doctors in research at very early stage of their career.

More than 115 people attended this lecture in person as well as virtually on Zoom from Pakistan and other OIC member states.

The lecture was delivered by Prof. Dr. Khalid Saeed Khan, Distinguished Investigator – Beatriz Galindo programme – at University of Granada, Spain. He has published over 400 peer-reviewed research papers with current h-index >70.

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Dr. Khalid has so far supervised 25 higher-degree theses. He has contributed to many trials and meta-analyses by conducting 48 primary research trials, recruiting 979,242 participants, and has published 149 systematic reviews, collating data from 6415 studies with 68,798,079 participants. Dr. Khalid is lead author of ‘Systematic Reviews to Support Evidence-Based Medicine’, which won a BMA Medical Book award.

He remained Editor of BJOG an international Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. His “Core Outcomes in Women’s and Newborn Health” (CROWN) initiative was awarded a BMA Strutt and Harper grant to help reduce research waste.

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