PNDS Organized its First International Conference on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) with the theme of “4X4 Four Diseases and Four Modifiable Shared Risk Factors”. It was held on 1-3 November, at Avari Hotel Lahore, Pakistan in collaboration with The Nutrition Society UK and several other health professional societies of Pakistan.
This multi-disciplinary conference aimed to provide a forum for discussing evidence-based research and strategies to address the growing problem of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Pakistan and promote health and well-being. This three-day scientific event featured speakers from UK and Pakistan, covering a wide range of topics and focusing on shared modifiable risk factors of NCDs.
Over 450 participants from different cities of Pakistan attended the conference. These included PNDS members from all over the country as well as nutritionists, dietitians, eminent professors, researchers and, and representatives of World Health Organization including WR, Dr. Mahipala Palitha, non-governmental organizations and international members of PNDS. President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi graced the occasion as the Chief Guest at the inaugural session. During his speech, he emphasized the role of nutrition and exercise for health promotion and NCDs prevention in the country. Dr. Romaina Iqbal, life member of PNDS and Section Head of NCDs, CHS at the Aga Khan University gave the plenary talk. Fayza Khan,Co-Chair Organizing Committee,& President PNDS delivered welcome note and Prof. Ghazala Pervez Zaman, Lahore Chapter Head, Chair Organizing Committee gave closing remarks for the inaugural session.
Next two days of the conference were full of interesting oral and poster presentations, panel discussions, workshops, and career counseling sessions. Out of 126 abstracts received, 26 were selected for oral presentations and 84 for poster presentation under different themes of the conference.
Day Two: Plenary Session
was on “What makes a successful international research grant proposal?
Key principles from the UKRI Global Challenges Research Fund” was presented by Prof. Nicola M. Lowe (Professor of Nutritional Sciences) Co-Director of the International Institute of Nutritional Sciences University of Central Lancashire, UK.
Session on Cardiovascular Diseases:
Keynote talk- “CVDs in Pakistan: Challenges & Issues” by Prof. Dr. Khawar Kazmi(Preventive Cardiology department ,NICVD), Nutrition Keynote - “Diet & Cardiovascular Diseases” by Prof. Dr. Julie Lovegrove (Prof. of Nutrition, President, The Nutrition Society UK) followed by five free papers
Parallel session on Diabetes
started with the Keynote talk “Primary Prevention of Diabetes”
by Prof. Abdul Basit followed by Nutrition Keynote on “Diet Quality and Diabetes” by Prof. Dr. Rubina Hakeem followed by free papers selected for oral presentations in diabetes session.
There was a Panel Discussion organized on” Using a multi-sectoral approach to prevent and control NCDs in Pakistan”. Second day of conference ended with workshop on Nutrition Care Process facilitated by Prof. Dr. Rubina Hakeem.
Day Three of the conference,
last day of the conference started with a breakfast Career counseling session
for young graduates of Nutrition and Dietetics from various universities. Mariam Khan Registered Dietitian moderated the session. Around 80 individuals attended the session and thoroughly enjoyed communication with the Panel of experts.
Scientific session on Lung Health and Tobacco
started with a Keynote talk on“Reducing the burden of Chronic Respiratory Diseases in Pakistan” by Prof. Dr. Javaid Ahmed Khan fromt he Aga Khan University. Nutrition Keynote talk was presented by Shifa Ali (Registered Dietitian, Ittefaq Hospital Trust) who talked about “Nutrition Perspective for prevention and control of lung disease” followed by two free papers by young researchers.
Parallel session on Public Health
started with the Key Note talk by Dr. Khalid Iqbal, Associate Professor (Khyber Medical University) on “New Developments in Nutrition Epidemiology “followed by another talk on “Trans-Fats situation analysis of Pakistan “by Dr. Adnan from Heartfile followed by five free papers on public health .
Panel Discussion on “The Role of Nutritionists/Dietitians in Prevention & Control of NCDS – Developing an Action Plan” was held post lunch.
started at 4:30 pm in which closing remarks were given by Lt. Cdr. Rabia Anwer, V.P of PNDS. She appreciated Dr. Romaina Iqbal’s selfless efforts for organizing the NCD Conference.At the end of the conference, best oral & best poster presenters were given certificates and awards. Prof Dr. Salma H. Badruddin, Honorary Life President of PNDS contributed a cash prize to each award winner as a token of appreciation to promote research culture and encourage young researchers. PNDS plans to organize International Conference every two years in future.
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