The 5th Science and Technology Exchange Program (STEP) in the Islamic Countries

0 Apr 15 2019 In بین‌المللی توسط بین الملل

The 5thScience and Technology Exchange Program in the Islamic Countries was held with the attendance of Muslim and non-Muslim scientists residing in the Islamic countries in the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) of the University of Karachi, Pakistan in the sub-branches of contagious and non-contagious diseases and with the subject of prevention, diagnosis and treatment from Feb. 27th to Mar. 2nd2019.

As reported by the Public Relations Dept. of Pardis Technology Park, the opening ceremony of this meeting was held with the presence of Rasoul Dinarvand, the Member of the Board of Directors of Mustafa Foundation, Zeinab Hamidzadeh, the Counselor of Women’s Affairs of the Vice-Presidency for Science and Technology, and a many other scientific authorities of Pakistan on Wednesday morning. From among the subjects discussed in this round of meetings were investigating the role of women Muslim scientists in the development of science and technology, removing the obstacles and recognizing the ways to strengthen the collaborations of women in improving the health conditions of the communities.

Rasoul Dinarvand, the Member of the Board of Directors of Mustafa Foundation, introduced the Nano Research Center of the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Tehran and said, "This center was first established virtually based on a public budget in 2004 and no concrete buildings or equipment were allocated to that.”

Dinarvand enumerated the most important objective of this center as education, interdisciplinary research, commercialization and development of technology and added, "The budget allocated to this center is only to be spent on researches in the fields of Nanoparticles engineering, stem cells, cell culture and molecular medicine. And until now, three companies have been sub-branched from this center and one clean room has been established in the center by the private sector in order to perform specialized experiments.”

Zeinab Hamidzadeh, the Counselor of Women’s Affairs of the Vice-Presidency for Science and Technology, who was also in Pakistan for this round of meetings, referred to the significant role of women in the production and commercialization of knowledge and said, "Right now some 20% of the knowledge-based companies are established or administered by women.”

Underlining the creation of equal opportunities for the scientists active in different fields of knowledge, management and politics, Hamidzadeh said, "The statistics show that there exist outstanding differences between men and women in higher education as well as the research centers and the presence of women in these centers.”

Seyed Mohammad Nourbakhsh, the managing director of one of the Iranian knowledge-based companies, announced that 65,000-dollar grants are planned to be submitted to the scholars of the Islamic countries in the form of laboratory equipment and he further asserted that "In this round of STEP, those scientists who present proposals will be taught the required training courses and finally 10 scientists will be elected to be given 65,000 dollars for the equipment of the laboratory.”

Offering the latest achievements in treatment and diagnosis by the scientists of the Islamic countries were among the activities carried out in the 5th Science and Technology Exchange Program (STEP), and the scholars offered their most recent research achievements in different fields of health such as nano and biological sciences.

·The Speeches of the Winner of Mustafa Foundation

In this regard, Jackie Ying, the winner of Mustafa Prize 2015, explained about the Nano-biology laboratory, which is administered by herself, and said, "From among the recent achievements of this research center we can refer to the production of Nano-Insulin for the diabetics and the design of diagnostic kits for viral and bacterial diseases such as Zika virus and E-Colai bacteria. "

Having referred to the fact that the scientists of the world of Islam are able to exert a substantial effect on the world, Professor Jackie Ying mentioned that, "Women must pass their academic studies earlier because of their living issues and their role as a mother. So, if you want to succeed, you have to practice hard like the musicians and the athletes.”

 

·Holding Specialized Panels

Hassan Azazi, the Professor of the American University of Cairo and the head of the knowledge-based company of Nano Ayber in Egypt expressed that they have been successful in producing biodegradable nanofiber bandages with honey and bee venom extracts and he further added that "The world market for wounds will reach the amount of 11,500,000,000 dollars until 2020.”

Azazi underlined the importance of conducting strategic interdisciplinary researches and explained about the research capacities and challenges in the world of Islam and enumerated the existing challenges as applied research against fundamental research, escape of the brains and the population abroad, provision of resources, innovation and entrepreneurship, intellectual ownership, spinoff companies and the contribution of universities, comprehension of the market and more importantly patent and its procedures.”

Mai Khenfer, from the Science and Technology University of Jordan, declared that "We are currently studying a kind of drug delivery agent made of polylactic which is injected beneath the skin and it releases the drug in three stages.”

Professor Helizeh Katas, the Head of the Drug Delivery Technology Center of Kabangasay University in Malaysia, referred to the outbreak of antibiotic resistance and said, "If the conditions keep going like this, we will be confronted with the death of 10 million people in 2050.”

He made remarks on the achievements of the research group of the Drug Delivery Technology Center and asserted that "With the improvement of the characteristics of a kind of polymer called Chitosan in the form of a nanoparticle, we have reached a modern drug delivery agent which requires more research.”

In the 5thRound of Science and Technology Exchange Program (STEP) in the Islamic Countries, which was held in the sub-branches of contagious and non-contagious diseases in the field of health, Rasoul Dinarvand said, "Several Islamic countries are dealt with the problem of confronting with the contagious diseases and many others are faced with the trouble of finding a solution for the treatment and reduction of the extent of affliction to non-contagious diseases. In some countries like Kuwait, we are almost faced with the highest amount of affliction with the non-contagious diseases of diabetes, and some other Islamic countries are tackling with contagious diseases.”

In this regard, Mr. Majid Mosadeh from the Science and Technology University of Jordan, underlined the significance of vaccination and its position in the health and treatment system of the countries and said, "Based on the statistics of the World Health Organization (WHO), some one million and six hundred children are dying before attaining the age of one, while one million and four hundreds of which are because of not injecting vaccines.”

In addition, Hamzeh Babkar, the Professor of Sultan Qaboos University of Oman, explained about the disease of Malaria and said, "There is a close genetic relationship between the disease-carrying insects (vectors) from one region to another which is indicative of the rapid genetic mutation among insects.”

He added, "Despite all the efforts made for fighting with this disease, a lot of more complicated and developed types of these vector insects are seen, whose eradication requires more equipment in addition to more supervision on the pervasive issues.”

Professor Titer Dimier, the Director of the Workgroup of Cancer of the Academy of Science of Turkey, underlined the necessity to make communities aware for the quicker diagnosis of cancer and mentioned that "Today, lots of money are spent for the treatment of cancer; however, diagnosis is of utmost importance.”

He added that "The countries of the southwestern parts of Asia do not have new statistics of affliction with cancer, and this same issue has led to the difficulty to attain a comprehensive result about the reasons and solutions to fight with cancer in those areas.”

Among the other key subjects of the 5th Science and Technology Exchange Program (STEP) in the Islamic Countries, was focusing on the role of the Muslim women scientists in the development of science and technology and their substantial attendance in this round of STEP.

In this regard, Dr. Mohammad Eghbal Chodari, the Head of the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) of the University of Karachi, Pakistan emphasized the importance of the role of good symbols of women scientists and said, "The world is changing day in and day out, and we hope this change paves the way for optimal opportunities for women.”

Besides, Saliman Albarawani, the Professor of Sultan Qaboos University of Oman, called the establishment of a network among the Muslim scientists in the world of Islam as well as their attendance in the political authorities as a must and said, "We have an important role in strengthening the collaboration of women in improving the status of society.”

He noted that, "The most important solutions for increasing the association of women in the society are having a reliable pattern to follow, playing the role of university professors, passing by the sexual stereotypes, releasing the work area from discrimination against women, forming scientific networks for women and entry of women scientists into management areas.”

Afterward, Rabe’e Hussein, the Professor of the University of Aqakhan in Karachi, Pakistan, referred to the restrictions of the Muslim women and said, "Investigations show that if you have a trained and well-aware mother at home, you will also have an intelligible family,”

Rabe’e Hussein further added, "Networking and formation of scientific groups, encouraging independent scientific activities and conducting national and international training courses will result in the support of the women scientists from other Muslim women, and as a result, they will be able to keep up with their activities seriously.”

·The Closing Ceremony

As reported by the Public Relations Dept. of Pardis Technology Park, Rasoul Dinarvand said in the closing ceremony of the 5th Science and Technology Exchange Program (STEP) in the Islamic Countries, "Recommendations have been submitted to Mustafa Foundation in order to strengthen scientific and technological cooperation with the Islamic and non-Islamic countries.”

He underlined the networking program, collaboration and strengthening of the role of women, encouraging the scientist Muslims alongside associating and interacting in the administration and conduction of the society as a pattern for others as well as strengthening the association of women in the scientific institutions and events and creating a free and encouraging atmosphere for empowering the freedom of thought, critical thinking, participation and supervision of women.”

He also enumerated the establishment of the virtual pole of science and technology in order for facilitating communication and networking, strengthening collaborations among different organizations active in science, technology and innovation, encouraging the further association of the young scientists in the fields of science, technology and innovation and also laying the foundations for collaborations with the private sector all and all together with recognizing and promoting the best procedures as the other articles of this statement.

The Member of the Board of Directors of Mustafa Foundation referred to the importance of prioritizing the scientific activities in the world of Islam in order to submit prizes or establishing a new prize for this group of scientists, and noted that, "From among the other recommendations of the 5th round of STEP are finding and recognizing the vacuum and reducing them alongside developing the strategic goal of Mustafa Foundation; enhancing public awareness about the activities and missions of Mustafa Science and Technology Foundation as well as encouraging group research among the Muslim scientists.

In addition to referring to the encouragement and support from the scientific coalitions and creating more capacity in the priority areas, enhancing the place of plant medicine, natural products and local knowledge as well as facilitating the plans presented by the famous scholars, Mr. Dinarvand enumerated the latter issues as the other articles of the final statement of this round of STEP.

It is notable that on the sidelines of the 5th Science and Technology Exchange Program (STEP) in the Islamic countries, which was held with the presence of more than 60 faculty members from 19 countries worldwide, the 3rdExhibition of the Introduction of Industries with the achievements of the scientists of the world of Islam was also held, and the companies and investors met the engineers and scientists who had attained prosperities in production and new services in this four-day event.
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