Nanomedicine - Development and Challenges

Venue: COMSTECH Secretariat, Islamabad

(15 - 17, March 2021)

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease classified as pandemic disease by World Health Organization (WHO). At the time of writing (June 17, 2020), 269 countries, areas or territories are affected, with over 8.3 million people tested positive and around 448,100 deaths worldwide.

Covid-19 outbreak has put huge pressure on the modern world, has brought many industries to halt and showed the dearth and shortcomings of healthcare system prompting the need to invest more in scientific research. In this scenario, like many areas of health sciences, Nanotechnology also offers new prospects of developing affordable, quick and scalable solutions in diagnoses and treatment of COVID-19, and manufacturing of personal protective equipments, in addition to many other diseases.

Realizing the significance of Nanomedicine for wider public health and health sciences in the OIC states in scenario of COVID-19 and beyond, COMSTECH is arranging a workshop tentatively planned during March 15-17, 2021. In this workshop a systematic approach will be followed to introduce and elaborate on nanomedicine design, development, characterization, and the associated challenges thereof. In addition, the potential role of nanotechnology for the timely diagnosis of COVID-19 and other diseases will also be highlighted. Further conference details including the application process to participate in the workshop will be announced on this site within a few weeks.

Workshop will be conducted in Islamabad (Pakistan), located in the foothills of the mighty Himalayas, which is one of the worlds’s greener and urbanely planned cities having the most pleasant weather in the season of spring, therefore, offering a mix of scientific and recreational engagement during the planned workshop dates.

​International Resource Persons

  1. Wolfgang J. Parak, 
    Professor of Physics, Biophotonics Group, Hamburg University, Germany.
    Associate Editor, ACS Nano
    Profile of the speaker is attached here..

  2. Charlotte A. E. Hauser
    Professor of Bioengineering,
    King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
    Profile of the speaker is attached here..

  3. Neus Feliu
    Group Leader, Farunhofer,
    Research Associate,
    Center for Hybrid Nanostructures (CHyN),
    Hamburg University (UHAM), Germany.
    Profile of the speaker is attached here.

​Local Resource Persons

  1. Irshad Hussain (Focal Person, Technical)
    Professor of Chemistry (Functional Nanomaterials Group)
    Department Of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering,
    SBA School of Science & Engineering (SBASSE),
    Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan.
    Profile of the speaker is attached here.

  2. Muhammad Raza Shah,
    Professor of Chemistry,
    Hussein Ibrahim Jamal (HEJ) Research Institute of Chemistry,
    International Center for Chemical & Biological Sciences (ICCBS),
    University of Karachi, Karachi.
    Profile of the speaker is attached here.


Focal Person (Technical) for the workshop: Prof. Dr. Irshad Hussain (bio attached here)

Focal Person (Program) for the workshop: Ms. Khazima Muazim, Programme Manager COMSTECH

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