Atelier international sur les techniques fondamentales de diagnostic des maladies virales

The challenges faced by OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation) member states in their healthcare systems and lack of diagnostic facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic have given rise to a dire need for awareness in this neglected area. COMSTECH is planning to offer a workshop on the “Fundamental Techniques in Viral Diagnostics” for building the capacity of OIC member states in this field.

Venue: COMSTECH Secretariat, Islamabad
January 25-27, 2021
Deadline for Applications: November 30, 2020

The capacity building of health care professionals and promoting development of diagnostic facilities in the member states of the OIC are the main focus of this three-day workshop. For this purpose, there will be a three-day technical workshop followed by sightseeing on the fourth day.


The workshop will be conducted at COMSTECH headquarters situated in the beautiful city of Islamabad, Pakistan. Islamabad is one of the most modern and scenic capital cities in the world. Islamabad was purpose-built in 1966 as the capital of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Pakistan is globally the 5th largest and amongst OIC member states 2nd most populous country. Pakistan, according to Forbes magazine, is a hidden treasure for tourists with rich cultural diversity, ancient history, diverse landscape, cuisines, modern cities, and locally produced items.

Objectives of the Workshop:

The objective of this International Workshop on  » Fundamental Techniques in Viral Diseases Diagnostics  » is to provide a platform for the researchers, health care professionals and related personnel to share their views, experiences and research methodologies. This workshop aims to provide a common forum for capacity building measures against the present and future viral pandemics in the Islamic World.

Key Contents:

The workshop will cover the following topics:

  1. Viral diseases, their origin, history and transmission
  2. Novel diagnosis and detection strategies for viral infections
  3. Development of vaccination and application of existing drugs for treatment and prevention.
  4. Development of novel therapeutic agents against viral diseases
  5. State of the art diagnostic laboratory setup
  6. Preventive measures against the spread of viral diseases in health care professionals

Workshop Organizing Committee: 

Prof. Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman 
(FRS., N.I., H.I., S.I., T.I.)
Chairman Prime Minister Task Force on Information Technology

Prof. Dr. Iqbal Chaudhary 
(H.I., S.I., T.I.)
Coordinator General COMSTECH/Director ICCBS/ Distinguished National Professor


Programme Manager COMSTECH

Dr. Sumbla Sheikh,
Institute of Medical Virology and Epidemiology of Viral Diseases, University Hosptial Tuebingen, Germany

Invited Resource Persons: 

Prof. Anders Vahlne
Professor Emeritus, H5 Department of Laboratory Medicine,
Klin Microbiologi,
Karolinska Institutet

Names of the remaining resource persons will be announced soon.

Target Audience:

Healthcare professionals, students, researchers and policy makers from the OIC countries are encouraged to apply.

Registration Fee:

There is no registration fee for participation limited to 35.  

Travel & Local Hospitality:

COMSTECH will arrange complete local hospitality, internal transportation, and sightseeing visits for all registered participants. Travel support will be provided to the speakers only. Participants are expected to get their ticket funding from their parent organizations.

Registration Process:

Step 1: Download application form from Here

Step 2: Read instructions in the application form carefully and submit a properly filled form along with your CV to Foreign participants must submit a scanned copy of the first three pages of their passport along with the application form.

Step 3: Selected candidates will be notified through email; hence, applicants are required to check their emails regularly.

Workshop Coordinators:

Programme Manager, COMSTECH
Tel: +92-51-9220681-3
Fax: +92-51-9205264, +92-51-9220265

Dr. Sumbla Sheikh
Institute for Medical Virology and Epidemiology of Viral Diseases
University Hospital Tubingen, Germany
Tel: +49-7071- 29-72899
Cell: 0049-176-80550026
Fax: +92-7071-29-4507

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