IPVS Satellite Symposium on “Human Papillomavirus and Cervical Cancer”

September 22 – 24, 2022, Karachi, Pakistan

Organized by
Dr. Panjwani Center for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research (PCMD),
International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS),
University of Karachi

The International Papillomavirus Society
COMSTECH Virology Lab. Alliance

It gives us an immense pleasure to invite you to the “International Satellite Symposium on Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Cervical Cancer”, to be held in Karachi, Pakistan, during September 22–24, 2022 as a Hybrid Event. Over 300 scientists and young researchers from 30 countries are expected to participate in this international meeting.

The co-organizer International Papillomavirus Society (IPVS) promotes the worldwide exchange of ideas, knowledge, and research materials among basic, clinical and public health research professionals concerned with human and animal papillomaviruses and their associated diseases. IPVS also strives to facilitate research, and to promote the translation of research results into new clinical applications and public health policies. IPVS serves as the organizational structure for the field of biomedical scientists, physicians and other health care providers engaged in all manner of papillomavirus research. The host institution Dr. Panjwani Center for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research (PCMD) (Karachi, Pakistan), on the other hand, is a prestigious academic research institution, engage in research and graduate training in the fields of genomics and molecular biology of neglected and prevalent diseases. PCMD is an integral part of the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), a UNESCO and OIC center of excellence.

Pakistan is a country of cultural diversity, natural beauty, and rich history. Pakistan has been endorsed as one of the top tourism destinations by travelers. The vitality and the magical spirit of warm and beautiful city of Karachi will be conducive for exchange of scientific knowledge between scientists in the field of cervical cancer and human papillomavirus research from all over the world. It is hoped that this meeting will yield a strong impact and rise awareness about HPV and cervical cancer in Pakistan and other developing countries.

On behalf of the organizing committee, we wish to extend to you all, a very warm welcome to Karachi in September 2022.

The event will be held at the beautiful premises of the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) at the University of Karachi. The ICCBS is located at about 20-minute drive from the Jinnah International Airport, Karachi. Shopping malls, banks, post office, stores, restaurants, and airline offices are also located within short distances of the symposium venue. Evening bus shuttles will run during the event for the participants, staying on-campus, to take them to various shopping centers, and other attractions in the city.

The aim of the meeting is to bring together leading experts in the field of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) research from all around the world and forge global partnerships for research for the common benefit of humanity during the symposium. Following aspects of PV research will be covered:

  • HPV-associated Cervical Cancer: Epidemiology, and Molecular Biology
  • Incidence and Mortality of Cervical Cancer
  • Screening tools for Cervical Cancer and its precursor lesions
  • Prevention of Cervical Cancer by Vaccination against HPV


  • It will serve as a platform for a large scale interactions and awareness about HPV and cervical cancer.
  • This event will also expose Pakistani and developing countries researchers with the best of science in the important field of PV research.
  • The event will provide a platform to exchange ideas, develop research linkages, and foster collaborations in the field of tumor virus research.

The registration fee of Rs. 6000 (local) and USD 250 (foreigner) includes entry to scientific lectures, poster sessions, industry symposia, full set of abstracts, a copy of the symposium program, daily lunches and refreshments (tea/coffee), symposium banquet, cultural/musical evening, welcome mixer and free transportation from hotels and guest houses to the venue of the symposium.
For registration, kindly visit the website: www.iccs.edu 
This symposium is partly sponsored by Hologic GmbH Germany, The Higher Education Commission Pakistan, Pakistan Academy of Sciences, and Pakistan Science Foundation.
Download, fill attached registration form and send to raheel@iccs.edu ; raheelhej@gmail.com (Download from here).
For Virtual Participation, Register at https://forms.gle/qzDCpwk8oGyhno1v8

Karachi has an international airport, which provides connections to all major cities of the world. Many of the major airlines of the world have frequent flights to Karachi, since the city provides a major route linking with the Far East as well as with the Middle East, Europe, and North America. Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is the national flag career.

Karachi is usually sunny and warm in September with average day temperature of 35 °C and the night temperature falling to 25-28 ºC. Kindly bring summer clothing.

You are requested to apply for a visa online well before the symposium. Citizens of over 80 countries can also apply for on­line visa (https://visa.nadra.gov.pk/). Participants from countries with no Pakistani diplomatic mission should also write to the symposium office in Karachi at least two months in advance. A formal invitation letter would be required from the Secretary, Organizing Committee (Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary) for this purpose.

All plenary and invited speakers will be accommodated in the International Scholars Lodges of the ICCBS, which has excellent boarding and lodging facilities.

The official language of the conference will be English.

Limited number of travel grants will be provided to eligible participants from CAVL and CCOE (COMSTECH Consortium of Excellence)


Prof. Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman, FRS, N.I., H.I., S.I., T.I.
Patron-in-Chief ICCBS

(a). Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary, H.I., S.I., T.I.
Director ICCBS, Karachi, Pakistan

(b). Prof. Dr. Thomas Iftner
Director, Institute for Medical Virology and Epidemiology of Viral Diseases,
University of Tuebingen, Germany

Prof. Dr. Atia-tul-Wahab
Dr. Saba Farooq
Ms. Khazima Muazim

UAN: (+92 21) 111-222-292, Ext. 179
Tel: (+92 21) 99261745      Fax: (+92 21) 99261713
E-mail: raheel@iccs.edu; raheelhej@comstech
Website: www.iccbsconferences.com


September 22 2022

0830-0900            Registration

0900-1030            Inaugural ceremony;

  • Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary, Director, ICCBS
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Iftner, Director Medical Virology
  • Dr. Holger Ziegeler, Consul General of Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Suzanne Garland, President of the IPVS,
  • Prof. Dr. Lawrence Banks Director General of ICGEB
  • Prof. Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman, FRS, Patron-in-Chief ICCBS
  • Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, Minister of Health and Population Welfare Sindh

1030-1100            Press Conference

1100-1130            Tea Break

1130-1200            Felicitation Lecture by Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary (“80th Birthday Celebration of Legendary Scientist Prof. Dr. Atta ur Rahman FRS”)

1200-1300            Lecture of Prof. Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman FRS, ICCBS, Pakistan on “Changing Landscape of Science and Technology and Higher Education in Pakistan”

1300-1400            Lunch and Prayer Break

1400-1440            Plenary Lecture-1 “Introduction into Human Papillomaviruses,” Prof. Dr. Lawrence Banks, Director General of ICGEB, Italy (on-line)

1440-1520            Plenary Lecture-2 “Cervical cancer elimination plan: learnings from Australia” Prof. Dr. Suzanne Garland, Director, Centre Women’s Infectious Diseases Research, Australia

1520-1620          Industry Symposium-1: Hologic Total Solution-Cervical Cancer screening trends from self-sampling to AI-guided cytology

1620-1700            Industrial Stall/ Booth and Tea

1720-1930            Sight Seeing Visit

September 23 2022

0930-1010            Plenary Lecture-1 “Evidence-based prevention tools for Cervical Cancer” Prof. Dr. Patti Gravitt, Center for Global Health, National Cancer Institute (NCI), USA

1010-1050          Plenary Lecture-2 virtual ” Estimates of the burden of cervical cancer in Pakistan/Middle West Asia “ Prof. Dr. Laia Bruni, Catalan Institute of Oncology (ICO), Spain ICO, (on-line)

1050-1120          Tea break

1120-1150          Invited Lecture-1 “HPV Testing as secondary prophylaxis against cervical cancer,” Prof. Dr. Thomas Iftner, UKT, Germany

1150-1230          Invited Lecture-2 “HPV Screening in Low-Income Settings” Prof. Dr. Silvia de Sanjose, National Cancer Institute (NCI), USA. (on-line)

1230-1300          Invited Lecture-3 “HPV testing and its importance in cervical cancer and prevention

A neglected test in routine diagnosis,” Prof. Dr. Saeed Khan, DUHS

1300-1400          Lunch and Prayer break

1400-1500          Industry Symposium 2

1500-1530          Invited Lecture-3 “Integrating HPV Testing in Cervical Cancer Screening in Africa” NN Africa”

1530-1600          Introduction into the e-learning modules from the IPVS, Prof. Dr. Xavier Bosch/ Prof. Dr. Deborah Moreno, Catalan Institute of Oncology (ICO), Spain.


1600-1700          Poster Presentations 

1700-1800          Visit to the ICCBS Labs

1900-2100          Cultural Evening/Gala Dinner

September 24, 2022

0930-1010          Plenary Lecture-1 Virtual “The Cervical Cancer prevention program in Malaysia” Prof. Dr. Ying Lin WOO, Asia-Oceania Research Organization in Genital Infection and Neoplasia (AOGIN), Malaysia. (on-line)

1010-1040          Invited Lecture-1 “HPV Screening: Current State of Art and Turkish Mega HPV Lab” Prof. Dr.  Murat Gultekin, Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine, Turkey

1040-1200          Round Table Discussion on “How to implement Cervical Cancer Screening in Pakistan”

1200-1300          Closing Session, Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary and Prof. Dr. Thomas Iftner

1300-1400          Lunch and Prayer Break

1400-1800          Through interactive parallel workshops with Medical Doctors/Primary Women Care takers, Health Care Workers, Midwives, Nurses, Stakeholders and Delegates of the Conference to exchange information and to discuss obstacles for the implementation of an integrated approach using HPV vaccination and Cervical Cancer Screening. The objective is to investigate the feasibility of a multidisciplinary HPV `self-collect, test and treat’ intervention in partnership with community and district level stakeholders.

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