Dairy Science Park delegates attended Biorisk Management Workshop in Jordan
A delegation of Dairy Science Park attended a workshop on the The Use of Research Methods and the Role of Molecular Biology, hosted by Sandia National Laboratories (SNL, USA), in Amman & Irbid, Jordan from 29 April – 1 May 2018. Dairy Science Park, University of Agriculture Peshawar was represented by Prof M Subhan Qureshi, Chief Patron DSP, Prof Nazir Ahmad Dean FAHVS, Prof Umer Sadique Chairman Animal Health and Dr Farhan Anwar Assistant Professor. Prof Masood Rabbani represented UVAS Lahore and Prof Zafar Randhawa, Dr Tariq, Dr Faqir Muhammad, Dr Kasib and Dr Shafia represented UA Faisalabad. Dr Melissan Finely and Dr Lynn Fondern represented SNL.
On first day a review of the training workshops and basic concepts of biorisk management were presented by Dr Melissa Finley and Dr Lynn. It was followed up by a review of the facilities and strength of the three Pakistani Universities and Dairy Science Park regarding availability of manpower, laboratory resources and academia industry linkages. The missing links and gaps were identified, with special reference to availability of molecular biological techniques at these institutions. Emphasis was given on development of such techniques instead of conventional culturing of microbiological organisms, as such techniques will raise the risk to public health, lowering the biosafety and biosecurity situation at these facilities.
On second day the Princess Haya Biotechnology Center (PHBC), MENA BioRisk Management and Genomic Training Division (BRMTD), Jordan University fo Science and Technology, Irbid, was visited. The Vision of the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) BioRisk Management Training Division is to establish a sustainable culture of biosafety and biosecurity in the Middle East and North Africa. In addition, the MENA BRMTD aspires to become the training oasis that serves the societal needs of Jordan and its neighbors in the MENA region, and that reduces threat to the international community, and strengthens global health and security. Facilities have been established in quality control, genome sequencing, genomic expression and virology, proteomics, metabolomics, toxicology, trace minerals, microbiology, psychology, neurology and newborn screening.
PHBC has made tremendous progress under the leadership of Dr Saied A. Jaradat, Director, a hard-working jolly person, with great affiliations for Pakistani brothers and sisters. He was briefed on the issues faced by the people of Pakistan in handling human and animal diseases and the scope of entrepreneurship across the food value chain. He agreed on collaboration through joint projects and technical training.