From the Chair Pak-IMD-Net
On 1st Jan 2019 after approval from Pakistan Society of Chemical Pathology (PSCP) the working group of the society came into action. The working group formed for strengthening the diagnostics, education and research in the area of inherited metabolic disorders (IMDs) is a group for PSCP members and associate members with special interest in IMDs. With the mission of capacity building of laboratorians to develop diagnostics of newborn screening and IMDs all members of the Pak-IMD-Net collectively made significant contributions to our mission.
The launch of this working group was held in a multidisciplinary Conference on Newborn Screening for Rare Disorders in Pakistan organized by the Section of Chemical Pathology, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and Paediatrics and Child Health Aga Khan University (AKU) under the auspices of PSCP and International Federation of Clinical Chemistry (IFCC) on March 1, at Pearl Continental Hotel, Karachi.
“Hands on Workshop on Organic Acid Testing” was conducted at Aga Khan University that focused on the basics in urine organic acid testing, chromatogram labelling and interpretation for IMD diagnostics. It was followed by a group activity aimed at chromatography labelling and interpretation and case presentations by each group.
‘Aminoacidopathies from basics to diagnostic
caveats’ was conducted by Section of Chemical Pathology, Dept. of Pathology & Lab Medicine.
This educational lecture series was initiated from the platform of Pak-IMD-Net with the aim to conduct sessions via Zoom video conferencing on rare diseases quarterly. First Rare Link activity was conducted on 10th December 2019 on ‘Diagnosing Urea Cycle Disorders’. It was a very successful event, with more than 100 participants from different institutes and cities of Pakistan. We plan to conduct more such activities under the banner of ‘Rare Links’.
Call for new members 2020: In 2019 seventeen PSCP members and associate members joined this working group. Dear PSCP members and associate members you may contact us if you are involved and interested in
IMD testing. Additionally, identify personnel around you who can contribute towards the goals of Pak- IMD-Net. We hope our contribution is helpful and community supportive.
Dr Lena Jafri (Chair Pak-IMD-Net)
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Aga Khan University