A biomarker for early diagnosis of stroke has been developed by a Pakistani Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. The announcement was made by Dr. Kaneez Fatima Shad, Professor of Neuroscience, University of Technology Sydney, as she addressed an academic audience.
A lecture was given by her called Why Brain? Why Advocacy?. Prof. Dr. Viqar Sultana, Department of Biochemistry, University of Karachi organized the lecture.
In 1994 Dr. Fatima Shad did her Ph.D. in the subject Neuroscience from the University of New South Wales, Australia and then post-doctoral from Medical College of Pennsylvania, USA. Her expertise is in finding biological markers to explore brain issues that include Alzheimer’s disease, Schizophrenia, and Stroke. Other than this she also has an experience of thirty years in teaching Physiology, Neurophysiology and other medical subjects in various countries including Australia, UAE, USA, Bahrain, Brunei, and Pakistan. She has to her credit 56 peer reviewed papers, revised three books and also wrote three chapters of a book.
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She explained how depression, noise and carbon monoxide pollution is cause of neurological, neuropsychological and psychiatric illnesses in Pakistan.
Presently there is no biomarker for initial diagnosis of stroke available in Pakistan. What her group established is a specific biochemical method for quick diagnosis of stroke. It can recognize individuals who are likely to have a stroke in near future. Through early diagnosis, many patients can be saved from a stroke.