Kampala, 20 March 2023 (TDI): COMSTECH, the Ministerial Standing Committee on Scientific & Technological Cooperation of the OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation) in collaboration with the Islamic University in Uganda organized a two-day training.

The training was organized on “Randomized Clinical Trials” at Islamic University in Uganda, Kampala, Uganda.

Professor Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary, Coordinator-General COMSTECH, welcomed online training workshop participants.

According to him, the goal of this training is to increase capacity in the vital field of clinical trials for drug discovery and development.

He stated that clinical trials are conducted in accordance with international standards, principles of good clinical practice, the healthcare code of ethics, and biosafety.

Likewise, regulatory and sponsor requirements are critical for the successful outcome of the drug, vaccine, biological, and even diagnostics development process.

He stated that it is critical for the OIC nations to grow and get more involved in this field. He stated that the purpose of this international workshop is to fill a capability deficit.

According to Dr. Choudhary, this is a vital step in the long journey of a medicine, biologic, or vaccine from the preclinical phase to a clinically proven product.

Askar Mussinov, Assistant Secretary General of the OIC for Science and Technology, presented his statement online. He enunciated that “I am glad to share my message with you all in support of this two-day training.

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He stated that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) supports COMSTECH and IUIU’s combined endeavor & recognizes the critical role of clinical trials in the development of safe & effective medications against prevalent and neglected diseases.

Clinical trials, according to Mussinov, establish a scientific foundation for future medical research. He stated that it is critical for OIC states to strengthen this sector and build the capacity to discuss and develop innovative treatments.

Dr. Abdur Rashid, Program Officer COMSTECH, Maham Yameen, Head and Consultant Nephrologist, Maroof International Hospital, Professor Dr. Mujtaba Quadri, Director ORIC, Indus Hospital, Dr. Ammad Fahim, and COMSTECH distinguished scholar, Professor Dr. Khalid Saeed Khan, from Granada University in Spain, also participated in the training from Pakistan.

More than 100 national and foreign scientists took part online, while 60 Ugandan researchers attended the workshop in person.