University of Lahore

Lecture on Molecular Mechanism of HIV Pathogenesis
The University of Lahore 1 - KM Defence Road, Lahore

A lecture on “Molecular Mechanism of HIV Pathogenesis” was arranged on 23rd July, 2018 by University Institute of Medical Lab Technology. The Head of Department UIMLT, Prof. Dr. Nazar Ullah Raja welcomed distinguished and renowned speaker, Prof. Dr. Shahana Urooj Kazmi, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Dean Faculty of Science, Dadabhoy Institute of Higher Education Karachi, President Pakistan Society of Microbiology, F-ASM Ambassador Pakistan.

In her lecture, Prof. Dr. Shahana gave a comprehensive introduction about human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) which causes HIV infection and over time acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), a progressive failure of the immune system that allows life-threatening opportunistic infections and cancers to thrive. HIV pathogenesis has proven to be quite complex and dynamic with most of the critical events (e.g., transmission, CD4+ T-cell destruction) occurring in mucosal tissues. She further highlighted   that the resulting disease can progress over years, it is clear that many critical events happen within the first few weeks of infection when most patients are unaware that they are infected. These events occur predominantly in tissues other than the peripheral blood, particularly the gastrointestinal tract, where massive depletion of CD4+ T cells occurs long before adverse consequences of HIV infection are otherwise apparent.  Pro. Dr. Shahana also addressed the precautionary measures and possible ways to combat with serious disease  and how to control  infection. Moreover, she also encouraged the fledgling researchers that after having awareness of the molecular mechanisms of HIV pathogenesis, they can develop diverse methods to find its cure.

At the end of the session, Prof. Dr. Mati ur Rehman, Principal RIPHAH University, Islamabad presented appreciation shield and certificate to Prof. Dr. Shahana Urooj Kazmi and Prof. Dr. Shahana Urooj Kazmi awarded   appreciation shield and certificate to Prof. Dr. Mati ur Rehman and the session was followed by group photographs with the faculty members and students of UIMLT.

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