2018 Faculty Initiative Fund

CREDIT – The above image is taken from Vorontsov et al 2017.

Dr. Hassan Mohy-ud-Din has been awarded the 2018 Faculty Initiative Fund for a project on Hepatocellular Carcinoma.

Although cancer death rate has plummeted by 23% since 1991 [Siegel et al 2016], liver cancer death rates have increased by almost 3% per year since 2000 [American Cancer Society 2017]. Liver cancer is the 10th most common cancer in the world; 5th most common cause of cancer death among men and 8th most common cause of cancer death among women [American Cancer Society 2017]. At SKMCH&RC, liver cancer (including intrahepatic bile duct cancers) is the 6th most common cancer diagnosed in the previous 20-year period (Dec 1994 – Dec 2015) [Mahmood et al 2016]. The most common type of liver cancer is the Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC). In US, three-fourths of the diagnosed cases of liver cancer in 2017 will be HCC whereas, at SKMCH&RC, HCC is the predominant liver cancer morphology from Jan 1996 to Dec 2016 (~ 92%).

This project will focus on robust volumetric quantification of hepatic lesions with contrast-enhanced CT imaging.

Clinical and Translational Imaging Lab launched at LUMS

CREDIT – The above image is taken from the news article published at INNOVATEPK.ORG

LUMS wins the bid to establish the first National Center in Big Data & Cloud Computing (NCBC) in Pakistan. The center will comprise 12 labs, hosted in 11 Universities across Pakistan. As part of the NCBC, a research grant (of PKR 20 million)  has been awarded by the Higher Education Commission and Planning Commission of Pakistan to establish a Clinical and Translational Imaging Lab at LUMS. The lab will be directed by Professor Hassan Mohy-ud-Din.

Clinical and Translational Imaging Lab will provide a symbiotic relationship between engineering, mathematics, and clinical sciences. Specifically, we will pursue research themes at the intersection of optimization theory, deep learning, and multi-modality (medical) imaging. The over-arching goal is to provide robust, scalable, portable, and cost-effective solutions to clinical problems and, concurrently, multidisciplinary training and development of future scientists.

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What is Research?

We are living in the age of science and scientific revolution. Science has become an integral part of our lives. Huge efforts are being made at a global scale to popularize science in the masses. The aim is to attract the most brilliant, hardworking, and intellectually gifted minds in the world to solve scientific problems ultimately leading to a prosperous present and future.

In such discussions, we often face the following question: What is Research? All of us come up with our own definitions, examples, and expositions. The best, most complete, answer to this question came to me while reading Hayat-e-Iqbal Ka Ek Jazbaati Daur by Professor Usman. It included few couplets of Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal, one of the greatest poets of the 20th century, from his book Bang-e-Dara aptly defining research.

تری آگ اس خاک داں سے نہیں
جہاں تجھ سے ہے تو جہاں سے نہیں

بڑھے جا یہ کوہ گراں توڑ کر
طلسم زمان و مکاں توڑ کر

خودی شیر مولا جہاں اس کا صید
زمیں اس کی صید آسماں اس کا صید

جہاں اور بھی ہیں ابھی بے نمود
کہ خالی نہیں ہے ضمیر وجود

ہر اک منتظر تیری یلغار کا
تری شوخئی فکر و کردار کا

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For cutting-edge research one needs passion, self-confidence, curiosity-of-the-unseen, ideas-and-innovation, and character.