Message by Executive Director IRCBM

Healthcare sector owes its evolving stature in the field of Medicine and Surgery to the advent of Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine. Increasing number of medical implants and devices are now available due to the innovative research in Material Sciences and Life sciences. The need of the hour is an interdisciplinary research approach that will help Pakistan catch up with the recent advances in biomaterials.

Biomaterial – this key aspect of healthcare – is witnessing accelerating market growth in the World due to an unparalleled effort in multi-disciplinary research. An improved technological approach to current clinical needs has also reaped benefits, as new tailor-made materials are being developed in partnership with chemists, physicists, engineers, biologists, physicians and surgeons.

Diversity is imperative for broadening the scientific research base. My own career progression from a background in chemistry and materials sciences followed by specialization in the area of biomaterials is an example of this. Only by adopting multi-disciplinary research of applied nature, the field of biomaterials can be established in Pakistan. Therefore, an Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Biomedical Materials (IRCBM) was established to carryout multi-disciplinary research, which acts as a hub for other research institutes to collaborate on a number of research themes including bone replacement materials, dental materials, tissue engineering and cardio-vascular systems etc.

While welcoming you to the IRCBM, I invite you to come and collaborate with us. We will liaise with local industry, hospitals, research institutions and carryout application oriented research and development. Only by working together, we can achieve our mission, which is to improve the quality of life of our people by producing affordable implants of international standards.

Prof. Ihtesham-Ur-Rehman
Founder and Executive Director, IRCBM