International Conference on Non-Communicable Diseases to be held in November in Lahore

Lahore, September 24, 2019 (PPI-OT): The Pakistan Nutrition and Dietetic Society (PNDS), in collaboration with The Nutrition Society UK and Ireland, is organizing the 1ST PNDS International Conference on Non-Communicable Diseases from November 1-3 at the Avari Hotel in Lahore. Experts and practitioners from Pakistan and global organizations are expected to attend and read scientific papers to spread knowledge and create awareness regarding the burden and prevention of non-communicable diseases in the county.


The theme for the conference is “4 x 4 Four NCDs and Four Modifiable Shared Risk Factors”. The scientific program will feature speakers from UK and Pakistan, covering a wide program of subject areas across the spectrum of chronic diseases and shared risk factors in plenary and parallel session formats. A range of other sessions, such as workshops, special “Hot Topic” presentations, panel debates and dedicated sessions hosted by related organizations will be held.


This multidisciplinary conference is expected to be attended by a high-level of representation / participation from academic, non-academic medical, health and allied health professionals, provincial, federal government agencies, local and international NGOs and consultants, including specialist health-sector writers from national media houses.


Dr. Romaina Iqbal of the AKU and Chairperson of the Scientific Committee, says, “Non-communicable diseases (NCD) are a major cause of poverty, a barrier to economic development, and a serious threat to achievements of the Millennium Development Goals, and therefore it is necessary that the awareness of NCD is spread from federal and provincial governments to practitioners and more importantly, to the general public at large.”


Prof Julie Lovegrove, President, Nutrition Society UK and Ireland writes, “I am pleased to know that the Pakistan Nutrition and Dietetic Society (PNDS) is organizing its first conference on non-communicable diseases in Lahore and I look forward to participating in the deliberations. It is an excellent initiative by the PNDS to further the knowledge and awareness of human health research, and therefore, The Nutrition Society UK and Ireland looks forward to working closely with experts in Pakistan with the aim of achieving a common voice in evidence-based nutritional science.”


President PNDS, Ms. Fayza Khan says “This Conference invites participants from various disciplines to present their recent research findings, to share knowledge and exchange ideas. This event will provide an excellent opportunity for all stake holders, govt. and non-governmental organizations, food and nutraceutical industry and the commercial sector to support this conference as it is hoping that resultant joint recommendations of the professional Nutrition and Dietetic Society and the Health Sector will be imperative to devise policies for tackling the disease burden of NCDs and improve the quality of life of the people of Pakistan.”


The 3-day conference will kick-off with three dedicated workshops on Diabetes Training, Digital/E-Health and Briefing for Health Journalists. These workshops will be followed by the Inaugural Ceremony on the opening day which will include a Keynote by Prof. Julie Lovegrove, President, Nutrition Society UK, and a Plenary by Dr. Romaina Iqbal of the Aga Khan University Hospital, respectively.


Day two will begin with a Plenary Session on Funding and Research Grants, by Prof. Nicola M. Lowie followed by a Panel Discussion on ‘How to Prevent and Control NCDs in Pakistan’. Post lunch, two parallel breakout sessions will be held simultaneously on Diabetes and Cancer, chaired by Dr. Salma Badruddin and Dr. Rezzan Khan, respectively. Scientific papers will be read and presented by eminent practitioners. The day will end will a session on “Obesity Management Approaches” by Ms. Mozamila Mughal and a Physical Fitness Trainer.


Day three will begin with a Breakfast Session on Career Counselling for Nutrition and Dietetic Students and Fresh Graduates, followed by two parallel breakout sessions on CVD chaired by Dr. Jawed Akram and Lung/COPD. A discussion session on “Role of Nutritionists and Dietitians in the Prevention and Control of NCDs (Obesity, DM, CVD and Cancer) will be held after the breakout sessions. After lunch, two breakout sessions “Role of Nutraceuticals, Food Quality Control and NCDs” chaired by DG-Health PFA and “Nutrition Epidemiology and Public Health” chaired by Dr. Khalid Iqbal from Khyber Medical University will be held, followed by a Q and A session on ‘Public Awareness of NCDs in Pakistan”.


Following the tea-break, a workshop on “Research Methodologies” and “Session open for public and health and Dietetic Experts will respond to Question related to NCD prevention” will conclude the three-day scientific sessions before the closing ceremony of the conference. Professor Ghazala Pervez Zaman is the Organizing Committee Chair of the Conference and Dr. Salma H. Badruddin is the Parton-In-Chief.


The University of Health Sciences (UHS), Pakistan Cardiac Society (PCS), Pakistan Chest Society, Pakistan Society of Internal Medicine (PSIM), University of Home Economics, Lahore and University of Agriculture FSD, Dow University of Health Sciences and UNICEF are official collaborators and supporters of the international moot.


For more information, contact:

Pakistan Nutrition and Dietetic Society (PNDS)

C/O Lt. Cdr Rabia Anwer, President, PNDS

Dietitian, PNS Shifa Hospital, DHA, Phase 2, Karachi, Pakistan

Tel: +92-21-48506604