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DISTINGUISHED ABILITIES OF DR. MANSOOR AHMAD

(Presidential Award Winner)

 

Dr. Mansoor Ahmad was born in 1953 at Lahore, Pakistan. He graduated from Karachi University in 1972 and did his post-graduation from the same university in 1974 with FIRST Class.  Just after his M. Sc., he was appointed as a Lecturer in the Department of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Karachi with the responsibility of designing the syllabi for pharmacy students along with the teaching undergraduate and postgraduate classes. He was also responsible for establishing research facilities for M. Phil & Ph.D. students. During his tenure as lecturer he taught Phytochemistry and Pharmacognosy/Herbal Medicines/Phyto-medicines.

 

In 1980 he was awarded a Swiss Government Scholarship for Ph.D. at Pharmacy Department, ETH-Zurich, Switzerland. He completed his degree in 1985 from the above-mentioned university under the guidance of Professor Dr. Otto Sticher and during this period he published two papers. He joined University of Karachi again in 1985 and was promoted to an Assistant Professor in early 1986.

 

He remained Assistant Professor from 1986 to 1989 and achieved following academic recognition:

 

a)                  Published ten research papers in national & international journals,

b)                  Supervised six students for their Ph.D. & M. Pharm. projects,

c)                  During this period he was awarded DAAD (Germany) Scholarship for Post Doctoral research work in 1989.

 

He was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in early 1989 in the same department. He published more than 82 scientific papers in various world-renowned journals. He was made Professor in1997.

 

He supervised one Ph.D. and Five M. Pharm degree, awarded to the students during 1990-1994. In 1992-1993 he was awarded Post Doctoral Fellowship and proceeded to College of Pharmacy, University of Rhode Island, USA, to work under Professor Dr. Yuzuru shimizu on Toxins and Anticancer Drugs.

 

In 1994 he was offered second DAAD Scholarship in Germany to work on chemical and biological studies of medicinal plants, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Horst Rimpler at Albert-Ludwigs University, Freiburg, Germany.

 

In 1994-99 he was honored with medals by Thinkers Forum and PSF, Pakistan Pharmacist Association (PPA), Pakistan Society of Pharmacognosy, Major Zia-ur-Rehman (Shaheed) Academy, Karachi for his meritorious services in the field of research on medicine and medicinal plants.

 

In March and November1997 he organized National Seminars on Herbs, Medicines & Therapeutics and Awareness of Diabetes, Complications, Problems and their Solutions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACHIEVEMENTS IN BRIEF:

 

Academic:       a) Total publications                               87 (research) + 10 (general)

                        b) Books written                                    Two

                        c) Chapters contributed in books             Two

                        d) Scholarships received                        Four

                        e) Students guided for research degrees Twelve

 

Memberships to Scientific Societies:

 

1)      Scientific Society of Pakistan                 2) Chemical Society of Pakistan

            3)   Pakistan Pharmacological Society           4) Pakistan Society of Biochemists

            5)   Pakistan Botanical Society                     6) Pakistan Society of Pharmacognosy

7)   American Chemical Society, (USA)       8) New York Academy of Sciences (USA)

 

Administrative:

 

He served the Department of Pharmacognosy, University of Karachi, as Chairman from 1977-79, 1990-92 and 1996-99.

 

Presentation of a New Theory:

 

His 1995 & 1996 research publications deal with the drugs having cardiac pharmacological activities. In these publications, he proposed a Theory on Cardiac Drug Design in Phytotherapy Research Journal, U. K. (September vol. 9) 1995 and 1996, which might change the trend of drug designing and preparations.

 

His previous publications (1990-93) on synthetic & semi synthetic drugs for cardiac problem specially Anti-Cholesterol and Anti-Lipid agents, are of high significance.

 

Services for Life Saving Profession:

 

Nowadays he is organizing the research and research facilities in the field of Phyto-medicine/Phytochemistry & Pharmacognosy/Herbal Medicines, Biology, at newly established Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Karachi.

 

In November 1999 he organized National Science Conference on Herbs, Medicines & Therapeutics and published the proceedings of First Science Conference organized in March 1997. In November 1999 his six students submitted their thesis for the award of M. Phil. degree.

 

Services for Humanity:

 

In 1998-99 he designed, prepared and formulated FIVE most important herbal medicines for Arthritis, Ulcer, Sex, Fever & Cough (Respiratory infections) and Digestion, which is his outstanding achievement towards professionalism and a work for humanity. He is providing these medicines to patients free of charge regardless of their sex, age, cast, colour, country and religion.

 

On the above mentioned outstanding and highly significant services for human kind, his name was recommend for Khwarzmi International Award and Presidential Award 2000 which he received in August 2000. Karachi University Teachers Society (KUTS) awarded him Nishan-e-Azmat-e-Danish in October 2000.

AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIPS

 

1.         Swiss Government Scholarship, 1980-85. Doctoral research was carried out 

            under  the supervision  of  Prof.  Dr.  Otto  Sticher, Department of Pharmacy, 

            ETH-Zurich, in the field of Natural Products Chemistry and Pharmacognosy

 

2.         German Government Scholarship (DAAD) 1989, Post Doctoral research work

            was carried out under the supervision of Prof.  Dr. Horst   Rimpler,  Institut  fur 

            Pharmazeutische Biologie, Albert-Ludwigs Universitat, Freiburg, in the field of 

            Medicinal Plants (Chemical and Biological Studies)

 

3.         Visiting Professor, USA, 1992-1993, research work was carried out under the

            supervision of Prof. Dr. Yuzuru Shimizu, Department of Pharmacognosy  &

            [AR1] Environmental Health Sciences, College of Pharmacy, The University of Rhode

            Island, U.S.A., in the field of Toxins and Anticancer drugs.

 

4.         German Government Scholarship (DAAD) 1st May 1994-31 July 1994. The 

research  work  was carried out   under   the supervision  of Prof. Dr. Horst

Rimpler, Institut Pharmazeutische Biologie, Albert-Ludwigs Universitat, Freiburg, in the field of Medicinal Plants (Chemical and Biological Studies).

 

5.         A Medal of Outstanding Research was awarded by PSF in recognition of

            scientific research work on medicine and medicinal plants, 1994.

 

6.                  A Gold Medal of Outstanding Research was awarded by Al-Mufakkir Forum

(Thinker Forum) Karachi in recognition of scientific research work on medicine

            and medicinal plants, 1994.

 

7.         Philadelphia University, Sept. 1994-Sept. 1996, on the request of Philadelphia

University (Jordan) to Government of Pakistan, was appointed as Associate Professor in College of Pharmacy and taught Clinical Pharmacy & therapeutics, Advance Clinical Pharmacy, Pharmaceutics I & II and Phytochemistry.

 

8.         Pakistan Pharmacists Association (PPA, Sindh) has given award of Excellence in recognition of affection, care, dedication, guidance and professionalism to teaching and research in the field of pharmacy 1997.

 

9.         American Bibliographical Society has included the name in the International Directory of Distinguished Leadership of 1997 on leadership qualities and extraordinary services in the field of pharmacy and medicine.

 

10.       Major Zia-ur-Rehman (Shaheed) Memorial has given award of Excellence in recognition of scientific research work on medicine and medicinal plants, 1998.

 

11.              A Gold Medal of Outstanding Research work was awarded by Pakistan Society of Pharmacognosy in recognition of scientific research work on medicine, medicinal plants & services for humanity, 1999.

                                                                 

12.       The Presidential Award 2000, IZAZ-E-FAZEELAT, was awarded by Pakistan Government on 14th August 2000, in recognition of scientific research work, development of herbal medicine, medicinal plants & services for humanity, 2000.

 

13.       Karachi University Teachers Society awarded the Nishan-e-Azmat-e-Danish  on 27th October 2000 in recognition of scientific research work, development of herbal medicine, medicinal plants & services for humanity 2000.

 

HONOURS

 

1.                    Appointed as Member of National Council for Tibb, Federal Ministry of

Health, Government of Pakistan.                                                                      1999        Pakistan

 

2.                   Appointed as Member of Editorial Board of Journal of Pakistan

Pharmaceutical Sciences.                                                                                                 1996        Pakistan

               

3.                    Member and Subject Expert, Board of Studies, HMI Research

Institute of Pharmacology and Faculty of Pharmacy, Hamdard

University, Karachi.                                                                                             1997        Pakistan

 

4.             Elected, Founder President and Life Member of Pakistan Society             1996-till

of Pharmacognosy,                                                                                             present   Pakistan

               

5.             Member, New York Academy of Sciences.                                                      1995        USA

 

6.             Member, American Chemical Society,                                                            1992        USA

 

7.             Member, Pakistan Society of Biochemists,                                                     1991        Pakistan               

 

8.             Member, The Chemical Society of Pakistan,                                                                 1990        Pakistan

 

9.             Life Member, Pakistan Pharmacological Society,                                       1985        Pakistan

 

10.           Member, Scientific Society of Pakistan,                                                         1975        Pakistan

               

11.           Member, Pakistan Botanical Society,                                                             1975        Pakistan

 

12.                 Member, Board of Studies, Department of Pharmacognosy,

Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Karachi, Karachi,                   1975        Pakistan

 

13.                 Member, Board of Faculty, Faculty of Pharmacy, University

of Karachi, Karachi,                                                                                             1975        Pakistan

 

14.                 Member, Academic Council, University of Karachi, Karachi,                      1975        Pakistan

 

15.           Member, Senate, University of Karachi,                                                          1975        Pakistan

 

SEMINARS & CONFERENCES

 

1.         Presented a research article on Syringa vulgaris, Planta Medica               1982        Austria

 

2.                    Participated in the Conferences of Planta Medica                                          1983        Germany

 

3.                    Participated in the Conferences of Planta Medica                                          1984        Belgium

 

4.             Participated in International Conference of Natural Products

Chemistry, Organized by HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry,

University of Karachi,                                                                                         1986        Pakistan

 

5.             Participated in International Conference of Natural Products

Chemistry, Organized by HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry,

University of Karachi,                                                                                         1987        Pakistan

 

6.             Participated in International Conference of Natural Products

Chemistry, Organized by HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry,

University of Karachi,                                                                                         1989        Pakistan

 

7.             Second National Conference of Chemistry, presented two research

papers on Ruellia brittoniana  and  Caralluma   edulis,                             1990        Pakistan

 

8.             First National Conference of Biochemists, , presented a research

article on possible biosynthetic  pathway  of  pregnan glycosides

from Caralluma tuberculata,                                                                            1990        Pakistan

 

9.             Third National Conference of Chemistry, presented two research

papers on Syringa vulgaris,                                                                              1991        Pakistan

 

10.           First International Confernece of Pharmaceutical Sciences, presented

two research papers on Buddleja davidii and  Valeriana jatamansi,        1992        Pakistan

 

11.           Participated in International Conference of Natural Products

Chemistry, Organized by HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry,

University of Karachi,                                                                                         1992        Pakistan

               

12.           Participated in Pharmacy Conference organized by NERMCAP 1993        U.S.A.

               

13.     Participated in International Conference of Natural Products

Chemistry, Organized by HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry,

University of Karachi,                                                                                         1994        Pakistan

 

14.            Participated in a combined Conference of Planta Medica, American

Pharmacognosy Society, French & Canadian Pharmacognosy

Societies held on August, 1994 at Helifax,                                                       1994        Canada

 

15.            First National Conference on Pharmacology & Therapeutics, presented

two research paper on Antidopaminic activity of  iridoid glycosides,        1995        Pakistan

 

16.             First National Conference of Pharmacy, Philadelphia University,

presented a research paper on  Cardiac activity of  Phyla  nodiflora

and arranged the exhibition of medicinal plants used in Jordanian

Traditional Cure System,                                                                                    1995        Jordan

 

17.             Second National Conference on Pharmacology & Therapeutics,

presented two research paper on AIDS problem and psychotropic

drugs,                                                                                                                     1996        Pakistan.

                               

18.           Organized First National Conference on “Herb, Medicines and

Therapeutics” as President of Pakistan Society of Pharmacognosy

and Chairman of the Department of Pharmacognosy,

29 March 1997, Karachi,                                                                                   1997        Pakistan 

 

 

19.            Organized a Seminar on "Awareness, Diabetic Problems and their

Solution" as Chairman of the Department of Pharmacognosy,

Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Karachi, 7 Nov., 1997, Karachi            1997        Pakistan

 

20.            Presented a paper in National Conference on "Medicinal Plants

of Pakistan", organized by Plant Genetic Resources Institute and

National Agriculture Research Center, Dec. 2-4, 1998, Islamabad,            1998        Pakistan 

21.            Organized Second National Conference on” Herb, Medicines and

Therapeutics” as President of Pakistan Society of Pharmacognosy,

27 November 1999, Karachi,                                                                             1999        Pakistan 

               

22.             Participated in International Workshop on “Total Quality Management

of Drugs”, organized by Federal Ministry of Health, Government of

Pakistan, World Heath Organization (WHO) and Pakistan

Pharmaceutical Manufacturer Association (PPMA), Dec. 2-4, 1999,

Islamabad,                                                                                                             1999       Pakistan               

 

23.            Participated in National Workshop on “National Formulary and

Pharmacopoeia of Traditional Unani Medicines”, organized by

Federal Ministry of Health, Government of Pakistan, World Heath

Organization (WHO) and National Council for Tibb,

Dec. 22-24, 1999, Karachi,                                                                   1999        Pakistan

 

INVITED TALKS

 

                     Chemical Constituents from the Cardioactive Plant Phyla nodiflora, College of

                                Pharmacy, University of Rhode Island, U.S.A., 1993

 

                             Medicinal Plants of Pakistan, Department of Applied Chemistry and Biology,

                                Shizuoka University, Japan, 1993

 

                             Medicine Systems of Pakistan and Use of Medicinal Plants in Folk Medicine,

                                Tsumura Pharmaceuticals, Tokyo, Japan, 1993

 

STUDENTS WHO COMPLETED M. Pharm., M. Phil. and Ph.D. 

 

Name                                     Year                        Topic                                                                     Degree  

 

1. M. Nasir Khan                  1990        Pharmacognostical Studies on Samanea  saman          

    Masoodi                                            and Durenta repens,                                                           M. Pharm.

                               

2. Muhammad Aslam           1991        Phycochemical, Microbiological and Trace Elements 

Studies on Dictyopteris australis.                                    M. Pharm.

 

3. Munir Anwer                    1991        Phytochemical and Pharmacological Investigations on

Colpomenia sinuosa and Enicostema littorale.            M. Pharm.

 

4. Nazra Nasreen                  1992        Iridoid Constituents of Pharmacological Activity

of Syringa reticulata,                                                         M. Pharm.

               

5. M. Shoaib Patal                1992        Phytopharmaceutical Studies on Medicinal Herb

Bouchia marrubifolia.                                                        M. Pharm.

 

6. M. Farid Akhtar                1994        Chemical Constituents and Cardiovascular Evaluation

of  Phyla nodiflora, Ruellia patula and

Ruellia brittoniana.                                                            Ph.D.

 

7. Nudrat Adil                       2000        Phytopharmaceutical Studies on Acacia catechu,

Acalypha indica, Adhatoda vasica, Albizia lebbeck,

Andrographis paniculata , Argemone maxicana,

used in the preparation of herbal medicines available

in local market,                                                                      M. Phil.

 

8. Azhar Sajjad                      2000        The Pharmacognostical Studies on medicinal

plants: Tinospora cordifolia, Hedysarum alhagi,

 Achyranthus aspera, Andropogon muricatus,

Aristolochia indica and Alhagi maurorum used

in Traditional System of Medicine.                                  M. Phil.

 

9. M. Rehan Khan                2000        Pharmacognosy and Pharmacology of Some

Herbal Drugs available in Local market,                           M. Phil.

 

10. Faheem A. Siddiqui       2000        Chemical Investigation and Biological Studies

on Medicinal Plants Annona squamosa and

Berberis baluchistanica.                                                   M. Phil.

Degree Expected in

 

11. Nadeem-ul-Hasan          2001        The Development of New Methods for Estimation

      Mohani                                            and Evaluation of Medicinal Constituents present in

Herbal Medicines available in local market.                     M. Phil.

 

12. M. Mushtaq Alam         2001        The utilization of Chromatographic Methods in

                Evaluation of Chemical Constituents of Herbal

Medicines available in local market.                 M. Phil.

 

13. Munir Anwer                  2003        Bioavailability Studies of Paracetamol,

Bromazepam, Metronidazole and Diloxamide

furate and their products,                                                   Ph. D.

 

14. Aftab Turabi                   2005        Angiotensin Receptor Antagonist, a comparative

                                                                study with Indapamiode in Hypertensive patients

alone and with COPD, Cardiac Hypertrophy and

Diabetes mellitus.                                                 Ph. D.

 

15. Taous Khan                    2005        Phytomedicinal Investigation and Standardization

                                                                of some Indigenus Medicinal Plants of NWFP,

                                                                Trichodesma indicum, Paeonia emodi, Aconitum

Leave and Sauromatum guttatum.                                   Ph. D.

PROJECTS:

 

I have completed a research project on toxin and anticancer drugs, funded by NIH  (1992-93), at College of Pharmacy, University of Rhode Island, USA, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Y. Shimizu.

 

I have completed Five Research Projects on Biological Warfare & Herbal Drugs, funded by Defense Laboratory (DESTO), Government of Pakistan and University of Karachi in 1990-92, 1987, 1996, 1997, 1998.

 

COUNTRY VISITED:

 

Switzerland, Germany, USA, Canada, Japan, France, Austria, Belgium, Netherlands, Jordan, Syria, UAE, Saudi Arabia etc.

 

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