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POST TIME: 18 February, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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RU to pay tribute to Dr Zoha today

Correspondent, RU

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of martyrdom of Dr Shamsuzzoha, the Rajshahi University (RU) authorities will observe ‘Zoha Day’ as Teachers’ Day on the campus in a befitting manner today. Like the previous years, the RU authorities have chalked out elaborate programmes like hoisting of black flag atop all dormitories, administrative and academic buildings, placing of wreaths at Zoha’s grave and offering special prayers and holding doa mahfil at the central mosque marking the day.

RU Chemistry department in association with the university authorities will organise the Zoha memorial lecture at Senate Building auditorium.   Prof Dr Shamol Chakroborti of Kalkata University, India will attend as chief discussant.

RU Vice-Chancellor Prof Abdus Sobhan, Pro-VCs Prof Ananda Kumar Shaha and Prof Chowdhury Jakaria, Treasurer Prof Mustafizur Rahman and Registrar Prof Abdul Bari accompanied by other officials, teachers and students of the university are likely to place wreaths at Dr Zoha’s grave and memorial plaque in the morning.

On February 18, 1969, Dr Shamsuzzoha was shot dead by Pakistani military junta in front of the RU main gate as he rushed there to protect the students marching towards the town violating Section 144.

 Zoha was the RU proctor and a teacher of the Chemistry department. His death sparked violent protests across the then East Pakistan, leading to the fall of autocratic Ayub regime. Dr Zoha is the country’s first Martyre Intellectual.

IUB organises seminar on precision medicine

Staff reporter, Dhaka

The Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) School of Life Sciences recently hosted a seminar titled ‘How Precision Medicine Helps Patient Care and Population Health’ by Variant Genomics President and CEO Dr Nazneen Aziz.

The seminar focused on the scientific, economic, and social aspects of precision medicine, and provided an update on the current state of genomics technology and its use in precision medicine.

Dr Aziz said that differences between people at the genome level can affect how susceptible they are to various diseases and their response to various drug treatments.

As genomic data becomes cheaper and easier to acquire, it is increasingly feasible to examine patients’ genomes while assessing treatment options, paving the way for personalised medicine.

Prof Rita Yusuf, Dean, School of Life Sciences, IUB welcomed Dr Aziz, and provided a brief background of her illustrious academic pedigree and achievements in both science and industry.

IUB Vice Chancellor Prof M Omar Rahman delivered the closing address and discussed the possibility for precision medicine to revolutionise healthcare and medicine by replacing the ‘one-size-fits-all approach for the vast majority of drugs’.