The Precision Medicine Lab had set up an interactive stall at the expo hall to create awareness about cancer in general and Oral cancer in particular. Members of the lab were present to showcase the cutting edge science to multi-disciplinary techies present there. Oral Cancer is the most prevalent cancer in the Pakistani male population.
The Precision Medicine Lab is a first of its kind cross-disciplinary effort in Pakistan that will allow data analysts and deep learning experts to work very closely with biologists, geneticists and clinicians and establish Pakistan’s first genomics database that will set the stage for larger, more concerted efforts, in whole genome sequencing and precision medicine.
The Lab will also produce novel software tools that will help in side-effects prediction of drugs that are in use currently in the country, drug re-purposing that may lead to drug discovery for challenging and traditionally neglected diseases (like Dengue, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis, etc.) and literature mining to help oncologists.
With the largest private hospital in KP (with a dedicated Oncology department, and the Center for Genomic Sciences) on board, means translation and clinical application will be seamless which not only means enhanced healthcare outcomes but also continuous feedback and improvement of these tools in an iterative manner.