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The late Prof. Uğur Dilmen FIAS (Turkey)

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It is with a sense of sadness and sorrow that the President and the Director General of the Islamic World Academy of Sciences (IAS) in Amman, Jordan; announce the passing away of the eminent Turkish scientist/ doctor of medicine: Prof. Uğur Dilmen, Fellow of the Islamic World Academy of Sciences, Executive Editor/ Medical Journal of IAS.

Prof. Dilmen passed away on 7 May 2015. He was 60.

Dilmen obtained his MD from Hacettepe University Ankara/Turkey in 1979, his MSc from the same University in 1982 and his PhD from Ataturk University in Turkey in 1994.

He was Professor of Pediatrics, Ataturk University, Medical Faculty, 1994-1996 and Dean, Fatih University Medical Faculty; and Professor of Pediatrics and Neonatology; 1996-the present.

Prof. Dilmen was awarded the Cihad Tahsin Gürson Research Award (Platelet antibodies in sepsis) in 1982; the TÜBİTAK (Turkish Scientific and Technical Research Council) Award (Nifedipine in hypertensive emergencies of children in 1988); and the IAS Ibrahim Memorial Award in 1996.

Prof. Dilmen was a lecturer in Pediatrics, Turkish Health and Therapy Foundation from 1987-1988; a Physician in Chief, Turkish Health and Therapy Foundation Medical Center from 1990-1994; a Professor of Pediatrics and Neonatology, Atatürk University, 1994-1996; and Dean, Fatih University Medical Faculty, 1996-2001.

Prof. Dilmen was a member of the Turkish Medical Society; National Pediatric Society; Perinatology Endockrinolody Societyi; Neonatoloji Societyi; and the World Medical Association.

Prof. Dilmen was elected as a Fellow of the IAS in 2001.

IAS President, Fellows and staff offer their heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

Task Force on Islam’s Response to Science’s Big Questions

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Leading Muslim Scholars take on Big Questions at the intersection of Science, Faith, and Modernity

Istanbul, February 12, 2015 – By resolving the perceived conflict between Muslim faith and Science, the Muslim world can embark upon a new scientific awakening or renaissance, proposed a group of scholars – scientists, historians, and theologians – meeting to discuss Big Questions at the intersection of Islam and Science. The scholars put forth new ideas on navigating the religious and ethical questions posed by Science, such as, how Muslim scientists can produce scientific research and remain people of faith; and from the origins of the Universe to human evolution, how people of faith must reconcile their beliefs with cutting-edge scientific developments.

Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the former Secretary General of Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) and a noted thinker and scholar of Islam and Science kicked off the discussion as the Chair of the Task Force Meeting on Islam’s Response to Science’s Big Questions.

“Muslims over the centuries have helped develop science and its underlying foundations but today the scientific enterprise in the Islamic World has almost come to standstill. On the one hand, this Task Force seeks to dispel the impression that Islam and Science are necessarily in conflict with each other. On the other hand, it also identifies some critical factors that we, Muslims, must pay attention to if we want to successfully navigate in these exciting scientific times and utilize science for the benefit of Islamic countries and the World at large. ” Prof. Ihsanoglu said.

Among the 12 scholars on the Task Force are Usama Hasan, a scientist and a traditionally trained religious scholar, who is the Convenor of the Task Force, Prof. Nidhal Guessoum the author of Islam’s Quantum Question, Sheikh Afifi Al-Akiti a noted Malaysian Theologan, and Prof. Mehdi Golshani an Iranian Philosopher of Science, among others. The Task Force is sponsored by Templeton Foundation and hosted by the Turkish Society of the History of Science.

The Task Force members noted that Islam has followed a very different historical trajectory vis-a-vis its support and tolerance for scientific ideas and developments in its early days as compared to other major world faiths such as Christianity or Judaism. When scientists were being burnt at the stake in the Christian World, Science in Muslim lands was thriving under the patronage of competing Caliphs. However, with the passage of time, this tolerance and support has waned with the resultant decline in the scientific fortunes of the Islamic World.

Addressing some of these questions is critical to the future of the Islamic Project and its ability to embrace modernity – in particular free thinking and critical inquiry that is so instrumental to robust scientific development – and hence address the myriad of challenges it faces to provide for the socio-economic salvation of more than 1.5 billion people worldwide.

 “This is critical to creating a tolerant and moderate Islamic World at peace with itself and its place in the World,” noted Usama Hasan, the Convenor of the Task Force.

 “In answering these questions, the task force also seeks to reclaim the narrative of science within the Islamic Community – a narrative that in the recent years has been imposed from outside rather than created from inside – and hence begin an inside-out process of scientific revival within the Islamic World,” said Dr. Athar Osama, the founder of Muslim-Science.Com and the Director of the Task Forces Initiative. will formally release the report of the Task Force in July 2015 and to seek to work with partners to advance this important discourse within the Islamic World.

Some Outstanding Women in STEM of the Islamic World in 2014

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January 7th, 2015 | by MuslimScience


By The Editorial Team of Muslim-Science.Com

Last January, Muslim-Science.Com recognized the Top-20 Most Influential Women in Science in the Islamic World. This year, we recognize the achievements of Women who made ground breaking discoveries, broke glass ceilings, and won international honours last year. 3 of these 5 five women were honoraries last year as well and they went on to achieve great things this last year. Here are their stories:

 Maryam Mirzakhani: Breaking the Glass Ceiling

MathPrizeOn August 13, Maryam Mirzakhani, a professor of mathematics at Stanford University, was awarded the 2014 Fields Medal at the International Congress of Mathematicians, held in Seoul, South Korea. Dubbed as the ‘Nobel Prize of Mathematics,’ the Fields Medal was established in 1936 and is given once every four years. Mirzakhani is the first woman ever to win the prize.




Ameenah Gurib-Fakim: The Daughter of the Soil

4411839_3_9752_ameenah-gurib-fakim-le-18-avril-2014_aace471e81046427d77d2df611750eefDr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim has recently been at the center of exciting new developments in the small island state of Mauritius where she was the Presidential Candidate of an opposition political party that won the recently held General Elections. While the Elections do not directly concern the position of the President of the Republic, in due course, Ameenah may – if she takes over this position – become the first woman scientist to ever become the President of a country.



Anita Zaidi: Giving Back to the Community

tumblr_inline_mxlb7sOEQa1r9q5akIn December 2013, a Pakistani pediatrician, Dr. Anita Zaidi, won the $1 million Caplow Children’s Prize from amongst 550+ entries including from major organizations such as Doctors Without Borders. The purpose of the competition was to find innovative and cost-effective ways to reduce early child mortality rates.




Pardis Sabeti: The Rockstar Scientist

pardis sabetiDr. Sabeti headed a team of researchers in 2014 who used advanced genomic sequencing technology to identify “a single point of infection from an animal reservoir to a human in the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa.” In addition, the research also revealed the dynamics of the human-to-human transmission of Ebola virus and the mutations in the genetic code of the virus as it adapts to its human hosts.



Hayat Al Sindi: The STEM  Role Model

hayat-sindi-pop-tech-560x373In 2014, Dr. Hayat Al Sindi was recognized by US Department of State as among the Women in Science Hall of Fame for Middle East and North Africa. Moreover, in the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative in September 2014, Dr. Sindi was awarded the ‘Leadership in Civil Society’ prize.


From Science to Science Policy – One Man’s Passionate Journey: A Biography-cum-memoir of Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Omar Abdul Rahman FIAS

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Many may not realize that there was a man behind the scene who was actively bouncing ideas with me on the various STI initiatives which have now become reality. Tan Sri Omar Abdul Rahman was that man who helped create the many insturments and institution of STI which formed the key ecosystem for scientific innovation in the country. I knew him as a man of not so many words, but highly effective in harnessing the ideas of the scientific fraternity. We need more personalities like him to help drive the country’s STI agenda.

I hope this biography-cum-memoir will become a reference for those young scientists keen to pursue a career in science. The anecdotes about Tan Sri Omar should be known to all as important treasures of scientific planning experience for the country.

Congratulations Tan Sri!


Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad


New President of Pakistan Academy of Sciences, Prof. Anwar Nasim FIAS

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Prof. Anwar Nasim

The annual meeting of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences, Islamabad, was held on Thursday, December 4, 2014 in the Auditorium of the Academy. The General Body approved the following new Council of the Academy for the period 2015-2017. The fellows elected Dr. Anwar Nasim FIAS as its president and Dr. Zabta Khan Shinwari as its secretary general for next three years.

It is generally recognized that any progressive country, which aspires to occupy a befitting place in the comity of nations, encourages the establishment of a supreme scientific organization, usually designated as the “Academy of Sciences” devoted to the promotion of science and its applications for the general welfare of humanity. While these organizations may not carry out actual researches, they do provide a forum for the advancement of scientific research, popularization of science, motivation of scientists and technologists, as well as encourage and promote studies in new areas of S&T.

As utmost importance is attached to the membership of such an academy, only scientists of the highest merit, who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of scientific knowledge, are elected its Fellows. The Academy is regarded by the public and the government as a repository of the highest scientific talent available in the country, and is generally supported and consulted in all matters relating to scientific education, research and development.

The Pakistan Academy of Sciences was inaugurated by the then Prime Minister of Pakistan, Khwaja Nazimuddin, on 16th February 1953.

The Academy is a non-governmental and non-political supreme scientific body of distinguished scientists in the country. The Government of Pakistan has given the consultative and advisory status to the Academy “on all problems relating to the development of scientific efforts in the country”, and “generally on such matters of national and international importance in the field of science as may be referred to the Academy”. The affairs of the Academy are regulated by its Charter and Bye-Laws approved by the Fellows.

The Academy is governed by a Council that includes its President, two Vice Presidents, Secretary General, Associate Secretary General and Treasurer.

UCSI University has appointed Prof Dato’ Dr Khalid Yusoff FIAS as its third vice-chancellor and president.

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Senior Professor Dato’ Dr Khalid Yusoff
DPSK, PSK, MBBS (Melb.), DMedSc (honoris causa),
MRCP(UK), FRCP (Lond.), FRCP (Glasg.), FRCP (Edin.),
FACC (USA), Hon. FRACP (Aus.), Hon. FPCP (Phil.),
Vice-Chancellor and President

UCSI University has appointed Prof Dato’ Dr Khalid Yusoff FIAS as its third vice-chancellor and president.

A clinical cardiologist by training, Professor Khalid’s appointment promises to usher in a new era of scholarly enterprising pursuit at UCSI. He is a firm advocate of research and development and his findings are frequently published in high-impact refereed journals. His papers are cited and referred to by many of his peers, adding credence to his standing as an academic. What Professor Khalid brings to UCSI complements the University’s strong links with the industry and its vibrant student life. His dedication to the pursuit of excellence and quality ties in nicely with UCSI’s founding values and his insight will set the University in good stead.

Professor Khalid has previously served as the Dean of Universiti Teknologi MARA’s Faculty of Medicine. Under his stewardship, the faculty recorded tremendous growth and established itself as one of the foremost medical faculties in the nation. Prior to that, Professor Khalid played a number of key roles – including serving as Dean – in a career spanning two decades at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. He also served as a consultant cardiologist at both universities where he was instrumental in developing the Heart Centres at both universities

Professor Khalid’s 30-year career in academia is bolstered by domestic and international recognition of his contributions. He sits on the board of various scientific committees and he is currently a member of the National Science and Research Council, a unit parked under the Prime Minister’s Office. Beyond the numerous awards and research grants he has won, Professor Khalid actively contributes to society through the promotion of medicine and science. He has chaired scientific sessions at home and abroad and he is regularly sought to give visiting lectures.

Interestingly, Professor Khalid also played a big role in Malaysia’s Angkasawan programme. He supervised various aeromedical tests in the vetting stages to select the nation’s first astronaut and provided input on the initiative’s scientific thrusts.

Professor Khalid is happily married to Professor Datin Paduka Dr Khatijah Mohd Yusoff, a molecular biologist who is currently the Deputy Secretary-General at the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. Well-travelled and global in his outlook, Professor Khalid obtained most of his many qualifications from renowned universities and professional bodies in England, Australia, Scotland and the United States.

Book Launch: Water, Energy, and the Arab Awakening

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Pages from Proof 4 Water Security Book

On 20 October 2014, the Council launched its third publication, “Water, Energy, and the Arab Awakening,” with a panel discussion at the Celtic Manor Resort in Wales, the United Kingdom. We are pleased to share the digital version available for download at:

This book is the third in the Council’s “Global Agenda” series and the second book the Council has published in partnership with the United Nations University Institute of Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH). This volume is primarily a collection of papers from the Council’s 2013 annual meeting in Bahrain, and we are deeply grateful to the Court of the Crown Prince of Bahrain, whose generous support made this publication possible.

October’s launch featured a panel discussion moderated by the Right Honourable the Baroness Margaret Jay, with seven of the book authors as well as IAC members H.E. Mr. Bertie Ahern and H.E. Dr. George Vassiliou. It was a fascinating discussion, which we captured on audio and have made available on YouTube at: I encourage you to have a listen and share the link with your network.

For your further interest, below are a few of the news stories about the book:


PODCAST – portion on Red Sea-Dead Sea Canal Project with Dr. Moneef Zou’bi begins at 9:10 on this file:





Current Issue of the Medical Journal of Islamic World Academy of Sciences Vol 22, No 3

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What is new in 2014? F.E. CANPOLAT, F. CANPOLAT, S. OZSOYLU

Original Article/Cardiology-Metabolism Therapeutic Evaluation of Kalonji (Nigella sativa) in Dyslipidemia – A Randomized Control Trial A. RASHEED, M.A. SIDDIQUI

Original Article/Endocrinology Concept of Diabetes in Unani System of Medicine: An Overview M. NAZAMUDDIN, A. WADUD, A.H. ANSARI, T. ALAM, A. PERVEEN, N. IQBAL

Original Article/Pediatrics An Assessment of Muslims’ Reactions to the Immunization of Children in Northern Nigeria

Original Article/Gynecology and Obstetrics Effect of Different Dosages of Intravaginal Misoprostol for Second Trimester Pregnancy Termination M. SHARIEF, E.S. AL-KHAYAT

Original Article/Bacteriology A chemotherapeutic efficacy of some antibiotics and Punica grantum L. extracts against Propionibacterium acnes isolated from acne vulgaris cases I.E.A ALSAIMARY

Original Article/Plastic Surgery Any Two-Lobed Flap Is Not A Bilobed Flap: A Revisited Study for The Bilobed Flap Technique M.O. YENIDUNYA

Chinese award for Dr Atta-ur-Rahman FIAS

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Prof. Atta-Ur-Rahman


Former chairman of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) Professor Atta-ur-Rahman FIAS will be conferred on the ‘Friendship Award of China’ in Beijing on September 29.

The award is the People’s Republic of China’s highest national award for foreign experts who have made outstanding contributions to the country’s economic and social progress. The formal award giving ceremony will be held in Beijing on September 29.

The award is being given for the tremendous contributions of Professor Atta-ur-Rahman to develop strong linkages between China and Pakistan in various fields of science and higher education. He was responsible for initiating a major programme of academic collaboration and linkages with Chinese universities and other institutions as federal minister for science and technology and later as Higher Education Commission chairman. Under these programmes, some 400 students were sent to various Chinese universities and research institutions for PhD level training.

Professor Rahman has initiated strong collaborations with many Chinese Institutes. He signed an Executive Protocol for Scientific Cooperation between Chinese Academy of Sciences and Pakistan Academy of Sciences under which many workshops have been organised in Pakistan and China. These included a major international conference titled ‘IUC South Asia Summit Meeting on Vistas in Structural Chemistry’ during April 28-30, 2014, Karachi, Pakistan to celebrate the International Year of Crystallography.

Dr Atta-ur-Rahman has also initiated a nationwide project for training students in universities of Pakistan in Chinese language through video-conferencing. Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman’s book, ‘The Wondrous World of Science’ has been recently translated into Chinese language. Professor Atta-ur-Rahman has recently been awarded International Cooperation Award from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) on January 10, 2014. He has 976 publications in several fields of organic chemistry including 720 research publications, 37 international patents, 151 books and 68 chapters in books published largely by major US and European presses. Prof. Rahman is the most decorated scientist of Pakistan, having won four civil awards including Tamgha-i-Imtiaz, Sitara-i-Imtiaz, Hilal-i-Imtiaz, and the nation’s highest civil award, Nishan-i-Imtiaz.