Dr. Yusuf Zafar: Scientist of the Year 2012
Dr. Yusuf Zafar, Director General, Agri & Biotechnology Division, Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, has been declared the Scientist of the Year 2012 by the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) for his pioneering work in the field of biotechnology and genetic modifications of the cotton crop. He has also been awarded Tamgha-e-Imtiaz by the President of Pakistan in 2004.
Dr. Naweed Syed: One of the First Researches to Develop Neurochip
Dr. Naweed Syed is a Pakistani Canadian scientist who is one of the the first researchers who managed to connect brain cells to a silicon chip (Neurochip). It is a microchip which monitors several functions of the brain. Neurochip is a novel lab-on-a-chip technology that, through an ultra-sensitive component built directly on the microchip, also enables direct imaging of activity in brain cells.
Dr. Syed estimates science-fiction type “Machine-Men” may be developed within 10-20 years, using his silicon chip.
Research, conducted with the National Research Council and published online in the journal Biomedical Devices, could also speed up the search for drugs to treat such neurological diseases as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
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