ideSHi organizes National Conference on Diagnosis of Genetic Disorders in Bangladesh

April 15, 2017

On April 15th 2017 ideSHi organized a National Conference on Diagnosis of Genetic Disorders in Bangladesh: Present Situation and Future Directions. Scientists and clinicians stressed the need for initiating mandatory nationwide screening of new-born children in order to identify those at risk of having genetic diseases. Several genetic diseases like thalassemia, congenital hypothyroidism, Down syndrome, and muscular dystrophy are common in Bangladesh and causes severe financial, physical and mental distress, not just to those children affected but also to the entire family. The distressed children can many a times be treated, and/or managed to reduce sufferings and the disease can even be prevented by parental counselling. Many of these diseases result from consanguineous marriages and proper awareness and counselling as necessary can help prevent proliferation of these diseases. Diagnoses for these genetic diseases are done on many occasions by sending samples abroad. However, facilities for routine diagnosis and screening are now being developed at local institutions like the institute for Developing Science and Health Initiatives (ideSHi) located at Centre for Medical Biotechnology at the Institute of Public Health. The conference was attended by over 150 researchers and clinicians from BSMMU, BIRDEM, DMC, SSMC, DU, IPH, AFIP, NINS, BSMG, NIPSOM and ideSHi. Prof. Dr. A. K. Azad Khan, President BADAS attended the conference as the chief guest, while Dr. A. K. Azad, Director General, DGHS, MOHFW, and Dr. John D. Clemens, Executive Director ICDDR,B were special guests. Prof. Dr. Naiyyum Choudhury, Chairman, BAERA and Prof. Dr. Deen Mohammed, Director NINS presided over the conference.

National Conference 2017


ideSHi at ASM workshop on Introduction to the World of Microbiology

December 19, 2016

ideSHi along with American Society for Microbiology (ASM), BRAC University and International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research Bangladesh (icddr,b) held a workshop for students from Scholastica School, South Breeze School, Independent University Bangladesh, and Jahangirnagar University titled “Introduction to the World of Microbiology”. The workshop included debate sessions, and laboratory training sessions aimed at encouraging youngsters to pursue a future in the field of biological sciences.

ASM workshop


ideSHi winter picnic

December 16, 2016

The folks of ideSHi family took a long needed break and went for picnic to Zirani Bazaar, Savar on 16 December.

small picnic


ideSHi at BSBMB national conference on biochemistry and molecular biology for life sciences

December 10, 2016

The following talks and posters featured ideSHi presenters at the 2016 annual BSBMB national conference on biochemistry and molecular biology for life sciences that took place in Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban, University of Dhaka, December 01.   

  • Dr. Md. Alauddin “Effect of fermented rice bran on metabolic syndrome in stroke prone spontaneously hypersensitive rat” (poster)
  • Dr. Rosy Sultana– “Molecular analyses of Hepatitis E virus infection in pregnant urban dwellers of Bangladesh” (Poster)
  • Dr. Mohammad Sazzadul Islam-“E2F1 induces expression of BMCC1 and facilitates phosphorylation of ATM, is associated with favorable prognosis of Neuroblastoma” (oral)
  • Golam Sarower Bhuyan– “Antimicrobial resistance patterns of respiratory pathogens in under-five children and detection of extended spectrum ß-lactamase class antimicrobial resistance genes in multi-drug resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae and Enterobacter agglomerans” (oral)
  • Tarikul Islam– “High resolution melt curve analysis in heterozygous G6PD mutation detection in Bangladesh” (oral)


Annual General Meeting

December 03, 2016

The 1st Annual General Meeting of the ideSHi foundation was held at the Health System Strengthening and Global Health cell (HSS & GH)/CMBT conference room, Institute of Public Health Building, Mohakhali, Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Saturday, 03 December. The AGM was dedicated to the loving memory of our Board of Trustee member and National Professor Late Dr. M. R. Khan.















EB meeting AGM 2016














World Life Science Conference 2016   

Nov-1st-3rdDr Sazzad

Dr. Mohammad Sazzadul Islam presented his poster titled “Antimicrobial resistance pattern of acute respiratory infection (ARI) in under-five children in Bangladesh” at the World Life Science Conference (WLSC) 2016 organized by the China Association of Science and Technology (CAST) and the China Union of Life Science Societies which took place at China National Convention Center in Beijing, China, November 1-3. The conference covered the latest and most exciting discoveries in basic research, technology development, government policies
and science education in the areas of health, agriculture and environmental science. Many leaders of international academic organizations and hundreds of outstanding scientists in the field of life sciences around the world were invited to attend.




Inauguration of the Genetics & Genomics Laboratory at ideSHi

August-29, 2016

On August 29th, 2016, the Honorable minister of health and family welfare of the Government of People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Mohammad Nasim M.P inaugurated the Genetics and Genomics Laboratory at the institute for developing Science and Health initiatives (ideSHi).



Dr. Mannoor at Broad Institute

July 18-August 12, 2016

Dr. Md Kaiissar Mannoor, Head and Scientist of ideSHi attended a foundational training workshop in genomics hosted by The Sabeti Lab at Harvard University and The Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT during the 2016 ACEGID (African Center of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases) Summer program between July 18 and August 12.

ACEGID photo

Dr. Mannoor with ACEGID team


ideSHi at 8th Gabriel network annual meeting 

July 5-8, 2016

Asifuzzaman Rahat presented his work titled “surveillance of acute respiratory and enteric infections in two hospitals in Dhaka, Bangladesh” at the 8th Annual GABRIEL Research Network Meeting, an international conference held at Vientiane, Laos, between July 5-8 where scientists from 25 countries presented research results on infectious diseases threatening developing countries.




ideSHi at SABC

February 05-06, 2016

The following talks and posters featured ideSHi presenters at the 2nd International South Asian Biotechnology Conference (SABC) 2016 that took place in Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban, University of Dhaka February 05-06.

  • Asifuzzaman Rahat– “Multi-hospital surveillance of acute respiratory and enteric infection in under-five children in Dhaka, Bangladesh” (Talk)
  • Mohammad Tarikul Islam– “Molecular analysis of glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase enzyme deficiency in Bangladesh” (Talk)
  • Mohammad Amir Hossain– “Study of the Antimicrobial Activities of the Bark extract of Cinnamomum verum on Multi-Drug resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae and Enterobacter agglomerans” (Poster)