Researchers from Quaid-i-Azam University win HEC award for best thesis

ISLAMABAD: Dr Amir Ali Abbasi and his research team based in National Center for Bioinformatics, Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) have been selected by Higher Education Commission (HEC) for the best research paper award.

In 2016 the research group of Dr Amir Ali Abbasi investigated the sequence evolutionary pattern and structural dynamics of the humangene SNCA, said a news release on Monday.

The SNCA is considered as the major causative gene involved in the early onset of familial Parkinson disease with symptoms including shaking, tremors, bradykinesia and difficulty with walking and gait.

The research effort of Dr. Abbasi’s team has identified a region within human SNCA gene, which plays a critical role in the normal cellular function and disease pathogenesis.

These findings pave the way to investigate further the vital role of identified critical region of SNCA in different interaction studies and also with drug discovery perspective to target this region for the treatment of familial Parkinson disease.

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