PADR is Pak Association of Dental Research. It is the Pakistan Section of International Association of Dental Research (IADR). PADR was established in 2011. Aim of this organization is to bring together dentists from all over the country, provide a platform for international promotion of dental research and help its progression in our country. The executive committee of Pak Association of Dental Research works tirelessly under the kind and able supervision of our founder members. As an organization PADR aims to keep pace with the developing research culture and its promotion through out the country. Since the beginning of the 2020-2021 tenure, PADR promoted the “The Research Outreach Program”. Monthly research and clinical symposiums as well as workshops were held in different cities like Islamabad, Karachi, Peshawar, Sialkot and Lahore, to bring the awareness about the principles governing their execution. In March 2020, Covid-19 pandemic, lead to regression of educational activities countrywide. Even during these difficult, unprecedented times, the leadership of this organization was determined to continue its mission of dissemination of skills and knowledge to dentists. Therefore, virtual training courses and webinars were organized and conducted, with the aim to provide dentists with comprehensive knowledge particularly on evidence based research. Skill based learning exercises were also conducted hand in hand with interactive webinars held over the course of months. PADR also provided a platform to ambitious young researchers in Pakistan to compete for the IADR Asia Pacific Young Researcher Award and present his/her research at an international platform.
This was a step forward to provide researchers from Pakistan with a chance to make their mark among the galaxy of prestigious researches all over the world. PADR is now working to provide research opportunities to PADR member and non members throughout Pakistan and globally as well. These opportunities will be provided in all domains of dentistry, including both clinical and basic dental sciences. This will take our efforts further to introduce innovative study ideas in dentistry and facilitate research projects for enthusiasts. As 2020 draws near its end, PADR continues to spread knowledge. We continue to work tirelessly to create incentives for young researchers to bring their work forward, get their work published and collaborate with international organizations to make our mark in global dentistry. We intend to continue the professional trainings and bring international speakers to Pakistan to share their knowledge and intel. We have and will continue to work determinedly towards strengthening the future of dentistry in general and research in particular, of Pakistan in the whole world.
Dr. Hina Zafar Raja
B.D.S, F.C.P.S, MSc (UK) Professor of Prosthodontics, Institute of Dentistry, CMH Lahore Medical College, Lahore. Email: email@example.com