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February 2023, Volume 73, Issue 2



It gives us immense pleasure to share this JPMA special supplement with our readers, published as an appurtenance to the 8th AKU Annual Surgical Conference of the Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan. The theme of the conference is ‘Stem Cells: A New Frontier in Surgery,’ and submissions were invited keeping this theme in mind.


We are grateful for the enormous response from both national and international contributors.  A total of 41 manuscripts were received which were reviewed and processed as per JPMA’s stringent publication criteria. Each submission was first evaluated for plagiarism through specialized computer software. No


Role of Stem Cells in Surgery - the Way Forward

Sana Zeeshan  , Mohammad Fazlur Rahman  , Saleem Islam  , Syed Ather Enam

DOI: 10.47391/JPMA.AKUS-ED1


Recently there has been a lot of interest in stem cells. The ability to repair and regenerate, which then helps restore form and function, has been a quest for science for many years and represents the holy grail of medicine. Stem cells can regenerate, and this ability and recent advancements have increased the interest in stem cells.


In 1996, Dolly the sheep was cloned1 using stem cells from the mammary gland. This iconic event increased interest in stem cells and led to a tremendous increase in research be

Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association has agreed to receive and publish manuscripts in accordance with the principles of the following committees: