Mysteries of the Brain – Presentation and Discussion

The Second Floor will be hosting a presentation and discussion titled “Mysteries of the Brain” by Dr. Saad Shafqat, as part of its scientific discussions series “Science ka Adda” on July 31, 2007 at 7 pm

About Dr. Shafqat:Associate Professor of Neurology at Aga Khan University (AKU), Karachi. He obtained an MBBS from AKU in 1988, a PhD in Neuroscience form Duke University in 1994, and specialized as a neurologist from Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital in 1999.

Recipient of the 2006 Leadership Award of the Pakistan Society of Neurology, Dr. Shaqfat has authored over 30 scientific articles in leading medical journals. He is also a cricket writer/analyst, and in addition to contributing to Dawn and Cricinfo, co-authored Javed Miandad’s best selling autobiography: Cutting Edge. He also writes on social issues in the Dawn and Herald.

About the topic: Constantly adapting and rewiring, the human brain is unique in our world, our solar system and even our galaxy. Discover how our study of the brain has evolved from reading the shape of the head to today’s Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging techniques. Dr. Saad Shafqat will share fascinating insights into the human brain that came from patients who could ‘understand, but not speak’ and ‘speak, but not understand’, as well as others who ‘weren’t themselves anymore’, following injury to their brains.

Date: Tuesday, 31st July 2007
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pmÔøΩ
Entry Fee: Rs. 100
Venue: The Second Floor
6-C, Prime Point Building, Phase 7, Khayaban-e-Ittehad, DHA, Karachi
Phone: 538-9273 | 0300-823-0276 |

21 Comments so far

  1. Tamed~. (unregistered) on July 29th, 2007 @ 6:08 am

    Saad is not only a remarkable neurologist but also a great writer as well.

    He is a great asset for Aga Khan University ,

    As my Ex-colleague, I don’t have any reluctance to say that he is a very nice person as well.

    I will want to add one more information which was missed by Inspirex that Saad father was also a great physician/cardiologist of Pakistan,
    Dr. Hamid Shafqat.

  2. M SaeedUr Rahman (unregistered) on July 29th, 2007 @ 7:37 am

    Pakistan is truly blessed to have the individaul of this caliber.Dr Shafqat should be a role model for a lot of our young people that are looking for getting great professional excellence.In this day in age the value of nation is in the quality and quantity of well educated people.WE must encourage the atmosphere that is conducive to have greater intellectually curious people.
    This forum is a good way to do that.Please keep up the great work.Inshallah Pakistan is going through a bottoming our process.With Allah,s help we will reclaim this wonderful country back from self appointed President and Prime Ministers that are worth no more than a rubber stamp and professional bottom kissers.

  3. Imran (unregistered) on July 29th, 2007 @ 1:09 pm

    A month and a half ago, someone told me his child had headaches. After undergoing 9 opertaions in AKU, each resulting from ‘complications’ in removing what was diagnosed as a brain tumor, his child has been shifted to ICU on a ventilator.

    The above reminded me of a dialogue from “The Hours”, a transforming film based on Michael Cunningham’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, which he based on Virginia Wolf’s novel “Mrs. Dalloway”.

    Virginia Wolf: “Doctors! I am attended by doctors, everywhere. I am attended by doctors who inform me of my own interests!”
    Richard Wolf (Virginia’s husband): “They know your interests.”
    Virginia: “They do not!!! They do not speak for (my) interests! They seek their own interests and their own … experiments!”

  4. shad (unregistered) on July 29th, 2007 @ 3:27 pm

    fuck him straight to the ventricles. He is really great

  5. Bolshevik (unregistered) on July 29th, 2007 @ 4:34 pm



  6. M SaeedUr Rahman (unregistered) on July 30th, 2007 @ 3:27 am

    It is really a shame that Pakistan still has too many gutter people with no mannerism.What kind of a message these sickos with low inferiority complexes are sending to our young people.If you cant say something nice please keep your damn mouth shut.We dont need your editorial unintellectual low life comments.Wish we have RETROACTIVE BIRTH CONTROL PILLS THAT WE CAN PUT INSIDE YOUR MOMS SO THAT WE DONT HAVE TO HEAR BACK FROM SHAD AND IMRANS OF KARACHI,S GUTTER.

  7. omar r. quraishi (unregistered) on July 30th, 2007 @ 4:22 pm

    I propose we rename Karachi Metblogs ‘Promos for The Second Floor’

    All those in favour say ‘aye’

  8. Bolshevik (unregistered) on July 30th, 2007 @ 5:03 pm

    I propose we throw Quraishi saheb out of the window.

    All those in favour say ‘aye’

  9. Fatima K. (unregistered) on July 30th, 2007 @ 5:05 pm


    Seconds, anyone?

  10. Bolshevik (unregistered) on July 30th, 2007 @ 5:25 pm

    Awesome! We have 2 votes versus 1. As per the rules of democracy, Operation ‘Defenstrate Dissenters’ (code name: Operation D-Squared) is ON!!! WOOHOOO!!! :D

  11. mansoor (unregistered) on July 30th, 2007 @ 5:47 pm

    the second ‘aye’ :p

  12. Bolshevik (unregistered) on July 30th, 2007 @ 5:56 pm

    3 vs 1 — and counting…

  13. aftab wilson (unregistered) on July 30th, 2007 @ 7:49 pm

    aye to ‘throw Quraishi saheb out of the window’

  14. Sophia Ahmed (unregistered) on July 30th, 2007 @ 10:47 pm

    aye to throw Querishi out

  15. umar (unregistered) on July 31st, 2007 @ 11:57 am

    aye… no qureshi here ;)

  16. omar r. quraishi (unregistered) on July 31st, 2007 @ 4:00 pm

    yawn —

  17. omar r. quraishi (unregistered) on July 31st, 2007 @ 4:01 pm

    yawn — what a bunch of sorry ass losers

  18. omar r. quraishi (unregistered) on July 31st, 2007 @ 4:02 pm

    yawn — what a bunch of sorry ass losers

  19. umar (unregistered) on July 31st, 2007 @ 5:25 pm

    we heard it first time around, quraishi

  20. batty (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2007 @ 4:07 am

    i dont understand what this omar chap has against t2f?!

    yaani keh, agar insaan accha hai, ya bura hai,
    if he/she is at t2f, theyre automatically bad?!!

    khauf karo


    what kind of reasoning is that?!!

    we should be called the t2f army or something :)

  21. batty (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2007 @ 4:09 am

    and the science ka adda event kicked ASS totally rockedd!!!!

    totally worth sitting on the floor for! best seat in the house, i tell u

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