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New neurological test by a Pakistani

Published Oct 21, 2011 10:50am


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Pakistani scientist, Faisal Kashif has devised a non-invasive technology for ICP monitoring in his PhD thesis at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US. – Photo by Faisal Kashif

KARACHI: A Pakistani scholar has devised a non-invasive way to sense brain pressure which could significantly change the current paradigm of neurological care of those suffering from brain injury or disease.

Monitoring intracranial pressure (ICP) is the most important thing to assess brain injury, hemorrhage (internal blood flow), tumors and other neurological problems. But current methods to measure this pressure are highly invasive - requiring a neurosurgeon to drill a hole in the skull to place a pressure sensor or catheter inside the brain - and are thus restricted to the very severe cases.

Pakistani scientist, Faisal Kashif has devised a non-invasive technology for ICP monitoring in his PhD thesis at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US. The method is based on processing available clinical signals using a mathematical model of relevant physiology. It provides real time estimates of ICP and cerebrovascular impedance, the latter is an indicator of brain’s ability to maintain its blood supply.

“ICP is a key neurological vital sign and is affected in several brain pathologies - even in concussions and migranes - and this non-invasive method could help in monitoring a vastly larger pool of patients,” said Kashif. He further added that unlike the invasive approaches which require a neurosurgical facility, the non-invasive method can also be applied in emergency-care settings where most trauma patients are first brought. Having access to ICP in a timely manner can guide doctors to provide life-saving interventions.

The initial validation studies show that the new method is equally precise as compared to other painful surgery based procedures. Now Kashif and his colleagues are setting up their prototype device for real time monitoring by the doctors, and to run relevant clinical trials. He is also hopeful that the device could be easily developed in Pakistan as well.

The Helen Carr Peake research prize

In April this year, Dr. Faisal Kashif won MIT’s Helen Carr Peake research prize for his doctoral thesis contributions to the field of bioengineering. He has also presented his findings at two major international conferences, American Heart Association’s Stroke 2010 in US, and ICP 2010 in Germany.

His research work was also declared as “Most Innovative Research” at the Innovation Congress 2009, Boston, US. In 2000, he was awarded two Gold Medals at Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Technology (GIKI) and won four years HEC’s overseas scholarships as he was accepted for the doctorate program at MIT, though he only partially used these funds as support became available from MIT’s research, teaching and a medical engineering fellowship, which he was awarded for his proposed research.

A Thesis dedicated to Pakistan

His doctoral thesis entitled “Modeling and estimation for non-invasive monitoring of intracranial pressure and cerebrovascular autoregulation” was a milestone in Kashif’s career. Four years ago, in his Masters thesis, he developed a method for efficient communication through a nonlinear channel, such as the one encountered in satellite and optical fiber links. He dedicated this thesis to his parents and to all the martyrs of independence, which shows his dedication to Pakistan.

“I am proud to be a Pakistani because I know the reasons for its creation. I am very happy to associate my honours to the ideology behind it. I want to do a lot more Insha-Allah, and contribute in all ways I can,” he told to


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Parus Oct 21, 2011 04:46pm
Hats off to Dr. Faisal......Its an honor that he has dedicated his work to the martyrs of independence.
sheraz Oct 21, 2011 04:49pm
Great work ....
Bijay dhakal Oct 21, 2011 04:52pm
Helps to reduce mental health related problem...great job....
Muhammad Kashif Oct 21, 2011 05:02pm
Great Job........ Allah may give success more and more... :)
Abeer Oct 21, 2011 05:32pm
sadia farooq Oct 21, 2011 06:14pm
Pakistan is in desperate need of such individual success stories.After all the individuals make a community, a society, a nation and a world. we are thankful to the gentleman for making us proud of his contribution.
sohail Oct 21, 2011 07:05pm
Good work. It should be the first step for Dr. Faisal. Subsequently, fMRI information can be added to have a broader range of information.
Naeem Butt Oct 21, 2011 07:49pm
Dr. Sb, All Pakistanis are proud of you. Wishing you many many more great success in future as well.
sid indian Oct 21, 2011 07:50pm
well its good both for medical science and pakistan...talents should be appreciated in both india and pakistan. only quality education can bring good fame to nation. thanks doctor for such an innovation good luck...
Muhammad Oct 21, 2011 07:51pm
MasAllah Allah will give you more strength and power to continue working in your field. We are all proud of you and your work.
Rabia Shoaib Oct 21, 2011 07:55pm
Good job and good luck!
umer ghafoor Oct 21, 2011 08:13pm
well done dr kashif,it shows how much talent we have & how important it is to highlight this talent..Role of HEC should be appreciated as well for granting scholarship to truely deserving guys.
abdul rauf Oct 21, 2011 09:21pm
Faisal M Kashif. we are proud of you, Allah may give success more and more
S. Waqas Oct 21, 2011 09:30pm
Bravo Kashif. Making Pakistani and GIKI proud!
Althaf Ahmed Oct 21, 2011 09:54pm
Faisal is to be congratulated for his work, which is part of a larger research at MIT on non-invasive monitoring technologies. The key is that it is the work of teams at institutions that allows individuals to excel. Pakistan has capable individuals but it utterly lacking systems where individuals can achieve their potential.
Munawar Oct 22, 2011 12:35am
Well done Sir. You are doing a great job and service to humanity. And its even heartening to see that a Pakistani fellow is contributing to humanity and making all us proud. Our sincere prayers and well wishes for your success. Great son of proud parents!
SHAFI Oct 22, 2011 01:33am
Many congratulations Dr Kashf. Pakistan needs you.
shafi Oct 22, 2011 01:37am
congratulations. Pakistan needs you.
Waqas Oct 22, 2011 03:16am
He was my senior at GIKI. We used to look up to him and wanted to be like him. This shows we were right. Congrats Faisal bhai. May Allah grant you more success and may you keep on telling the world about the real potential of Pakistan...
Rashid Chaudhry Oct 22, 2011 04:01am
Thanks Dr. to making us proud. Allah Bless You and may give more success ahead. Aameen
Raghuram Oct 22, 2011 07:52am
Dear Dr Kashif Saab, The whole world is proud of you especially the folks from the subcontinent. We are all brothers here in the subcontinent. Some of us converted to Islam and some of us did'nt. May God bless you with even greater achievements.
Dr. Imran Oct 22, 2011 09:11am
Great Job…….. Masha Allah...., Hats off to Dr. Faisal……
Dr Mazhar Hussain Oct 22, 2011 09:23am
Well done Dr Kashif, I've seen many Pakistani talents abroad, If they are given opportunities as HEC Pakistan (made by Pervez Musharraf and Dr Atta-ur-Rehman) have been doing for last 9-10 years. Next thing is need of Musharraf like governement to create opportunities for these talents to come back home and train people.
Nasir Oct 22, 2011 11:35am
Thanks to Pervez Musharraf and Dr. Ata ur Rahman because the them we r recognizing today this person. If we need some more like this Dr. please bring Dr. Ata ur Rahman & others back.
shakar Oct 22, 2011 11:45am
it feels so nice to see a pakistani being appreciated through out the world, thats the best part of it. could some body explain in simple words what he achived bcz many of us r not familiar wid the medicle terms
Saqib Oct 22, 2011 01:00pm
Well Done, I hope it'll lightening in the world of neurology.
Saba Oct 22, 2011 01:53pm
You are our shining Star...So so So proud of Mr.Faisal...and also of GIK.Thank You so much
ALI Oct 22, 2011 02:53pm
As a medical doctor, i would say, its a great contribution to the field of medicine. It will bring a significant change in making early and noninvasively, identification of nuerological disease. And will help in relieving sufferings. knowledge has no geografic borders. I congratulate Kashif on his contribution to humanity, and not a contribution to Pakistan. One should bear in mind that he did this research in USA, not in pakistan. Pakistan is a country which has no value for research, knowledge and ideas. Pakistan cant even fullfill the need of our electricity which is basic thing ( despite the fact we sings songs thet pakistan is naturally riched). Many of doctors/engineers/scientists are abroad because we they are not valued in pakistan. Congrats to Kashif for his hard work to step out of pakistan and proved his talent in foreign country. Congrats to his mentor and MIT too.
Jamshed Ali Oct 22, 2011 04:25pm
Dear Dr Kashif ! We Pakistani really proud of you and pray for your long life, you are part of such a team who at least give good name to this country which is suffering lot of internal and external problems Very well Done and may Allah Almighty BLESS you and your family Ameen
Dr. Yameen Zubairi Oct 22, 2011 06:58pm
You made us all proud of you.
M. Saeed Chaudhary Oct 22, 2011 08:23pm
Well done Dr Faisal Kashif! May Allah bless you with lot more successes and make Pakistan proud. We pray that Pakistan has numerous sons and daughters like you to serve the country and the world.
omar Oct 22, 2011 09:04pm
gr8 work sir........u're an inspiration 4 all gikians.......
Shahzad Younis Oct 22, 2011 09:11pm
Dear Sir Kashif, Proud to be your student at NUST. I always expected something big from you. Hopefully you will keep on inspiring and motivating us as a nation.
Kamran Mirza Oct 22, 2011 09:59pm
Congratulations! the whole nation is proud of you.
Adil Amjad Oct 23, 2011 01:08am
May Allah Almighty protect and guide Dr Faisal. He is Pakistan's pride. Ameen.
zubair Oct 23, 2011 01:22am
Great made us proud.
Kashif Malik Oct 23, 2011 01:32am
Faisal Jazak Allah Khair for your efforts and bringing much needed pride to Muslims, Pakistan and GIKI. We are very happy and proud of you. May Allah (SWT) protect and guide you for more success.
Chaigram Oct 23, 2011 07:20am
Mashallah, great job. May Allah give you long life, my advice to you is to stay where you are and do not go back to your beloved country. You can better Serve your country living in US. I admire your dedication to the Martyr's of our country independence at least you thought of the sacrifice Thank you.
a doctor Oct 23, 2011 09:15am
Let me try to explain it in simple words.. Our brain has fluid in it called the cerebrospinal fluid. It has certain pressure in the brain and that pressure is the intra cranial pressure (ICP). During accidents, certain diseases, injuries this pressure changes resulting in the death of the patient.. As you can not see the pressure, the only way to estimate is to drill a hole in skull and measure it. This makes it a dangerous procedure for the patient. Faisal developed a method to measure the ICP without drilling hole in the skull.. This method can save many lives when a doctor is reluctant to drill hole in the skull of already sick patient and at the same time want to know the intra cranial pressure.
Jahanzeb Latif Oct 23, 2011 12:09pm
When it comes to Faisal , I feel an honor to be one of his friends not that he is a genius but also that he has a great soul who is always kind, humble, loving and sincere with humanity. Faisal is a person we can say that this is a true picture of a real practicing Muslim of modern world, a true Pakistani and wonderful human. I agree with people thanking Dr. Atta ur Rehman & Mr. Musharraf for providing opportunities to talented students of Pakistan to go abroad for higher studies. But I would also like to mention name of Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan as his contribution for the education in Pakistan are also meant to be appreciated. "Zara Nam ho tu ye matti bari zarkhez hai saqi"
Faisal Ijaz Malik Oct 23, 2011 12:26pm
Dear Faisal, Well done & Congratulations. I know that you will do something great. InshAllah you will do even better in future.
Aamir Oct 23, 2011 01:34pm
Sir, We are proud of you. WELL DONE Regards. Aamir
Zeeshan Oct 23, 2011 01:57pm
Well done ... Keep it up.
Zeeshan Oct 23, 2011 04:25pm
Congratulations to Dr Faisal, those who have met him know that he would do something big one surprise for me at least. We need more ppl like him
farah Oct 23, 2011 05:21pm
wow thats amazing, congrates faisal bhai. Allah bless you always and give you more success in future. so proud of you as ur pakistani-uk sis, dear bother.
imran Oct 23, 2011 05:58pm
Congrats Faisal. Its great to see your contribution & the honor & pride u've brought to Pakistan, ur parents, teachers & all who know u.
Fahad Oct 24, 2011 04:40am
What a great news. Made my day. Many congratulations Faisal and God bless you!!!
gmBAJWA Oct 24, 2011 08:23am
Faisal Bhay i am feeling proud because this is very harsh time for pakistan because now pakistani nation facing problem in every sector of life but ur such effort give me lot of pleasure and energy to do some thing new for my beloved pakistan.....Pakistan Zinda bad
Jaffar Abbas (PhD. S Oct 24, 2011 08:50am
I am very pleased to read it. Accept my heartiest Congratulations! Keep it Up.
Saqib Oct 24, 2011 09:19am
Masha Allah. The most important and impressive thing is that you have vowed to attribute your achievements to the ideology of Pakistan and taken pride to be a Pakiatani. Salute to you and to all those who care about the ideology behind Pakistan! Long Live Dr. Faisal and Long live Pakistan!
Maqsood Mahmud Oct 24, 2011 11:43am
Bravooooooooo !
Fahad Khalil Oct 24, 2011 05:54pm
Bravo. Proud of you. He should be awarded with Pakistan's top award ... not someone who died Millionaire :-S
Dr. Yasir Oct 24, 2011 06:15pm
AoA No words to appropriate your effort. Dr. Faisal May Allah bestows shower of blessing and mercy upon you and your family. Keep it up.
Mahmood A. Sheikh Oct 24, 2011 06:40pm
I know him for the last more than seven years now. Many people have different capabilities but not master in different areas. Dr. Faisal is the one who is all-in-one. He is a good researcher, a good code developer, a good innovator, a even a very good lecturer, and above all he is really a good person who show respect to quite ordinary people like me too. A person having so many guts usually become arogant but he is not that type. What he has done is not a surprise for me as I was expecting something similar from him. I wish him a huge number of more successes in his life. Hats off to Dr. Kashaif.
Mumtaz ali Oct 24, 2011 08:17pm
Excellent work. I congratulate Dr Kashif from the core of my heart.
Zeeshan Oct 24, 2011 09:48pm
just to repeat what others who have had the pleasure to know faisal already know. he is not just a brilliant scientist but also one of the nicest people you will ever meet.
Ayesha Oct 24, 2011 11:08pm
Proud of You!
Aqeel-ur-Rehman Oct 25, 2011 12:08am
Great Job Dr. Faisal !!! The people like you are the real identity of Pakistan.
YAWER NASSER Oct 25, 2011 04:29am
Dr. Afzal Oct 25, 2011 06:33am
Congratulations to Dr. Faisal for this wonderful innovation. Dr. Faisal's parents deserve all the credit for the wonderful upbringing. The great GIKI for creating a base for Dr. Faisal. For HEC for giving Dr. Faisal this opportunity. This world is a stage and everyone comes and plays his role. Musharraf and Dr. Ata ur Rehman played their roles. They should be credited for this great work. Of so many students studying on HEC scholarships, HEC has finally made it's mark and Dr. Faisal did it with his pure dedication and hardwork. Institutions are created and maintained to develop rather than closed down by the illiterate oafs running the country nowadays. Institutions like the MIT are places to look upto because of their dedication to constant development. Vision of greats like Dr. Abdul Qadeer for GIKI implemented by GIK himself and Dr. Ata ur Rehman's bt gen musharraf
Prof. Mushtaq Ahmad Oct 25, 2011 08:38am
Dear Dr. Kashif Please accept from me and all my members of FCSE, GIKI faculty the heartiet and sincere congratulations on your distinguish and human service oriented research acheivement in the field of ICP. Pakistani citizens in general and the GIKI community in particular are proud of you. You have lifted the heads of Pakistani and shown to the world that in spite the very difficult time that our nation is passing, hardworking ndividuals like yourself can provide some news. We all pray to Allah(swt) for your excellent health, security and peace of mind. Please also convey our thanks to your parents and members of family. I am currently HEC Professor at FCSE, GIKI, my E-mail: We have also initiated a small group in Biotechnology and would appreciate your advise for this group. Thank you. Prof. Dr. Mushtaq Ahmad
Iftikhar Ali Oct 25, 2011 01:36pm
Great...Congratulation Faisal, I am really proud of you, you are the real identity of Pakistan.
Murtaza Oct 25, 2011 03:29pm
Well done! Congratulation!!!
Dr. Ahsan Oct 25, 2011 09:11pm
Congratulations. May Allah shower his more blessings upon you & all of us, Ameen!
Dr Aasem Chaudry UK Oct 26, 2011 01:48am
Brilliant work Kashif. May Allah's Help be with you. Our duas and prayers are always for you. Haertiest congratulations.
S.A. Khalique Qadri Oct 26, 2011 10:01am
Heartiest Congratulations Dr. Kashif; although in minority but it is people like you whose sincere, dedicated and selfless efforts are keeping Pakistan going and become inspirational for the existing as well as future generations! God bless you and your loved ones with the best of His blessings (Aameen).
Dr. Aakif Ullah Khan Oct 26, 2011 01:53pm
Great work, May allah give you more strength and vision to help mankind.
ahmed bakhsh Oct 26, 2011 08:47pm
Dr Kashif , we are proud of you.
Azhar panhwar Oct 26, 2011 11:26pm
Great work sir...
Irfan Saeed Oct 27, 2011 12:32am
Great job, Congratulations. May Allah bless you more and succeed you in this life and hereafter. We are all proud of you.
Khalid Bashir Bajwa Oct 27, 2011 08:34am
AsSalam-O-Alikum. Greatness was always predicted for you. May Allah bless you with more knowledge and courage to do more for the humanity in general and for the sake of Muslims in particular. Great work Sir.
Farzana Oct 27, 2011 01:33pm
Congratulations. We are really proud of u :)
Shahid Mobeen - CICL Oct 27, 2011 02:52pm
Great job! "Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream, a vision." Thanks a lot for keeping Pakistan alive.
Sumaiya Noor Oct 28, 2011 06:18am
Great work, Mashahallah!. Thanks for making Pakistan proud. That's why I always say that we Pakistani's have talent but there are certain other reasons which do not allow us to make our mark internationally as frequently as we could. May you progress further and much beyond this.
sadaf Zaheer Oct 28, 2011 12:23pm
Great work!!!!!
Munawar H. Syed Oct 30, 2011 12:28am
Cool breeze in this hot times the world over. Especially the wind being directed to Pakistan. Allah bless you. congratulations on your brilliant success.
mir Oct 30, 2011 08:42pm
Great work, keep it up.
Kiran Nov 01, 2011 12:55am
Congratulations.....! You inspire me a lot. I am Pakistani Grad student at US university. I wish I could also make such innovation in the field. You are my inspiration now.
Inam Nov 03, 2011 02:08am
Great Work. Thumbs up, May Allah bless you.
ramzan asad Jun 29, 2012 12:17pm
aoa dear brother fasial i demate my heartfelt congratulations to you and your folks you have made us feel proud after our maernal uncle qari zubaid rasool you have represented the family in a great way may allah pak bless you and the family at every step of life your cousion ramzan asad director punjab college harooabad