A senior lecturer from the University of Leicester has inaugurated an important new medical facility in Pakistan.

Dr Peter Furness, of the Department of Pathology, recently returned from the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation in Pakistan where he inaugurated what he believes to be the country's first diagnostic electron microscope service.

The Sindh Institute is funded mainly by charitable donations and - unusually in Pakistan - does not charge patients for its services. The new electron microscopes were purchased using specifically donated funds.

Dr Furness, who is a Senior Lecturer & Hon. Consultant Histopathologist based at Leicester General Hospital, was accompanied by EM Technician Mrs Tracey deHaro who flew to Karachi with Dr Furness and spent two weeks training the local staff to use the electron microscopes.

The Institute is expected to use the powerful new equipment to trace patterns of renal disease in the region, and to test samples such as graft biopsies and kidney stones. It can also be used to study many other conditions such as tumours, inherited diseases and viral infections.

NOTE TO NEWSDESK: For more information, please contact Dr Furness on 0116 258 4582

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