Welcome to the Center for Non-Communicable Diseases

Non-Communicable Diseases such as coronary heart diseases, diabetes mellitus, stroke and liver diseases are the leading cause of disability and death worldwide. Burden on health due to these disorders is particularly increasing in developing countries, particularly among the 1.5 billion people in South Asia. The Center for Non-Communicable Diseases (CNCD), Pakistan is an independent research institute that is conducting detailed investigations to identify genetic, lifestyle and blood based factors that cause these disorders. The institute has already established a bio-bank involving > 65,000 participants which is rapidly being expanded to 200,000 participants. We are particularly leveraging the high levels of consanguinity in Pakistan to identify "Human Knockouts" (i.e., individuals homozygous null for a loss of function (LoF) mutation); detailed phenotyping in such individuals could rapidly transform medicine development.

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MPhil and PhD Applications are currently invited for students who are interested to pursue MPhil leading to PhD. A prior bachelor's degree in medicine or a master's degree in a basic science discipline is compulsory.


Discovery of five novel genes related to Heart attack risk

Annual meeting at CNCD, Karachi Center


Diabetes- Around 20% of the adult Pakistani population suffers from Diabetes……

Stroke- The leading cause of disability in Pakistan…..

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