Shaheed-e-Pakistan Hakim Mohammed Said firmly believed that “ IN THIRD MILLENNIUM THE HEALTH CARE WILL DEPEND ON HERBAL MEDICINES”. With this perspective, late Dr. Hafiz Muhammad Ilyas, former Managing Director, Hamdard Laboratories (Waqf) Pakistan established the Institute of Pharmacology and Herbal Sciences in 1990 to carry out research on Pharmacology and Toxicology of herbal drugs using modern scientific techniques. In 1993, after his demise, in recognition of his valuable services for Hamdard and Herbal Medicine in Pakistan, this institute was named as Dr. Hafiz Muhammad Ilyas Institute of Pharmacology and Herbal Sciences. Dr. Hafiz Muhammad Ilyas was a renowned physician and one of the pioneers, who paved the way of modernization of Unani Medicine and developed several new formulations of Unani Medicines. Dr. Hafiz.
Muhammad Ilyas played a pivotal role in the development of Unani/Herbal Medicine in Pakistan. Time has confirmed the vision of Shaheed Hakim Mohammed Said, and today, extensive research work worth billions of dollars is being done all over the world on herbs to find out effective and safe drugs at affordable prices for the treatment of common and presently incurable diseases.
His advocacy and determination convinced the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare wider use of herbal drugs to meet its declaration “Health for All by the Year 2000”.
The importance of Phytotherapy has increased steadily ever since. The Institute is currently involved in:
Bait al-Hikmah (Central Library) has a collection of over 500,000 books and it subscribes research journals of various disciplines including Medicine and Pharmacy.
The institute is equipped with latest models of research tools like Electronic Centrifuge, Electrophoresis Unit, Electronic Balance, Spectrophotometer, Nikon Advance Trinocular Research Microscope, TLC System, U.V. Transilluminator Lamp, Autoclave, Photo Electric Colorimeter, Analytical Balance, Microtome Unit, Vortex Mixer, Glucometers, Oscillograph, Isotonic Transducer, Blood Pressure Transducer, Thermocirculator, Microliter Syringe Pump, Rotavapor, Langendroff Heart Assembly, Open field Apparatus, Light and Dark and Hole Board Boxes, Elevated Plus Maze, Tail Suspension, Stair Case, Forced Swim Apparatus, Computers (Pentium – 4) etc.
The institute has excellent animal house to cater the needs of research. it includes breeding area and feed preparation room. It contains animals e.g. Guinea pigs, Rats (Sprague Dawley Strain), Mice (NMRI Strain) and Rabbits.
The institute has very close collaboration with the Departments of Biochemistry, Physiology, Pharmacology, Faculty of Pharmacy and HEJ Institute of Chemistry, University of Karachi and Hamdard Laboratories (Waqf) Pakistan.
The available facilities can be used for the determination of Pharmacological and Toxicological effects of herbs and their preparations. Studies can also be carried out on development of formulations of therapeutic value.
Candidates for M.Phil studies should hold Master’s degree in allied subject, B.Pharm (4 years degree), MBBS (5 years degree) BUMS (5 years degree) and Pharm.D. from any recognized university as may be approved by the BASR.
Candidates for Ph.D. Program should hold any of the following.
Pharmacological and Safety Evaluation Studies on: