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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 95-96

Tribute to a doyen of physiology in South Asia: Prof. Arif Siddiqui, editorial adviser (medical education), BLDE University Journal of Health Sciences


Laboratory of Vascular Physiology and Medicine, Department of Physiology, Shri B.M. Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, BLDE (Deemed to Be University), Vijayapur, Karnataka, India

Date of Submission21-May-2020
Date of Acceptance22-May-2020
Date of Web Publication08-Jul-2020

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Kusal K Das
Laboratory of Vascular Physiology and Medicine, Department of Physiology, Shri B.M. Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, BLDE (Deemed to Be University), Vijayapur - 586 103, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/bjhs.bjhs_44_20

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Kanthe P, Mullur L, Patil SM, Das KK. Tribute to a doyen of physiology in South Asia: Prof. Arif Siddiqui, editorial adviser (medical education), BLDE University Journal of Health Sciences. BLDE Univ J Health Sci 2020;5:95-6

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Kanthe P, Mullur L, Patil SM, Das KK. Tribute to a doyen of physiology in South Asia: Prof. Arif Siddiqui, editorial adviser (medical education), BLDE University Journal of Health Sciences. BLDE Univ J Health Sci [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Aug 13];5:95-6. Available from: http://www.bldeujournalhs.in/text.asp?2020/5/1/95/285305



Prof. Arif Siddiqui who was retired as a Vice-Chancellor of Barrett Hodgson University, Karachi, Pakistan, passed away on May 15, 2020, after battling with acute myeloid leukemia for a couple of months. He was the chief architect and cofounder of South Asian Association of Physiologists (SAAP), which was officially launched during 2008. Incidentally, Professor Siddiqui was also a founder member of the Pakistan Physiological Society (established 1986). Prof. Arif Siddiqui was the President of SAAP (2018–2020).[1]

After obtaining a PhD from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, Prof. Siddiqui worked for more than three decades in the field of teaching and research in physiological sciences at many premier institutions around the world including the prestigious Aga Khan University and RIPAH University, Islamabad; Barrett Hodgson University, Karachi; Karolinska Institute, Stockholm; and St. George's Hospital Medical School, London. Prof. Siddiqui's immense contribution in the field of physiological sciences for fundamental research and physiology education is just unbelievable and unique in its own way. Professor Siddiqui was not only a great academician physiologist but also an able administrator in his professional career by holding many academic positions such as vice-chancellor or dean of faculty in many universities in Pakistan.

As a researcher, Prof. Siddiqui's research was focused on reproductive physiology, especially on neuroendocrine system. His works on gonadotropins and their interaction with 5-HT/5-HT receptors' binding site actually showed the paths of target drugs for treating altered sexual behavior pattern.[2] Physiologists across the globe will never forget Prof. Siddiqui for his outstanding contributions on physiology teaching methodology. He was always focused on new and novel ways to synthesize teaching integrated physiology where physiology ends with medicine.

Professor Siddiqui was a physiologist without border. He was a great organizer where he was able to assemble almost the entire South Asian physiologists and vast part of the world physiologists too in any meeting at any given time. He was the education committee member of the International Union of Physiological Sciences (IUPS), which is the world body of nearly 100 physiological societies or associations around the world.[3] He was also the chairman of the education committee of Federation of the Asian and Oceanian Physiological Societies.[4]

Prof. Arif Siddiqui actively served as the Editorial Advisor in Medical Education for BLDE University Journal of Health Sciences (since its inception (2016), a Medknow-Wolters Kluwer peer-reviewed journal published by BLDE (Deemed to be University), India. He had reviewed numerous research articles on medical education for the journal and helped to improve the quality of journal, which is recently enlisted by the University Grants Commission (UGC), Government of India, under UGC-CARE list.[5]

As a human being, Prof. Siddiqui was extremely kind and sympathetic to all the physiologist colleagues around the world, particularly to younger generation. On the news on his untimely demise, IUPS President Prof. Julie Chan sent her condolence with these words “He was a pioneer with great vision and passion in physiology education in the Asian region and beyond. His perseverance to strive for excellence in physiology teaching and research marks his legacy of life time dedication to physiology.” Prof. Robert G. Carroll, the Co-Chair of IUPS Education Committee mentioned “Arif was a true friend and a champion of physiology and physiology education. His passing is a massive loss for our community. Prayers will follow from around the world and definitely from Greenville.

Prof. Siddiqui left behind his beloved spouse Shaheen Arif and two daughters; family members; and thousands of medical students, friends, well-wishers, and admirers. Such is the legacy of a doyen who mesmerized the world of physiological sciences with his charisma! We like to conclude with the final message from Prof. H.R. Ahmad who was his mentor and friend of decades – Dr. Arif Siddiqui walked upon this planet with medals of dignity and integrity leaving behind a rich legacy of enabling environment and human connectivity across the globe. His beauty was, he did what he said, known as integrity but with commitment and dignity. Now he resides in our hearts to cheer his gifts of legacy to be connected through SAAP - PPS loop which was very dear to him. We stand with his family and fans at this grief moment of separation from our dear friend Dr Arif Siddiqui with tears of gratitude “Sleep well my friend.



 
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South Asian Association of Physiologists. Available from: https://saapphysio logists.webs.com/. [Last accessed on 2020 May 20].  Back to cited text no. 1
    
2.
Siddiqui A, Kotecha K, Salicioni AM, Wilson C. Serotonin inhibits luteinizing hormone release via 5-HT1A receptors in the zona incerta of ovariectomised, anaesthetised rats primed with steroids. Neuroendocrinol 2000;72:272-83.  Back to cited text no. 2
    
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International Union of Physiological Sciences (IUPS). Available from: http://www.iups.org/about-us/committees/education-committee/. [Last accessed on 2020 May 18].  Back to cited text no. 3
    
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Federation of the Asian and Oceanian Association of Physiological Societies. Available from: http://faops.org.my/profile/prof-dr-arif-siddiqui/. [Last accessed on 2020 May 20].  Back to cited text no. 4
    
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BLDE University Journal of Health Sciences. Available from: https://www.ugc-journal-list.website/journal/460/Blde-university-journal-of-health-sciences. [Last accessed on 2020 May 20].  Back to cited text no. 5
    




 

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