The International Conference on, “Microbiome in Health, Disease and Environment” was organized by Central Inter-Disciplinary Research Facility (CIDRF), Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV), at Puducherry, India during 3-4 March 2017, in accordance with the commitment to UGC as third annual conference of the 5 year series on ‘Environmental Science’.
The human microbiome living in & on us are not only invaders but also beneficial colonizers and forms the fundamental component of human physiology, essential for development, immunity and nutrition. The central purpose of this Microbiome Conference 2017 was to integrate researchers conducting microbiome research in environmental and biomedical arenas across a broad cross-section of sub-disciplines with common scientific objectives. Basically, it provided an extensive mind-sharing, learning and networking platform, while encouraging Post-graduate students, Ph.D scholars, Scientists, Clinicians and Professionals from various interdisciplinary fields like Ecology, Microbiology, Probiotics, Pharmacology, Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatrics, Dental Sciences, Oncology, Genetics to participate; present their research work and brainstorm with stalwarts in the subject.
Few of the eminent scientists and clinicians who participated in the conference as resource persons includes, Dr.K.Venkataraman, Former Director of the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI), Kolkata and Senior Scientific Consultant, National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management, Chennai; Dr.K.V.Devi Prasad, Professor, Department of Ecology & Environmental Sciences, Pondicherry Central University, Puducherry; Dr.B.S.Ramakrishna, Governing Body Member of Yakult India Microbiota and Probiotic Science Foundation, New Delhi and Director, Medical Gastroenterology, SRM Institutes for Medical Science (SIMS), Chennai; Prof.Dominique Charron, Professor Emeritus in Immunology, Paris Diderot University, France; Dr.S.P.Pani, Deputy Dean (Pre-clinical), Faculty of Medicine, Quest International University Perak, Ipoh, Malaysia; Dr.K.S.Reddy, Professor and Head, Department of Radiation Oncology, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute (MGMCRI), Puducherry; Dr.R.Krishnamoorthy, Former Director of Research, INSERM, Paris, France; Dr.Ritushree Kukreti, Principal Scientist, Genomics And Molecular Medicine, CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB), New Delhi; Dr.T.K.Dutta Professor, Department of General Medicine, MGMCRI, Puducherry; Dr.S.C.Parija, Director, JIPMER, Puducherry; Dr.Mohamed Aslam, Advisor, Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India.
Dr.C.Adithan, Director, Central Inter-Disciplinary Research Facility (CIDRF) was the organizing Chairman and Dr.A.Jayamuruga Pandian, Principal Scientist at CIDRF was the organizing Secretary of the conference. Prof.K.R.Sethuraman, Vice-Chancellor, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV) University; Dr.N.Ananthakrishnan, Dean (Research & Allied Health Sceinces); Dr.M.Ravishankar, Dean (Academics), MGCMRI; Dr.G.Subramanian, Advisor & Founding member, CIDRF and all faculties of CIDRF constituted the organized team.
The conference received Government of India recognition and sponsorship from the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR), Medical Council of India (MCI), Indian National Science Academy (INSA) and Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB). Tamil Nadu Medical Council accredited this conference and awarded 4 credit hours of category 1 CME (Continual Medical Education) credits.