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National conference on “Environment, Health and Disease Ecogenetics and Toxicogenomics”

National conference on “Environment, Health and Disease: Ecogenetics and Toxicogenomics”

Central Inter-Disciplinary Research Facility (CIDRF) under the aegis of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Pondicherry organized a one-day national conference on “Environment, Health, and Disease: Ecogenetics and Toxicogenomics” on February 12, 2018. The event was supported by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Medical Council of India (MCI), New Delhi. The conference was well attended by about 250 delegates including clinicians, scientists, research scholars, and students. The conference provided a platform for young researchers to present their scientific findings in poster/podium presentations. The conference was inaugurated by Dr.K.R.Sethuraman, Vice-Chancellor, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Pondicherry. Dr C. Adithan, Director-CIDRF, was the organizing chairman and Dr Pooja Pratheesh, Scientist-CIDRF was the organizing secretary for the conference. Nine speakers from all over India, including the Indian Institute of Toxicological Research (CSIR-IITR), All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS, New Delhi), JIPMER, Pondicherry University, and Madurai Kamaraj University delivered talks. In his talk, Dr M.P.Singh from CSIR-IITR Lucknow highlighted the problem of “Pesticide (pyrethroids) induced Parkinson’s disease”. Dr Thirumurthy Velpandian from AIIMS, New Delhi warned about the risks the ever-rising land-fills to human health. He stated that the main source of ecological exposure could be due to the disposal of unused and expired pharmaceutical compounds into landfills. His study revealed the existence of antibacterial agents in the aquifers of Delhi with levels >0.1µg/L, which is a matter of serious concern in terms of multi-drug resistance. Dr Surendiran Adithan, Associate Dean (Research), JIPMER discussed how the drug development for better human health could no longer be successful without considering toxicogenomics in the current scenario. Others talks by the eminent speakers covered the aspects of Ecogenetics, Exposomics, regulatory ecotoxicology and Epigenetic association to human health. A pre-conference university level poster competition was organized at Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth campus. The competition saw the participation of the UG students of Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Indira Gandhi Institute of Dental Sciences, Kasturba Gandhi Nursing College and Faculty of Allied Health Sciences. Dr.Balanehru S, Deputy Director-CIDRF was the co-coordinator of the poster competition.