Mangaluru: The International Symposium on Discovery of Actionable Targets in Infectious Diseases was organized by the Center for Systems Biology and Molecular Medicine (CSBMM), Yenepoya Research Centre (YRC), Yenepoya (Deemed to be University) on November 26.
The symposium was inaugurated and presided over by Dr. M. Vijayakumar, Vice-Chancellor, Yenepoya (Deemed to University). Dr. Anita Mahadevan was the chief guest.
Dr. C. V. Raghuveer welcomed the dignitaries and the guest speakers from several national and international research centres. Dr. M. Vijayakumar briefed about the alarming situation of several contagious infectious diseases, with special emphasis on tuberculosis and the development of management strategies over the years.
Dr. Anita Mahadevan addressed the gathering about the need for novel approaches in combating infectious diseases and delivered the Plenary Lecture on Neruopathologies owing to viral infections including Rabies, Cryptococcal, Toxoplasma and Mycobacterial infections of the brain. She also stressed on the diagnostic dilemma of rabies and Gillian Barr syndrome.
The other guest speakers who discussed their experience were Dr. Trude Helen Flo, Professor in Cell Biology and Co-director, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway, PD Dr. Norbert Reiling, Head, Microbial Interface Biology, Research Center Borstel, Leibniz Pulmonary Center, Germany, Dr. Maria Lerm, Professor, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine (IKE), Linköping University, Sweden, discussed about Mycobacterial infection, their interaction with host system and anti-microbial compound-screening respectively. Dr. Pushkar Sharma, National Institute of Immunology, Delhi, talked about malarial and toxoplasma parasites, Dr. Amit Singh, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, spoke about redox signalling in mycobacterium infection, and Dr. Pradeep from, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Prasanthi Nilayam and Anupam J Das talked about the application of genomics in identification of actionable targets in infectious diseases.
The symposium was attended by scientists, researchers, medical professionals from several educational institutions from Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. It was a grand success and served as a perfect platform for knowledge dissemination and benefitted all the participants.
Dr. Anita Mahadevan, Professor, Neuropathology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, has been the Chief Guest. Dr. C. V. Raghuveer, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Gangadhara Somayaji, Registrar, Dr. Rekha P.D., Deputy Director, YRC and Dr. Keshava Prasad, Professor, CSBMM, YRC were also present.