The department of Life Sciences successfully organized a one day National seminar on tropical infectious diseases with 11 colleges and 30 delegates taking part. The seminar provided a professional platform for the delegates to present their current or recent research papers. The seminar was a critical driving force for the delegates to put their grey matter to the test.
This eventful day began at 9.30 AM with Inaugural ceremony at the SKE auditorium with Dr. Babu, Head, department of Phytochemistry as the presiding Chief guest. It is safe to say that all of us now have a more positive outlook towards herbal therapy. A variety of topics were explained around a single theme ranging from developmental goals like improving maternal health and achieving universal primary health, working on neglected tropical diseases like dengue, trachoma , malaria to cost effective drugs. From the thousands of plants researched on and 80 patents published it is of extreme interest that an alarming amount of 1800 $ used on hepatitis virus treatment for a period of 6 months could be reduced to a minimum of 85 $ over the same period using herbal medicine.It was indeed a knowledge filled presentation.
After a brief tea break, the first plenary session which commenced at 11. AM was taken over by Dr. Ramanujam Srinivasan, who enlightened us with his detailed work on Cytoskeleton in Bacteria and relevance to infectious diseases, the direct link to the prevention of tropical infectious diseases being the FDS-Z protein. The session was a magnifying glass to an area of microbiology on how to combat multidrug resistance and how to control the spread of tropical diseases.
The following plenary session at 12.00 PM was conducted by Prof. P. Ramadas, former professor and Head, department of Animal Biotechnology, Madras veterinary college Chennai. Who focused on the Arboviral infections in India with special reference to dengue and Zika virus. In depth study on these viruses put forth meticulously by Prof. Ramadas stirred up the interest amongst the young minds.
The next plenary session that began at 1. 45. PM post lunch was taken over by Prof. Manjunath, Chairman, Department of Biotechnology and Microbiology, Bangalore University who spoke about airborne viral diseases. The focus of this session was on the sensitivity to environmental allergens, allergic pollen and fungal allergens to name a few and also to create awareness amongst the public. A keen interest was developed by Prof. Manjunath who explained the complications that arise even from the most negligible things.
The paper and poster presentations started at 2.45 PM where the delegates exhibited their tireless efforts and hard work of their research. All in all, this National seminar on tropical infectious diseases proved to be a Scholastic and a fruitful one.