May 03, 2019

Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biotechnology, Microbiology and Center for Drug, Design, Discovery and Development, SRM University Delhi-NCR, in association with Indian Immunology Society and International Union of Immunological Societies, celebrated the World Immunology Day on May 2, 2019 at the University auditorium.

Dr. P. Prakash, Vice Chancellor, SRM University, who welcomed the gathering, pointed out, this event is focused on bringing the cream of eminent scientists to motivate young researchers and students working in the various areas of immunology and infectious diseases and to discuss recent progress in these areas as well as to share the ideas on open questions.

The Chief Guest, Padma Bhushan Prof. G.P. Talwar, eminent scientist and Director Research, Talwar Research Foundation India, considered to be the ‘Father of Indian Immunology,’ addressed the gathering, and articulated on the Immunology Research in India, and emphasized on relying on the immune system to fight pathogens and to boost the immune system through vaccinations, if needed. Having felicitated the winners of different competitions based on topic of Immunology and Immune Response held at SRM University, he opined that extra efforts are to be taken for creating vaccines for controlling tuberculosis, leprosy, cancer and many other diseases as drugs tend to have harmful side effects and over-reliance also may lead to AMR.

Padma Bhushan Prof. Nirmal Kumar Ganguly, Biotechnology Research Professor, National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi; President, JIPMER, Pondicherry; and former DG, ICMR, in his lecture, emphasized about Leishmania vaccines, which are prepared and still under phase II clinical trials, which could be utilised more in some of the India and Sudan and stated that most of these vaccines which are under the clinical trials may not be useful for future due to the resistive nature of micro-organisms.

Prof. Deepak Gaur, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize Awardee, School of Biotechnology, Jawaharlal Nehru University, who was the Guest of Honour, spoke on the malarial parasite, mainly focussing on P.falciparum and P.vivax. Dr. Kaustuv Nayak, Research Scientist, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), New Delhi, India, who exhorted on the basic immunology and spoke on the “Tools and Techniques applied on Immunology”.

Prof. Samuel Raj, Dean Academic Affairs and Director, C4D, said, the day is dedicated to increasing awareness of the importance of immunology in the fight against infection, autoimmunity and cancer, and the International Union of Immunological Societies is working together to encourage national societies to participate in the Day of Immunology and to promote the benefits of Immunology Research.

Furthermore, a galaxy of intellectuals, teachers, research scholars, students and professionals representing many pharma and other agencies, particularly Department of Biotechnology and Microbiology, participated in panel discussions and present their research papers and posters delineating the impact of immunology research in India and globally.

The immunology day ended with a vote of thanks proposed by Dr. Manish Bhalla, Registrar, SRM University Delhi-NCR.

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