Karolinska Institute, the home of Nobel Prize in Medicine Physiology and Narayana Nethralaya announce unique program
NIMMA BENGALURU, Mon-14-Nov-2011, Bangalore
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Narayana Nethralaya, a super specialty eye hospital, and Karolinska Institute, Sweden, better known as the home of Nobel Prize in Medicine Physiology, have joined hands to announce “Regenerative and Transplantation Medicine in Ophthalmology”, a 5-Day course for the benefit of medical students, specialist physicians in training, doctoral students, basic science advanced students, and non-physicians.
“Regenerative medicine is being looked upon as the future treatment regime in several of pathological conditions. This course is a primer to prepare our Indian medical as well as biological science students to embrace the knowledge of regenerative and transplantation medicine “, said Dr. K Bhujang shetty , Chairman and Managing director, Narayana Nethralaya.
The course will be conducted at Narayana Nethralaya under the aegis of Narayana Nathralaya post Graduate Institute of ophthalmology, Hosur Road, Bangalore between November 12and 16, 2011. The course includes in-depth interactions, focus group discussion with faculty and a workshop on few basic practical techniques. The course will introduce the basics as well as the recent advances of transplantation research including stem cell biology, tissue engineering, and gene therapy.
This course will be inaugurated by Padmashree Dr.Ashok KGrover,President, All Inadia Ophthalmic Society and Padmashree Prof.MRS Rao, Bhatnagar awardees and president, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research. Dr. K Bhujang shetty ,Dr.Matti Nikkola, Director of Education, Karolinska Institute,Prof. G. Kumarmanickavel, Director of Research, Narayana Nethralaya and course Director, Dr. Debashish Das, Chif Scientist, Narayana Nethralaya,will be present. “This course will expose the participants to on environment of regenerative and transplantation medicine with world-renowned experts teaching them from basics to advance stages,” Dr. K Bhujang shetty pointed out.
Noted pioneers, who will speak about their works, include prof. may Griffith (designed artificial cornea), Prof.Iqbal Ahmed (signaling pathways regulating retinal cells), prof. D. Balasubramanian (guidelines of stem cell and corneal surface reconstruction), Prof. Graziella Pellegrini (gene therapy and ocular stem cells) Dr. Ani V Das (micro RNA regulation in photoreceptors), Prof. Katarina Le Blanc (mesenchymal stem cell therapy), Dr. Pawan Kumar Gupta (commercialization of regenerative medicine), Prof.Paturu Kondaiah (cancer), Prof. Rama S Verma (cardiac stem cells)and so on. There will also be a brief talk on the renowned “Nobel Prize”, its history, selection and conferring the same.
Degeneration is a gradual deterioration of specific tissues, cells, or organs with corresponding impairment or loss of function. It can be caused by injury, disease, or aging and leads to loss of a function, characteristic, or structure in an organism or a species. Regeneration is the process of renewal, restoration, and growth that makes genomes, cells organs, organisms. Regenerative medicine is to create organs to be re-grown from the patient’s own cells (stem cells or cells extracted from the failing organs). Organs and or tissues that are transplanted within the same person’s body are called auto grafts. “The cornea and musculoskeletal grafts are the most commonly transplanted tissues; these outnumber organ transplants was performed by Eduard Zirm (Olomouc Eye Clinic, now Czech Republic),”said Dr. K Bhujang shetty.
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