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It was a matter of pride and a testimony to the Vision Research Foundation’s dedication to combating prevailing ailments and finding a cure to emerging health challenges that the L& T Microbiology Research Centre, Vision Research Foundation, Sankara Nethralaya was chosen for the second  time in succession to host the highly prestigious “REGIONAL WORKSHOP ON LABORATORY SURVEILLANCE OF ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE” the highly critical study on the changing impact of antibiotics across nations, conducted by the WHO and to conduct the WHONET training programme under the aegis of Vidyasagar Institute of Biomedical Technology and Science (VIBS) a  unit of Medical Research Foundation.

Participants to the training programme included Dr.Aparna Singh Shah, Regional Advisor WHO SEARO, New Delhi, Dr.Sangeeta Joshi of Manipal Hospital, Dr Kuldeep Sharma, Senior Secretary, WHO SEARO, Dr.H.N.Madhavan, Director, L&T Microbiology Centre &Vidyasagar Institute for Bio-Medical Sciences, Dr.K.Lily Therese, Head of the Department, L&T Microbiology Centre, Dr.J.Malathi, Dr.B.Mahalakshmi, Dr. R. Gayathri , Post Doctoral Fellow   Dr.M.Sowmiya, Senior Research Fellow and 7 Research Scientists from the L & T Microbiology Research Centre who acted as  facilitators for conducting the Laboratory  methods of testing antimicrobial resistance.

The WHONET training programme was inaugurated with the ceremonial lighting of the lamp on17th June 2013 at the V.D.Swami Auditorium. Dr. H.N.Madhavan, Director, L & T Microbiology department delivered the welcome address. Chief Guests Dr.S.S Badrinath, Chairman Emeritus and Dr. S.Bhaskaran Chairman, MRF felicitated Dr.Aparna Singh Shah, Regional Advisor WHO SEARO office and Dr. Sangeetha Joshi, faculty of the program. Dr. Aparna Singh Shah delivered the keynote address. Nineteen Microbiologists from 10 countries occupying significant positions such as Regional Administrator, Director clinical Laboratory, Lab In-charge and Laboratory technician participated in the WHONET training programme.

The sessions were highly interactive and vibrant and packed with in-depth lectures by the members of the L&T Microbiology team.  Dr.Sangeetha Joshi and Dr.Aparna Singh Shah conducted the hands on training for WHONET software program for analyzing the antibiotic data.  Skillfully guided by the L&T Microbiology Research Centre faculty and Research scientists the enthusiastic participants were grouped as four teams to undergo demonstration and hands on training laboratory techniques for testing the antimicrobial susceptibility, demonstration on molecular techniques for detection of Methicillin resistance. Dr.K.Lily Therese gave an insight and a presentation on EQAS programme, upon request by Dr.Aparna Singh Shah, for the benefit of the participants who showed keen interest and eagerness on the same.

The participants recorded their utmost satisfaction at the end of the training programme, they were highly appreciative of the faculty and facilitators who contributed to effectively learn the techniques of Antibiotic susceptibility testing, phenotypic (Hands on training) and genotypic methods (demonstration) to detect antibiotic resistance. The faculty from WHO SEARO office commended highly about the excellent facilities that were available at Vision Research Foundation and the quality of the facilitators. The prestigious international WHONET training program, conducted by the L& T Microbiology Research Centre for the second time, concluded with a warm vote of Thanks by Dr. K.Lily Therese, HOD, L&T Microbiology Department on 21st June 2013

The New Indian Express

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