A high power symposium on the use of Nano Technology in clinical care was held at the Sri VD Swami auditorium, Sankara Nethralaya Main campus on the 2nd & 3rd of August 2013. Welcoming the gathering of over 63 participants pursuing research/ higher studies in Nano technology, Advisor to Vision Research Foundation, Dr.Rama Rajagopal, gave an interesting genesis of the Vision Research Foundation and how its research activities had grown in scope and volume over the years. She observed that Nano Technology applied clinically would play a critical role on precise targeting of cancer cells and would go a long way in cancer treatment visa-vis the ill effects of Chemo therapy adding that Nano Technology, when extended to patient care and infection control, had a key role to play.
Speaking on the occasion Dr.S.Krishnakumar, Deputy Director – Research, and Head of the Nano-Biotechnology department, Vision Research Foundation, elaborated on the current departmental research activities on targeting drug delivery to treat Retinoblastoma, Melanoma, usage of Gold Nano particles and SERS imaging and work on Aptamer conjugates for radio imaging, in association with IIT and Missouri University.
The honourable dignitaries Dr.Raghuraman Kannan, Associate Professor, University of Missouri, Columbia, Adjunct Faculty, Sankara Nethralaya, Dr. Nripen Chanda, Sr Scientist, CSIR-Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute, Durgapur, Dr. Anandhi Upendran, Director of Research, Nanoparticle BioChem, Inc., Columbia, Missouri, Adjunct Faculty, Sankara Nethralaya, Dr.Dhananjay Dendukuri, CEO & Co-Founder, Achira Labs, Bangalore were honoured with mementos.
Inaugurating the Clinical Nano Medicine symposium over video conferencing from the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore and delivering the Plenary lecture, distinguished scientist and Linus Pauling Professor, CNR Rao, commended Sankara Nethralaya’s research work, particularly on Nano technology as a pioneering effort. He observed that Nano technology had tremendous scope in research and development, patient care and other applications. Prof.Rao highlighted that globally, several research activities, on Nano tubes, analogues, graphites, artificial photosynthesis, and super capacitors are being carried on and suggested that Sankara Nethralaya should take leads from them for translational purposes.
The two day symposium packed with critical lectures and interactive question and answer and practical sessions by eminent speakers on various branches of Nano technology concluded with the distribution of certificates to the participants, upbeat and jubilant at the immense knowledge gained at the symposium.