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A research paper on the molecular diagnostic tests PCRs for rapid diagnosis of tuberculosis, from Sankara Nethralaya is adjudged as the best published paper in bacteriology.

A useful study by Dr. K. Lily Therese, HOD & Senior Professor L&T Microbiology Research Centre which includes SAIL Molecular Microbiology Section, at the Kamalnayan Bajaj Institute for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, to confirm the precise diagnostic value of clinical specimens for tuberculosis testing and remove current ambiguities in the same owing to the non-specific features of traditional testing methodologies and uncertainties inherent in tuberculosis strains in certain groups, was recognized as a highly effective and comprehensive approach, filling the gaps prevailing in traditional tuberculosis test processes.

The paper was adjudged as the best paper in bacteriology published in the Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology for year 2013, at the XXXVIIIth National Conference of the IAMM held at SMS Medical College, Jaipur between 17th and 19th October 2014 and the presenter was honoured with a Medal. The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial support for the study by the Chennai Willingdon Corporate Foundation, Chennai and the infrastructure and facility provided by Vision Research Foundation.  The Sankara Nethralaya family Congratulates  Dr. K. Lily Therese and the team of authors, Dr. R.Gayathri, Ms. L.Dhanurekha & Dr.H.N.Madhavan from the L & T Microbiology Research Centre for the  critical contribution to early and effective tuberculosis diagnosis, which remains a great challenge to physicians.

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