The ‘1st International Conference on Translational Research: From Basic Science to Clinical Application’ got underway at KIIT University on February 5, 2015. It is being organized by School of Biotechnology, KIIT University along with Indian Society for Translational Research, New Delhi, National Centre for Cell Science (NCCS), Pune; Institute of Life Sciences (ILS) Bhubaneswar and KIIT Technology Business Incubator.
Inaugurating the three-day conference, Padma Bhushan Prof. N. K. Ganguly, Former DG of ICMR, Govt. of India and the President of Indian Society for Translational Research said, the application of findings derived in basic science to the development of new understanding of disease mechanisms, diagnoses, and therapeutics in humans are in general termed as ‘Translational Research’. It is practiced in many fields such as agricultural science as well as the health, behavioral, and social sciences. This conference is being organized considering the importance of Translational Research during last several years at national and international levels, he said. Dr. G. C. Kundu, eminent scientist from NCCS, Pune and organizing secretary of the conference said, the Indian Society for Translational Research, New Delhi was founded in 2014, with its headquarters at National Cell Science Center, Pune.
It has been spearheading by eminent scientist Prof. N. K. Ganguly. The Society is going to play a crucial role for translating the laboratory research for the benefit of the human society in the field of health, agriculture, environment and food. Welcoming all delegates and participants, Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS said that the theme of the conference is most appropriate in the era of globalization. It will be immensely beneficial for the students of KIIT School of Biotechnology, he added.
Among others, Prof. P. P. Mathur, VC, KIIT University, Dr. M. Suar, Director of KIIT School of Biotechnology and Dr. Srinivas Patnaik, Co-organizing Secretary also spoke on the occasion. On the first day of the conference, several eminent speakers, Padmabhushan Prof. Asis Datta, Padmashri Prof. D Balasubramanian, Prof. Dev Mukhpadhyay from mayo clinic, USA, Prof. Tapas Kundu from JNCASR Bangalore delivered their talks. ICTR is the platform which is going to develop several kinds of cultures in the country. The conference will highlight some of the promising research focusing in the area from pre-translational to translational application. The symposium will comprise of scientific sessions with oral and poster presentations. ICTR award winning lectures and plenary lectures by eminent scientists will adorn the meeting. Conference is attended by more than 50 speakers and about 400 participants.