CM to inaugurate RGCB symposium on nitric oxide on Nov 5

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 3: Scientists from around the world will discuss the latest developments in Nitric Oxide (NO) biology, covering research areas ranging from cancer, immunity and reproductive biology to plant physiology and diseases, at a symposium organised by the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) from November 5-6, 2013.

Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Oommen Chandy will inaugurate the “Legacy of Nitric Oxide Discovery: Impact on Disease Biology” international conference at 9 am on Tuesday (Nov 5) at RGCB’s M R Das Convention Centre.

Some of the biggest names in nitric oxide research internationally are among the delegates taking part in the symposium which the RGCB is organising in partnership with the Srinivasa Ramanujan Institute for Basic Sciences (SRIBS), an initiative of the Kerala State Council for Science Technology and Environment (KSCSTE).

Prof Ferid Murad, the winner of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1998, will be the Guest of Honour at the inaugural ceremony which will be presided over by KSCSTE Executive Vice President Prof V N Rajasekharan Pillai.

RGCB Director Prof M Radhakrishna Pillai will welcome the delegates and Dean Dr Sathish Mundayoor will propose thanks.

Prof Murad, a professor at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at George Washington University in the US, will deliver the keynote address and a public lecture at the symposium at 5.30 pm on Tuesday.

“Nitric Oxide research does not have a very long history; the biological properties of the molecule first came to light only in the 1980s, but the remarkable discoveries made by the scientific community since then holds great promise for new treatments and medicines in the future,” said RGCB Director Prof M Radhakrishna Pillai.

“The objective of the symposium is to review the research that has been done in this area so far, strengthen current activities and generate ideas for future research. It’s going to be a great platform for researchers to gain and share knowledge,” he added.

A free radical gas, Nitric Oxide can easily pass through cellular membranes and is known to be a regulator and signaling molecule in a number of bio pathways in animals as well as plants. Prof Murad shared the Nobel Prize for his discovery of NO’s signaling role in the cardiovascular system.

Lectures and talks on the first day will cover cardiovascular disease biology, cancer and plant physiology and phytopathology with speakers including Prof. Jon Lundberg, (Karolinska Institute, Sweden), Prof Amrita Ahluwalia (University of London, UK)¸ Prof. David A. Wink, (National Cancer Institute, Bethesda Maryland, USA), Dr. Vasily A. Yakovlev, (Virginia Commonwealth University,USA), Prof Massimo Delledonne (University of Verona, Italy) and Dr.Pradeep Kachroo (University of Kentucky, USA).

On the second day on November 6, scientists including Prof. Arthur L. Burnett, (The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland), Prof Ferric C. Fang, (University of Washington, USA), Dr Survo Chatterjee (AU-KBC Research Centre, Chennai) and Dr Anna George(NII, New Delhi) and Prof T Ramasarma (IISc Bengaluru) will deliver lectures on nitric oxide’s functions in reproduction biology, infection and immunity and neurobiology.

Poster presentations will be held on both days of the symposium and the best posters will be presented awards at the valedictory function on Wednesday evening.

Details about the event and registration are available on http://rgcb.res.in/legacyNO2013/ .

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