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9th Training Course on Immunodiagnostics for Infectious Diseases:

      A National level training course was conducted on ‘Immunodiagnostics for Infectious Diseases’ during February 17-28th, 2003. Dr. S. S. Patel, Dean, JNMC, Sawangi (Meghe) Wardha was the Chief Guest during the Inaugural function. Dr. (Mrs.) P. Narang, Dean, MGIMS presided over the function. Dr. B. C. Harintath, Director, JBTDRC welcomed the guests and participants. Dr. M. V. R. Reddy presented the theme of the Workshop. 22 participants were selected out of 110 applications received. The participants included the faculty members from Departments of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Pathology of different Medical Institutes and Scientists from Research Labs and Universities representing the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andra Pradesh, Tamilnadu, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Rajastan, Orissa, Manipur, West Bengal and Union territory of Delhi. The participants received an intensive Hands on training on enzyme immunoassays as applied to infectious diseases including preparation of antigen-coated sticks and enzyme conjugates. Analytical techniques like SDS-PAGE, western blotting, gel filtration, ion-exchange chromatography &  FPLC techniques to purify parasite or bacterial antigens and isolation of DNA from parasite & PCR technique were covered. There were lectures from experts viz. Dr.Mrs P Usha Sarma (from Institute of Genomics & Integrative Biology, CSIR Delhi) on Developments  in Immunodignostic of  Fungal allergens and new therapeutic studies; Dr. D.N.Rao (from Dept. of Biochemistry      All India Institute of Medical Sciences Delhi) on Developing Immunodignostic and Immunoprophylactic tools in plague; Dr.Amitabha De (from Transasia Bio-Medical Ltd., Daman) on  Immunodiagnostics: Past, Present and Future; Dr. S.C. Parija (Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry) on Diagnostic kits in parasitic diseases: Indian scenario; Dr. Sita Naik (Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow) on Serological and molecular diagnosis of Hepatitis; Dr. B. C. Harinath on Immunnodagnotics for detection and monitoring filaria and tuberculosis-Sevagram experience and Dr. M.V.R. Reddy on Protective immunity in filariasis -An overview. The course was well received by the participants as per the feed back given by them during the Valedictory function.



Dr. Arvindhkumar Sheth visited the Centre for 5th meeting of Institutional Animal Ethics Committee (IAEC) of MGIMS on 25th March, 2003.

Mr. Thirugnanam from Centre for Biotechnology, Anna University, Chennai visited the Centre from 5th to 26th March, 2003 for collaborative work on Immunoprophalaxis studies in filariasis.

Dr. S. K. Basha from Kurnool Medical College, Kurnool visited the Centre from 24th to 26th March, 2003 for training on SEVAFILA ELISA.

 Participation in Meetings / Conference / Symposia:

Dr. B. C. Harinath:

Chaired the meeting of ACBI awards committee at Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, CSIR, New Delhi on 2nd January, 2003

 Attended a BIC Coordinators meeting at Kolkata during 21st & 22nd February, 2003

Presented a Guest lecture on ‘Databases of Biomedical Importance’ at ICMR-WHO Workshop on ‘Dissemination of Information’ at S.V. Institute of Medical Sciences, Tirupati during March 18-20, 2003.

 Dr. M.V.R. Reddy presented a Guest lecture on ‘Immunoprophylactic evaluation of Brugia malayi  infective larval, adult and microfilarial antigens’ at 29th Annual Conference of ACBI from 3rd – 5th February, 2003.

 Dr. Satish Kumar:

Attended a seminar on ‘Key issues on commercialization of biotechnologies’ organised by BCIL, New Delhi on  February 27, 2003.

 Attended ICMR-WHO Workshop on ‘Dissemination of Information’at S.V. Institute of Medical Sciences, Tirupati during March 18-20, 2003.

 Mr. Sandeep Kulkarni presented a paper on ‘Seroreactivity of Circulating Filarial Antigens Isolated from Microfilaraemic and Clinical Blood Samples’ at 29th Annual Conference of ACBI from 3rd – 5th February, 2003.

Dr. B. K. Pal  presented a poster on ‘Evaluation of oxidative stress, antioxidant status and immunological determinants in different clinical groups of lymphatic filariasis in an endemic area’ at 29th Annual Conference of ACBI from 3rd – 5th February, 2003.

Dr. Gautam Gupta presented a poster on ‘Prevalence of risk factors of coronary artery diseases in urban population around Sevagram’ at 29th Annual Conference of ACBI from 3rd – 5th February, 2003.

Mr. Pankaj Dabir attended symposium on ‘Proteoimics’ at CCMB, Hyderabad from 23-24 February 2003.

Dr. Pushparaj Madavi attended workshop on ‘Data mining applications in Bioinformatics’ at Bioinformatics Centre, IISc, Bangalore, on 19st to 21st March, 2003.

Mr. Abhay Pradhan attended short term course on ‘Introduction to Bioinformatics and its applications’ at IIT, New Delhi, on 21st to 22nd March, 2003.

 Training Programmes:

Inhouse computer training course was conducted for the staff of Trauma Centre during 24th February to 14th March, 2003. 

 Research Publications:

R. Alli, B. Bhunia, GP Chhotray, MVR Reddy, BC Harinath. Microscopic haematuria as an occult filarial infection in Bhubaneshwar an endemic area for bancroftian filariasis. Indian J of Clin Biochem 2003, 18 (1): 61-64.

 S Banerjee, S Kumar and B C Harinath. Isolation and Characterization of In vivo Released 41kDa Mycobacterial Antigen in Pulmonary and Bone and Joint Tuberculosis and Its Identification With H37Ra In vitro Released Antigen. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis 2003; 7(3): 1-6.

 Future events:

Workshop on Medical Informatics and Biomedical Communication.

September 29th to October 1st, 2003.


Course organizer:  Dr. Satish Kumar (E-mail: jbtdrc@nagpur.dot.net.in)