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5th National level workshop on “Medical Informatics & Biomedical Communication” was held at Bioinformatics Centre, JBTDRC & Dept. of Biochemistry, MGIMS, Sevagram during September 29 - October 1, 2003. In the inaugural function on 29th  Dr. B.C. Harinath, Co-ordinator, giving introduction, informed that the theme of this Workshop was to enrich the awareness of Medical Teachers & Students towards automated Patient Information System and special skills in biomedical communication. Acting Dean  Dr. A.P. Jain welcomed the participants and Secretary Ms. Suma Subbanna presided over the function.

Dr. Apurba Gupta, Dy. Director & Head IT Division, NEERI, Nagpur The Chief Guest, enlightened the role of Bioinformatics in waste disposal. Dr. Sunil Shroff, Prof. & Head Urology & Renal Transplant, MGR Medical College, Chennai was Guest of Honour and delivered talk on Telemedicine and showed video demonstration on robotic surgery. Mr. S.K.D. Biswas, Dy. Director General (SG), ICMR, New Delhi, another Guest of Honour, delivered talk on Information Security and Hospital Management System.

Other Guest speakers Dr. B.C. Harinath, Director JBTDRC & Coordinator BIC, Dr. S.N. Sarbhadhikari from IIT, Kharagpur, Mr. P. Mitra from NIC, Delhi, Mr. Dhananjay Raje from NEERI & Dr. Dilip Bhale from Hingoli delivered talks on Databases of Biomedical Information of Infectious Diseases, How to Make Best Use of Medical Informatics, NICNET Services & Internet Access Technologies at a Glance, Computational Methods for Development of Gene Probes for Diagnostics and Hospital Information System respectively. Dr. K. Satyanarayana, Chief, Division of Publication & Information, ICMR  and Dr. N.C. Jain, Dy Director, ICMR, New Delhi conducted a special session on Biomedical Communication covering the topics, How to Choose the Right Journal; Actual Writing: Getting Started; Grammar and Syntax  in Scientific Writing; Some Important Medical Resources Available on Internet. Hands on Session was conducted on Medline Search & Database Software developed at BIC namely FilaDB, TbDB, ObSoft, GynSoft & PsySoft for recoding & retrieval of patients information related to Filariasis, Tuberculosis, Obs & Gynae and Psychiatry patients. The faculty & Students came all the way from Tamilnadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, West Bengal, Karnataka, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.

            In the concluding session on October 1st Ms. Suma Subbana, Secretary, Kasturba Health Society listened to the feedback comments from the participants that the Workshop was very informative and useful with homely hospitality and appreciated the efforts of the organizers. Dr. Satish Kumar, Officer-in-charge of the Bioinformatics Centre and Workshop organiser, proposed vote of thanks.       


Honourable Governor of Maharashtra Shri. Mohammad Fazal visited MGIMS, Sevagram on 28th November 2003 and inaugurated Health Care Project CLICS-Community Led Initiative for Child Survival and also visited JBTDRC.

Dr. Ramaswamy, Director, Tropical Disease Research, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine at Rockford University of Illinois, Chicago, USA visited the Centre on 16th October, 2003 and delivered a Guest Lecture on ‘Immunoscreening of the cDNA expression library of brugia malayi’ to identify filarial vaccine candidates.

Team of Medical Council of India inspected the Department of Biochemistry and was shown the various research facilities at JBTDRC on 8th – 9th December, 2003.

 Participation in Meetings / Conference / Symposia:


Dr. B. C. Harinath

Attended MGIMS – Transasia – BARC meeting for commercial exploration of TB diagnostic kit at Mumbai on October 21, 2003.

Delivered Guest Lecture titled “Isolation and characterization of in vitro and in vivo released 31 and 41 kDa protein antigens of diagnostic interest in tuberculosis” at 30th Annual conference of Indian Immunology Society on  November 23 and also Chaired the “Young Scientist award” session at Lucknow on November 24, 2003.

Visited Central Institute for Medicinal & Aromatic Plants (CIMAP) on November 24 and Central Drug Research Institute on November 25, 2023 at Lucknow.

Attended Research Advisory Committee meeting of Blue Peter Research Centre at Hyderabad on November 29, 2003.


Dr. Satish Kumar

Presented a paper ‘Databases on patients’ information’ and demonstrated database software TbDb, FilaDb, Obsoft, GynSoft, PsySoft in the Biennial Conference of Indian Association for Medical Informatics (IAMI) held at PGI, Chandigarh during 18th & 19th October 2003.


Mr. Balaji Ganesh was awarded the GP Talwar Young Scientist Award for his oral presentation ‘Immunodiagnostic potential and immunoprophylactic studies with filarial antigens Bm mf S2 and Bm A2-b in lymphatic filariasis’ at the 30th Annual Conference of the Indian Immunology Society held at SGPGIMS, Lucknow from 23rd to 25th Nov, 2003.

Dr. Gautam Gupta attended Workshop on ‘Electrophoresis’ on 28th Nov., 2003 and delivered oral presentation on ‘Risk factors for acute myocardial infarction in a rural population in Central India: a hospital based case – control study’ in AMBICON 11th Annual Conference in Rangaraya Medical College, Kakinada, A.P. from 28th to 30th Nov., 2003.

Mr. Niraj Shende attended 10th FAOBMB Congress organized by Society of Biological Chemists, India and presented poster on ‘Levels of antibody, free antigen and immune complexed antigen in different grades of sputum positive pulmonary tuberculosis patients by ELISA’ at IISc, Bangalore from 7th to 11th Dec. 2003.