"We are all a combination of our genes and environment. Genetic variations do not cause disease but rather influence a person's susceptibility to environmental factors," said Dr NK Mehra, former dean (research), AIIMS, New Delhi. He was speaking during the inauguration of the PGIMER academic session on Wednesday.
He said, "If our environment is healthy we may live a longer life. Life span of people is increasing day-by-day because of better health facilities and a better environment. Average lifespan has gone up at rapid pace due to better diet and immunisation. Due to advances in the study of molecular medicine and gene environment interactions, now we are able to tackle cardiovascular, diabetes, autoimmune and inflammatory diseases."
Earlier Dr Yogesh Chawla, director, PGIMER, welcomed the new resident doctors and congratulated them on their joining of a premier medical institute. He shared PGIMER's recent achievements also.
Prof Savita Malhotra, dean, PGIMER, conducted the pin-up ceremony for resident doctors and delivered the vote of thanks. Prof Subhash Varma, sub-dean, PGIMER, conducted the function.