Research needed for fighting Noro virus

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Lucknow
  • Updated: Feb 27, 2015 11:58 IST

Acute gastroenteritis is caused by Noro virus. In underdeveloped countries, on an average, two children under the age of 5 years die every minute due to Noro virus infection, said Dr Om Prakash, Kansas State University, USA.

Speaking on the second day of the four-day 21st international conference on “Current trends in drug discovery and developments” organised by t he Indian Society of Chemists and Biologists (ISCB) at Central Drug Research Institute, Dr Prakash said things are worst in the underdeveloped and developing countries where this virus is responsible for many deaths especially of the infants and kids.

He said in USA alone 2.3 crore cases of Noro viral infection are reported every year. He said that techniques like NMR could help in developing antiviral drug against Noro virus.

Prof Ute Schepper from Germany appreciated the quality of drug research in India and said that she was looking forward to take more Indian students work in Germany. She said that Indian students are very hard working and are better academically as compared to many countries.

She especially appreciated the high quality of science and research work which is being done by Indian researchers. She interacted with the young researchers. She is working on targeted drug delivery where drugs can be delivered to the exact body organ where it is required and thus toxicity and side effects could be avoided. Her further efforts are to minimize the use of animals in drug research.

Dr Rajnish Prakash from department of atomic energy stated heavy water is produced in India in many places and in this field India is the world leader. Heavy water is used in making new medicines for the detection and treatment of cancer. It is also used in making various solvents used by NMR spectroscopy.

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