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Panel to identify joint work areas: Dhande

ADDRESSING MEDIA persons after signing the MoU between the IIT-K and the GSVM Medical College, IIT-K director Dr Sanjay G Dhande said a high-level committee would be set up to identify areas of combined research to bring all research activities under one roof as future research phenomena would be of integrated nature.

india Updated: May 10, 2006 22:28 IST

ADDRESSING MEDIA persons after signing the MoU between the IIT-K and the GSVM Medical College, IIT-K director Dr Sanjay G Dhande said a high-level committee would be set up to identify areas of combined research to bring all research activities under one roof as future research phenomena would be of integrated nature.

He said the concept of discovering medicines having preventive and curative potential needed to be addressed with technological solutions.

He said the knowledge attained during the past 15 years about ‘active genetic factor in the human body’ had disapproved the age-old theory of sample-based medical surveys for developing new drugs. These drugs neither suited all nor they had the required 100 per cent effect on the patient’s body as they were developed on generalised principles of research, he added.

While medicines developed strictly according to each one’s gene-chemistry would prove to be more effective, developing such types of drugs medical men and technologists would have to share their knowledge, he added.

Dr Dhande also said that genetic engineering would provide wide range of solutions and since the IIT-K had the facility of genetic engineering it could provide a good forum for researchers to take up their research programmes.

The IIT-K director said that in August 2006 an international seminar on genetic engineering would be organised at the institute to deliberate upon various issues. He said the SGPGI has also proposed to collaborate with the IIT-K for taking up joint researches.

He said so far medical experts of the GSVM Medical College had been working with the Media Asia Lab on tele-medicine system and they had developed some software to assist people living in distant areas for consulting medical experts at hospitals without personally going there.

He said the two institutions would also endeavour to have close ties with industries for realizing the fruits of joint researches.

‘Tie-up to boost medical research”
PRINCIPAL OF the GSVM Medical College Dr SS Katiyar said here on Wednesday the MoU signed with the IIT-K would open up more avenues for developing new drugs and understanding the effect of the polluted environment on human body cells with the utmost exactness.

Talking to newsmen soon after signing the MoU, Dr Katiyar said research on drugs, antibiotics, air quality and its effect on human body and effects of orally administered and injected medicines on human body was going on at the medical college.

All such research needed technological support for reaching definite results and now the IIT-K technical experts would assist medical men to conduct their research with precision.

He said that research on tissue engineering could only be conducted with joint efforts of technologists and medical experts since technologists could help develop material to abolish grafting process in human body.

Technological support had already made it possible to have indepth knowledge of the causes of asthma and its treatment. He said 13 tests were digitised through the evolution of telemedicine system at IIT-K.

First Published: May 10, 2006 22:28 IST