December 14, 2015
In what is said to be a first step initiated to probe the possibility of collaborative and translational cancer research between Ohio State University and various institutes in India who are actively involved in cancer research, a three-day international conference on ‘Translational Cancer Research’ was organized by the university at Avinashilingam University for Women.
Around 80 participants from across the nation have registered to participate in the conference, according to Dr. Shubashini K. Sripathi, Co-chair, Organizing Team, which will discuss the causes, diagnoses, treatment, cure and prevention of cancer.
Chancellor of the university Dr. P.K. Krishnakumar spoke on the combination of herbal medicine with English in the treatment of cancer. “Ayurvedic medicine that has its origin in India is being used even in the West to treat cancer. People from all walks of life depend on Ayurvedic medicine to cure various diseases and its use in the treatment of cancer is no exception. There are nearly 35,000 species of plants and herbs that can be used to treat cancer. Research of cancer is one of the most thriving areas of research. I wish this conference serves as an eye opener for budding researchers in the field of cancer and its inter-disciplinary fields.”
The conference proceedings were released by Dr. Krishnakumar. Thangarajan Rajkumar, Professor and Head of Department of Molecular Oncology, Cancer Institute, Adyar, Chennai, received the first copy.
In his keynote address Natrajan Muthusamy, Professor of Medicine, Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Centre, spoke on bridging the gap between bench and bedside research.
“A Ph.D. student is given a problem to solve. He is trained in isolation under a guide who is his only mentor. The aim of a Ph.D. student is to obtain maximum research paper publications in reputed research journals, get scholarship and have his research funded. A physician-scientist on the other hand has access to nurses, doctors, lab technicians among other professionals in the medical field. The aim of a physician-scientist is to find a solution to a problem. This gap between a Ph.D. student and a physician-scientist must be bridged,” Dr. Muthusamy said.
The three-day conference that will end on December 16 will have four technical sessions, where research scholars, medical professionals and academics will present their research papers on topics like ‘Nutrition- Influence on Health and Disease’, ‘Phytochemicals as anticancer agents’, ‘Natural products and their medical applications- From soil to bench to bedside’ and ‘Current interventions in cancer research’.