The sixth webinar of INSA-INYAS Vigyan Setu Webinar Series will be on June 27, 2020, at 11:00 am
Prof. Gagandeep Kang, MD, Ph.D., FRS, FRCPath, FAAM, FASc, FNASc, FNA, FFPH, Executive Director of the Translational Health Science Technology Institute (THSTI), Department of Biotechnology, Government of India will be delivering the webinar.
Topic: “Evidence for prevention of COVID 19”.
About the Topic: The prevention of SARS-CoV2 infection is front and centre of many discussions today. Whether it is distancing, closing schools, malls, and transport systems, or the wearing of masks, these are traditional public health measures for the prevention of infection, but their relative effectiveness in decreasing COVID 19 infections remains a challenge to measure. Vaccines are being considered as a solution for the ongoing pandemic, but while there is a great promise, there are also perils that require caution. We have been able to get every possible technology platform to address vaccine development at a speed that we have never seen before, but questions on the duration of protection, correlates of protection and potential safety issues remain. Indian manufacturers are ready to play a role in both development and manufacture, but global cooperation will be required to get vaccines to the people who need them the most as rapidly as possible.
About the Speaker: Professor Kang is the Executive Director of the Translational Health Science Technology Institute, Department of Biotechnology. She serves/served on the scientific and advisory committees of several national and international institutions, including the World Health Organisation, Wellcome Trust, International Vaccine Institute, and International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology. She currently chairs the Immunization Technical Advisory Group of the WHO South East Asian Region. She is Vice-Chair of the Board of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, a global partnership seeking to pro-actively develop vaccines for epidemics.
Professor Kang is internationally recognized for her contributions to vaccine development for rotavirus and vaccine policy. She is the first Indian and globally the first woman to edit the 100+ year old classic, Manson’s Textbook of Tropical Medicine. Her work has been recognized through several awards, most notably the Infosys Prize in Life Sciences, so far the only award to a physician. In 2019, she was the first Indian woman elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.
The fifth webinar in the series of Vigyan Setu is available on the following link
Prof. Sandeep Verma, FNA, FASc, FNASc, Secretary, Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB), New Delhi will be delivering the next webinar.
Topic: “IMPLICATIONS OF COVID-19 ON INDIAN R&D LANDSCAPE”.
About the Topic: The novel coronavirus, SARS-Cov-2, and the ensuing disease caused by the virus, COVID-19, has created pandemic of epic proportions causing enormous loss of lives, widespread infection, and an incalculable disruption of normal life across communities. Medical service professionals and civic authorities have risen to mount a befitting response to the pandemic, despite the initial struggle to learn about the new virus, its infection life-cycle, and associated morbidities. Given the high-level infectivity of SARS-Cov-2, a strict lockdown was implemented across the country leading to the closure of academic and research institutions. As the unlockdown begins, we brace ourselves to a phased opening of laboratories and work environments. Inevitably, the challenges of restarting the R&D engine in the changed economic order, while striving to maintain excellence, requires that we set priorities aligned with our pre-eminent position in research, our national needs and innovate along with the new mantra of self-reliance through focus, dedication and renewed vigor.
This webinar will be available on the INYAS YouTube channel. https://bit.ly/Inyastube
A direct YouTube link to the webinar is also here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_Y40ooJYCU
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Dr. Anurag Agrawal, MBBS, PhD, FNA, FASc, ATSF, Director, CSIR-Institute of Genomics, and Integrative Biology (IGIB), New Delhi will be delivering the next webinar.
Topic: “Analog and Digital Health in the Aftermath of COVID-19”.
About the Topic:
COVID19 has shaken our belief in the preparedness of our health systems and exposed its vulnerabilities. Importantly, the post-COVID world will have to reimagine health systems from its analog roots to its digital futures, perhaps hastening a transition towards automation and artificial intelligence support that has been much talked about but minimally acted on so far. This will come with a new set of challenges, some of which should be anticipated in advance and prepared for. These include increasing reliance on technology, with concurrent reduction of face to face interactions; digital front doors into healthcare; and heavy use of surveillance and data gathering. A vision of this future will be discussed.
This webinar will be available on the INYAS YouTube channel. https://bit.ly/Inyastube
A direct YouTube link to the webinar is also here: https://youtu.be/8rueua-Hx6Y
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Prof. Narinder K. Mehra, FNA, FTWAS, ICMR Emeritus Scientist and Former Dean, AIIMS, National Chair, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi will be delivering the next webinar.
Topic: “Host Immunity and Covid-19 Spectrum”
Abstarct: COVID-19 has become the most rapidly spreading communicable disease of the 21st century involving practically 213 countries/areas or territories with over 4 million cases and nearly 3 Lakh fatalities as of May 12. The dynamics of this ongoing pandemic reveals great heterogeneity in clinical manifestation ranging from asymptomatic to variably symptomatic forms including mild to severe disease. Incidentally, majority of COVID-19 cases (~80% or more) represent asymptomatic and/or mild category leading to relatively lower mortality than its most closely related human analogues like SARS and MERS-CoV. Global attempts have just begun to characterize the immune protective correlates of COVID-19 outbreak. However, overall only scarce reports are available which are inadequate to understand the immunopathogenesis of the novel SARS-CoV2 virus. In this webinar, I will discuss the innate and adaptive immune systems to COVID-19 toxicity resulting in the release of large amounts of cytokines that can rapidly progress to ARDS, single or multiple organ failure, eventually leading to death. Further, an effort will be made to understand how population specific genetic diversity could select HLA molecules with higher binding specificities to the SARS-CoV2 peptides and thus compromise viral replicative fitness. Finally, I will discuss both the immediate challenges and the expectations from Immunology towards finding solutions to the several unanswered questions related to this novel disease.
All questions asked during the first webinar are answered by the speaker, Prof. Mehra and are available on INYAS FB page.
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Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science & Technology, Government of India delivered the second webinar on May 12 at 11:00 am on the topic: “Science and Scientist in the New Millennium”.
It was a candid discussion covering many aspects related to the challenges and opportunities for the Young Scientists.
Topic: “Science and Scientist in the New Millennium”.
This webinar will be available on the INYAS YouTube channel. A direct link to the INYAS YouTube channel is given below. QR Code of INYAS YouTube channel is also attached here.
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The first webinar is available on the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVq-aRqtFBY
In continuation of our efforts of Science outreach despite the present lockdown situation due to Covid-19, INYAS is proud to join INSA to start the “INSA-INYAS Vigyan Setu Webinar Series” from May 2, 2020.
Prof. L S Shashidhara, FNA, Prof. and Dean (Research), Ashoka University (Online from IISER, Pune) delivered the first webinar on May 2 at 11:00 am on the topic: “Science on the pandemic and science through the pandemic”.
About the Topic: Thanks to a series of discoveries on the novel coronavirus within weeks of the first Covid-19 case, the importance of basic science in the society is being felt more now than any time in human history. But Covid-19 also has put a brake on the pursuit of science due to lockdowns and the stress caused by the pandemic. Humanity has seen worse than this. Science and all other domains of knowledge have sailed through crises. One can’t pick up where we left off. We should ensure that science progresses, particularly the basic science through this phase. It is not a crime to pursue basic science during a pandemic. In contrast, it is our commitment to society that we don’t pause.
This webinar series will be available on our newly launched INYAS YouTube channel. A direct link to the INYAS YouTube channel is given below. QR Code of INYAS YouTube channel is also attached below.
All questions asked during the first webinar are answered by the speaker, Prof. Shashidhara, and are available on the INYAS FB page or INSA FB Page.