02-MAY-2019: Zika Virus causes Microcephaly elaborates Prof Pankaj Seth at AMU
Aligarh, May 2: University Extension Lecture on, "Zika Virus what we know and what we need to know about its effects on human neural stem cell" was delivered by Prof Pankaj Seth (National Brain Research Centre, Manesar, Haryana). It was organized by Interdisciplinary Brain Research Centre, JN Medical College, Faculty of Medicine, Aligarh Muslim University.
Delivering the lecture, Prof Seth said "Though more studies are required, neutralising the E protein of the virus can help prevent or reduce the harmful effects of the virus in a developing foetus. The E protein can be seen as a likely therapeutic target." He discussed about the outbreak of Zika Virus (ZV) infection, which was first diagnosed in Brazil, and its incidences in India. Moreover, he shed some light on the cases of microcephaly caused by Zika Virus in newborn babies. He also described the model of neural stem cells being used in his lab to study the effect of HIV and ZV on neurogenesis. Lastly, Prof Seth explained how his lab had isolated certain protein targets that could be used to fight against the infectious nature of ZV. His lecture was followed by a brief discussion where the speaker invited questions from the audience.
Prof SC Sharma (Dean, Principal, CMS, JNMC) in his presidential remark about appreciated the event and said that such lectures are mandatory for educating and benefiting of faculties, residents and students.
The Coordinator IBRC Prof Asif Ali (Faculty of Medicine) introduced the speaker.
The Convener of university extension lecture, Dr Mehdi Hayat Shahi (Faculty of Medicine) paid vote of thanks with special mention of AMU administration for the support in organizing the extension lecture.
Mementos were presented to the Chief Guest-Prof Pankaj Seth, Prof SC Sharma, Prof Asif Ali and Dr Mehdi Hayat Shahi.
A large number of faculty members and students were present on the occasion.
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