11-MAR-2019: Conference on 'Recent Developments in Biomedical, Unani and Ayurvedic Translational Research and Darker Side of Rampant Use of Lead Based Products'
Aligarh, March 11: "Kidney damage occurs with exposure to high levels of lead, and evidence suggests that even lower levels can damage kidneys as well," said Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Vice Chancellor, Professor Tariq Mansoor, while inaugurating the national conference on 'Recent Developments in Biomedical, Unani and Ayurvedic Translational Research and Darker Side of Rampant Use of Lead Based Products: Safe and Affordable Research Products for Better Health Care.'
The conference, held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College (JNMC) Auditorium, was organised by the Department of Biochemistry, JNMC, AMU.
He pointed out that lead exposure, which affects all body organ systems can occur from contact with lead in air, household dust, soil, water and commercial products and there is a need of making people aware about lead exposure and ways to minimise the risks.
Emphasising the need to integrate modern medicine and traditional medicines such as Unani and Ayurvedic, Prof Mansoor said that researches should be done to bring traditional medicine into the mainstream by incorporating the knowledge of these systems of medicines in the modern healthcare. "People in western countries now opt for traditional medicine treatments because of the side effects in modern medicine," he further said.
"Lead is very easy to work with, but it is very difficult to prevent lead exposure," said the Lead Man of India, Prof Thuppil Venkatesh (Professor Emeritus, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, St Johns Medical College, Bangalore).
He explained how exposure to high levels of lead is linked to health problems, including anaemia, weakness, kidney and brain damage in children and adults.
Speaking on the work of translational research work of Indian Academy of Biomedical Sciences, AMU alumnus, Prof Abbas Ali Mahdi (Vice Chancellor, Era University, Lucknow) said that the academy was established to promote research in translational sciences with the vision of ever-growing field of research surrounding metabolic disorders, metabolomics, cancer, infectious and autoimmune diseases and nutraceuticals among other areas.
"It is imperative to promote exchange of ideas and create an environment for collaborative endeavours in the emerging frontiers of biomedical sciences having national and international significance," he added.
Prof S C Sharma (Dean, Faculty of Medicine) said: "It is expected that this conference will provide a common platform wherein experts in the field will be able to share their knowledge and experience with the participants."
Prof Moinuddin (Organising Chairman of the Conference) emphasised that the conference will felicitate interaction of clinicians and basic scientists for collaborative studies in biomedical sciences and will provide young researchers to interact with the leading scientists to discuss new approaches and innovative methodologies for developing a collaborative relationship.
Delivering the welcome address, Prof Khursheed Alam (Organising Secretary) said: "It is hoped that scientific and the medical fraternity will find ways to enrich our understanding of the field that we have dedicated out lives to through this conference and develop a culture of collaboration that can serve us well."
On the occasion, Prof Rashid Ali was conferred with the Life Time Achievement Award for contribution in medical sciences. Prof Asif Ali read the citation.
Dr Abul Faiz Faizy proposed the vote of thanks, while Dr Nafis Faizi conducted the programme.
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Related PicturesAMU VC Prof Tariq Mansoor with guests and faculty members releasing souvenir
AMU Vice Chancellor Prof Tariq Mansoor felicitating Prof T Venkatesh
Prof Abbas Mahdi addressing at the JNMC Conference
Prof Khursheed Alam welcoming the guests at JNMC National Conference
Prof Moinuddin speaking at the JNMC Conference
Prof T Venkatesh at the JNMC Conference