Chandigarh 18th Feb, 2019:- Department of Community Medicine & School of Public Health PGIMER, Chandigarh hosted a workshop on ‘Hands on demonstration for establishing validity of laboratory based monitoring of behavior change strategies for tobacco cessation at Research Block-B, PGIMER, Chandigarh. The workshop was sponsored by Medical Council of India (MCI). The aim of this workshop was to provide knowledge and hand on training on various methods for validation of outcomes for tobacco cessation, thereby equip them in utilizing the gained knowledge effectively in various public health and hospital settings. This workshop also amount to empower the participants to write research proposals on biochemical assessments. There were more than 60 participants: Faculty, SRs, JRs, researchers, Msc. students, nurses from various colleges and hospitals of Chandigarh.
Dr.Sonu Goel, Addl. Prof. Community Medicine & School of Public Health gave the overview of the programme. Dr. Arvind Rajwanshi, Dean (Research), PGIMER, Chandigarh and Dr. Amarjeet Singh,Prof. Dept. of Community Medicine & School of Public Health, PGIMER, Chandigarh gave the inaugural address on the rising burden of Tobacco and importance of laboratory monitoring of outcomes from various approaches for tobacco cessation.
Prof. D. Basu, Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, PGIMER, Chandigarh highlighted the behavioral & pharmacological approaches for tobacco cessation.
Panel discussion was conducted in which Dr. Roshan Verma, Professor, Dept. of ENT, PGIMER Chandigarh, Dr. Sonu Goel, Addl. Professor, Dept. of Community Medicine & School of Public Health and Dr. Arpit, Dept. of Oral Health and Science discussed on the counselling needs for tobacco cessation in tertiary care settings.
Prof. Anuradha Chakraborti, HOD, Dept. of Experimental Medicine and Biotechnology, PGIMER, Chandigarh emphasized on importance of laboratory based monitoring in Public Health Research.
Prof. Bikash Medhi, Dept. of Pharmacology, PGIMER, Chandigarh emphasized on methods and biomarkers used for Nicotine assessment
Dr. Ajay Prakash, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Pharmacology, PGIMER, Chandigarh presented on quantification of drugs through HPLC with hands on demonstration in Central Sophisticated Instrumental Cell of PGIMER, Chandigarh
The whole workshopwss linked to PhD work of Dr. Priyanka Dhawan and was sponsored by Medical Council of India (MCI), Delhi.