By Tricitynews Reporter
Chandigarh 23rd November:- The first day of the conference was marked by hectic deliberations at various workshops held at the department of Medical Microbiology, PGIMER and other collaborative centers. Sixteen workshops were held in parallel at different venues including PGI, GMCH sector 32, and Fortis hospital Mohali, PU, IMTECH and Institute of Nanotechnology. Latest research topics in the field of bacteriology, mycobacteriology, virology, parasitology, mycology were included with special reference to advances in diagnostic techniques. Newer modalities like MALDI TOF, nanomedicine, molecular systematics, pyrosequencing and next generation sequencing were also discussed. There were separate sessions for engineering control in infection prevention, virulence assessment in bacteria, diagnosis of fungal infections and food borne illnesses. Workshops on assessment of virulence in bacteria and taxonomy of microbes focused on the role that science can play to fuel research and evolution in the healthcare space to keep up with the changing world of microbes.
Innovation, scientific research and publication of scientific data are extremely important for the evolution of medical science. Workshops on WHONET, accreditation, research methodology & biostatistics, scientific writing, patent and IPR issues around innovation gave an insight on ways to publish and translate the creditable work of scientific community for the larger good of community.
Dr Arunaloke Chakrabarti, head of department Microbiology, said that diagnostics play a major role in modern medicine. Also there is a need for young microbiologists to redefine their role as clinical microbiologists and actively participate in patient care and management. The workshop on mentorship for junior microbiologists addressed the various aspects around these newer expectations.
Around 420 participants from all over the country gained hands-on experience in these workshops under the guidance of twenty-six consultants and many other experts from the various fields. Four days of academic extravaganza awaits the delegates as the conference gathers momentum in the coming days.