Staff Reporter

Bangalore: Immunology should be incorporated as a recognised separate entity in not just research institutions but also at university level, Sita Naik, president of Indian Immunology Society, said here on Wednesday.

Inaugurating Immunocon 2009, Dr. Naik said immunology had gathered momentum in the last few years. “This has resulted in patient specific diagnosis and treatment,” she said.

Pointing out that immunology came to India in the early years of its recognition, she said: “It has been wonderful to watch its growth over the years and in recent years many laboratories and scientists have reached highly competitive international standards.”

N. Pradhan, in-charge Director, NIMHANS, said the conference was a platform to connect immunology scientists from across the country and for them to exchange expertise.

Sripad Patil, Organising Secretary of the conference, said more than 400 delegates were participating, of whom nearly 300 would present papers.

Indian Immunology Society secretary D.N. Rao, Joint Secretary Sunil Arora and Treasurer Nibhriti Das were present. A souvenir was released to mark the occasion.