Manipal: The Fourth Annual Prof. J.V. Bhat Memorial Endowment Lecture was delivered by renowned microbiologist C. Durga Rao of the Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore, here on Wednesday. The event was organised by the Manipal Life Sciences Centre (MLSC), Manipal.
A press release issued by the MLSC here stated that Prof. Rao, in his oration, presented an overview of the impact of rotaviruses and enteroviruses among Indian population. Some enteroviruses were the cause for diarrhoea among infants, he said.
Prof. Rao stressed the need for more focus and research on the lesser known dangers of non-polio paralysis that was seen in parts of the country, caused by enteroviruses.
His laboratory had emerged as one of the authorities on rotaviral infections in India and was currently aiming to understand the mechanism by which these viruses caused infections, and also develop vaccines against these viruses.
Registrar of the Manipal University G.K. Prabhu presented a citation and a plaque to Prof. Rao.
In his opening remarks, Dean of Kasturba Medical College P. Sripathi Rao spoke of the contribution of the late J.V. Bhat to science, especially microbiology, and reminisced about his time at the Kasturba Medical Hospital here.
Senior scientist at MLSC P.M. Gopinath welcomed the gathering. T.S. Murali proposed the vote of thanks. Director of MLSC K. Satyamoorthy was present.