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Explore possibilities, VC tells scientists

APPEAL:S. Sudalaimuthu, Vice-Chancellor, Alagappa University, releasing a souvenir at the national symposium in Karaikudi on Monday.— Photo: L. Balachandar
APPEAL:S. Sudalaimuthu, Vice-Chancellor, Alagappa University, releasing a souvenir at the national symposium in Karaikudi on Monday.— Photo: L. Balachandar

: S. Sudalaimuthu, Vice-Chancellor, Alagappa University, has called upon scientists, research scholars and students to explore the possibilities of accelerating the use of modern gadgets to develop cost effective drugs.

Presiding over 4th national symposium cum workshop on “Recent Trends in Structural Bioinformatics and Computer Aided Drug Design (SBCADD-2012),” organised by the Department of Bioinformatics, Alagappa University, Karaikudi, he said that in spite of many developments in the medical field, the human kind had been facing mushrooming health issues and diseases. Drugs and treatment mechanism had not been found for various diseases. There was still no remedy for some of the major killer diseases. It had become challenges to the medical and scientific fraternity, who had been undertaking research for several years.

Mr. Sudalaimuthu added that though there were many avenues available for drug designing and testing, many scientists were using animals for testing. Various governments, including the Government of India, had been advocating the need for alternative testing methods. However, the advent of bioinformatics had come as a boost for the development of drugs. The computational drug design could play a crucial role for the design and development of drugs for various killer diseases with a short span of research.

D. Velmurugan, Professor and Head, CAS in Crystallography and Biophysics, University of Madras, Chennai, in his inaugural address, emphasized the role of structural bioinformatics in computer-aided drug design and developments.

S. Krishnaswamy, Senior Professor and Head, Department of Genetic Engineering, Madurai Kamaraj University, in his keynote address, pointed out the importance of macro-molecule interactions between the proteins, which were the building blocks of life.

K. Thangaraj, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad, said that there were diversified genomic sequences among the human.

The pilot project called ‘one thousand human genomes' being implemented by the International Genetics Community had invited the Indian counterparts to contribute 400 genomes from India. This indicates that the Indians had diversified genomic sequences when compared to the rest of the world.

J. Jeyakanthan, Professor and Head, Department of Bioinformatics, said the aim of the workshop was to provide adequate knowledge through an interaction with the best insilco drug designing phenomenon.

Computation method could play a major role in developing drugs for the human kind. M. Karthikeyan, Organizing Secretary, proposed a vote of thanks.

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