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Four students of SASTRA win prize in international conference

Special Correspondent

Thanjavur: A team of four students from Shanmugha Arts Science Technology and Research Academy (SASTRA) University won a special prize for their innovative idea to combat AIDS at the International Conference on Molecular Cellular Biology and Therapeutics of HIV and associated viral infections held at the University of Hyderabad.

The conference was a confluence of scientific minds from across the globe to discuss various methods to combat AIDS. The conference was jointly organised by the United States Department of Health & Human Services, Indo-US Science & Technology Forum, ICMR, Department of Science & Technology, JNCASR, CSIR, Dr. Reddy laboratories, Abbott India Ltd., and Matrix laboratories, had participants from United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Iran, Ukraine, Bangladesh, Netherlands and Japan apart from all over India, said a press release issued here on Tuesday.

A. Savani, B. Chandramouli, R. S. Saravanan of III Integrated M. Tech. (Industrial Biotechnology) and A. Praveen of III B. Tech. (Biotechnology) from SASTRA won the special prize in the clinical sciences section of the poster competition for a novel approach to prevent HIV infection.

The young quartet won appreciation from experts for their suggestion of using an antibody tagged drug-loaded liposome that will specifically target the CD4 cells of the immune system and the drug released will prevent the binding of HIV to the receptor and this idea won them a cash prize of Rs.1,000.

The conference was held between January 12 and 14 at University of Hyderabad.

Varsity Grant

The Vice-Chancellor of SASTRA University, R. Sethuraman has granted Rs.50,000 from the Prof. T.R. Rajagopalan R&D Cell to proceed further on the research work using the amount as a seed grant under the guidance of Dr. K. Uma Maheswari, Professor at the School of Chemical & Biotechnology, SASTRA University.

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