‘Indian students’ career revolve only around IT’

SciGenom Research Foundation (SGRF), a not-for-profit arm of SciGenom Labs, organized a three-day conference on November 17-19, 2014, titled ‘NextGen Genomics & Bioinformatics Technologies (NGBT)’, along with NIMHANS and IOB, in Bangalore


Lighting the lamp: (L-R) Dr Stephan C Schuster, research director, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore; Dr Akhilesh Pandey, professor, Johns Hopkins University, USA & founder, Institute of Bioinformatics (IOB), India; Dr Andrew Peterson, senior director, Genentech Inc., USA; Dr Mithali Mukherjee, principal scientist, CSIR-Institute of Genomics & Integrative Biology (IGIB); Dr P Satish Chandra, director & vice-chancellor, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS)

The conference sought after promoting awareness on the applications of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technologies and bioinformatics for NGS among the Indian research community.

This year's 4th edition of the conference was graced by Dr P Satish Chandra, director and vice-chancellor, NIMHANS.

In his inaugural address, he said, "Our country has unique health issues and we need to find solutions. I don't think anyone else will work on our problems. We have been working on genetics for some time looking at rare disorders and genes associated with them."

Focusing on the neurological disorders, he opined, "There are rare disorders and we don't know much yet as to what causes them. Thus it is a fertile ground which needs to be probed. Nimhans has special interest in neurodegenerative disorders as they are complex and needs a lot of work."

The Life Sciences job and internship fair, a major highlight of the conference, drew many job seekers, researchers and students.


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