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1. Adjunct faculty "Indiacasat" Panama

Indiacasat, the Nations top most institute for research and high tech developments under the Ministry of Science and technology of Government of Republic of Panama has given an affiliation of "Adjunct faculty" to Dr Samuel JK Abraham since 15 April 2012 for two years.

The award was handed over to him by Dr jagannadha Rao, director, INDICASAT on the 10th April 2012.

2. University of Toronto Disnt visiting prof award to Dr. Samuel JK Abraham at 5th Annual Regenerative Medicine Symposium 2012

The Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) and the Training Programme in regenerative Medicine (TPRM) consucted by University of Toronto, University of Ottawa and MacMaster University have awarded the Distinguished Visiting Professorship to Dr Samuel JK Abraham, Director, NCRM on the 5th April 2012

3. Honorary Visiting Professorship Conferment

Dr. Samuel J.K. Abraham, Director of Nichi-In Centre for Regenerative Medicine (NCRM) and also Faculty, Department of Cardiac Surgery, Yamanashi University, Japan was conferred a honorary visiting Professorship by the Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University. Prof. Mayilvahanan Natarajan, Vice Chancellor of the University conferred the Professorship to Dr. Abraham in a meeting conducted on 21st July 2010. Dr. C. J. Vetrievel, Director, Deepam Hospital introduced the Visiting Professor to the audience. The Vice Chancellor said that his visit to the collaborating Institutes of NCRM in Japan was very impressive and therefore this conferment will help the University have association with the Japanese Institutes through NCRM to promote various research activities in the field of Regenerative Medicine especially Tissue Engineering, Genetics and Immunotherapy for cancer in India

4. India's FIRST PhD program in Stem Cell Research

Dr.V.Dedeepiya, Mr. S.Manjunath and Mr. S. Baskar were the three scholars enrolled for the 2008-09 session of the PhD, which will take four years for completion. Post-graduate students of life sciences, biotechnology, dentistry and veterinary medicine and undergraduate students of medicine are eligible for applying to this PhD programme. Selection will be done as per the guidelines of the Acharya Nagarjuna University and more details are available in the website of NCRM.

5. Stem cell research sees him through to Japan

It was a dream come true for Mr.S.Manjunath, Research Scholar, NCRM as he got a fellowship to work in the laboratory of Prof. Sakaida in Yamaguchi University, Japan.

Manjunath hails from Virudhunagar and had his post-graduation in Microbiology from S.V.N.College, Madurai. He joined NCRM in 2006 and was in-charge of the nano material based tissue engineering project

Two years of his hard work in NCRM lab has yielded him this honour. He has been working since 2006 on nanomaterial based expansion of various kinds of cells in specific lineages and also in an undifferentiated manner. Prof. Sakaida upon seeing the earlier work, was impressed and helped him get the scholarship which has enabled him learn the various characterization methodologies to identify culture expanded cells apart from further studies on undifferentiated expansion of bone marrow hematopoietic and mesenchymal stem cells and their molecular characterization and immunophenotyping. The Consul General of Japan congratulated him on his selection and wished NCRM establish more such collaborations to give similar opportunities to many Indian youth.

6. ISSCR award to NCRM Scholar

International Society of Stem Cell Research Annual meeting held in 2008 in Philadelphia, USA has awarded a travel grant to Mr. P.Murugan, Former Research Scholar at NCRM.

Mr.P.Murugan is a native of Okkilipatti and had his post-graduation in Biotechnology from Mahendra Arts & Science College, Kalipatti, Tiruchengode, Namakkal Dist., His work was on long term culture expansion of human saphenous vein endothelial cells using nano-polymers.



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