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NCRM Fifth Annual International Meeting

Chennai to Hold Annual International Meeting on Stem Cells

The Fifth Annual International Meeting on Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine - NCRM NICHE 2010 will be held in Chennai on the 9th October 2010 in commemoration of the Fifth Anniversary of Nichi-In Centre for Regenerative Medicine (NCRM).

Spinal Cord Injury due to accidents and Cerebrovascular stroke otherwise called the “Brain attack” leave the victims paralyzed without definite treatments. Recent evidences show the safety of adult autologous stem cells for which appropriate expansion techniques and scaffolds are essential. World renowned Neurosurgeon and Stem Cell Scientist Dr. Satoshi Kuroda, Hokkaido University, Japan who has become very popular after his recent finding that autologous bone marrow stem cells with polymer scaffolds could successfully produce more neural stem cells in stroke conditions (Published in June 2010 Journal of Neurosurgery) will deliver lecture on autologous bone marrow stem cell therapy`s potentials for stroke victims.

The plenary session will be inaugurated by an Eminent Scientist Prof. Yoshikazu Kurosawa from Fujita University, Japan who will share his knowledge on the latest hot topic in cancer treatment using antibodies, in which his team has accomplished globally renowned pioneering work of having developed more than 55 human monoclonal antibodies against human cancers. The antibody based cancer treatments have already been started in developed nations and Prof. Kurosawas antibody based technology in collaboration with NCRM’s Autologous Immune Enhancement Therapy is expected to further improve the outcome of cancer treatment for patients in India.

The symposium in the evening will have a panel of experts discussing their findings on Dental Stem Cell Research done in India and the results of autologous bone marrow stem cells in cervical spinal cord injury patients, which were jointly accomplished with NCRM and their collaborating Indian and Japanese Institutes.

The Fujio Cup Quiz on Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine is held for the Fifth time this year in which Medical & Biotech students from all over the country are participating. The valedictory session will be graced by the Consul General of Japan at Chennai, Mr. Kazuo Minagawa.

The registration for the programme is available online at www.ncrmniche.org until the 30th September 2010 in which the members of the public and patient advocacy groups, scientists, clinicians and students of medicine, life sciences, biotech, veterinary and dental sciences can participate.

NCRM is an Indo-Japan joint venture institute started in Sep 2005, has been working on stem cells, progenitor cells and adult cells with regenerative capability in specialties viz., Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Hepatology, Neurology, Oncology etc. It is also the first in the country to have started Autologous Immune Enhancement Therapy for cancer. The NCRM NICHE has held annual meeting on stem cells and regenerative medicine conducted regularly since 2006 in India.

- Courtesy Med India, 29 Sep 2010 issue.
*"Nichi" stands for Japan and "In" stands for India. This institute started on an Indo-Japan collaboration now has spreaded further with global alliances
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