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PRESS RELEASE - 30 July 2009

Fourth Fujio-Cup Quiz – An All India Quiz competition on Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine by NCRM.

Jul 2009, Chennai; Fujio Cup Quiz -An Exclusive quiz competition on Stem cells and regenerative medicine for the fourth consecutive time, will be held on Saturday the 24th October 2009 at Chennai in commemoration of the FOURTH ANNIVERSARY - NCRM NICHE 2009 of Nichi-In Centre for Regenerative Medicine (NCRM), Chennai, an Indo Japan joint venture institute accomplishing training, research and clinical application-protocol development in cell therapeutics with emphasis on stem cells. The objectives of the quiz competition is to motivate the Biotech, Biology and Medical students by exposing them to potentials of this field, to evaluate and develop the skills and capabilities of the young and budding scientists and to make more collaborations and exchange between basic scientists and medical personnel. This is the fourth consecutive year, this anniversary commemorative event being held and previous years it had a participation of more than 120 institutes from Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra.

Both undergraduate and postgraduate students of Medical, Biology and Biotechnology courses enrolled in government and private institutes all over india are eligible to participate. The subjects covered will be basics and essentials of (i) History and development of stem cells / Regenerative Medicine, (ii) Cell biology, (iii) Molecular Biology, (iv) Stem cells preclinical and clinical applications / Cell therapeutics, (v) Immunology, (vi) Cancer biology, (vii) Developmental biology (viii) Ethics, (ix) Nanotechnology and (x) Genetics. A preliminary round of written test will be conducted to choose the best SIX teams who will face the final round in which there will be General, and Visual Rounds. The Finalists of the previous year quiz (2006-2008) cannot participate, however their institute can be represented by other students.

The WINNING team of the Quiz will get a cash prize of Rs. 10,000/- and the institute to which the winning team belongs to will be awarded with the Prestigious "Fujio Cup". The 1st Runner-Up team will get Rs. 5000.- cash prize. Finalists will get certificates distributed at the anniversary ceremony (1730-1830 Hrs)  The Quiz competition, which will be preceded by a ­­Plenary Session in which Dr. Ryuji Hata, Ehime University-Faculty of Medicine, Matsuyama, Japan will deliver lecture on “Therapeutic potential of stem cells in hair cell repair" and Dr. Yukio Nakamura, Riken- Bio Resources Centre, Tsukuba, Japan will deliver lecture on "In vitro production of RBCs from ES, iPS & stem cell banking in Japan"  followed by a Symposium on “Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine” in which experts will present their progress in research and clinical applications in stem cells. This year’s session will focus on Genetics.

Clinicians, Scientists and Researchers can submit their abstract for a poster presentation which is introduced this year for the first time.  Abstracts should be on Basic Research, Translational Work and Clinical Study in Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine.  The Deadline for submission of the abstract will be on September 10th and the Authors of the accepted abstract will be notified by the 25th of September.

Further details for participation and registration can be done online at http://www.fujiocupquiz.org/fcq2009/index.htm  

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*"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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