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PRESS RELEASE - 30 July 2010

A National level Quiz competition on Stem Cells for the Fujio - Cup by NCRM

Jul 2010, Chennai; Fujio Cup Quiz - An Exclusive Quiz competition on Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine for the Fifth consecutive time, will be held on Saturday the 9th October 2010 at Chennai in commemoration of the FIFTH ANNIVERSARY - NCRM NICHE 2010 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 Under Graduate and  Post Graduate Students of Life Sciences, Biotechnology, Veterinary Science, Dentistry & Medicine 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 fifth 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 Life Sciences, Biotechnology, Veterinary Science, Dentistry & Medicine 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 (x) Genetics and (xi) Space Age (Zero Gravity) Cell Culture.  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. Any number of teams (comprising of 2 members per team) can participate in the Prelims from each Institute. Among the teams, the first two teams who are top scorers in the prelims from that Institute are only eligible to participate in the finals. The finalists of last year (2006 to 2009) quiz cannot participate, however their institute can be represented by other students.

The WINNING team of the FCQ 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 will be preceded by a ­­Plenary Session in which Dr. Sharmila Bapat from the National Centre for Cell Science, Pune, India will deliver a lecture on “Cancer Stem Cells – Basics, Progress and Future Potential" followed by a lecture on “Transplantation of Autologous Bone Marrow Stromal Cells for CNS disorders - Strategy and Tactics for Clinical Application” by Dr. Satoshi Kuroda, Hokkaido University, Japan  after which Dr. Gene Kurosawa, Fujita Health University, Japan will deliver a lecture on "A Novel Antibody Based Approach to Cancer Treatment"  followed by a Symposium on “Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine” in which experts will present their progress in Research and Clinical Applications in Stem Cells

Under Graduate, Post Graduate Students of Life Sciences, Biotechnology, Veterinary Science, Dentistry & Medicine, Stem Cell Scientists, Research Scholars & Clinicians can submit their abstract for a poster presentation 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 22nd August and the Authors of the accepted abstract will be notified by 15th of September. 

Further details for participation and registration for the Fujio Cup Quiz can be done online at http://www.fujiocupquiz.org/fcq2010/index.htm and for the participation of Poster Session, Plenary Session and Symposium can be done online at http://www.ncrmniche.org


*"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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