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International symposium on nanotechnology in Guntur Special Correspondent

GUNTUR: Acharya Nagarjuna University departments of Biotechnology and Nanotecnology will jointly organise an international symposium on ‘Emerging trends in Biomedical and Nanobiotechnology: Relevance to Human health’ from Saturday.

The two-day symposium would be attended by about 400 delegates from all over the world and India, said Vice-Chancellor Y.R. Haragopal Reddy. The current strife in the State had affected travel plans of some delegates, but majority of them from outside the country had already started or reached.

These scientists from Japan, USA, Libiya, Nepal, Iran and Germany would deliberate on multi-disciplinary topics in nanotechnology that covers a variety of topics like Nanotechnology applications in biomedical field, drug delivery, gene therapy, nano-biosensors/DNA nano-chips; human health disease.

Many of biomedical applications of nanotechnology are in infancy, said symposium director KRS Sambasiva Rao. Prominent among those coming from outside the country included Samuel JK Abraham, a professor of cardiology and director Seo Corporation Kazuyoshi, both from Japan, Krishna Bhat from Department of Neuroscience from Texas, Bhaskar R Jasti from California, Xiaoling Li from University of Pacific in California; and Mohan Bhrahmandam from Harvard Cander Centre in Boston.

President of Association of Biotecnology and Pharmacy K. Chinnaswamy and president Pharmacy Council of India B. Suresh would attend the two-day symposium, the organising secretary S. Sreehari Sastry said. The diabetic insulin biocapsules, the bucky ball technology for selective drugs and targetted radio-active bio-capsules would play a major role in the biomedical research in the coming days, he pointed out. These topics would benefits students and staff members for updating their knowledge, he added.

Novel therapeutic stategies include the development of targeted transport system for drug delivery to particular cells or cell structures, would be in focus. The opportunities offered by this interface was outstanding and the overlap of biotechnology and nanotechnology with information technology was bringing several important applications in life sciences, professor Sastry added.

- Courtesy The Hindu-Andhra Edition, 19 Dec 2009 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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