Chennai, Apr 21 (UNI) Nichi-in Centre for Regenerative Medicine
(NCRM) in collobration with Acharya Nagarjuna University today
launched India's first PhD programme in stem cell research here.
The enrolled clinical doctors and scientists would jointly
accomplish research in liver stem cells and haematopoietic stem
cells to find a cure for several diseases, which were beyond
the realm of a definitive treatment as of now.
Talking to newspersons during the launch, NCRM Director
Dr Samuel J K Abraham said after an intensive interaction with
Acharya Nagarjuna University for over two years, the senate of the
university has approved the three-year PhD which is of unique
''NCRM would pay a good stipend to all those enrolled in the
PhD programme'', he said, adding the qualification for the programme
would be PG in life science and veterinery medicine with cell
culture experience and graduation in medicine.
He said when the course is completed by the candidates, a PhD
Degree in stem cell research would be awarded by the Acharya
Nagarjuna University. Explaining the structure, Dr Samuel said ''Regenerative
Medicine (RM) is an evolving speciality in medicine in which stem
cells, progenitor cells and mature cells with regenerative
capability are used to treat diseases''.
''This is a unique speciality in which scientists of stem cell
biology have to work in coordination with the clinical doctors.
The clinical doctors of RM should have a thorough understanding
of all medical specialities'', he said,
Dr Samuel pointed out that unlike the developed nations where
clinical doctors themselves as part of their work are involved in
research projects with basic scientists, in India such a synergy
has been very rare.
''The clinical doctors, who see problems in terms of a disease
without a definitive treatment should interact with the basic
scientists to make them understand and work towards a cell-based
therapy in RM'', he explained.