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The Fourth Fujio Cup Quiz on Stem cells & Regenerative Medicine, held on the 24th of October 2009 as one of the commemorative events of the Fourth of NCRM was big success. Totally 64 teams had got registered and 53 attended the prelim rounds held between 9:00 and 10:00 Hrs.

Almost one third participation from medical, Biotech and Life-sciences institutes.

Six top-scoring teams in the prelims were chosen for the final rounds. The final rounds (13:45~15:45 Hrs)had seven rounds; 4 regular rounds,1 bla bla round and 2 visual rounds.


The winners of the Manipal Institute of Regenerative Medicine team receiving the Fujio Cup and cash prize along with the certificates from the Deputy Consul General of Japan Mr. Takayuki Kitagawa . Mr. Yogeswaran, Director, Nichi-Asia Stem Cells Inc., Malaysia (first from the left) , Dr. P. Thangaraju,Hon'bl;e Vice Chancellor,TANUVAS, Chennai (second from the right) and Deputy Consul General of Japan Mr. Takayuki Kitagawa (first from the right)

The runners Ms. Krithika Hariharan and Ms. Taronish Dubash
from Manipal Institute of Regenerative Medicine, Bangalore, receiving the certificates.

The winners Mr. Sumit Rai and S. Rangarajan from Manipal Institute of Regenerative Medicine, Bangalore

Dr.Vasantha Muthuswamy (Former Deputy Director General, ICMR) felicitating the Fujio Cup participants and winners.

Dr. Yukio Nakamura, Riken-Bio Resource Centre, Tsukuba, Japan during the inauguration of the quiz. Dr. Samuel Abraham, Director, Nichi-In Centre for Regenerative Medicine, Chennai, Prof. Shripad Banavali, Head , Medical Oncology, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, Dr. Ryuji Hata, Ehime University, Japan and Dr. J.A. Jayalal, National Secretary -IMA, Edication Wing are seen in the picture

Dr John Sudhakar, the quiz master

Prelims was attended by 53 teams
50 MCQ questions: 1 Hr

What were the subjects covered?

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*.

(*New topic added this year)


NCRM thanks all the participants, their faculty, head of the institutions and peer group, accompanying persons for making this event a grand success.

We thank all those who had given their feedback and we shall implement several of your suggestions in the next years quiz.

Our special thanks are due to the Quiz master, Dr John Sudhakar, for conducting the quiz, Dr. Yukio Nakamura, Riken-Bio Resource Centre, Japan for inaugurating it, Prof. Shripad Banavali for releasing the Cell-e-bration and offering felicitations during the inauguration.


*"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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