High-End Workshop on Instrumentation and Bioinformatics begins in PGIMER, Chandigarh

Chandigarh, July 19

The commencement of Day 1 of “High-End Workshop on Instrumentation and Bioinformatics” under the Karyashala Scheme started with an inaugural function on 18th July at 8:30 A.M. Board room, Kairon block.

The workshop was organised by Department of Medical Parasitology and Central Sophisticated Instrumentation Cell, PGIMER Chandigarh with funding from Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi under the SERB initiative.

The purpose of the workshop is to provide a platform for demonstration and Hands on Training on numerous high-end techniques such as Next Generation Sequencing, MALDI-TOF and Flow cytometry among others and their role in medical diagnostics and patient care.

Prof Vivek Lal, Director PGIMER was the chief guest. Other dignitaries and faculty of Medical Parasitology and CSIC were also present.

The programme started with Saraswathi Vandana, followed by welcome address by Prof Rakesh Sehgal, thereafter lamp lighting and an extraordinary talk by Dr Lal where he very enthusiastically spoke about the importance of new technologies and their pivotal role in medical diagnostics.

 He also emphasized that latest technological advances can be used for the betterment of patient care be it for diagnosis or treatment. He also highlighted that latest equipment should not be used mechanically but with care that any sample sent to the laboratory is of a patient who is suffering and requires accurate diagnosis and treatment.

He was very happy to see participants from all over the country. The dignitaries were honoured with momentos. The event concluded with a warm vote of thanks by Co-convenor Dr Upninder Kaur.

The opening of the scientific sessions began with a brainstorming lecture by Dr Aruna Rakha, Associate Professor, Translational and Regenerational Medicine, PGIMER on flow cytometry where she taught about the basics beginning with sample processing to the revolutionary changes the technique has lit up in the world of medical diagnostics.

The session then followed with hands on training at CSIC in three consecutive batches and the feedback from the participants was very positive. The workshop will continue till 28th July 2022.

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