SRMIST organized an International Conference on Immunology

SRMIST organized an International Conference on Immunology

The International Conference on Immunology with the theme, “Major breakthroughs and advances in immunology for human diseases” was organized by the Department of Biotechnology, School of Bioengineering, SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Kattankulathur, Tamil Nadu at SRMIST from September 26 to 28, 2018.

The inaugural function was presided by Dr. C. Muthamizhchelvan, Director (Engg. & Tech.). He emphasized the importance of research in Immunology to tackle emerging diseases affecting human being.  Dr. M. Radhakrishna Pillai, Director, Rajiv Gandhi Center for Biotechnology, Thiruvananthapuram inaugurated the Conference with a lecture on vaccination strategy in girls for preventing cervical and other ano-genital cancers in Indian women.

There were 4 plenary lectures, 11 special lectures, 14 oral presentations and 50 poster presentations on four major subtopics, Advances in Cancer Immunology, Immunology of Infectious diseases, Neuro immunology, and Trends in Molecular Immunology during the 3-day conference. Eminent researchers from abroad (UK, Germany, Singapore, Brazil, and Bangladesh) and India delivered plenary and special lectures while young scientists and students/scholars gave oral and poster presentations.

The valedictory function was held on September 28, 2019 which was presided by Dr. Sandeep Sancheti, Vice Chancellor, SRMIST.  Keynote address was delivered by Dr. Rainer Straub, Germany.  The salient findings of the conference focused on cellular and molecular mechanisms of immunity involved in the development and progression of infectious diseases, neuro degenerative diseases, and cancer. Also, possible therapeutic strategies for these diseases using immune molecules, adopting lifestyle practices, and incorporating pharmaceutical- and plant-based molecules were discussed.