In a first of its kind effort,as part of its Golden Jubilee Celebrations,the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research,Chandigarh,is set to celebrate its first Annual Research Day on August 11. From now on,every year,Research Day will be held on the second weekend of August.
The event will be inaugurated by Ashwini Kumar,the Minister of State for Science and Technology.
As part of the research weekend,for the first time,all the researchers in the institute have the opportunity to present their work on a common platform. Besides showcasing the best of research work being carried on in the institute,this event will provide a space for faculty and researchers of various departments to familiarise themselves with work going on elsewhere within the institute.
In order to accommodate the large number of entries,the participants will present their work on posters,which will be exhibited in Zakir Hall of the Institute. Over 200 research posters will be on display. Participants will get a chance to move around and discuss the research findings displayed on the posters with the researchers who actually carried out the work.
The highlight of the event will be an Open House in which the panel of invited experts along with the Director and Dean of the PGIMER will discuss issues related to biomedical research in the country and strategies to improve collaboration and quality of research and will advise todays researchers on funding opportunities for biomedical research.
On this occasion,eminent researchers in the field of clinical medicine and basic biology such as Prof VI Mathan,noted gastroenterologist and former Director-Principal of the Christian Medical College,Vellore,Prof SK Sarin,Director of the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences,Dr Rajiv Sarin,Director of the Advanced Center for Treatment,Research and Education in Cancer (a part of the Tata Memorial Center),Mumbai,and Dr Girish Sahni,Director of the Institute of Microbial Technology,Chandigarh,will be participating.
In addition,faculty members and scientists from biomedical research institutions in the tricity including the Indian Institute for Science Education and Research (IISER),Mohali,National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER),Government Medical College,Central Scientific Instruments Organization (CSIO) and Panjab University have also been invited to participate.
It is hoped that this will foster increased interaction between researchers of different institutions in the region and allow the development of multi-institutional collaborations,thereby leading to focused disease related research aimed at improving patient outcomes,said a faculty member of the institute.