M’lore: SAC holds symposium on Drug Development and Nanotechnology

By Roydon D’Souza, Team Mangalorean, Mangalore

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Mangalore, March 18, 2010: Post Graduate Department of Analytical Chemistry of St. Aloysius College (Autonomous), Mangalore organized a One Day State Level Seminar on ‘Trends in Drug Development & Nanotechnology’ on 18th March 2010 at the Eric Mathias Hall.

The seminar began with invoking of God’s blessing with a Prayer song led by the PG students of Analytical Chemistry. Dr. Richard Gonsalves, Coordinator welcomed and introduced the guests to the gathering.

Dr. B.S. Holla, Professor of Chemistry, SDM Institute of Technology was the Chief Guest of the program. Rev. Dr. Leo D’Souza SJ, Director, Laboratory of Applied Biology, St. Aloysius College presided over the inaugural function.

Dr. Ivan Pinto, Head of Dept. of Chemistry; Dr. Richard Gonsalves, Coordinator of M.Sc. Analytical Chemistry and Ms. Jenice Jean Goveas, Student Coordinator of of  M.Sc. Analytical Chemistry were the dignitaries present on the dais. A floral welcome was given to all the dignitaries on the dais.

Addressing the gathering, the Chief Guest – Dr. B.S. Holla said that “There are a lot of challenges for youngsters, and it is up to you – what you want to become. Sky is the limit; you can even turn out to be Nobel Laurels. But in order to achieve success we have to overcome the constraints which we come across in our daily life”.

Recalling his life in St. Aloysius College as a B.Sc. student back in 1963, Dr. Holla said that we should by no means disregard our affiliation with our college. It’s a sheer pleasure to come back to the Alma Mater on this point in time and address the young minds – the future of this country.

‘Drug Development’ is a Multi-Billion dollar industry. Unlike Ayurveda – to introduce new compounds in allopathic field needs thorough screening, to shun the risk of any side-effects. Once a new medicine is formulated; in order to manufacture it and introduce it in the market – there follows a lot of paper work: applying for patent rights and a many more legal issues follow. The road is not very smooth, hence there is a need to overcome these challenges. Contribute to the development of Science and Society and this is a challenge that students can take up urged Dr. Holla.

“It is very difficult to introduce new drugs every now and then” said Rev. Dr. Leo D’Souza SJ, Director, Laboratory of Applied Biology – St. Aloysius College in his presidential address.  “Introduction of new drugs follows a lot of hard work by the chemists. They are also extracting compounds from plants and animals and studying its execution” he added.

Drugs may heal; but also cause side effects. So, we are trying ‘Drug Delivery’ technique by using nano particles as vehicles to transport the drugs inside the body. Rev. Dr. Leo D’Souza highlighted the miscellaneous applications of Nanotechnology and advocated that Nanotechnology is the future of Drug Development.

The world is looking for chemists and molecular biologists from India. So we have to gear up to face the competitive expectations in the field of Drug Development and Nanotechnology. Ms. Janice Goveas, Student Coordinator delivered the vote of thanks and Ms. Sharon compeered the inaugural function.

Later, in the technical session – Prof. Gopalan Kutty, Professor in Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences spoke on the topic ‘Organic Chemistry and Drug Research’.

Later, sessions on ‘Water and its importance’, ‘New Methods in Drug Development’ and ‘Green Chemistry and Nanotechnology’ were taken up by Dr. S.A. Patil, Professor of Chemistry – Karnataka University Dharwad and Prof. Gopalan Kutty, Professor in Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Dr. D. Sripathi Rao, Former H.O.D. of Chemistry, St. Aloysius College was the Chief Guest and Rev. Fr. Francis D’Almeida, Vice-Principal of St. Aloysius College presided over the valedictory ceremony.

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