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Workshop on Genomics in Clinical Medicine at Aster Medcity, Kochi

posted Jan 31, 2019, 1:12 AM by Vinod Scaria   [ updated Jan 31, 2019, 1:12 AM ]
A workshop on Genomics in Clinical Medicine was held at Aster Medcity. This workshop was conducted by researchers at the CSIR Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology(CSIR IGIB), one of the premier national research organisations in area of Genomics, in association with Aster Medcity , Aster MIMS, SAGREMS and the Cochin Oncology Group.

Dr Harish Pillai, CEO of Aster Hospitals and Clinics mentioned how collaborative medicine forms the basis of modern healthcare and highlighted the importance of genomics is in Kerala. Speakers included Dr Sridhar Sivasubbu, Dr Vinod Scaria , Dr Binukumar BK and Dr Sivaprakash Ramalingamfrom the CSIR IGIB and Dr. Atul Thatai from Dr Lal Pathlabs.

The workshop discussed the basics of Genomics and it's various clinical applications in diagnosis, prognostication, treatment as well as prevention. The workshop also discussed the GUARDIAN programme, one of the largest networks of clinicians and researchers in India working on Rare Genetic diseases spearheaded by CSIR IGIB . The workshop discussed case examples of how genomic studies in patients have enabled accurate diagnosis, and management of medical conditions, apart from discovering new genetic diseases in India. The workshop also discussed advances in molecular diagnostics as well as opportunities in treatment of genetic diseases using genome editing tools like CRISPR-Cas9 and TALENS, presently being explored at CSIR IGIB.

Clinicians and researchers from a variety of medical and research institutions in Kerala, apart from members from the diagnostic, therapeutic as well as genomic industry participated in the workshop .

The workshop concluded with an open discussion on the various aspects collaborating in genomic studies and how such collaborations could potentially uncover genetic disease burden in Kerala and enable precise diagnosis and management of such conditions.

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