The Interface of Microbiology and Medicine

Posted on October 16, 2019   by Dr Arindam Mitra

On July 23, the Microbiology Society supported a national seminar titled ‘Interface of Microbiology and Medicine’ at Adamas University, India. The seminar was organised by the Department of Microbiology, School of Life Science and Biotechnology. Here Microbiology Society Champion Arindam Mitra discusses the event.

The seminar began with an inaugural speech delivered by Adamas University’s respected Vice Chancellor Professor Madhusudan Chakraborty. The day included talks from a number of invited speakers from Institutes across India, such as Dr Syamal Roy from the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Dr Nahid Ali from the Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Dr Maumita Bhaumik from the National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases, and Dr Palashpriya Das from the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research.

The day included talks focusing on challenges in the management of visceral leishmaniasis (kala-azar), including the diagnosis of the disease. Further talks covered probiotics and human health, the importance and promises of microbiome research and the origins of antibiotic resistance.

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The day also included an overview of the role of the Microbiology Society by Dr Arindam Mitra, Society Champion and Head of the Department of Microbiology, Adamas University. Dr Mitra received funding from the Microbiology Society to organise this seminar with support from students, faculty members, staff and management at Adamas University.

The Department of Microbiology has previously organised microbiology workshops in 2017 and 2018, also supported by the Microbiology Society. More than 150 students from both Adamas University and Kalyani Public School participated in the seminar. The seminar was highly interactive and there were plenty of questions from the audience at the end of every talk. The seminar was also highlighted in Nature Events.

A full list of events organised by Microbiology Society Champions can be found on the Champions’ Events and Activities page.