Tuesday, March 5, 2013
‘Advancing the frontiers of Medical Knowledge’
The 1st of March 2013 marked the reaching of a new milestone in its march towards achieving greater efficacy and accuracy in research through modernization and sophistication by the Kamalnayan Bajaj Institute for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. The day marked the inauguration of the Fourier Transform Infra Red Spectroscope by Dr MK Mani, Chief Nephrologist, Apollo Hospitals and the delivery of a most appropriate lecture on ‘Advancing the frontiers of Medical knowledge’ by him.
Delivering the welcome address Dr S.Bhaskaran, Chairman, Sankara Nethralaya highlighted the human values ingrained in Dr MK Mani which made him a most worthy ideal to emulate, he also had a high word of praise for Shri Lakshmi Narayanan, Vice-Chairman, Cognizant Foundation which had funded the acquisition of the equipment, as a man who fully understood and empathized the criticality of research in the field of health care. This was followed by a most interesting account on the key research initiatives being pursued and achievements by the various department of the Kamalnayan Bajaj institute for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology like artificial cornea, retinoblastoma, proteomics, discovery of the DNA macro chip etc. by Dr Ronnie George, Director, Vision Research Foundation. Dr George underlined the research studies in the fields of glaucoma, retinopathy and the developing of the twin surgical bus. He rued on the low priority and funding that research as an activity received in the country and attributed it for the low number of research findings. Speaking on the occasion Dr J.Narayanan, Senior Scientist, Department of Nano-biotechnology expressed Sankara Nethralaya’s profuse thanks to the Cognizant Foundation for their continued support for the Vision Research Foundation’s research initiatives in terms of acquiring critical research equipment like the sped vac concentrator, bio-analyzer, Co2 incubator and the most sophisticated FTIR equipment which would enable high level imaging and modulation.
Dr SS.Badrinath, Chairman Emeritus, Sankara Nethralaya took a walk down memory lane recalling Dr MK Mani as a highly studious and intellectual student and explained that the significance of asking Dr Mani to give a talk on the topic of ‘Advancing the frontiers of Medical knowledge’ was to drive home the importance of research.
The occasion witnessed the honouring of Ms Gomathi a nurse attached to the Jagadguru Kanchi Chandrasekharendra Nethra Nilayam (JKCN) for her contribution to cost cutting by deftly repairing the ‘artificial anterior chamber’ which would have costed a sizable sum if given for repair to a service agency and Professor Hannah Priya for identifying a new methodology in using surgical gloves which would result in huge savings in the long run.
Delivering the Chief Guest’s address Dr MK Mani laced his observations on the changing face of diagnosis and treatment and attitude of doctors with a generous mix of humour. He underlined that being a good medical professional either with a commercial or social objective demanded a good degree of skills, care, ability to teach and impart knowledge. He emphasized the need for corporate support of research and lauded the massive grants made by Mr. Bill Gates, the Founder of Microsoft Corporation as a shining example of support for research.
The function came to an end with a warm vote of thanks by Dr S.Krishna Kumar, Head of the department, L&T Ocular pathology.
Posted by Venkataramanan Ramasethu