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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Remembering Bapu on 30th Jan....

“Use of Aptamers to increase the efficacy of HMGA2 targeted therapy in Retinoblastoma”

Dr S.Krishna Kumar of Pathology Department in collaboration with Dr.Kannan Raghuraman and Dr. Ananthi Raghuraman from the University of Missouri, USA have successfully obtained a major research grant to the tune of £47,298 towards funding of a project “Use of Aptamers to increase the efficacy of HMGA2 targeted therapy in Retinoblastoma” from the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust, UK, (CHECT).

The Sankara Nethralaya Academy (TSNA) conducted the “Supervisory Skills for Managers” a training program to provide a hands on feel of real time management techniques (18th Jan 2013)

Mr.A Mahalingam – Asst Registrar, The Sankara Nethralaya Academy, welcomed the participants with a nice introduction of the course, followed by introducing the speaker Dr.MV Ashok babu to the audience.

Dr. Ashok a qualified trainer started the session with an “ICE BREAKER” which ensured each and every participant to know each other by names. He took the session for four hours on the topic, with lively examples, many video clippings, coupled with management games.

The Trainer highlighted to the trainees that in order to be the best ‘Leader’ one should not hesitate to work with his/her subordinates, and constantly Coach, Teach, Guide, Demonstrate, Counsel, Impart Knowledge, Train, and make his/her subordinates to apply the learned knowledge at the work place.

The Leader should check, cross check and double check his subordinate’s work until satisfied and then give them full freedom at the workplace. Trust should be watchword and by doing so, all subordinates will give their best and they will all take the responsibility of fulfilling the task. Responsibility without authority is futile and hence the Leader should give authority to certain level to his subordinates.

Knowledge if properly imparted will have its effect on one’s attitude, and this will change one’s behavior providing him a new skill, and it will become a practice.

Lecture on ‘Law of attraction’ –excerpts from the book ‘THE SECRET’ made the audience to ponder.

Many participants wanted it as a full day session. The session ended with a motivating speech by Mr A Mahalingam and later ended with vote of thanks.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Kamal Haasan gets Padma Bhushan

Kamal Haasan, known for his work across all southern languages, was named for the Padma Bhushan award on the occasion of the 65th Republic Day.

Haasan will get the award for his contribution to Indian cinema over the last five decades.

The 59-year old, who has so far starred in over 200 films, made his cinematic debut as a child actor in Tamil film 'Kalathur Kannamma', which earned him the president's gold medal.

His first adult role was in his mentor K. Balachander's 1973 Tamil drama 'Arangetram'. The two has since then worked in over 30 films together.

Some of his prominent Tamil films include 'Moondram Pirai', 'Nayagan', 'Pushpak', 'Virumaandi' and 'Anbe Sivam'.

Besides working predominantly in Tamil filmdom, Haasan had also starred in films in other southern languages such as Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada.

Films such as 'Sagara Sangamam', 'Swati Muthyam' and 'Subha Sankalpam' have popularized him in Telugu, while films such as 'Pushapaka Vimana' and ‘Benkiyalli Aralida Hoovu’ are regarded as his best works in Kannada.

In Malayalam, he is known for films such as 'Vrutham', 'Daisy' and 'Chanakyan'.

Haasan had also worked in Hindi films such as 'Ek Duuje Ke Liye', 'Sagar', 'Raaj Tilak' and 'Giraftaar'.

Besides acting, Haasan has also proved his mettle as a director, writer, singer and producer over the years.

He has so far directed five films such as 'Chachi 420', 'Hey Ram', 'Virumaandi', 'Vishwaroopam' and soon to release 'Vishwaroopam 2'.

Haasan is the winner of three National awards and 19 Filmfare awards so far. In 1990, he also received the Padma Shri.


SANKARA NETHRALAYA (A Unit of Medical Research Foundation, Chennai)
KOLKATA-700 099, India

Invites You to Join






Registration Fees:
• Rs 500/- (Five hundred only)
• Participation at the symposium requires a prior registration.
• Only registrants will be allowed to attend the session and will be provided with Symposium materials, Participation certificate, Snacks/Coffee/Tea, and Lunch.

For Registration & Program Details please contact:

Ms Debjani Roy – 9163304586



Shri Biswajit Chakraborty,THEATRE,STAGE & CELLULOID ICON from Bengal,Cheif Guest at Sankara Nethralaya,Kolkata - REPUBLIC DAY CELEBRATIONS 2014

Sixth batch of hospital management course receives enthusiastic response

The Sankara Nethralaya Academy, the academic arm of Sankara Nethralaya which has carved a niche for itself among Health care and Hospital Management professionals with its trailblazing courses in these subjects like MBA in Hospital & Healthcare Management, Certificate Course in Hospital Financial Management, Post Graduate program in Optical Retail Management and launched the ‘Weekend Certificate Course in Hospital Management’ – 6th batch successfully on 18.01.2014.

The session was flagged off with a brief introduction to its relevance, scope and the faculty members who would be handling the various modules on Healthcare Management by Shri A. Mahalingam, Assistant Registrar, The Sankara Nethralaya Academy cum director for this specialized course, he also used this opportunity to brief about the Sankara Nethralaya, the Sankara Nethralaya Academy their academic objective how the healthcare service sector is booming throwing open many opportunities and challenges to healthcare management professionals, he highlighted the wide array of career opportunities here and how healthcare institutions are enrolling their personnel to enhance their special skills. He explained that the Sankara Nethralaya Academy is offering many specialized diploma courses for such professionals.”

He also highlighted various objectives of this unique Certificate Course in Hospital Management as follows-

The course is intended to provide hospital management professionals with a broad perspective of the topics related to management with emphasis on healthcare delivery.

The pedagogy is healthcare specific and designed to address the concerns of the hospital administrators/executives/supervisors.

This course aims to the keep the participants abreast of the latest trends in healthcare management with topics designed to address contemporary issues in a healthcare organisation.

The course is designed to increase the overall understanding of management issues and concepts by mid-level and senior managers to help them make well–informed decisions, and is open for individuals in the supervisory/executive or managerial positions in hospitals.

The course can be pursued by individuals who are desirous of moving to a management position from their current level in the healthcare industry.

Graduate students who would like to have an overview of healthcare management.

Physicians and surgeons who manage their own healthcare institutions and who could use these inputs to run their institutions.

The program is to be conducted on a Weekend pattern on Saturdays between 2:00pm to 5:00pm for duration of 12 weeks.

The course was well received with senior management personnel like Senior Director, Senior Manager, medical professionals and Management students from reputed healthcare institutions in the city enrolling in it.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Two day Topical Seminar On “Emerging Trends in Hospital Administration”

Date: 09 & 10 May 2014

Venue: Sri. V.D. Swami Auditorium,Sri. T.S. Santhanam floor,KNBIRVO Block,Sankara Nethralaya Main Campus
No 18, College Road, Nungambakkam,Chennai – 600 006

About us:
The Sankara Nethralaya Academy (a unit of Medical Research Foundation, Chennai) is a forerunner and leader in the area of imparting healthcare and health management technology and draws its strength from its parent organizations, Sankara Nethralaya, the Medical Research Foundation and Vision Research Foundation, a State of the Art Research Facility.

Sankara Nethralaya, meaning “The Temple of the Eye”, is a leading super specialty institution for ophthalmic care in India and was founded in 1978 as a clinical arm of the Medical Research Foundation; it is a charitable, not-for-profit institution, located in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, Sankara Nethralaya has grown tremendously since its inception— thanks to the unconditional and generous support received from all quarters of society — and has gained international excellence for its high quality and affordable eye care services. Its goals include providing quality ophthalmic care at affordable costs to paying patients, free eye care to indigent patients, high level teaching and training initiatives to create an army of capable eye care professionals to combat blindness affecting the population of India. Today, the institute has over 90 eye care professionals examining around 1,500 patients and performing around 125 surgeries every day.

The objective of the Sankara Nethralaya Academy is to create highly knowledgeable and skilled professionals conversant with every area of healthcare and hospital management, to meet the increasing demand for competent professionals in this segment.

Healthcare management is emerging as a boom industry, thanks to myriad factors like increasing health awareness among the general public, a disturbing increase in lifestyle and environment related ailments and debilities and the recent entry of corporate entities into the domain of healthcare.

About the Seminar “Emerging Trends in Hospital Administration’’:

We are sure you would agree with us that a well conducted seminar is a great way to enhance the understanding and scope of any subject or field of activity among both the target audience and the general public. Seminars provide the ideal platform for a vibrant exchange of ideas, experiences and expertise and the much needed real time learning through reviews from a cross section of people.

The overwhelming response that we received for the recent seminars conducted in the critical areas of Healthcare Management like HR in Healthcare, Customer Care in Hospitals, Materials Management for Hospitals, Quality Accreditations for healthcare providers, Impact of Law on Healthcare Delivery and the resultant learning have come as a major boost and encouragement to us to conduct this highly topical and relevant seminar on “Emerging Trends in Hospital Administration’’ on 9 & 10th of May 2014

An Overview:
“Emerging Trends in Hospital Administration’’ is a two-day conference that would bring together senior level healthcare experts from various regions to share their thoughts, observations and steps taken by them to improve patient flow and enhance safety and work flow processes leading to a great patient experience.

Case studies and interactive panel discussions on the trends, challenges, latest developments, products, technologies and future of the healthcare industry will be important highlights of the conference.

The Conference will also focus on successful healthcare strategies, proven patient-care techniques, quality standardization tips, new hospital management trends and an overall road map to an effective healthcare system.

The conference will thus bring a complete set of proven solutions that would help healthcare providers enhance the quality of service and productivity of their hospital.

This highly interactive seminar would witness in-depth presentations on the following topics by experts and industry leaders from across the country.

Proposed Topics:

Empowering the internal customers through continuous teaching training and development in organizations.
Assessing ever-changing role and responsibilities of a hospital CEO.
Implementing quality Improvement tools and strategies within your organization.
Using lean management to reduce waste and improve efficiencies of hospitals.
Accreditations for Hospitals & Retaining quality advantage - post accreditation.
Discussing pros and cons of outsourcing facilities management in healthcare organizations.
Enhancing patient-centered care by increasing speed of patient service.
Revenue cycle management excellence - easily improving bottom-line.
Improve Service and Reduce Costs the Scientific way – Through Observation, Measurement and Process Evaluation from the patient’s point of view.
Do Hospitals need to build themselves as a “Brand”? How to build a brand in Regional and Global Healthcare?
Transforming Healthcare Delivery through Information & Communication technology.
Clean It… Then Prove It! Cleaning control as a tool to reduce hospital acquired infections.
Putting the patient first: Patient safety and customer-focused services.
Retaining the best through employee engagement in Health care delivery.
Innovations in Healthcare Insurance.
Healthcare Disaster Management
Panel Discussion on “’Emerging Trends in Hospital Administration’’.

Who should attend the Seminar?

CEOs, MDs, Presidents, General Managers, Heads of Strategic Planning from the Hospital / health Sector, Risk Management professionals, Executives in charge of Service Quality, Managers of Operation, facilities management, Nursing Administrators, students of Management programs and others with an interest in hospital administration.

Registration details:

Delegates Fee:

• Individual Delegates: Rs 4000/- Head.
• Group Registration (3 + from One Hospital / Organization): Rs 3500 /- Head.
• Hospital Management students: Rs 3000/- Head

Registration FEE includes:
• Seminar participation - 2 Days
• Lunch and Tea - 2 Days
• Certificate of Participation
• Knowledge Material (PPTs of the Speakers)
• Pictures of the Conference (web Link).

Last date to receive filled in Registration Form with Registration fees: 31st of March 2014.
The Registration fee is to be paid by Demand Draft in favour of MEDICAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION payable at Chennai.

Pay through NEFT Payment and e-mail your transaction details to : mahali@snmail.org/susila@snmail.org
NEFT Payment Details:
Name of the Beneficiary : Medical Research Foundation, Chennai
Account Number : SB AC: 112001001089459
Name of the Bank : City Union Bank Ltd
IFSC Code : CIUB0000112
Branch : Purasawalkam (Chennai)

Organizing Secretary:

A. Mahalingam
Assistant Registrar
The Sankara Nethralaya Academy (TSNA)
Mobile : (0) 97104 85295/E Mail : mahali@snmail.org
Web : www.thesnacademy.ac.in

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Sankara Nethralaya explores the power of collaborative learning

The knowledge acquisition and dissemination arm of an institution dedicated to the cause of ‘Knowledge for the common good of Mankind’ began the New Year most aptly with a high profile and high level exchange of knowledge and the latest scientific findings. The Elite School of Optometry a world leader in optometry research and education and education arm of Sankara Nethralaya joined hands with the University of Melbourne, a highly respected seat of learning and research since 1855 and the Indian Institute of Science the nation’s premier research institute to conduct a Workshop on ‘Vision and Visual Neuroscience- Basic and Translational, between the 8th-10th of January 2014, the workshop being jointly funded by the University of Melbourne and Sankara Nethralaya.

The event witnessed the participation of more than 150 delegates and leading Neuro and Ophthalmology professionals like Dr Trichur R.Vidyasagar, Professor, Department of Optometry and Vision Science, Dr Allison Mckendrick, Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychophysics, Dr Bang Bui an expert in age related neurological issues, Dr Andrew Anderson, Specialist in Perimetry, Eye movement, neural decision making and visual psychophysics, Dr Andrew Anderson, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research), Andrew Metha, Assistant Professor, Department of Optometry and Vision Science from the University of Melbourne, Professor
Govindarajan Rangarajan, Department of Mathematics and coordinator , DST Centre for Mathematical Biology and Dr SP.Arun, Assistant Professor & Wellcome-DBT Intermediate Fellow, Center for Neuro Sciences, from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and Senior Researchers and Consultant from Sankara Nethralaya including Dr HN .Madhavan, Director, Microbiology Department and Dr Ronnie George, Director, Vision Research Foundation.

Dr. Trichur R.Vidyasagar began the first day’s proceedings with a high word of praise for Dr SS.Badrinath and Sankara Nethralaya for the responsiveness and amazing speed of lending effective logistic support for the workshop which according to him exhibited clear and quick decision making, unhampered by bureaucratic delays, he complimented the Vision Research Foundation as high expertise institution engaged in exhaustive research in vision, on a lighter vein he remarked that the most engaging Indo-Australian joint participation is the game of cricket followed keenly by millions in both countries and added that unlike cricket there was no confrontation but only complementary efforts in research between the two countries. Dr SS.Badrinath, Chairman Emeritus, Sankara Nethralaya extended a warm welcome to the distinguished delegates from the University of Melbourne and Indian Institute of Science with the Sanskrit verse ’Adithi Devo bava’ which means ‘Our Guest is our God”. He utilized the opportunity to explain the motto of the institution which is ingrained in its name to the visitors, he underlined that the word ‘Sankara’ means –To do Good or one who does Good and Nethralaya - A place of worship, underlining that at Sankara Nethralaya work was carried out as a prayer with the employees giving themselves totally to their temple of work. He underlined the three governing principles of Medicare, Research and Education and how the three converge to make the battle against blindness successful in a country which sadly has the largest number of visually impaired. Dr SS.Badrinath emphasized the importance of collaborative learning with giants like the University of Melbourne and the Indian Institute of Science and hoped that the workshop would be a harbinger of long term collaborative learning by the three premier institutions.

The first day of the event witnessed in-depths lectures on a wide array of topics in the realm of visual science and visual neuroscience, the second day was dedicated to a tour of the clinical science and basic science research departments, presentation of the strengths of each institute and a summary of funding sources for collaborative research. The workshop also had parallel group discussions on Glaucoma/Perimetry/Age related macular degeneration, Imaging, Neurophysiology/Attention/Eye Movements/Infectious diseases and Contact lens; the topics for discussions were coordinated by the Elite School of optometry, keeping in mind the specific areas of interest of the University of Melbourne and the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. The workshop also provided the students and faculty members of the ESO a rare opportunity to listen to lectures pertaining to various topics on ophthalmology and neuroscience from the masters on these subjects and guidelines for pursuing higher studies in the University of Melbourne. The three day workshop helped in cementing the bonds between the three pioneers in research, identify areas for collaborative research and pave the way for future academic and clinical research.

Sankara Nethralaya defines the Art and Science of Ophthalmic Imaging

It was day of fulfillment for 8 years of dedicated labour, fulfillment for an institution in the forefront of leveraging technology and finding new methods and measures to detect, diagnose and interpret diagnostic intricacies. The occasion was the book launch of the ‘Atlas of Imaging in Ophthalmology’ co-authored by Dr S.Ambika,Director, Neuro-Ophthalmology Department, Vision Research Foundation, Dr.Veena Noronha, Consultant Radiologist and Dr. Padmaja Minakshisundaram, Neuro-Ophthalmologist at the Sri VD.Swami Auditorium, Sankara Nethralaya, Main campus.

Extending a warm welcome to the Chief Guest of the day Dr G.Arjundas, Professor Emeritus, Madras Medical College and the other eminent Neuro- surgeons Dr Suresh Bapu, Dr. Balamurugan, Apollo Specialty Hospital, Chennai, Dr Siddharth Ghosh, Oncologist from Kharaghpur, Dr Smitha Vittal the day’s presenter explained that the book is a work on Ophthalmology, Oncology and Radiology and a product of 8 years of painstaking study. She had a high word of praise for Dr. Arjundas and Dr Suresh Bapu for their inputs and guidance in the preparation of the book, she also acknowledged the help from Shri Srikant, Neuro- Radiologist, Dr. Swathe Halde, Neurologist, Dr. Namitha, Deputy Director, Regional Institute of Ophthalmology, Government Ophthalmic Hospital. Describing the book as a rich repertoire of cases compiled from year 2002 which would throw light on the interpretation of diseases by imaging technology, she added that the highlight of the book was its foreword by Professor Neil Miller, Chief, Neuro-ophthalmology Division at the Wilmer Eye Institute at the famous ‘The John Hopkins School of Medicine’, Baltimore, USA.

Speaking on the occasion Dr. Veena Noronha thanked the Senior Management team of Dr SS.Badrinath, Chairman Emeritus, Dr TS.Surendran, Vice Chairman, Dr Lingam Gopal, former Chairman, Sankara Nethralaya and Senior Consultants and Heads of Department Dr. Munna Bhende, Dr. Shikha Talwar Bhassi, Dr L.Vijaya and her co-authors Dr. S.Ambika and Dr. Padmaja Minakshisundaram for the support and encouragement which made the book a reality, she had a thoughtful word of appreciation and acknowledgement for Shri Deenadayalan and Shri Mohan from the Multimedia department for their immense contribution towards converting a large number of ordinary images into digital images. Dr. Ambika observed that Orbit and Neuro- imaging have brought revolutionary changes in ophthalmic imaging and the book containing 10 sections of CT&MRI imaging and a compilation of common and rare cases of Neuro, ophthalmic and oncology would be highly useful to both Medical practitioners and students.

Veteran Neuro- Surgeon and physician Dr S.Arjundas, the Chief Guest of the day released the first copy of the book and the same was proudly received by a beaming Dr SS.Badrinath, Chairman Emeritus, Sankara Nethralaya, while the old student in him, in a touching demonstration of India’s 5000 years old unbroken Guru-Sishya Parampara, most devotedly touched his Guru’s feet and seeked his continued blessings for himself and the institution. Delivering the Chief guest’s address Dr. Arjundas started his talk on a lighter note on how the young Badri whom he knew as a student back in 1957 stood before him today as ‘Leading Indian Living Legend’ and the institution which he recalled as a small set up at the Vijaya Hospital has grown in leaps and bounds both in quality and the quantity of Medicare delivered, the inception of the Department of Neuro -Ophthalmology he added seemed so recent but today there has been so much specialization and here he is today releasing a book on the findings of the department. He had a high word of praise for Dr SS.Badrinath’s dedication to his cause, adding that while it was difficult to build, it was even more difficult to maintain and grow and this is where Dr.Badrinath has proved his perseverance and dedication. Dr Arjundas observed that it must surely be the blessings and goodwill of the poor people that it serves that keeps Sankara Nethralaya going. Underlining the importance of recording in research and health care practice, he expressed that a good lot of vital and critical data is lost since Indians lack the quality of prompt recording, he lauded the sincere efforts of the team which had most painstakingly recorded huge data adding that the book was not only a monumental recording of imaging techniques and methods but a recording of real time experiences from the ward and the laboratory spanning 10 years.

Dr SS.Badrinath thanked the Chief Guest for his presense and the senior Neurology professionals on the stage for their support and encouragement and described the book as a result of 8 years of hard toil. He thanked Dr. Arjundas for his role in introducing many well wishers and corporate houses like Hindustan Petroleum which contributed to Sankara Nethralaya’s community services. He wanted his gesture of respecting his Guru to be a message to the large gathering of students assembled at the venue and underlined that the blessings and support of the Guru are most important to a student at every point of his life, he explained to them that when he welcomed the delegates from the University of Melbourne and the Indian Institute of Science in the morning he started his talk with the verse ‘Athiti Devo Bhava’ which means ‘Our Guest is our God’ and now in the presence of his Guru he wanted to underline the verse ‘Guru Devo Bhava’ which means ‘Guru is our God’. The interesting launch function came to an end with a surprise gift to Co-authors Dr S.Ambika and Dr. Veena Noronha by the esteemed Chief Guest.