International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) today inaugurated and organized the International Vaccine Conference for two days at ICGEB Campus, New Delhi. This conference brought together more than 300 international vaccine experts/stakeholders from diverse disciplines involved in public health and emerging technologies in vaccine research to brainstorm on the cutting edge discoveries that will facilitate future vaccine research and help design better policies for future in these areas.
The conference commemorates the 30th anniversary of the establishment of ICGEB, an international organisation dedicated to the needs of the developing world with components at Trieste, Italy; Cape Town, South Africa and New Delhi, India. ICGEB being a pioneer international institution in the field of disease biology, vaccine development, diagnostics and therapeutics, understands the need for international collaborative efforts to develop technologies to improve human health globally. This event is an effort to bring the world together to brainstorm on the cutting edge discoveries that will facilitate future vaccine research and will help to design better policies for future in these areas.
Inaugurating the conference Dr Harsh Vardhan Honourable Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences and Environment, Forest and Climate Change, stressed on the importance of research for development of vaccines for diseases of public health importance to India such as Dengue, malaria, chikungunya and tuberculosis. He also emphasized on developing ways to improve the social acceptance of vaccines for improving universal Vaccine coverage. He observed that the conference had converged some of the best brains in vaccine research and this could boost and help India in vaccine development programme.
Dr K VijayRaghavan Secretary DBT highlighted that ICGEB has been supported by DBT for diagnostics and drug discovery and that this has brought about significant change in vaccines research. He added that Rotavirus vaccine, developed from a strain discovered by Dr M K Bhan and his team has set an example of how concerted and coordinated efforts can result in impacting public health.
Honourable Dr. Harsh Vardhan, the Minister of Science & Technology, and Earth Sciences. Dr. Mauro Giacca, Director General, ICGEB, Dr. K. VijayaRaghavan, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, and Dr. Dinakar M. Salunke, Director, ICGEB New Delhi graced the occasion. Dr. M. K. Bhan, National Professor, IIT Delhi also delivered his inaugural lecture.
The inaugural session was followed by sessions on various aspects of vaccine development comprising basic research in vaccine discovery, preclinical and clinical vaccine development, public policy implementation. The eminent international scientists, clinicians and policy makers working in the field of vaccines against many diseases including, Dengue, HIV, HPV and Malaria delivered their lectures in various sessions.
Continuing on the theme of vaccine development, a workshop on ‘Malaria Parasite Biology’ will be organized during Nov 29-Dec 1, 2017 and will also cover research on malaria parasite biology and development of new therapeutic approaches against malaria. The workshop will acquaint young participants in latest findings and breakthrough science and provide hands-on training in cutting edge technologies.
More than 300 participants from India and abroad, including eminent leaders from both industry and academic institutions, students and young scientists will attend the events.