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International symposium at Mumbai University

The 14TH International Symposium on Metal Ions in Biology and Medicine and fourth Green Health Conference, held last week at the University of Mumbai, saw an interesting exchange of thoughts and ideas

The Metal Ion Symposium in Biology and Medicine is an international forum for interdisciplinary discussions. It is working since 1990 to facilitate improvements in public health outcomes. Scientists and researchers and medical specialists meet every two years under the banner to exchange the ideas and the nature of work done.

The Mumbai meeting was held last week in association with a renowned NPO Green Health Foundation and University of Mumbai, NEERI, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics and Bhabha Atomic Research Centre. Nearly 200 delegates participated this year from across the world from countries including the US, Egypt, France, Chile, Uruguay, the UK, Spain, Mexico, and Russia among others. The Green Health Foundation has been organizing awareness campaigns and organized the third Green Health conference on February 21, 2015 at Mumbai. The Department of Biophysics of University of Mumbai as part of 160th year celebrations of the historic university is also actively involved with the organization of the 14th Metal Ions and fourth Green Health conference at the Green Technology Auditorium at the Kalina Campus.

The last such meeting was held at Jackson State University in September 2014 in USA. At that meeting it was decided by the members of this International group to hold the next meeting in Mumbai in 2016 under the Chairmanship of Dr. Sunali Khanna, who has done pioneering work in trace elements and carcinogenesis and is actively involved for over one decade in teaching, evaluation and scientific espousal of the issues related to the health of the masses particularly in remote rural areas and the underprivileged sections of society.

The Inaugural session was addressed by Dr. Rakesh Kumar, Director NEERI, and Dr. Sanjay Deshmukh Vice Chancellor, University of Mumbai. Dr. Sunali Khanna delivered the Chairperson’s address. After welcoming the delegates, she laid the foundation of the Mumbai meet, by saying, “The topics chosen for this symposium aim to exemplify the continuing commitment to the extensive study of metal ions  and environmental health  that will expedite the translation of research from the laboratory to the people; ultimately improving health outcomes of the society. Its objective is to continue to promote interdisciplinary communication and increase the awareness about important metal based technology and public health issues facing our nation and the global community.”

She added that as the world moves on from the millennium development goals to sustainable development goals set by the United Nations, the objective of this scientific event is the need of the hour to gear up for the challenges of the 21st   century.

The vote of thanks was proposed by Dr. P.M Dongre. Dr. Paul Tchounwou, Presidential Distinguished Professor at Jackson State University, and an international expert in metal ion research in medicine, addressed the gathering on behalf of the foreign delegates.

Original: http://www.freepressjournal.in/education/international-symposium-at-mumbai-university/982005
By: FPJ Bureau
Posted: December 5, 2016, 12:21 am