8th Annual conference of UP-UK Chapter of APPI “UP-UK APPICON 2018” was held at Shri Ram Murti Smarak Institute of Medical Sciences, Bareilly from 13th to 15th April, 2018. The theme of the conference was “Molecular targets in Health & Disease”.
The conference commenced with a preconference CME on “Molecular basis of neurodegenerative diseases” on 13th April, 2018. The key speakers were Dr. Latika Mohan, Dr. B.S.S. Rao, Dr. H.N. Mallick, Dr. S.B. Deshpande and Dr. Sunita Mittal. The sessions were very informative for all.
A Hands on workshop on “Pharmacovigilance” was also organized as a preconference event on 13th April 2018. The eminent faculty Dr. Mohammad Nasiruddin, Dr. Irfan Ahmad Khan, Mr. Gurfan Ali & Mr. Sumit Kumar participated in the workshop as experts and helped the participants understand the ADR reporting and filling of ADR form.
The conference started on 14th April with a symposium on the theme of the conference. The plenary speaker Dr. Rakesh K Tyagi, Professor, Molecular Medicine from JNU, New Delhi delivered his talk on Gene –bookmarking: a novel role of nuclear receptors in transcriptional memory.
Also Dr. BSS Rao and Dr. W. Ramdas Singh participated in the symposium and shared their research work. The second symposium was “Recent Perspectives in Diabetes mellitus”. The key speakers were Dr. Ashutosh Mishra, Dr. Nirmal Yadav, Dr. Sunita Tiwari and Dr. Neena Srivastava. A bio-modelling competition was organized for undergraduate MBBS Students in which 8 teams displayed their models. The models were very well executed by the students and their efforts and knowledge waswell appreciated by the distinguished jury members.
A session of postgraduate oral & eposter presentation and faculty oral presentation was also held.
The day two of the conference was held at Ramnagar. The symposium “Mixed bag” comprised of 7 speakers: Dr. Vivek Sharma, Dr. Inderpal Kaur, Dr. Prithpal S Matreja, Dr. R.K. Dixit, Dr. Smita Gupta, Dr. Nihareeka Arora and Dr. Ashwani K Gupta who presented their deliberations on some newer drugs and drug targets. The symposium “Nutritional issues in Cancer patients” included three speakers: Dr. Bindu Garg, Dr. Sujata Singh and Dr. Harsha Vardhan. There was another session of oral and eposter presentation for postgraduates and faculty free paper presentation.
On the whole, conference witnessed a good participation with almost 120 faculty and postgraduates and 40 undergraduate students registered as delegates. There were 39 oral presentations by postgraduates, 20 eposter presentations and 11 faculty free paper presentations.