Creating a stir

Creating a stir

Arshiya KhanNew Delhi

The workshop had over 40 eminent international speakers who spoke about the various aspects of flow cytometry

The Indo-US workshop on cytometry with practicals in otherwise dry theory sessions proved to be very knowledgeble to the attendees. Moreover, the topics were discussed at a micro level. The attendees included students who were graduates and post-graduates or even those who have already got themselves a job in the wellbeing industry. The five-day Indo-US workshop held in New Delhi at the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute commenced on the February 10 and brought together students, delegates and speakers. The workshop had topics, which discussed about proliferation, apoptosis and signal transduction of a cell.

The welcome and opening remarks were given by Dr Uttam Pati, School of Biotechnology, JNU, and Dr Awtar Krishan, Prof of the Department of Pathology, Miller School of Medicine. “These workshops are held with the purpose of interfacing Indian researchers with experts in cytometry from abroad. With the collaboration of instrument manufacturers who provide their latest instruments and staff for the workshops, and a growing group of core faculty members, a large number of Indian researchers have been trained in the latest methods of cytometric analysis,” said Krishan. He further added, “The training that is being provided at the workshop is for all those who are interested in learning but are restricted because of the high cost that is required for the same.”

The workshop had the presence of over 40 eminent international speakers who spoke about the various aspects of flow cytometry and the use of it is various aspects of medical field. The topics for discussion included the basics of flow cytometry, immune response in viral infections, stem cell analysis, flow cytometry in system biology and many others. The workshop provided insights on signal tranduction, proliferation and apoptosis on health and immune response. Emphasis was also laid on the use of a cytometer and its use. The library of thoughts and knowledge that the speakers disbursed added to the existing knowledge for those present at the venue.

Martin Adelmann, Product support Manager, Systems Biology, Beckman Coulter spoke about the technical aspect of flow cytometry. He said, “The cytometers not only help in the detection of cells but also enzymes and tissues. So also it is being used by pharma companies in clinical research. This technology plays a crucial role in the development of drugs and is used here to monitor the effect of drugs on cells in-vitro as well as in a later stage in-vivo on a whole organism. On a further informative note he added, “In clinical diagnostics flow cytometry has become an integral part of diagnosis and therapy in HIV, cancer and stem cell transplantation.”

Besides lectures from the podium, several faculty members presented tutorials to small groups of students, reviewed and discussed their experiments and data and above all provided advice and guidance in the use of cytometric methods for their specific needs. The workshop provided complete knowledge and technicalities for using the instrument. No doubt was left uncleared.