The Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology organized its first International Conference on “CURRENT TRENDS IN CANCER RESEARCH AND THERAPEUTICS (CTCRT-2018) in the 9th edition of BIOZONE on 29.08.2018. The UG Association President
Dr. A. Jayaprakash welcomed the gathering.

Rev. Dr. C. Antony Raj SDB, the Rector and Secretory gave the inaugural address. In his inaugural address he appreciated the department for conducting the International conference and insisted the students to utilize the expertise of the resource persons.

Rev. Dr. Maria Antonyraj, the Principal gave the Presidential address. In his presidential address, he gave the recent facts about Cancer and its mortality at global level along with this he also shed some light on the survival rate of cancer patients. He thanked the resource persons for making available for the international conference.

In his message Rev.Fr. John Borg SDB, Administrator and Academic guide of the department motivated the students by telling a short story. He asked the students to make use of the resources available in the department. He also congratulated the faculty members for organizing the international conference.

 Rev. Dr. C. Antony Raj and Rev. Dr. Maria Antonyraj, honored the resource persons with mementos. Mrs. A.C. Gomathi, PG Head, Organizing secretaries Dr. A. Jayaprakash and
Dr. A. Poongothai, honored the fathers with mementos.

Resource person Dr. J. Dinesh Kumar, Postdoctoral Research Scientist, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of St Andrews, St. Andrews, UK delivered his talk on “The Role of Tumour Microenvironment in Cancer development and Progression”. In his talk he elaborated on the cancer of the oesophagus and explained in detail about the cancer-derived myofibroblasts (CAMs) in cancer progression. Bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) colonize tumours and following differentiation may accelerate cancer progression. He also explained about oesophageal squamous cancer myofibroblasts which stimulates MSCs recruitment and cancer cell invasion. In his talk he explained about a new compound available to block this effect which might be useful in treating patients with oesophageal cancer.

Resource person Dr. Poornima Paramasivan, Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology Laboratory, School of Science, Engineering and Technology, University of Abertay Dundee, UK delivered her talk on “Role of NRF2 in Drug Resistance and Cancer Therapy”. In her talk she elaborated on the use of chemotherapeutic agents in the treatment of cancer cells. She also gave her research findings on Nrf2 an important contributor to chemo-resistance in cancerous tissues. She also elaborated on the role of Nrf2-ARE pathway on regulation of MRP1 and LRP in cancer pathway.

The valedictory function was presided over by Dr. R. Xavier Rajarathinam, Vice Principal  (Academics), Shift-I distributed the prizes and certificates and delivered the valedictory address. The conference was organized well and was a great success.