NIAS Memorial Lecture: “Science, Technology and Health” by Prof. G. Padmanaban, JRD Tata Auditorium, 1800 HRS

Twelfth Raja Ramanna Memorial Lecture


“Science, Technology and Health”


Prof.  G. Padmanaban

Former Director, IISc

NASI Platinum Jubilee Senior Scientist, Dept. of Biochemistry, IISc


on Wednesday, 14 December, 2016 at 6.00 PM

Venue: JRD Tata Auditorium, NIAS, IISc Campus, Bengaluru

(Tea/Coffee at 5.30 PM)


Chairperson : Prof. B.V. Sreekantan


Abstract: India has several challenges and opportunities on the health front. The biggest challenge is to make effective but affordable therapeutics to the millions, who do not have any kind of social security. Our country has a low human development index and challenged by both infectious and chronic diseases. At the same time, India is making significant effort in the areas of vaccines, biosimilars, devices and diagnostics. There is great potential to exploit herbals and phytochemicals for making affordable drugs. We have also to keep abreast of the science explosion relevant to health area. Synthetic Biology, Systems Biology, Cell and Gene Therapy, Big Data Analytics and Telemedicine are all becoming clinically relevant. A vibrant start-up culture indicates a positive trend to meet with all the developmental challenges. There is need for S&T support in a big way to keep abreast and promote translational culture. Comprehensive public health policies and pragmatic regulatory and ethical guidelines are essential to move forward.


About the Speaker: Prof. Padmanaban received his BSc (Chemistry) from the Presidency College, Chennai, MSc (Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry) from Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi; and DSc (hc) from BHU and PhD (Biochemistry) (1966) from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. He went on to become Director of IISc (1994-98).  Currently he is NASI Platinum Jubilee Senior Scientist, Department of Biochemistry, IISC and Senior Science and Innovation Adviser, BIRAC, Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India.  For his contributions, Professor Padmanaban was conferred with SS Bhatnagar Prize in 1983, the Padma Shri in 1991 and the Padma Bhushan in 2004 from the Government of India, He is also interested in Indian Philosophy and Carnatic music.


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All are welcome

Wednesday, December 14, 2016