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3rd International Toxicology Conclave (ITC-2017)

3rd International Toxicology Conclave, a two day long Industries-Academia meet has been inaugurated in the SH Zaidi Auditorium of CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, Lucknow on November 5, 2017. The inaugural address for the program was delivered by the Chief Guest of the day, Dr Rakesh Kumar, Director, CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, Nagpur, India, followed by the keynote address by Dr B. Sesikeran, Former Director, National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad, India on the topic “Safety assessment for nutrients”. He emphasized on the adequate balance of micro and macro nutrients in our daily life and how both over and under consumption of the vitamins and other nutrients may significantly affect the human health. 

On day one, the scientific program was comprised of two technical sessions; each one was followed by an expert panel discussion on the theme of the session and one scientific poster session. Session I was emphasized on the theme ‘Environmental Monitoring & Risk Assessment’ consisting of 5 lectures followed by a panel discussion by the experts of the area. 

Dr SC Barman, Senior Principal Scientist of CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research (CSIR-IITR), Lucknow appraised about the health issues associated with the indoor and outdoor air quality and the efforts made by CSIR-IITR to assess the pollutant load in the air, its impact on human health and mitigation measures being taken to address the issues. In the illustrative talk, Dr. Satish Sohoni of Hikal Limited, Mumbai, stressed upon the ways by which his firm is working to increase the level of groundwater. He detailed about the company mission and efforts made by so far by Smaart Water, an integral company for Water Solutions Management in Mumbai, to provide an integrated and holistic water solution for a lifetime. Dr. Dinesh Mohan of Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi discussed his research work carried out to address the issue of environmental pollution by burning of crop biomass in the agriculture fields. He has developed low cost green adsorbent bio-charcoal from plant waste material which has high organic carbon contents and resistant to decomposition. This biochar will not only be immensely helpful to solve the crop burning issues but also be considered as an environmentally sustainable technology for water, soil and climate change mitigation. He further added that the crop residue may be converted into biofuel, heat and power using different thermal, biochemical and mechanical platforms. Dr. Mukesh Sharma of IIT, Kanpur, deliberated regarding the uncertainties in a physiologically based pharmacokinetic model which explains regarding the uptake, accumulation, estimation and elimination of lead in the human body. He narrated about the applicability of this model to estimate the human health risk of the xenobiotic exposure. Dr. John Colbourne, Professor and Chair of Environmental Genomics, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, addressed the issues associated with the interpretation of the data due to the complexity of genome-environment interaction. He highlighted the importance of Daphnia and Fundulus as model species to point-out the importance of measuring the elements of the genome that may be targeted towards the natural selection resulting in increased tolerance to the exposure of toxic environmental conditions. His findings reveal chemical modes of action leading to harm to animals including humans. There was a panel of experts to discuss the highlights of the session to reach any firm conclusion out of deliberations and making the final recommendations for implementation.

The session-II themed on ‘Innovations and Translational Research’ was having four lectures followed by an expert panel discussion. Dr. Anil Wali of Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer New Delhi emphasized upon the bridging the gaps between academia and industry to synchronize the research, innovation and start-ups in India. The talk of Dr. R Govindarajan of Zydus Wellness Limited, Ahmedabad, focused on the global revival plant-based traditional medicines. He appraised about the developments coming up in the research parameters on quality control of herbal medicines. He also emphasized on the need of scientific validation of data generated for developed herbal medicines. Dr. H Purushotham of National Research Development Cooperation, New Delhi has delivered a talk focusing on the identification of the critical factors for successful technology transfer in the Indian scenario. His studies identify the critical factors influencing successful technology transfer from Indian public funded R&D institutions to the industry. Dr. Arun Chandru of Pandrum Technologies, Bangaluru, India has discussed the role of bioengineered 3D functional human tissue and organoids as a possible vital tool to bridge the gap between traditional 2D cell culture assay, animal models and human trials in the development of new drugs and vaccines. Following the session lectures panel of experts discussed the issues highlighted during the presentations and formulated the final recommendations for the possible implementations.

52nd Annual Day Function

CSIR – Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, the premier toxicology institute in the country, celebrated its 52nd Annual Day on November 04, 2017 at its Mahatma Gandhi Marg, Lucknow campus.

Professor Arun Tiwari, Former Missile Scientist, and Author was the chief guest of the function which was presided over by Padma Shri Dr. Nitya Anand, Former Director, CSIR-CDRI.

Professor Alok Dhawan, Director of the institute welcomed the gathering and presented the annual report of the Institute for the year 2016-2017. He described several notable contributions of the institute in the year gone by and said that the Foundation Day was an appropriate occasion to cherish the successes of the past and set goals for the future by rededicating oneself to fulfilling the mission of the institute. He reiterated the institute’s commitment to the National Mission Programmes like Swachh Bharat, Swasth Bharat, Skill India, Namami Gange etc and informed the gathering that the institute was releasing its Annual Report in the digital format, in sync with the Digital India Programme.

Following release of the annual report, Dr. D. Kar Chowdhuri, Chief Scientist, CSIR-IITR and Chairman of the Organizing Committee introduced the guests.

While delivering the Annual Day address, Professor Arun Tiwari said that the widening gap between the “have’s” and “have-not’s” is a hurdle in the country’s all round development. He suggested that increased social responsibility, even by individuals is the best way forward.

Padma Shri Dr. Nitya Anand delivered the presidential address and congratulated the CSIR–IITR family on the important milestone while simultaneously urging the institute not to rest on past laurels. He exhorted the scientists to work towards fulfilling the dreams of the founding fathers of the nation.

On this occasion, CSIR-IITR Annual Report (both in Hindi and English), a compilation of CSIR-IITR in the print media, a brochure describing the CITAR Facility (Centre for Innovation and Translational Research), a book on Nanotoxicology and the institute’s calendar for the year 2018 were also released. Several staff members of the CSIR-IITR family were recognized for their distinguished service to the institute.

Dr. Devendra Parmar, Chief Scientist proposed a vote of thanks. The celebrations concluded with a cultural extravaganza by the research scholars of the Institute

21st Professor Sibte Hasan Zaidi Oration

The 21st Professor Sibte Hasan Zaidi Oration was delivered by Professor Arun Tiwari, Former Missile Scientist and Author at the premier toxicology institute of the country, CSIR – Indian Institute of Toxicology Research. The S. H. Zaidi Oration is organized annually in honor of the Founding Director of the institute, Professor Sibte Hasan Zaidi.

Welcoming the gathering, Professor Alok Dhawan, Director, CSIR-IITR narrated the genesis of the oration which is now in its 21st year. It was indeed a special “Gurupurab” for the institute and its staff with the presence of several senior colleagues among the audience, he said.

Dr. Yogeshwar Shukla, Chief Scientist, introduced the guests, Professor Arun Tiwari and Professor P. K. Seth, Former Director, CSIR-IITR, President of the function. This was followed by the Oration by Professor Arun Tiwari on “Science of Discovery to Science of Delivery”, in which he said that New India is faced with the daunting tasks of ending poverty and boosting shared prosperity. He opined that the need of the hour is “science of implementation and execution” and described the development of the Kalam-Raju Stent, a perfect example of a successful spin-off of a defense technology for civilian use. The enormous complexity of fulfilling the needs of our people can only be simplified by ensuring a paradigm shift from “what to deliver” to “how to deliver” to ensure that the benefits of technology reach every citizen of this country.  

Delivering the presidential address, Professor P. K. Seth, who had the privilege of having worked with Professor S H Zaidi, described him as a visionary who had the foresight to establish a Toxicology institute. He opined that the need of the hour is to ensure that technologies developed in the laboratories reach the end user and benefit society at large.

Dr. A B Pant, convenor organizing committee, proposed the vote of thanks.

सीएसआईआर-भारतीय विषविज्ञान अनुसंधान संस्‍थान में हिंदी सप्‍ताह 2017 के उद्घाटन समारोह का आयोजन

सीएसआईआर-भारतीय विषविज्ञान अनुसंधान संस्थान, लखनऊ में आज दिनांक 14 सितंबर, 2017 को प्रातः 10:30 बजे एस.एच. जैदी सभागार में हिंदी सप्ताह के उद्घाटन समारोह का आयोजन किया गया। श्री चंद्र मोहन तिवारी, हिंदी अधिकारी, आईआईटीआर ने अतिथिगण का परिचय दिया। समारोह के मुख्य अतिथि श्री पीयूष वर्मा, क्षेत्रीय पासपोर्ट अधिकारी, लखनऊ एवं विशिष्ट अतिथि डॉ. अनिल रस्तोगी, वैज्ञानिक एवं फिल्म कलाकार थे। इस अवसर पर मुख्य अतिथि श्री पीयूष वर्मा ने अपने संबोधन में कहा कि केवल हिंदी दिवस को नहीं संपूर्ण वर्ष इसी चेतना एवं संकल्प से हिंदी में अधिक से अधिक कार्य करें। हमें अपनी भाषा पर गर्व करना चाहिए। सरल भाषा का प्रयोग करते हुए विज्ञान की छोटी – छोटी पुस्तके हिंदी भाषा में लिखना चाहिए। भाषा को रोज़गार से जोड़ना चाहिए। हम सभी को हिंदी भाषा के विकास के लिए संकल्प लेना चाहिए। उन्होंने संस्थान की राजभाषा पत्रिका एवं हिंदी में किए जा रहे अन्य कार्यों की सराहना भी किया।

विशिष्ट अतिथि, डॉ. अनिल रस्तोगी ने अपने संबोधन में कहा कि हिंदी भाषा केवल भारत में ही नहीं अपितु अनेक देशों में बोली जाती है। उन्होंने भारत सरकार की विभिन्न हिंदी प्रोत्साहन योजनाओं तथा हिंदी भाषा में कार्य करने हेतु उपलब्ध डिजिटल टूल्स पर विस्तृत प्रकाश डालते हुए कहा कि हमें अपनी भाषा को बढ़ावा देने के लिए और गंभीर प्रयास करने चाहिए, हिंदी में सोचें, हिंदी में लिखें और हिंदी में ही बोलें। 

समारोह की अध्यक्षता संस्थान के निदेशक, प्रोफेसर आलोक धावन ने किया। उन्होंने अपने अध्यक्षीय संबोधन में कहा कि विज्ञान को आगे ले जाने हेतु भाषा एक सशक्त माध्यम है। किसी देश की उन्नति उसकी भाषा और संस्कृति से होती है। हिंदी भाषा बहुत समृद्ध भाषा है, इसका शब्द भंडार बहुत विशाल है, वैज्ञानिक और तकनीकी कार्य इसमें आसानी से किए जा सकते हैं। हमारा संस्थान इसमें अग्रसर है, अनेक शोध पत्र, वैज्ञानिक लेख हिंदी में लिखे जा रहे हैं। वर्ष 2016 में हिंदी में राष्ट्रीय वैज्ञानिक संगोष्ठी का सफलता पूर्वक आयोजन किया गया था और इस वर्ष 11–13 अक्टूबर, 2017 को अंतरराष्ट्रीय वैज्ञानिक संगोष्ठी होने जा रही है। हिंदी सप्ताह के दौरान हमें विचार करना चाहिए कि कैसे हम अपनी राजभाषा हिंदी को और आगे ले जा सकते हैं और पूरे वर्ष कैसे अधिक से अधिक इसका प्रयोग कर सकते हैं। हम अपनी राजभाषा को कैसे आगे ले जाएं, यह सोच हम सभी के अंदर होनी चाहिए। 

संस्थान के प्रशासन नियंत्रक, श्री अनिल कुमार ने बताया कि हिंदी सप्ताह के दौरान अनेक प्रतियोगिताओं का आयोजन किया जाता है। इसमें वैज्ञानिक, तकनीकी एवं प्रशासनिक अधिकारी/कर्मचारी/शोध-छात्र बढ़-चढ़कर भाग लेते है। समारोह के अंत में उन्होंने धन्यवाद ज्ञापन प्रस्तुत किया। समारोह का संचालन श्री चंद्र मोहन तिवारी, हिंदी अधिकारी, सीएसआईआर-आईआईटीआर ने किया ।

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Hon'ble Home Minister, Government of India, Shri Rajnath Singh released the latest issue of the "Vish Vigyaan Sandesh" hindi magazine of CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, Lucknow

The Hon'ble Home Minister, Government of India, Shri Rajnath Singh ji released the latest issue of the "Vish Vigyaan Sandesh" on August 20, 2017.  Professor Alok  Dhawan, Director, CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research presented the Raj Bhasha magazine entitled  "Vish Vigyaan Sandesh" to the Hon’ble Home Minister on this occasion. After the release, the Hon'ble Home Minister said that this magazine would be useful for the public. He also said that the magazine has included articles on various topics such as environmental pollution, air pollution, plastic pollution and food articles which are useful for the common man. The Hon'ble Home Minister congratulated all the members of the editorial team, including the Director for its publication. It is noteworthy that the last three issues of the journal have received the first prize of the Raj Bhasha Patrika from Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs, Department of Official Language. Professor Dhawan presented other hindi publications of the Institute such as the  Annual Report, Environmental and Human Health related publications, which the Hon’ble Home Minister appreciated and said that this is a simple and straight forward way to make the common man aware of such important issues. He also congratulated the scientists for their effort in bringing out such publications in hindi, which will act as a source of inspiration for other organizations.

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Successful start of “EMERGE 2017”- Hands-on Workshops for EMpowering UndeRGraduatEs at CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, Lucknow

‘EMERGE 2017’, an initiative by CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, Lucknow successfully began on 18th July, 2017. This is a unique opportunity for the Undergraduate students to enrich theoretical as well as practical knowledge in the areas of Molecular Biology, Nanotechnology, Advanced Microscopy and Bioinformatics. EMERGE 2017 thematic S&T workshops commenced with welcoming the undergraduate students participating in this three-day hands-on workshop (18-20, July 2017) by Dr Parthasarathi Ramakrishnan, Coordinator. The event was inaugurated by Dr Poonam Kakkar, Chief Scientist, Dr. Kar Chowdhuri, Chief Scientist, Dr Devendra Parmar, Chief Scientist and Chairmen, HR Cell, CSIR-IITR. The esteemed panel members encouraged the participants to pursue science with passion and innovate technologies to solve societal needs. All four workshops are running in parallel with expert guidance of CSIR-IITR scientists: Dr VP Sharma, Dr Raviram, Dr Raja Gopal, Dr Alok Pande, Dr Amit Kumar, Dr Vikas Srivastava, Dr Satyakam Patnaik, Dr Manoj Kumar, Dr Neeraj Kumar Satija, Dr Pradeep Kumar Sharma and technical team: Dr P Saxena,   Mr Puneet, Mr Jai  and Ms Nidhi Arjaria. Student participants are learning enthusiastically on various advanced tools and techniques currently used in the field of life science and nanotechnology research.

World Environment Day - 2017

A perfect blend of science and technology marked the environment day celebrations at city based CSIR- Indian Institute of Toxicology Research. Welcoming the gathering, Director of the Institute, Prof. Alok Dhawan said, the Institute was privileged to host Padmashri Prof. D. Balasubramanian, Former Director, CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad and Distinguished Scientist, L. V. Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad and Padmashri Dr. Nitya Anand, Former Director, CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, reflecting Institute’s commitment towards converting fundamental science into tangible human benefit. Also present were former and serving scientists and staff of CSIR-IITR.

Go Green with alternative fuel resources to save environment, says Prof. Balasubramanian

Padmashri Prof. Balasubramanian, delivered the XXI Dr. C.R. Krishnamurti Memorial Oration on the occasion. Speaking on global warming, he highlighted the need to forego fossil fuels so that the future world can cherish the clean and green environment.  Dr. Balasubramanian said that it is high time to go green by using alternative energy sources such as solar energy, wind energy, tidal energy apart from bioelectricity generation from Microbial fuel cells. 

The function was presided over by Padmashri Dr. Nitya Anand Former Director, CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow. He stated that the environment is the most sacred place facilitating the survival of life and hence needs to be conserved. He suggested that schools and colleges shall have a regular course in environmental science. He also requested everyone to pledge for implementing actions towards the safe environment.  

A report entitled “Assessment of Ambient Air Quality of Lucknow City during Pre-Monsoon, 2017: Findings of a Random Survey", prepared by Environmental Monitoring Division of the Institute was released on this occasion. Details of the report are available on the institute’s website.

CSIR–IITR conducted a painting competition for school students in two age groups, the prizes for which were distributed on the occasion. The programme concluded with the vote of thanks by Er A.H. Khan Principal Scientist, CSIR-IITR, and convener of the function.

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One day workshop on “Be A Scientist” for school students

CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research organized a one day workshop on “Be A Scientist” for school students from 8th standard to 12th standard on 18th May 2018. More than 130 students from 20 schools including Lucknow Public College, La Martiniere Girls' College, La Martiniere College boys, Loreto College, Wisdom Educational Academy, Lucknow city college, Unity College, Study Hall, Vidya Tree Modern world college, Kendriya vidyalaya Aliganj, AR Jaipuria School, St.Dominic Savio College, M.R. Jaipuria School Bansal Campus, City Montessori School, Sector-O, Delhi Public School, KVIIT Kanpur, ST. Clares Convent School, Christ Church College Lucknow attended the workshop. Dr Devendra Parmar, Chief Scientist welcomed the gathering and spoke about the programme CSIR Jigyasa initiatives for school kids on science outreach. Professor Dr Alok Dhawan, Director, CSIR-IITR addressed the student scientists of the day with inspirational thoughts and motivation to pursue career in science and do translational research that will be beneficial to society. Dr R Parthasarathi, Coordinator of the event presented vote of thanks and acknowledged Indian National Science Academy, The National Academy of Sciences and UPAAS for sponsoring the event. Students and teachers from respective schools visited advanced imaging facility, computational toxicology facility, translational facility, food toxicity and adulteration and molecular biology facility and interacted with scientists and research scholars of CSIR-IITR. Students had hands on experience on DNA isolation, building and visualizing molecules and chemicals, detecting adulteration/ contamination in oil and electron microscopy.

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Workshop on Synthesis, Characterization and Safety Assessment of Nanomaterials

A workshop on Synthesis, Characterization and Safety Assessment of Nanomaterials was inaugurated at the city based premier toxicology institute of the country, CSIR – Indian Institute of Toxicology Research today, March 22, 2017.

Dr Alok Pandey, Co-convener of the workshop welcomed the gathering and Dr D. Kar Chowdhuri, Chief Scientist, CSIR – Indian Institute of Toxicology Research and Chairman of the organizing committee apprised the guests and participants on the genesis of the workshop and the role the institute has played in advancing the science of nanotechnology. Delivering the inaugural address, Dr P. S. Chauhan, Former Head, Cell Biology Division, BARC, Mumbai emphasised the need for a focussed approach to evaluating nanomaterial safety, given their increasing use in various realms of human exposure. Professor Alok Dhawan, Director, CSIR – Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, while delivering his presidential remarks urged the participants to make the most of workshop by interacting with leading scientists of nanotechnology at the institute. The workshop schedule has been designed in a way have judicious mix of lectures and hands-on laboratory experimentation / demonstration covering topics of nanomaterial synthesis, characterization and safety using cutting edge technologies like electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering and various in-vitro and in-vivo assays.

Dr Satyakam Patnaik, Co-convener of the workshop, proposed the vote of thanks.

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