Promoting bilateral research and teaching in regenerative medicine
Zafeena Suresh Feb 15, 2021
On December 10, 2020, Indiana University School of Medicine’s Indiana Center for Regenerative Medicine and Engineering (ICRME) and the IU India Gateway hosted an online workshop on Regenerative Medicine and Nanotechnology in partnership with the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) that showcased the latest regenerative medicine technologies and how these could positively impact patient treatment in India.
Randeep Guleria PhD, Director of AIIMS, and Chandan Sen PhD, Distinguished Professor and Director of the Indiana Center for Regenerative Medicine and Engineering, gave the keynote talk to an audience of over 100 researchers and students from over fifty higher education and research institutes across India. The program included presentations on the nanobiotechnology and regenerative medicine interface by Amit Dinda, MD Emeritus Scientist, ICMRE, and tissue engineering by Sujata Mohanty, PhD Professor Stem Cell Facility, AIIMS. A poster competition in which five early-career scientists were invited to present their research work and get feedback from an expert panel and a session dedicated to research and careers in the field were also part of the program.
Speaking after the event, Sen said, “Beyond medical drugs and devices, the future of affordable health care relies on our ability to unlock the curing and healing powers of our own body. In addition, the intersection of engineering, technology, and medicine will provide next-generation healthcare solutions. Taken together, these represent the emergent discipline of Regenerative Medicine. Regenerative Medicine is on its way to emerge as a new cornerstone of affordable and scalable healthcare with a business model strikingly different from what we have today. Simply put, the body itself becomes your source of medicine. Technologies such as in vivo tissue reprogramming can be inexpensive and dispensed at remote locations with little infrastructure.”
“Drawing talented students to this new future of medicine is a critically important step as we plan for this exciting future. The workshop was highly effective in showcasing the extraordinary training opportunities at AIIMS and Indiana University, including our recently launched Regenerative Medicine and Technologies PhD program, and has initiated new scientific collaborations, including those with both public and private sectors in India. Co-operation with AIIMS and our center is co-developing the Tissue Nanotransfection (TNT) technology for tissue reprogramming for human applications with funding from the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF). We are also co-developing a new Regenerative Medicine curriculum for Presidency University, Kolkata.”
AIIMS – IU School of Medicine Joint Virtual Workshop on Regenerative and Nano Medicine
Zafeena Suresh is Director of the IU India Gateway office. Zafeena was previously Head of Higher Education at the British Council in New Delhi where she led various country-wide promotional and alumni-engagement campaigns, and managed a range of scholarships including the British Council India Scholarships for women in STEM and the Future Leaders Program for Indian youth. Prior to this Zafeena was Senior Advisor at EducationUSA, New Delhi where she designed student recruitment activities, conducted workshops for undergraduate and graduate university applications, and managed relationships with numerous U.S. universities. She designed and executed the first EducationUSA virtual graduate fair in India connecting students across 100 Indian cities directly with U.S universities. She also collated the graduate financial aid data, which was a valuable resource for EducationUSA centers globally. As Director of the IU India Gateway Zafeena brings extensive connections and experience of working with students, parents, scholars, school and higher education leaders, and alumni. Zafeena holds a PhD in Sociology from Bangalore University. Before moving into international education, she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Sociology at colleges across India.,