International Webinar on Technological Advances in Neuropharmacology

Oct 11, 2020

Neurodegenerative diseases are progressive degenerative conditions characterized by uncontrolled neuronal death leading to a progressive decline in brain functions. The limited efficacy of drugs for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases reflects their complex etiology and pathogenesis. The major disorders under this umbrella are Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. This webinar planned to know few mechanisms and models to understand and focus on the target methods to proceed in research of the particular neurodegenerative disorders.

This webinar organised by NGSM Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Mangalore was held on 11th September 2020 at 11:30 AM with opening remarks by Prof. (Dr). MS Moodithaya, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Nitte DU. Prof. (Dr) CS Shastry, Convener & Principal, NGSMIPS, delivered the welcome address.

Dr. Srikumar BN, Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Neurophysiology, NIMHANS, Bengaluru, delivered a talk on 'Translatability in Neuroscience Drug Discovery: What role do animal models play?'. Dr. Shanish Antony, Asst. Professor, Dept. of Pharmacy, Govt. Medical College, Kottayam was the moderator for this session. He elaborated the discussion with the experimental models in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.

Dr. Melanie Stefan, Sr. Lecturer, School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Edinburgh, UK delivered a talk on 'Computational models in synaptic chemistry in health and disease'. Dr. M. Ramanathan, Principal, PSG College of Pharmacy, Coimbatore moderated the session with his valuable inputs. Dr. Deepak Nair, Asst. Professor, Centre for Neuroscience, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore delivered a talk on 'Alteration in nanoscale organization of beta amyloidogenic machinery during Alzheimer's disease'. This session was moderated by Dr. Prashanth K Modi, Asst. Professor, Yenepoya Research Centre, Yenepoya (Deemed to be University). The scientific discussion focussed on the missing links in molecular mechanisms of Beta Amyloidogenic Machinery. Dr. Harsha Halahalli, Director, Curriculum Development, Nitte DU dealt with the topic 'Dopamine and Serotonin in intertemporal decision making'. Dr. Vijay Harbishettar, Consultant Psychiatrist, Bangalore moderated the session with valuable inputs about his clinical experience.

The webinar was attended by more than 200 participants from constituent colleges of Nitte DU and institutions from different parts of the country. Ms. Natasha Naval Aggarwal conducted the proceedings and Dr. Vijay Kumar, Coordinator of the webinar delivered the vote of thanks.