SNCI International Conference on Neuroscience and Neurological Disorders inaugurated in NEHU

Date: Sep 14, 2023

The Department of Biomedical Engineering, North Eastern Hill University, Shillong is organizing an International Conference on the Neuroscience and Neurological Disorders” under the aegis of the 37th Annual Meeting of the Society of Neurochemistry India (SNCI) from 14th to 16th September, 2023.

The International Conference was inaugurated by Prof. P.S. Shukla, Vice Chancellor, NEHU, Shillong and Chief Guest, Dr. Geeta Jotwani, Deputy Director General and Scientist G, ICMR as Guest of Honor, Prof. M.K. Thakur, Hon. President, SNCI, Prof. Prakash Babu, Secretary General (HQs), SNCI, Prof. Iftekhar Hussain, Dean, SoT, NEHU, Dr. Dinesh Bhatia and Mr. Shyamal Mandal, Organizing Secretary and Joint Organizing Secretary respectively of the 37th Annual Meeting of SNCI alongwith other faculty members and staff of the University.

More than 100 invited delegates, speakers, academicians, scientists and participants from all parts of the country and abroad and our neighbouring countries such as Nepal, Bangladesh alongwith few selected local participants are attending this International Conference on different upcoming areas of Neuroscience with practical demonstration and hands-on-sessions. The aim of the Conference is to provide participants with extensive knowledge with regards to the recent advancements in field of Neuroscience research and how to translate research from laboratory to market or bench to bedside to make it customized and affordable. The key features of the Conference lay emphasis on open scientific discussion with experts from academia, research organizations, scientists and industry professional, providing hands on laboratory training session with presentation of the participants through Oral and Poster presentations, group meetings and panel discussions with experts from Industry. Several awards in different categories are being presented to selected winners chosen by a panel of experts based on laid down parameters for evaluation and scientific merit.

In his opening remarks, Dr. Bhatia, enlightened the participants about the objectives of the International Conference and 37th SNCI Annual Meeting and how it would be beneficial for the participants with emerging new technologies which are impacting all sectors especially the healthcare arena.  He profusely thanked all those involved in organizing the event including the press and media for giving widespread coverage to the event. He profusely thanked the Society for Neurochemistry India (SNCI) for holding again its annual meeting at NEHU, Shillong in a span of less than a decade.

Prof. Hussain apprised participants about the applications of artificial intelligence, deep learning and machine learning in healthcare. He emphasized how they are changing the landscape in development of smart and affordable medical devices that could revolutionize the field of healthcare. 

Prof. P.S. Shukla congratulated the event organizers for arranging such capacity building programmes on regular basis that would help the participants to develop their advanced skills thereby allowing dissemination of new knowledge and technological know-how to train working professionals and young minds to learn from challenges from past and build towards a new future for progress of mankind and the society at large.  He requested for follow up action after the event so that report may be placed before the Central and State government for development new with revision of existing policy documents in this area.

Prof. Geeta Jotwani emphasized on the need of organizing such events on regular basis and how they could help young budding professionals to make them abreast about different government schemes and allow for an interface between policy makers and scientists in defining and shaping the progress and future of the country on the path of development keeping abreast with latest technological developments.

Prof. M.K. Thakur and Prof. P. Babu stressed on the role of SNCI which was established in the year 1979 and how it has evolved over the years to develop the scientific temper in the field of neuroscience in the country and its role in grooming the budding scientists and researchers by utilizing existing resources from all parts of the country over the years since its inception.

Mr. Mandal in his vote of thanks address profusely thanked all those involved in smooth organization of the event and he wished that participants would have a pleasant stay in the campus and interact with people of the region to understand about the culture and traditions of the North-East region.