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Registration Form Separate hyperlink for the registration form has been provided. Please download the Registration Form Separate hyperlink for the registration form has been provided. Please download the form in doc format. Mail your details to p. k. [email protected] ac. in On or before February 5 th, 2014 N. B Selection for limited participants only, on a first-come-first-serve basis Working lunch and tea will be provided for those who register and pay the required fees as per the existing tariffs. The participants have to seek their own accommodation and transport. Limited student accommodation (sharing basis) will be available in VIT University hostels on a first come first service basis for students and research scholars. Certificates will be provided for participants who register, pay the required fees and attend the 4 day FDP/FTP All participants are required to bring their laptops for the in silico component of the FDP/FTP. Address for correspondence Dr P. K. Suresh Organizing Secretary & Convener “Stem Cells – Evolution, Mechanisms and Therapy Eexperimental/Clinical/In Silico. Aspects–Current Status and Lessons for the future” Biomolecules & Genetics Division School of Bio Sciences and Technology VIT University, Vellore 632 014. Tamil Nadu. Tel: 91 -416 -2202474; Fax: 91 -416 -2243091; Cell phone: 9444047684 p. k. [email protected] ac. in website: www. vit. ac. in Chief Patron Dr. G. Viswanathan Honorable Chancellor Patrons Shri. Sekar Viswanathan VP, University Affairs Shri. Sankar Viswanathan VP Administration Shri. G. V. Selvam VP (VIT University – Chennai Campus) Ms. Kadambari Viswanathan VP (Training) Dr. V Raju Vice – Chancellor Dr. S Narayanan Pro-Vice Chancellor Dr. Anand Samuel Pro-Vice Chancellor, VIT University, Chennai campus Organizing Committee Chairman Dr. C. Ramalingam Dean, School of Bio Sciences and Technology. Organizing Secretary & Convener Dr P. K. Suresh [ http: //phys. org/news 7794. html “At least some Adult stem Cells – share some features of embryonal cellspossible “footprints” of evolution” Organizing Committee Prof. Everette Jacob Remington N Prof. George Priya Doss C. Prof. Karthikeyan S. Prof. Shampa Sen Prof. Abhishek Sinha Prof. Sunita Naik Prof. Amit Kumar Jaiswal Prof. Debasish Mishra Prof. Raunak Kumar Das School of Bio Sciences and Technology Faculty Development Program/ Faculty Training Program “STEM CELLS – EVOLUTION, MECHANISMS AND THERAPY -EXPERIMENTAL/CLINICAL/IN SILICO ASPECTS–CURRENT STATUS AND LESSONS FOR THE FUTURE” February 24 th-27 th, 2014

VIT University Founded in 1984 as Vellore Engineering College, the institute was declared a VIT University Founded in 1984 as Vellore Engineering College, the institute was declared a University in recognition of its academic excellence by the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India in 2001. The University has since grown by leaps and bounds – establishing excellent infrastructure replete with state-of-art laboratories, digital library, smart class rooms, hostels, gyms, swimming pools, auditoria , in-door and out-door stadiums spread over an impeccably clean and green 330 acre campus – and is well on its way in fulfilling the vision of the Founder and Chancellor Dr. G. Viswanathan to make it a truly world renowned, top-class academic and/or research institution. VIT today comprises of nine constituent schools and interdisciplinary centers offering undergraduate, post graduate and research programs upto the doctoral and post-doctoral levels. Of the 17, 000 students, largely residential, nearly one fourth are women. About 1200 qualified faculty members and 1000 administrative staff facilitate the process of making them not only professionals but also industry ready, contributing to the growth of the nation. VIT has organized a number of International and National conferences utilizing its awesome facilities. VIT is the first educational institution of India to get ISO 9002 certified by the DNV (Netherlands). It is again the first institute in India to get accreditation from IEE (UK). Apart from being accredited by NBA (AICTE) and NAAC (UGC). . ABET, 111 Market Place, Ste. 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202 -4012, USA (http: //www. abet. org) has accredited the following engineering programs at VIT University, Vellore, India: B. Tech. - Mechanical Engineering B. Tech. – Civil Engineering B. Tech - Computer Science and Engineering B. Tech - Electronics and Communication Engineering VIT has 80 Mo. Us with institutions within India and from countries like Australia, Canada, France, Germany, UK and USA in various disciplines thereby facilitating academic and/or research exchanges involving faculty and students with partner institutions, joint programs involving courses as well as research and improvement of laboratory and library facilities. SBST is offering B. Tech, M. Tech. , M. Sc. , and Ph. D. programs in Biotechnology and many other allied areas. SBST has adequate infrastructure and skilled faculties for carrying out teaching, research and developmental activities in different areas of Biotechnology. Major areas of research include Basic and Applied areas in Biomedical Sciences, Environmental Biotechnology, Biomedical Engineering, Medical Biotechnology and Bioinformatics. Apart from this, several MOUs have been singed with industries to improve the marketability off our students by training them in specific/industry-relevant skill-sets in areas including, but not restricted, to STEM CELL BIOLOGY. About the workshop The establishment and maintenance of stem cells for research and therapy, as well as the use of the latest cutting edge methods and technologies for the same, is gaining in importance and popularity not only in academic and research institutions but also in the industrial sector globally. This aspect should also be seen from the fact that our efforts for establishing and maintaining connectivity with industries and academic institutions would be a win-win situation for all the stakeholders in this process. A fillip to this area of biomedical research was also provided by the award of the Nobel Prize to Shinya Yamanaka, recognizing his as well as his research group’s significant findings on reprogramming of human dermal fibroblasts to establish cells with stem cell-like properties. Target Group Undergraduates, post graduates, research scholars, working professionals in the field of stem cell biology – researchers, clinicians, in silico biologists and allied areas including the evolutionary aspects. Expected Outcome Workshops and training programs in the various facets of Stem cell Biology including evolutionary, mechanistic and clinical aspects in humans and model systems would help not only researchers but also the academicians to update themselves with regard to the path-breaking discoveries in the area of Stem Cells. Further, this program will also bring together leading scientists in the field on a common platform for the exchange of ideas, that can culminate in collaborative research. Also, the in silico component of the training program will provide an opportunity not only the bioinformaticians, but also the experimental biologist/biotechnologists an improved understanding of the rationale and need for academic and research activities in this direction as well. This would help them in better analyzing and mining stem cell-related data to complement their ongoing experiment-based research activities. Last, but not least, this efforts of ours will certainly enhance the quality of the teaching-learning process with positive spinoffs in terms of productivity in the academic and industrial fronts including student-driven internships. Schedule 24. 02. 14 (Day 1) Itinerary Registration/Inauguration 8. 30 - 9. 30 am (Titles may be modified later) Dr. Ajith, LIFECELL, Chennai (topic to be decided) Dr. Amrita Suresh, Shaw Cancer Research Foundation, Bangalore - epithelial stem cells and EMT Dr. Vrisha Madhuri, CMC, Bagayam, Vellore – Translational Aspects of Stem cells & Biomaterials – a clinician’s perspective –Dr. Vrisha Madhuri, CMC, Bagayam, Vellore (title may be modified) Lecture by Resource Person from Hi. Media, Mumbai (one of our sponsors) Dr. Debashish Das, Narayana Hrudalayaya - Signal transduction pathways in stem cell proliferation and differentiation – mesenchymal/epithelial – lessons from ocular stem cells Dr. Shaji R. V. Center for Stem Cell Research, Bagayam, Vellore - Reprogramming mechanisms – lessons from dermal fibroblasts Dr. P. K. Suresh, VIT University, Vellore – Evolution of stem cells – the switch from a diploblastic to a triploblastic organism 25. 02. 14 (Day 2) Dr. Yashoda G. , In. Stem, Bangalore – Stem cells from the diplobastic Hydra Dr. Ravi Raja N. S. , STEMPEUITCS, Bangalore – Translational research – bench to arm-side/bed-side - Dr. Pawan Kumar Gupta, Stempeutics, Bangalore Therapeutic applications for mesenchymal stem cells Dr. Rama Shankar Verma, IIT, Madras Role of the extracellular matrix (ECM) and the niche in stem cell proliferation and differentiation – lessons from model systems Lecture by Resource Person from Becton Dickinson Flow Cytometry AND STEM CELLS ––one of our sponsors Resource Person from. -Genotypic Co. (P) Ltd, Bangalore Interactive lecture - Analysis of Next Generation Sequencing – Demonstration and Demonstration -Lessons from Cell Culture Data-Based Analysis Briefing of participants by STRAND LIFE SCIENCES PVT. LTD. , BANGALORE 26. 02. 14 (Day 3) Scientists from Strand Life Sciences Pvt. Ltd. , Bangalore Valedictory function & Certificate Distribution