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n International Conference on Autism A : Social Skills and Creativity was organized by Department of Social Work, Pondicherry

University and Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University, Puducherry on December 29.12.2009 and 30.12. 2009. Page: 10


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TERTIARY CARE SERVICES

KKT Scheme Commenced

M aste r Hea lt h C h e c k - u p Un i t

aster Health Check-Up Unit M is an exclusive unit that deals with the preventive as well as curative aspects

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of Medicine. Various private and public sector companies have the health check-up performed on their employees, which has become mandatory nowadays, through our Master Health Checkup unit.

During the quarter October to December 2009, a total of 327 cases were examined in the Master Heath checkup unit. Among the private sector companies- Madras cements Ltd, Alathyur, Perambalur district, Teleflex Medical Private Ltd, Thirubuvanai, Puducherry, and Foseco India Ltd, Muthirapalayam, Puducherry completed the health checkup of their employees during this quarter. Among the total of 327 cases 117 were from the various companies. Apart from this, STCMS, Virudhachalam, Chempalst Sanmar Ltd, Cuddalore and TANFAC Ltd Cuddalore had the pre-employment checkup for the new recruits. MGMCRI SSSMCRI IGIDS KGNC

K al aingar K apeet tu Thit tam Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute was empanelled under ‘The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Health scheme on 26th November 2009. This Kalaingar Kapeettu Thittam is coverd by Star Health Insurance Pvt Ltd. The MOU was signed between Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Star Health Insurance on 26.11.2009. Under this scheme such of those the families whose annual income is below seventy two thousand are eligible for Rs 1lakh medical coverage for four years for various causes. Fifty two types of medical procedures are covered under this scheme. The Star Health Insurance has appointed one Liaison Officer for 2

verifying the eligibility of the cases and getting the approval. Several poor families from the large service area of the Hospital as well as from various parts of Cuddalore, Virudhachalam and Perambalur districts are expected to benefit immensely from this scheme.

Cy to genetics - D e p t of Medical Ge net i c s , C entr al R esearc h L ab or atory rs. A N Uma, Assistant ProfesM sor of Medical Genetics, Central Research Laboratory has karyotyped 23 cases referred from the clinical departments during the second half of the year 2009. Down’s syndrome, Turner’s syndrome, Turner’s Mosaic, Klinefelter’s


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syndrome are some of the numerical errors identified so far. n unusual case of a Klinefelter A (47XXY karyotype) was observed. He had worked in an iron casting unit

a year back and had 24% aberrant metaphase with breaks and fragments thereby proving that hyperthermia does cause chromosomal damage. Another rare finding was that of a 9 year old boy whose karyotype showed 32% chromosomal breaks, gaps and fragments confirming the diagnosis of Bloom syndrome (Chromosomal Breakage syndrome).

An interesting case, where a 2 year old boy with Talipes diagnosed as a Modified Bardet Biedle Syndrome surprisingly had 32 % of chromosomal aberrations. Among three couples who had come for karyotyping for recurrent abortions three women and two men showed an increased length of the short arm of chromosome 21. Such a finding of chromosome 21 is considered as a normal variant without obvious clinical relevance. However, variant chromosome 21 (21 ps+) has been reported in individuals with a bad obstetric history. Such correlations of clinical cases with cytogenetic findings have immensely enabled the post graduate students to send their work for publications in indexed journals. (These findings have been sent for publication in the form of four clinical cases.)

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»» New image intensifier has been acquired. Department of Microbiology

The following major equipments were purchased recently (December 2009): »» Biological Safety Cabinet Class II (Kleanzone devices Pvt. Ltd.) - 2 nos »» ELISA Washer (BioRad) - 1 nos »» ELISA Reader (BioRad) - 1 nos

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epartment of Anaesthesiology and critical care has recently added two more advanced equipments to its armamentarium to aid in better patient care and postgraduate teaching and training.

A new Arterial Blood Gas Analyser (RADIOMETER: ABL 80 FLEX) has been set up in the Intensive Care Unit. This state of art machine helps to estimate the oxygen and carbon-di-oxide

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tensions in a given blood sample thereby helping in instant treatment decisions. The portable Ultrasound machine (Sonosite Micromax WK02J6) is used in the intensive care unit and the operation theatre complex for various diagnostic applications (bedside lung ultrasound) and therapeutic interventions(regional anesthesia & central venous access). To stimulate the application of ultrasound in anaesthesia, the department has recently conducted a CME program on the topic Ultrasound in Anaesthesiology and Critical Care 2009

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IN PURSUIT OF PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE S c i e n ti f i c P u bl i c ati on s »» Joseph NM, Sistla S, Dutta TK, Badhe AS, Parija SC. Ventilator-associated pneumonia in a tertiary care hospital in India: incidence and risk factors. J Infect Dev Ctries 2009; 3(10): 771-7. »» Lingeswaran A, Barathi D, Sharma G. Dandy-Walker variant associated with bipolar affective disorder. J Pediatr Neurosci. 2009 Jul-Dec; 4:131-2. DOI: 10.4103/1817-1745.57341.

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Awa rd s »» Dr. N. Ananthakrishnan, Professor of Surgery, was awarded the Prof. N. Rangabashyam Oration award of the Tamil Nadu Surgical Gastroenterology Association for 2009. During the Annual conference of the association he delivered the oration on the subject “The Helicobacter duodenal ulcer story – after 25 years have we heard the last word”

S c i e n ti f i c P re se n tat i on s »» Prof. N. Ananthakrishnan was invited to give a key note address on the occasion of the Medical Education conference (MEDUCON 2009) held at JIPMER, Pondicherry in October 2009. He spoke on the subject “Shortage of medical college teachers in India – can we ever make up the short fall.”

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O fficiation As C hairpers on In Academic / S cientific Events »» Dr M. L. Prakash, Professor of Radiology attended The 62nd State Annual Conference – IRIA(Indian Radiological & Imaging Association) 2009 was held from 11th - 13th of December 2009 at “Hotel Landmark”, Yelagiri Hills and officiated as chairperson at the inaugural session of the conference that covered wide range of topics such as Anterior Knee Pain –Differential Diagnosis, Hepatobiliary interventions , Renal Nonvascular Interventions & Tips & Pitfalls in Paediatric Barium studies »» Dr. S. N. Mothilal, Professor and Head of the department of Orthopaedics officiated as chairperson of the scientific session of the 54th Annual Conference of Indian Orthopaedic Association (IOACON) 2009 from 24th to 29th November 2009 at Bhubaneswar. »» Dr. F. Stanley Mangalakumar Robert , Prof. of Physiology, participated in an accelerated Leadership Seminar by Haggai Institute in Singapore from 7th November to 21st November 2009, for a period of 15 days. Topic covered were Effective usage of Audio visual aids in teachings, leadership, discipline, communication, developing writing skills & Goal setting. Twenty one participants, primarily professors and medical doctors from 9 countries had participated in the Seminar.

Pa rticipation in Academic/ S cientific Ev ents »» Dr. S. Srikanth, Associate Professor of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology, attended the 7th National Conference of Paediatric Dermatology, Chennai held on November 7 - 8, 2009.

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»» Dr. N Mugunthan, Assistant Professor of Anatomy participated in the CME programme on “Transectional Anatomy and Imaging Techniques” at the Post Centenary Platinum Jubliee Celebration organized by the Institute of Anatomy, Madras Medical College, Chennai held on 17 November 2009.

»» Dr. Kingshuk Lahon, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology attended the International Conference on Integrative and Personalised Medicine and 42nd Annual Conference of Indian Pharmacological Society from 10 to 12 December 2009 at Kolkata and presented a Poster on: “Adverse effects of Antipsychotics, Antidepressants and Mood Stabilizers in a Tertiary care mental health setting - A retrospective study’ »» Dr. Srirangaraj S, Assistant Professor of Microbiology participated as a delegate in microcon 2009, XXXIII National Conference of Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists, held at JSS Medical College, Mysore, from 3rd to 8th November 2009 and presented a poster entitled “Normal CD4 and CD3 lymphocyte counts in healthy South Indian Adults from Mysore”. »» Dr. Uma Devi and Dr. Shailesh Kumar, Associate Professors of Microbiology, attended a CME on “Influenza A (H1N1)/ 2009”, held at Sri Sathya Sai Medical College & Research Institute, on 26th November 2009. »» Dr. Noyal Mariya Joseph, Assistant Professor of Microbiology attended


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»» Dr. Srirangaraj S, Assistant Professor of Microbiology, attended the CME on “Surgical problems in Pediatric office practice”, organized by TamilNadu & Puducherry Chapter of Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons, held at MGMC & RI, Pondicherry, on 13th December 2009.

Mi s ce l l a ny »» Dr. S. Ambujam, Professor and head of department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology participated as a guest speaker in Advocacy Programme for parents and teachers held in connection with National Adolescence Education Programme by Kendriya Vidyalaya No.1 on 21st November 2009 at JIPMER auditorium.She spoke on Adolescence Sexual Reproductive Health. »» She also addressed an HIV/ AIDS awareness programme for transgenders organised by the Sahodaran group on 5th December 2009 at Alliance Francaise, Puducherry. »» Dr. S. Ambujam was interviewed on All India Radio about Creating Awareness for Parents in Adolescent Health on 9th December 2009. »» Dr. S. Ambujam officiated as Member of an Inspection team appointed by Pondicherry AIDS control society (PACS) for inspection of STI clinics in Puducherry at JIPMER and Odiensalai and GH Karaikal.

C on t i n u i n g Medi c a l E du c ati on P ro g ra m s Ultrasound in Anaesthesiology and Critical Care - One Day Workshop

In the last decade the speciality of Anaesthesia & Critical Care has seen enormous growth. One of the main

reasons behind this growth is the induction and adoption of modern technology, the latest addition being the use of ultrasound, More than 700 research articles worldwide have been published in various journals during the last six months regarding the numerous applications of ultra sound in Anaesthesiology, Critical care and Emergency medicine. In most of the developed countries, ultrasound guided central venous cannulation has become the standard of care. The indications for the peripheral nerve blocks are increasing in the present scenario because of the widespread use of anti platelet and anti thrombotic drugs, demanding postoperative analgesia with nerve blocks for fast tracking. Ultra sound applications in the critical care settings have made rapid strides. These include optic nerve ultrasound in assessing the intracranial pressure, point of care diagnosis of pneumothorax, pleural effusion and pulmonary edema in dyspnic patients, cardiac ultrasound in diagnosing tamponade and myocardial failure, FAST examination of the abdomen in traumatic patients and evaluation of veins in the lower limb in ruling out DVT. Ultrasound plays a crucial role in the diagnosis of critically ill patients. While all these applications are well established in developed countries, in developing countries like India ultrasound technology is still restricted to the radiological suite. Ultrasound applications in Anaesthesiology are not practised even in premier institutes of India. With this foresight in mind, the Department of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care conducted a one day CME cum Work shop on Ultrasound in Anaesthesiology and Critical Care in our institute which was a first of its kind in Pondicherry.

on the occasion. The program began with a lead talk by Professor Ravishankar, Head, Department of Anesthesiology, MGMCRI followed by Dr. Deepak Bharathi, Department of Radiology, MGMCRI who delivered a lecture on ultrasound basics. Dr. TVS Gopal from CARE hospitals, Hyderabad spoke about ultrasound guided regional anaesthesia and vascular access in detail. A talk on Ultrasound guided haemodynamic assessment was delivered by an eminent critical care physician, Dr. Ram E Rajagopalan from Sundram Medical Foundation, Chennai, Tamilnadu with his emphatic voice. Finally Dr. Pankaj Kundra talked about ultrasound applications in Lung, with his excellent slides, and the CME came to an end with an elaborate lunch. In the afternoon, the workshop was conducted at the OT complex, IInd floor, Hospital block. Four stations were arranged for four applications, Station I dealt with Upper limb nerve blocks; station II for lower limb and neuroaxial blocks; station III for haemodynamic assessment and station IV for lung applications. At the workshop, the delegates were given demonstrations regarding the respective Sonoanatomy and were allowed to handle the probe and the machine on volunteers.

The CME included four academic lectures in the morning delivered by eminent speakers from various specialties. The CME was inaugurated by Dr. K.R. Thyagarajan, Medical Superintendent of MGMCRI. Dr. Robinson Smile spoke

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the CME on “Influenza A (H1N1)/ 2009”, held at JIPMER, Pondicherry, on 27th November 2009.

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CME on ‘Surgical Problems in Paediatric Office Practice’

A Continuing Medical Education program (CME), on “Surgical Problems in Paediatric Office Practice”, was organized by Dr. Mahalakshmi V.N, Associate Professor, Department of Paediatric Surgery, MGMCRI. The event was held at MGMCRI, Pillaiyarkuppam, Pondicherry on 13.12.2009. Prof. K.R. Thyagarajan, the Medical Superintendent inaugurated the program. Prof. P. Kesavan, President, Tamilnadu and Pondicherry chapter of Indian Association of Paediatric Surgeons felicitated the gathering. He said that surgical problems of varying severity are observed in about 10% of all patients attending a busy pediatric outpatient department. Early recognition as well as timely and appropriate management are key features that enable a successful surgical outcome. However, early diagnosis of surgical problems can often be elusive, especially in young children. He also said that the Paediatricians being the primary care physicians of children, should be made aware of these facts and hence this CME was a much needed one.

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A problem oriented approach to some of the common surgical problems as observed in children was attempted in the CME. The topics discussed and the resource personnel were as follows 1.  Dr.Narayan. P, Assistant Professor of Paediatrics, JIPMER,Pondicherry. “Infant with an incessant cry” 2.  Dr. Velmurugan. R Assistant Professor of Paediatric Urology ICH&HC, Chennai. “Male child with a poor urinary stream” 3.  Dr. Sankar. N Consultant in Paediatric Orthopedics KKCTH, Chennai “Painful limp in a child - a clinical approach” 4.  D r. R e g u n a n d h a n . SR Assistant Professor of Paediatric Surgery ICH&HC, Chennai. “Deep soft tissue infections - Early Recognition & referral” MGMCRI SSSMCRI IGIDS KGNC

5.��� D r . B a l a m o u r o u g a n e Associate Professor of Paediatric Surgery SRMCRI, Chennai. “Approach to a child with painful scrotum” 6.  Dr. Krishnamohan .J Assistant Professor of Paediatric Surgery, ICH&HC,Chennai. “Treatment resistent RTIs - When to suspect a surgical cause?” 7.  Dr.Raveendiran Professor of Paediatric Surgery, RMMCH, Chidambaram. “Burn wound in a child - protocol for initial management” 8.  Dr.V.N.Mahalakshmi, Associate Professor of Paediatric Surgery, MGMCRI, Pondicherry. “Clinical case scenarios in Paediatric surgery” The resource personnel provided a lucid elucidation of the topics and the informative and educative talks were followed by active and meaningful deliberations with the delegates. A group of about 160 Paediatricians, general surgeons, postgraduate and undergraduate students participated in the program. Dr. Mahalakshmi V.N, the organizing secretary proposed the vote of thanks. The meeting ended with a lunch.

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Department of Pathology Integrated teaching programme

Integrated teaching program was organized by the department of Pathology on 9.10.2009. The topic was “Recent aspects of carcinoma cervix”. Prof. Dhananjay S. Kotasthane, HOD, Department of Pathology chaired the session. Besides Dr. Partha Nandhi, Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Dr. Pradeep Kumar N. S, Associate professor and Dr. Reecha Singh, Assistant Professor Department of Pathology & Dr. Seethesh Ghose, Professor & Head, Department of ObsGyn participated as speakers. The recent aspects pertaining to epidemiology, prevention, etiopathogenesis, laboratory diagnosis and clinical management were discussed at length by the speakers. The program was attended by undergraduate and postgraduate students, CRRI’s and staff members. It concluded with the take home message provided by Prof. Dhanajay S. Kotasthane. Yet another integrated teaching program was organized by department of Pathology on 23.11.2009. The topic was


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“Recent aspects of Thyrotoxicosis” This programme was co-ordinated by Dr. Pradeep Kumar N.S, Associate Professor, Department of Pathology.

Academic Activities SAF Guest Lecture on ‘Liver Transplatation’

A guest lecture was organized by the Scientific and Academic Forum(SAF) and the Medical Education unit of MGMCRI on 30.10.09 wherein Dr.Surendaran R, Professor and HOD of Surgical Gastroenterology, Stanley Medical College, Chennai visited and spoke on the topic “Liver Transplantation”. Dr.Surendaran elaborated on the complexity of the process of liver transplantation – issues on selection of patients, organ availability and the technical skills and expertise to run the program and post transplant immunosuppression. He stressed on the need for

a good team of clinicians and a reliable laboratory to monitor the various liver function tests and competent nursing personnel The second part of the talk saw Prof. Surendaran concentrating on the intricacies involved in organizing a department, liver transplantation. He narrated his journey towards achieving an infection free zone in his department which matches international standards. The interaction with the audience was very good and beneficial. The speaker was felicitated by the Hon’ble Vice chancellor of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Prof. Gunasekaran DR. SAF Guest Lecture on ‘Challenges to TB Control’

A guest lecture was delivered by Prof. V.Kumaraswami, Director-inCharge, Tuberculosis Research Center – Chennai on 20.11.09 on the topic “Challenges To Tuberculosis Control”. The eagerly awaited program saw Prof. Kumaraswami V sharing his thoughts, in depth, about the Tuberculosis bacilli and the challenges in controlling the same. The meeting began with a welcome address by the President of SAF, Prof. Ramakrishnan V.T and Dr.Surendra Menon, Head, Department of TBCD introduced the guest speaker. Prof. Kumaraswami V, spoke at length about the structure of the Tuberculosis bacilli. The bacilli multiply much slower in comparison to virus and fungi and can remain dormant for a long time. It has to be demonstrated in sputum to establish a diagnosis .He provided a

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vivid account of the genetic makeup of the bacilli which has since been cracked and studied in detail. The initial challenge is the bacilli itself and its character. The anti-tubercular drugs cannot reach the dormant bacilli, as oxygen is needed for their action. The next challenge is the MDR-TB (multi drug resistant TB). The patients themselves are defaulters as they do not complete the course of treatment with anti tubercular drugs, as prescribed under the RNTCP. This leads to MDR-TB. The physician treating a TB patient offers the choice to adopt different therapeutic regimen, which has over the years culminated in MDR-TB. The next challenge is the use of second line drugs. The drugs are highly toxic and increase the cost of treatment. When compared to conventional drugs, under the RNTCP, the BCG vaccine is obsolete and of limited use. Prof. Kumarasami spoke about the difficulties involved in formulating an effective vaccine for tuberculosis and said a vaccine would take several years to be put in circulation. He dealt with the validity of many a diagnostic test and equipment available in the market by pointing out that one has to necessarily accept them only following mandatory evaluation and standardization procedures. Prof. Kumarasami interacted with the audience and answered queries put forth by them. He also distributed prizes to the winners of the essay competition held earlier on 11.11.09 in commemoration of world education day. The topic was titled “Single Education System – Is It The need Of the hour ? ”. The session concluded with a formal vote of thanks proposed by the secretary of SAF. 2009

Prof. Sharbari Basu, Department of Biochemistry discussed the basic mechanisms and biochemistry of Thyroid hormone metabolism. Prof Dhananjay S. Kotasthane, Department of pathology spoke on the Pathophysiology of Thyrotoxicosis, Prof. K. Manimekalai, Head, Department of Pharmacology explained the drug therapy in Thyrotoxicosis, Dr. Satish kumar C, Consultant endocrinologist, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine discussed the role of radioactive uptake studies and use of Radionuclide scan in Thyrotoxicosis. Prof. Robinson Smile, Head, Department of Surgery explained the surgical management of Thyrotoxicosis. This program attended by undergraduate and postgraduate students, CRRI’s and staff members. It concluded with the take home messageprovided by Dr. Reecha Singh.

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Prescription Writing Workshop

epartment of Pharmacology, D MGMCRI conducted a “Prescription Writing Competition and Workshop” on rational prescription of medicines on 24th Nov ‘09 from 2-4pm.

The Competition started at 2 pm with spot registration. Different sets of Questions were given to MBBS, BDS students, Postgraduate students and interns. The introductory speech was delivered by Dr.Shivamurthy N, Assoc Prof, Dept of Pharmacology. Prof K.R Thyagarajan, MS, presided over the function. At the end of the Competition, two short talks on “Principles of Prescribing” & “Rational Prescribing & Common Errors in Prescribing” were delivered by Prof Manimekalai & Dr Reena Rajan.

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Dr Mohammed Hanifah, Asst. Prof, Medicine and Prof K.R Thyagarajan also gave their views on rational prescribing. The prizes were distributed to the winners under different categories at the consequent SAF meeting. Postgraduate dissertation workshop

he postgraduate training comT mittee (PGTC) of MGMCRI has been conducting regular dissertation

workshops for postgraduate students (MD/MS), since 2007. These workshops are designed to equip postgraduate students with practical dissertation skills. The PGTC, currently headed by Dr. Ananthakrishnan N, Professor of

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Surgery and Coordinator of Postgraduate Studies, has decided to conduct two dissertation workshops for each batch of postgraduate students. The first workshop will focus on imparting skills relevant to the preparation of a methodologically sound dissertation protocol, and will be organized within the first six months of postgraduate training ( June/July). The second workshop will be conducted in the third year ( July/August), and will help the students write up their dissertations in a coherent and organized manner. The first dissertation workshop for postgraduate students admitted during the academic year 2009-2010 was conducted over a period of five days, from 02-11-2009 to 06-11-2009. The modules of this workshop were based on a bipartite format, and comprised of a lecture followed by group tasks. In the first of the five modules of this workshop, Prof. Ananthakrishnan introduced the participants to the concept and purpose of a dissertation. He discussed the factors influencing selection of a topic. Salient differences between a PhD thesis and an MD/MS dissertation were highlighted. Prof. Ananthakrishnan stressed upon the need for a rigorous approach to research. Dr. Sharbari Basu, Professor of Biochemistry, shed light upon the rules that need to be observed while creating a dissertation title. The second module of the workshop was coordinated by Dr. Sivaprakash B, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, and focused on the principles underlying a systematic literature review. He provided an illustration of a PubMed database search, and demonstrated the use of 8

reference management software. Dr. Shanthi Ananthakrishnan, Professor of Pediatrics, coordinated the module on Study Design, on the third day. This module covered issues pertaining to research methodology, including aims and objectives, types of studies, selection of statistical tests, etc. In addition, the data collection process and types of statistical data were discussed. Mr. Lokeshmaran A, Tutor-cum-Statistician, provided an overview of sampling methods, sample size, and presented examples of statistical tests. In the fourth module of the workshop, Dr. Shivamurthy N, Associate Professor of Pharmacology, provided exposure to the concepts of informed consent and ethical clearance. The fifth session served to recapitulate and reinforce skills imparted by the preceding modules. Prof. Sharbari Basu defined the components of a research protocol, and walked the participants through the actual process of writing a dissertation protocol. Postgraduates who had started work on their protocols were given an opportunity to discuss their blueprints with the resource personnel. A workshop evaluation was conducted, following the final module. Feedback collected from the participants was analyzed and documented, with a view to enhancing the quality of subsequent dissertation workshops. The proceedings of this workshop have been archived, in electronic and print formats, under the supervision of Prof. Ananthakrishnan. The compendium will also serve as a manual, and facilitate the organization of these workshops in years to come.


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SCHOLARS IN THE MAKING

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»» Dr. D. Soujanya attended the National Leprosy Conference in New Delhi held between 2.10.2009 and 4.10.2009 and presented a poster titled Nasal Leproma. This was well received »» Dr. Kandaswamy attended the ‘CODFI WORKSHOP 2009’on Contact Dermatitis and Photo dermatology held on 21.11.2009 and 22.11.2009 at Bengaluru and presented a poster titled-“Easy Solution to a difficult problem’. He also presented a

paper titled “Incidence of Trophic ulcer in Leprosy patient undergoing proper Hand and foot care” on 13.11.09 in the Scientific Academic Forum(SAF) meeting, M.G.M.C.R.I »» Dr. Ashish Singh presented a paper titled “Pityriasis Rosea: Multiple Coalescing ‘Herald Patches_ Pityriasis Circinata et Marginata of Vidal” at the 7th National Conference of Paediatric Dermatology, held at Chennai, Tamilnadu on 7.11.2009 and 8.11.2009. He also presented a poster titled “Listen to cry of a finger inside a ring” in the ‘CODFI WORKSHOP 2009’on Contact Dermatitis and Photo dermatology. »» The 62nd State Annual Conference – IRIA(Indian Radiological & Imaging Association) 2009 was held between 11.10.09 and 13.10.09 at Yelagiri Hills, Tamilnadu. Postgraduate students pursuing MD in radiodiagnosis and participated. • Dr. L. Murali Krishna, PG - 2nd

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year, presented a scientific paper. It was appreciated as an innovative paper in the conference. • Dr. Annitha Elavarasi J, PG - 1st year, presented a scientific poster at the conference on the topic- Pictorial essay: Mri Imaging Of Normal Cisternal Segment Of All The Cranial Nerves Using Drive Sequence. Dr Annitha ‘s poster won the second place, among a total entry of 26 posters. • Dr. N. Adithya, PG - 1st year, presented a scientific poster on the topic- Splenogondal Fusion – Rare Extratesticular Scrotal Mass 2009

r. Jagan Mohan R, Dr. Harsha M Shetty, Dr. S. Padmavathi and Dr. Jacob Jesurun RS, postgraduate students of the Department of Pharmacology completed a week long workshop on ‘Laboratory Animals’ held by the Division of Pharmacology of the Faculty of Medicine of Annamalai University, Annamalai Nagar, Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, from 26.10.2009 to 31.10.2009.

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UNIVERSITY COMMUNIQUE International Conference on Autism An International Conference on Autism Social Skills and Creativity was organized by Department of Social Work, Pondicherry University and Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University, Puducherry on December 29.12.2009 and 30.12. 2009.

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The two day conference was organized at the Cultural – Cum –Convention centre, Pondicherry University. The speakers were drawn from different quarters:- Dr. Andrew Nelson from Marshall University USA, Dr. Rebecca K. Lytle from California State University, USA, Dr. Seema Sherawat from California State University, USA, Dr. Arun Mehta from New Delhi, Dr. Mythily Chari from Hyderabad, Dr. Srividya Subramanian from Coimbatore, Dr. Pratibha from Bangalore, and Dr. Jayanthini from Chennai. They presented papers on various topics as related to Autism and chaired comprehensive panel discussions. At the valedictory function on 30.12.2009, Prof. D. R. Gunasekaran, Vice - Chancellor of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University delivered the Presidential address. He stressed upon the role of social workers, teachers, psychologists and parents in dealing with Autism. He also assured Pondicherry University that closer ties between the former and Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University are envisaged in the future, pertaining to the conduct of scientific research and training. The two day conference was well attended by social workers, clinical psychologists, rehabilitative workers, representatives from different national level Non-Governmental organizations (NGOs) and students from the department of social work belonging to various colleges. MGMCRI SSSMCRI IGIDS KGNC

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CAMPAIGNS Essay Competition In Commemoration of World Education Day - 11th November 2009 Topic : “Single Education System – Is It The Need Of The Hour ? ”. The winners of the essay competitions were Category - I:PG’s & Interns of MGMCRI :

‘AIDS WEEK 2009’was organised successfully from 25th Nov to 1st Dec.

1.  I PRIZE- Dr.Ravivarman.L (Intern) .

Programme was inaugurated by The Medical Superintendent on 25/11/2009.

Category - II : Under Graduate students of MGMCRI

On 26/11/09,HIV/AIDS awareness week programme was organised for public at Seliamedu RHC.

2.  I PRIZE - M.Prem Vignesh (I Semester) , 3.  II PRIZE - Divyang Mongia (III Semester), 4.  III PRIZE Praharaj (I Semester)

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Category - III : Dental students of IGIDS-

5.  I PRIZE- Shamini Begum. H, .P,

6.  II PRIZE-Rebekah Chibborah

Category - IV: Nursing students of KGNC :

7.  I PRIZE-Deepthi.R .V (P.B.B.Sc) , 8.  II PRIZE-Kesia Philip (II yr) BSc, 9.  III PRIZE-Amrutha M (III yr) BSc.

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Voluntary Blood Donation camp was organised on 27/11/09. Poster competition for students of MGMC&RI, IGIDS and KGNC was successfully organized on 28/10/2009 in which students of KGNC participated enthusiastically. The topic of the competition was “Creating awareness in HIV and AIDS.”The 1st was won byJayasree,2nd was won by Ragavi and ,3rd place was won by Uvarani , Consolation prize was won by P. Sai Venkatesh respectively of Katurba Gandhi Nursing college. HIV/AIDS awareness week programme for public was organized on 30/11/2009 at Ariyankuppam UHC. On 1st December, on WORLD AIDS DAY, a highly sucessful Inter Collegiate Debate competition was organized the topic of which was “Is HIV testing mandatory before marriage?” in which 1st place went to Anil Mathews and Vandhana Singh from 2009

Based on the guidelines laid down by the UGC, the birthday of Maulana Kalam Azad , the first Education Minister of free India was celebrated as WORLD EDUCATION DAY (11.11.09). The Scientific and Academic Forum (SAF), took the initiative and organized an essay competition on the topic “Single Education System – Is It The Need Of The Hour?”. The program registered an enthusiastic participation from medical, nursing and dental students, interns and postgraduate students. A total of 88 participants partook of the proceedings. The essay was judged by four independent Professors of MGMCRI and prizes were distributed on 20.11.09 by Prof. Kumaraswami, Director – in – Charge, Tuberculosis Research Centre, Indian Council of Medical Research, Chennai. The aspirations and the thoughts of young minds who had only in the recent past finished their 12th standard exams in order to gain admission to professional courses, was a treat to read.

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Children’s Day Children’s day was celebrated in the Department of Paediatrics, on 14.11.2009. The day signifies the birthday of the First Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.

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The program started with an invocation song, Prof. VT Ramakrishnan, Head, Department of Paediatrics welcomed the invitees and her guests.

Mr.Parthiban, Social worker, Department Of Community medicine, spoke to the children and mothers, about the life of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and his fondness for children. This was followed by a Lilliput show by students of KGNC. The program showcased the need for explained the values of good nutrition, timely food and the micronutrients. The Lilliput show was enjoyed by the children. The conversation between two girls while travelling in a bus formed the core of the show. The students also performed a skit on health education. This was followed by songs, rendered zealously by the children admitted in the Paediatric ward and the students of KGNC. A drawing competition was held the previous day; the children participated in large numbers and came out with very interesting and beautiful drawings using fabulous colours. The faculty and post graduate students also participated in the drawing competition. Prizes were distributed in the singing and drawing categories. Gifts and chocolates were distributed to all the children in the ward and much to their amusement and pleasure. The function ended with refreshments and a formal vote of thanks.

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OUTREACH SERVICES MGMCRI ever believes in reaching out to the under-privileged people and lending them support by way of looking after an important aspect of their lives — their health. This is being facilitated through regular conduct of health camps and awareness programs especially by the department of Community Medicine, in association with the other departments of the Deemed University. C ommu n i t y se rv i c es – D er m atol o g y A team of doctors comprising Dr. Seethalakshmi G.V, Dr. Rahul K.K, Dr. Soujanya D and Dr. Ashish Singh visited Clariant Chemicals on 6.11.09 to investigate the occurrence of occupational dermatosis in factory workers.

»» Comprehensive health care is being provided to the community through two outreach centres namely Urban Health Centre (UHC), Ariankuppam & Rural Health Centre(RHC) at Seliamedu. »» During the last quarter (October to December, 2009) 3657 patients were provided preventive, promotive & curative service at RHC. This included 1985 male and 1672 female patients. It is encouraging to note that the number of beneficiaries has been increasing steadily and the quality services that is being provided is acknowledged suitably. »» Similarly at UHC 4751 patients were provided treatment, (1868 male and 2883 female). The patient number has increased as compared to the previous year during the same period. »» These centres are not only providing curative treatment, but are actively engaged in various health education awareness programs for the benefit of general public, school students and attendants of patients. »» As the menace of “Swine Flu” still persists in India, especially the southern part, it was decided to

create awareness about the same and that among general public of Seliamedu. This was accomplished by way of a health talk provided by the medical officer incharge, Seliamedu. About fifty people benefited and the attendants of the patients were also briefed by the interns on the importance of personal hygiene. »» 120 students of K.V.Govt High School, Seliamedu were involved in a group discussion on personal and oral hygiene at the behest of medical officer and interns. An awarness program on AIDS was conducted in the RHC, as a part of AIDS awareness week celebrations (25.11.2009 to 01.12.2009). 80 persons attended this program and emerged as beneficiaries. »» School health program is a continuous feature of the activities of both the centers. 230 students of Govt. Primary School, Seliamedu were benefited by the health talks and discussion. The program was coordinated by the medical officer incharge with input from interns. »» An awareness talk on “Swine Flu” was organized for public in the UHC service area at Ariankuppam. 39 persons attended the same.

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»» A discussion on breast feeding practices was initiated amongst 27 patients of the antenatal clinic, UHC. The lady Medical Officers at the centre were actively involved in this program. »» 150 students of Bharath High School, Ariyankuppam attended the talk prepared by the interns on personal hygiene & sanitation. This talk was supported by various charts & posters available with the centre. »» In co-ordination with Department of Dermatology & Community Medicine AIDS Awareness programme was conducted at UHC Ariankuppam on 30.11.09 in the centre premises. 75 persons attended the programme. »» An awareness program on locally endemic diseases was arranged for the students of Periyar High School (AKM) on 10.12.2009. 200 students attended. Another health education talk was held for the benefit of Bharath high School students in which 75 participated. Awareness regarding diarrhoeal diseases was in the same school, in which 150 students were present. »» 75 inmates of Jawahar Children observation home were educated on scabies, the most prevalent skin disorder. 2009

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Academic Activities Sym p o si um A symposium was organized on “Recent Trends in Diabetes” by Dr. K. Sembulingam, Professor of Physiology on 13th October, 2009. Dr. Vasantha N. Subbiah, Dean, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College & Research Institute gave welcome address. Dr. D. R. Gunasekaran, Vice Chancellor, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University delivered the presidential address and inaugurated the program. The speakers were 1. Dr. M. Chandrasekar, m.b.b.s., m.d., d.a., ph.d., Vice Principal and Professor & Head of Physiology Department Meenakshi Medical College and Research Institute, Kancheepuram

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Topic: “Pathophysiology of diabetes” Introduced by Dr. Stanley, Robert Professor and HOD of Physiology Dept., Mahatma Gandhi Medical College, Puducherry 2. Dr. V. Mohan, m.b.b.s., m.d., frcp., ph.d., d.sc. fnasc., Chairman & Chief Diabetologist, Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre, Chennai Topic: “Management of diabetes” Introduced by Dr. Baba Krishnan, Vice Principal, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College & Research Institute

3. Dr. Rema Mohan, m.b.b.s., d.o., ph.d., fabms. Managing Director & Chief Ophthalmologist, Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre, Chennai Topic: “Complications of diabetes” Introduced by Dr. Prema Sembulingam, Professor of Physiology Dr. R. Balaji, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Ms. Carisa Manilal, I year student wonderfully compeered the entire program. The students were much benefited by the symposium. Students also displayed many thought provoking posters on “Diabetes”. All the posters and the interaction by students with the speakers were much appreciated by everyone including the guest speakers. Dr. Sembulingam delivered the vote of thanks.

Symp osi um The department of Microbiology conducted a symposium on “Changing Facets of Swine Flu” under the auspices of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University, Puducherry. The symposium was conducted on 26.11.1009. The program was inaugurated by Prof. Gunasekaran DR, the esteemed Vice Chancellor of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University. He appreciated the efforts of the department and announced his unrelenting support. Smt. Gowri Rajagopalan, Chairperson sssmc & ri, lighted the traditional lamp and graced the occasion with her presence. The enthusiastic audience were treated to a fest of knowledge by the three learned speakers. The details are provided below 1. Introduc tion,

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manifestations & treatment of swine flu – by Dr. Nandhitha Arun , Dr. Ramachandran Diabetes Hospital 2. Genomi(x)cs of Human Swine Avian Influenza virus & pathogenesis – by Dr. Sujatha , JIPMER, Puducherry. 3. Lab diagnosis, Prophylaxis & Preventive Measures of Swine flu – by Dr. Selvi , Stanley Medical college, Chennai, Tamilnadu. The program was well attended by students & staff of MGMCRI, SSSMCRI, Chengalpattu Medical College, JIPMER and SRM Medical College. The enthusiastic students of II M.B.B.S participated in the poster presentation contest and the guest speakers were the respected judges. Three best poster presentations were selected and prizes were given away.

Outreach Health C amps Shri Sathya Sai Social Service, a unit of sssmc & ri organized a health screening camp for schools in and around Ammapettai to commemorate Children’s day. The first phase of the camp was organized by Dr. Vasantha .N. Subbiah, Dean sssmc & ri on 15.11 2009 and around 300 students of Suddanandhavidyalaya were examined by consultants deputed from ent, opthalmology, paediatric and dental departments of sssmcri. Medical problems of the students were identified and appropriately treated. The second phase of the camp meant for the government school students is already underway.


Recharging the soul Splendour mixed with elegance, variety, uniqueness & style…!!!!!

Excitements fuelled with passion, wisdom and creativity are the powerful weapons of our budding SSSMC doctors! The ‘FUSION CHETTINAD 2009’ a cultural meet broke our children’s inhibition and ignited their socio cultural passion at our neighbouring, scenic CHETTINAD HEALTH CITY, Kelambakkam between 12.11.09 and 14.11.09. This activity promoted a common sense of brotherhood among the various segments of students and staff of the Institute besides providing the much-needed diversion from busy academic and service routine. This is the first time such a Cultural meet was organized for our children to take part in various events beginning with fine arts events like vegetable carving, pot painting, glass painting, rock painting, and rocking dance performances, skits, music and lovely fashion shows. ‘FUSION CHETTINAD 2009’ gave us a chance to explore our students talents and it gave a fabulous opening to celebrate cultural diversity & achieve harmony with mutual respect. It happened to be a merry occasion to celebrate & reflect the vigour & virtuosity of our students from different parts of our country. Beyond participation, enjoying music, dance, artistic display this developed a strong spirit of team hood. The cultural extravaganza comprised of a spectrum of around 23 events such as Western group dance, Indian group dance, Ad zap, Fashion Show, Rangoli, T – shirt painting, Solo singing, Mehendi, flower arrangement, vegetable carving etc. K.DEEPAK II year M.B.B.S won the III Prize for Rock painting

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Finally the special cynosure of this extravaganza was ‘Aatish’ – The Night of fireworks on the last day. It was the most memorable day as it had rained that night and the firework display was a feast for all of our eyes that night. A major health problem facing the medical world right now is stress that is manifested in many ways. We Doctors and students of medicine are no exception and taking part in such cultural festivals acted as “stress busters”, for all of us. We will always be thankful to our management for giving us such an opportunity.

Spotlight DEPARTME NT OF PATHOLO GY The department of Pathology was established in the year 2008 as per the norms of Medical Council of India (MCI). The first batch of students was received in 2009. The department has a well established practical laboratory endowed with the state- of-the- art microscopes for students. The laboratory feels proud to have a digital microscopy unit which helps the students to understand the microscopic features better, which hither to remained a mystery. This will also be useful for PG students in future. The department has a fairly well established research laboratory. The museum is a well conceived proposal which houses a good number of mounted specimens and systematically arranged for students to facilitate better understanding of diseases. The department also houses a library with a good collection of books and journals.

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discipline is to cope with the constant flow of new drugs into the market and acquire the correct and critical update regarding such new entrants. The faculty uphold the tenets of pharmacology and clinical pharmacology and provides, basic as well as advanced information to the student in order that they know their moral & legal duties of their would be patients care. The department is initiating projects in post marketing surveillance of drugs prescribed at Shri Sathya Sai Medical College & Research Institute and also pharmacovigilance studies. It also trains students in prescription writing, rational drug use besides fostering clinical research. In addition to the regular teaching programs, the faculty advocates students participation in seminars, research projects and small group discussions. The department of Pharmacology has 5 research projects in hand that are ready for presentation to ethical committee and are to be despatched to ICMR as a student short term projects. The department is fully equipped with exclusive rooms for teaching and non –teaching staff.The infrastructure provides facilities in experimental pharmacology to help promote for better understanding of therapeutic drugs. There is Pharmacy/Clinical Pharmacology laboratory for imparting practical training in the respective disciplines. There is also a research laboratory for pursuing research activities by faculty and the students. A preparation room and two demonstration rooms are available for enabling small group demonstrations and tutorials. An informative museum with comprehensive charts on drug toxicities, sources of drugs and about 300 drug formulations aid in the learning process. A departmental library with 50 books and a store room for chemicals and glassware are also provided. A parent –teacher meeting was conducted in the month of December 2009 and that was highly appreciated by the parents.

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t was in 1998 that researchers from the University of WisconsinMadison, extracted the first human embryonic stem cells that could be kept alive in the laboratory. Ever since, it has been a fascinating piece of intelligence, with myriad innovative and invaluable applications in regenerative and reparative medicine. It is therapeutically both promising and novel; a breakthrough beyond biological conventions. Stem cell therapy(SCT), seemingly unfurls a template for therapeutical ventures of many illnesses, believed to be refractory, until recently.

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Stem cells (SC) are a class of undifferentiated cells that are able to differentiate into specialized cell types. Commonly, SCs arise from two main sources: embryonic and adult stem cells. Both types are generally characterized by their inherent potential to differentiate into different cell types (such as skin, muscle, bone, etc.). Embryonic stem cells (ECT) are derived from a four or five day-old human embryo i.e. blastocyst. Following four to six days, the blastocyst, before implantation in the uterus, develops into an outer cell mass that develops / differentiates into the placental unit, and an inner cell mass that differentiates to become all the structures of an adult organism. The “inner cell mass” when placed in a culture dish containing a nutrient-rich broth, in vitro, lacking the necessary stimulation to differentiate, begin to replicate still maintaining pluripotency. Adult stem cells or somatic stem cells exist throughout the body, following embryonic development in different types of tissues such as the brain, bone marrow, blood, blood vessels, skeletal muscles, skin, and the liver. They remain in a quiescent state for years MGMCRI SSSMCRI IGIDS KGNC

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St em cell lines Once the stem cells propagate in a controlled culture, the collection of healthy, dividing, and undifferentiated cells is called a stem cell line.

Potency Embryonic stem cells are the most potent since they must become every type of cell in the body. Depending on their differentiating potential, they are labeled: »» Totipotent - the ability to differentiate into all possible cell types. e.g. zygote and morula cells. »» Pluripotent – the ability to differentiate into almost all cell types. e.g. embryonic stem cells and cells from the inner cell mass

Milestones in St e m C ell research • 2005 - Researchers at Kingston University in England claim to have discovered a third category of stem cell, dubbed cord-blood-derived embryoniclike stem cells (CBEs), derived from umbilical cord blood. The group claims that these cells are able to differentiate into more types of tissue than adult stem cells. • 2007 - Two similar papers released by their respective journals prior to formal publication: in Cell “Induction of pluripotent stem cells from adult human fibroblasts by defined factors”, and in Science “Induced pluripotent stem cell lines derived from human somatic cells”: pluripotent stem cells generated from mature human fibroblasts. It is possible now to produce a stem cell from almost any other human cell instead of using embryos as needed previously, albeit the risk of tumorigenesis is there.

»» Multipotent – the ability to differentiate into a closely related family • 2008-The first published study of of cells. e.g. hematopoietic (adult) stem successful cartilage regeneration in the cells that can become red and human knee using autolowhite blood cells or platelets. gous adult mesenchymal Stem cells stem cells (Published by the »» Oligopotent - the abil- immortalized? clinicians from Regenerative ity to differentiate into a few Sciences ). cells. e.g. (adult) lymphoid or myeloid stem cells. Unipotent - the ability to only produce cells of their own type, but have the property of self-renewal required to be labeled a stem cell. Examples include (adult) muscle stem cells. Embryonic stem cells with their pluripotency, remain a theoretically potential source for regenerative medicine and tissue replacement after injury or disease. They require specific signals for correct differentiation.

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Organ and tissue regeneration: Tissue regeneration is a unique application of stem cell research. Adult hematopoietic stem cells found in blood and bone marrow have been used for years to treat diseases such as leukemia, sickle cell anemia, and even congenital immune deficiencies. Stem cells that lie just beneath the skin, for example, have been used to engineer new skin tissue that can be grafted on to burn victims, for optimal healing.


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The l o oming c ontrover sy The main critique of this research is that SCT not only requires the destruction of a human blastocyst, but also a fertilized egg thereby not providing the chance to develop into a fully-developed human. When does life begin? Many assert that life begins at conception, when the egg is fertilized. It is often argued that the embryo deserves the same status as any other full grown human. Therefore, destroying it is akin to murder. Others, in contrast, have identified different points in gestational development that mark the beginning of life - after the development of certain organs or after a certain time period.

Ethical Is sues »» Would apoptosis set in early in these rejuvenated cells? Or is it just an elixir?, a panacea for histological reincarnation? »» What is the risk of mutations? »» Is it really a viable sustaining alternative in terms of quality of life?

Trekking and tracking malignancy: Biotechnology is tracing breast cancer cells to their origin. Programmed destruction of the cancerous cells by tailor-made anticancer proteins, could enable us to identify healthy stem cells and then develop, inject, and nurture them to overcome the malignant cells. Demise of the metabolic aberration?: SCT for fatal metabolic disorders, including Krabbe disease, metachromatic leukodystrophy, Pelizaeus-Maerzbacher

disease,Tay-Sachs disease and Sandoff disease, unfurls new hope even before the babies are born. Donor stem cells are injected directly into the fetus’s abdomen at 12 to 14 weeks’ pregnancy. At birth, the baby will be tested to see if the donor cells are present, and if they’re fixing the malfunctioning genes. If not, the baby would be eligible for conventional cord-blood stem cell transplant within a few weeks. Decoding the gene code in mutations: Undifferentiated stem cells eventually differentiate partly, because, a particular gene is turned on or off. Stem cell researchers may help to clarify the role that genes play in determining what genetic traits or mutations we receive. Appropriating optimal drug permutations: Further, it may throw light on the effect of drugs on healthy, normal tissue by testing the drug on tissue grown from stem cells rather than testing the drug on human volunteers.

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L egal is sues Production of embryonic stem cell lines is illegal in Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, and Ireland, but permitted in Finland, Greece, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the UK. In the United States, it is not illegal to work with or create embryonic stem cell lines. However, the debate in the US is about funding, and it is in fact illegal that federal funds be used to conduct research on stem cell lines that were created, following August 2001. Nevertheless, despite the universal appeal in contemporary medicine, SCT still remains enigmatic as regards its long term prospects, posing questions that only time can answer. Dr. Vijaya, Asst. Prof of Obs, Gyn Ms. Joy John, Sr. Tutor, KGNC Dr. Ravishankar M, Prof & Head, Anaesthesiology & Critical Care 2009

Cell deficiency therapy: Similarly, people with Type I Diabetes mellitus could have the insulinproducing cells that have been lost or destroyed by the patient’s own immune system-- replaced with functional stem cells. Replacement cells and tissues may be used to treat brain diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s by replenishing damaged tissue and restoring their function.

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SPOTLIGHT The Central Laboratory

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he Central Laboratory is one of the significant pillars of the Institute. The Laboratory has grown in stature over the years, ever since its inception in 2001. The Laboratory is endowed with the state- of- the art diagnostic armamentarium that matches the standers, synonymous with the functioning of a quality setup. The central lab is set in motion by facilitating a perfect blend of infrastructure and personnel.

Pati e nt safet y A matter of top priority right from the time the patient’s sample is collected, utmost care is taken to ensure proper processing of the sample, keeping in view the accuracy of the analysis, prompt dispatch of the reports and patient health safety. In other words, the pre analytical, analytical and post analytical facets are given topmost priority that would eventually culminate in providing efficient, capable and trustworthy laboratory service to the patients.

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Th e te c h nol o g y a n d te c h ni c a l P erson n el: A set of user- friendly next generation analyzers provide the nodal point in the central laboratory, wherein the confluence of technology and able technical personnel takes place to promote efficiency. The detection technologies that are in vogue include the use of spectrophotometry, ion selective electrodes, electrochemiluminesence and laser impedance. The use of rapid serum blood collection tubes has vastly contributed to the improvement of patient care. The use of BD vacutainer has led to the pronounced reduction in time, related to the prompt dispatch of the results of the investigations. This has

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relevance to the patient care and hospital economy. The results of the vital (critical) investigations are dispatched as rapidly as within 1 minute to 9 minutes. A comprehensive serum work area solution can easily handle workloads in excess of 900 samples within 24 hours.

The workstation analy zer s – providers of efficient patient care:

The Clinical biochemistry laboratory possesses Roche Hitachi 902 – a fully automated analyzer, designed to function as a true workhorse for quantitating wide gamut parameters including substrates, enzyme electrolytes drugs, narcotics etc in blood and other body fluids. Hitachi 902 exhibits random access with a broad menu and has a throughput of 300 tests/hr. The reagents and the samples are bar-coded which allows accuracy and precision of results.

The workstation analyzers at the central Laboratory are supplied and efficiently maintained by pioneers in –vitro diagnostics: ROCHE, BECKMAN COULTER, MEDICA, RADIOMETER and MINDRAY. These manufacturing companies are leaders in the innovation of products and provision of quality services. They are ever committed to the best-in-class performance, convenience, confidence and predictability in chemistry.

The Roche Cobas e411 is a fully automated, multi channel immunoassay analyzer for facilitating random access processing of electrochemiluminescence (ECL) based immunoassays. ECL technology which is the gold standard for immunoassay testing delivers excellent low end sensitivity and broad dynamic range. The Cobas e- 411 assay menu includes thyroid and other endocrine function tests, Tumor markers, Fertility profile, maternal care profile, bone

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markers and critical care parameters. The Pathology laboratory boasts of possessing state-of-the-art 5-part differential analysis blood cell counters. The BECKMAN COULTER Ac T 5 diff and MINDRAY 5200 BC employs Absorbance cytochemistry and volume (Ac V) Technology. Distinct populations of monocytes, neutrophils and eosinophils could be accurately identified based on the differential cytochemical staining of their granules as against their volumes. Lymphocytes remain unstained and the basophil population is assessed on a district channel by resorting to the use of volume grating and selective lysis.

Total c om mi tmen t to qual i t y c on trol – ou r major te net : An extensive and stringent quality control/ assessment – internal and external, aid in the efficient functioning and management of the Central laboratory. The laboratory follows the internal and external quality assessment schemes (EQAS) from M/S BIORAD , USA BECKMAN COULTER and ROCHE who provide the whole blood and sera for the internal quality control as regards Biochemistry and hematology.

O u r m i s sion »» To deliver insightful information culminating in enhanced patient care. »» To provide a harmonious balance between the needs of hospital management and laboratory work environment. »» To provide optimum laboratory services at an economical rate. »» To offer test turnaround that meets the targets of the hospital and clinicians with very little variability in results.

“The results you can rely upon, as we are totally committed to providing comprehensive health care, are based on efficient functioning of the laboratory and the personnel”.

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Common data management is the key to the organization and trading of vital information. The laboratory is connected to the laboratory information services of the hospital management services software. This ensures minimum workflow interruptions and is based on ‘user friendliness’. It promotes rapid and reliable turnaround. Since many of the automated analyzers are interfaced online it enables the streamlining of the testing processes and alleviates the burden of manual entries.

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INDIRA GANDHI INSTITUTE OF DENTAL SCIENCES

IGIDS is fast emerging as an institute of repute in Puducherry and adjoining areas. It is well planned and landscaped in 5.2 acres. The institute is located within the premises of MGMCRI ,Puducherry. It is three and half years old and is growing steadily in stature. The dental block with basic sciences block has been designed by one of the most reputed hospital architect consultants, TCPL and the construction carried out by the L& T group of companies.

and paraoral structures. The faculty is headed by Dr. Balan, an experienced professional and has two more senior lecturers. The department is equipped with semi automatic dental chairs. The radiology unit has IOPA machine DVX-65 and OPG machine ASAHIAuto III E CM which cater to the day to day needs of the patient, visiting the clinics.

The institute is approved by the Dental Council of India (DCI), New Delhi, Government of Puducherry and affiliated to Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University.

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Ho spi ta l : Effectiveness necessarily means doing things right. Efficiency refers to the act of doing the right things the right way. To be effective and efficient, the experienced and dedicated staff should form an able team with innovative ideas and boundless vision. IGIDS boasts of such a well knit team of professionals who would enrich the professional commitment with core and state-of the-art skills. Presently the college has an intake of 100 students for BDS course and four batches of students are in pursuit of knowledge and excellence in their chosen discipline. he department of oral mediT cine and diagnosis forms the base of the hospital where the patients are

examined and referred to the concerned department for further treatment. The department of Oral diagnosis, medicine & radiology deals with the diagnosis of conditions, pertaining to the oral and paraoral structures. It also super specializes in imaging modalities of oral

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The department trains the students in clinical diagnosis of oral conditions, besides educating them on additional investigative procedures required and referral to other specialty departments. The students are also exposed to the use of X-ray machines for making intraoral periapical radiographs and orthopantamographs. In the near future, the department envisages starting postgraduate programs. The department has plans to procure Radio Visuo Graphy (RVG) soon. The department of Oral and maxillofacial surgery has earned itself a formidable reputation for its outstanding management in the field of oral cancers, orthognathic surgeries, facial traumatology and facial reconstruction. The department renders comprehensive diagnostic, therapeutic and counseling services in the field of extraction, minor 20

oral surgical procedures and major surgeries including cosmetic surgeries. The department is headed by Professor B.Karthikeyan, and also includes a reader and two senior lecturers. These faculty members have received competent professional training in the field of maxillofacial trauma, reconstruction, cosmetic surgeries and minor oral surgical procedures. The department has a clinical area where extractions are carried out and a minor operation theatre where minor oral surgical procedures are carried out. The department is equipped with state- of-the- art fully automatic dental chairs. Major surgeries are carried out at MGMCRI. The students posted receive expert guidance and comprehensive clinical training related to extraction and minor oral surgical procedures. The department plans to accede the latest equipments such as oscillating saw, lasers and athroscopic equipments for Temporo Mandibular Joint(TMJ) procedures.

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striving sincerely to impart fundamental periodontal skills to the students besides offering effective clinical care to the community. The department is well equipped with library, semi automatic dental chairs, ultrasonic scaler unit and a minor surgical enclave.

The department is well equipped with student’s pre clinical lab. Well furnished clinical area with recent and advanced dental materials augments the laboratory. The department has a separate reception hall and waiting room for the children with a conducive environment. In addition to regular teaching programs, final year students are encouraged to present seminars in association with discussion of clinical cases. Duties are extended to the society by means of frequent school camps and school dental health programs as well as dental health education to public. The department of Orthodontic and Dentofacial Orthopedics works with the theme “Sculpting the future�. It is involved in teaching the concepts of malocclusion, methods of overcoming the same as well as therapeutic modalities concerning the same. The department of Orthodontics has come a long way since 2006 and manages patients having defects ranging from malaligned teeth to mispropriate jaws. The department renders comprehensive,

diagnostic and therapeutic services and is backed by ample infrastructure. The Faculty is headed by Dr. Vijayalakshmi K, who is also the Principal of the institute, a professional with vast experience in the field of Orthodontics spanning more than two decades. Presently, the department has three Readers and two senior Lecturers who have received professional raining in various aspects of the discipline. A fully furnished clinical laboratory houses a cephalometric tracing table. The department has performed more than 100 cases of fixed appliance therapy sine 2 years. With due co-operation from the department of Oral Surgery, patients with maxillofacial skeletal deformity have been treated. Students posted in the department receive training in handling cases of various malocclusions. The students are also trained with an innovative teaching and best practice in orthodontics as seminar, poster presentation, projects and model preparation. The Department of Periodontics is one of the leading specialties in dentistry rendering advanced scientific and evidence based treatments in the management of gum and bone diseases. Since its inception in2006, it has been

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The department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics deals with the restoration of decayed teeth and root canal treatment. The department is headed by Professor Carounanidi Usha and has qualified and experienced faculty members. The department is determined to make the students comprehend the fundamental dental treatment procedures and translate them to effective and efficient care of the dental problem. The department has numerous dental awareness posters displayed in vernacular languages and English to make it easily understandable. The students are trained in carrying out project work, seminars patient care regarding oral health. The clinical lab has 17 automatic chairs for restorative procedures. Esthetic light cure restorations and root canal treatments are being performed. A minor OT with fully furnished equipments functions effectively. The department has a well established library that satisfies the needs of undergraduate students. The pre clinical lab is equipped with 60 phantom

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are modified and adapted to match the unique requirements of infants, children, adolescents and those with special health care needs.

Dental awareness posters have been displayed in the department to help create awareness of gum diseases and preventive measures. The department caters mainly to the clinical undergraduate 3rd and final year students by guiding them to make a proper diagnosis and then offer appropriate treatment. Maintenance therapy is also emphasized by providing proper oral hygiene instructions. Future applications in this field include periodontal research activity in identification of periodontal disease markers, host immune response. This department is headed by highly experienced Prof. Sasirekha and also two more Readers and Lecturers.

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like Indian Dental Association (IDA) and Indian Association of Public Health Dentistry (IAPHD). The department is a recognised local centre for national oral health program. “Bright smile Bright future” – under this program around 15000 dental health packs containing toothpaste and brush were distributed to the government schools in Puducherry last year. The department has signed a MoU with SoS children village and government schools which would enable children undergo comprehensive dental care at the institute. The department effectively trains undergraduate students in this specialty. Till date one batch of students has passed out from this department with 100% result. Several modern and innovative methods of teaching are followed in this department. They include »» Student centered teaching

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heads, typhodonts and micro motors for imparting effective training to students in dental restorative procedures. The Department of Prosthodontics, deals with restoration and maintenance of oral function, comfort appearance and health of the patient by facilitating the restoration of the natural teeth and/or the replacement of missing teeth and contiguous oral and maxillofacial tissues with artificial substitutes. Extra oral prosthesis such as eyes, ears, breasts etc are also being done. The clinic is equipped with automatic chairs. The preclinical lab has a seating capacity of hundred students with centralized gas connection. The students have extensive preclinical training before they perform treatment procedures on the patient. Plans are underway to start an exclusive implantology clinic in the department and a postgraduate program in the near future. The department is headed by Professor Babu Rajan and has other eminent members in its ranks. The Department of Public Health Dentistry deals with the dental needs of the population pertaining to Puducherry and adjoining areas by organizing screening camps

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as well as treatment camps endowed with a mobile dental unit. The main aim of this department is to alleviate the burden of oral diseases in the society. To help achieve this, the department works multidirectional by conducting commemorative awareness programs on World Dentists Day, World No Tobacco Day, Oral Hygiene Day etc. Some of the noteworthy programs are listed below. 1.  Dental health exhibition was organized on 06.09.2009, at Ambour Salai, Puducherry. 2.  A road rally was organized to commemorate World No Tobacco Day in Puducherry town on 31.05.2008 and 31.05.2009. The department has so far conducted 186 dental health camps at various schools and towns. Most of them are comprehensive camps which focus mostly on dental health awareness. Major areas of work in dental camps include health education, extraction, scaling and restorations. The department has regular sponsors for the programs drawn from pharmaceutical companies like Worren, Colgate-Palmolive, N.G.O and associations 22

»» Open book test »» Self assessment »» Project and research works »» Problem based learning (PBL) »» Web based learning (WBL) »» Practical based training The department is in forefront of public programs and undergraduate teaching. Everyday is a new day in this department where in we try to do innovative procedures. The Department of Oral Pathology provides necessary information to the clinicians regarding the general health of the patient by facilitating various laboratory investigations and promoting aids in microscopic research. The department is equipped with 40 monocular microscopes, one trinocular microscope with mirage analyzing facilities, 100 ground section slides of tooth indigenously prepared by our students and more than 150 histopathology slides. The department has a museum with a good collection that includes 15 unique pathological specimen. It has a cytology lab with basic stains like H&E, PAP and PAS for routine oral screening


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and diagnosis of carcinomas and fungal lesions. In association with the department of cytogenetics, the faculty is presently involved in scientific research work on the role of acrocentric chromosome in squamous cell carcinoma. The department encourages student activities like paper and poster presentations, seminars, symposia and project work and Students have won prizes including the second prize in the poster presentation on vascular malformation at the conference organized by the Indian Dental Association (IDA).

L ib r a ry: It is the nucleus of any educational institution. The repository of information boasts of a large number of collections such as dentistry related educational CDs, Textbooks, National and International Journals, Book CDs and Journal CDs.

In n ovati ve te ac h i n g pro gr a ms: The development of unique teaching methods stimulates intellectual growth since the process of mastering information and thinking complement each other.

All departments have museum, poster and charts in which they have excellent teaching and patient educative models. The museums housed in the respective departments boast of excellent, elegant and educative models that augment teaching.

Lectures, Clinical lab followed by tutorials, demonstration classes, seminars, symposium and workshops are being regularly conducted as part of the teaching program. Students are encouraged to carry out self assessment at the end of each class / clinic / lab and record their findings. Standard textbooks are prescribed for the curriculum to serve as reference materials. Routine class tests and viva followed by the evaluation of teachers help the students to constantly improve and hone their skills. In addition to regular theory classes, the students are provided extensive demonstration in the clinics. This is supplemented by instructions and information dispersed through multimedia channels. The presence of adequate staff ensures that all the students get personalized attention in the clinics.

Faculty news: Dr. Vijayalakshmi K, Principal, IGIDS, has published two books on “Removable orthodontic appliance” (November 2009) and “Treatment of orthodontic problem in pre-adolescent children” (December 2009) M/s Jaypee (India) Publishers has brought out these publications. She had also attended the 1st National workshop organized by the Indian Society of Dental Research, at Chennai, Tamilnadu. D r. Kannaperuman, Reader,Department of Orthodontics has successfully completed M.Orth. RCPS exam, held in October at the University of HongKong. He secured gold medal. Hearty congratulations on receiving this academic laurel. Dr.Carounanidi Usha, Professor and Head, Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontia, had delivered guest lecture at the Continuing Dental Education program organized by the Indian Dental Association (IDA), Puducherry branch. The lectured titled “Indirect Composite Resin restoration” was held on 04.10.09. She also delivered a guest lecture on the topic “Writing the dissertation”, at SRM Dental College, Chennai, on 31.10.09.

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Dr.Senthil Kumar. M, Senior Lecturer, Department of Public Health Dentistry, Dr. Shyama and Dr. Sakthi Devi, Tutors, Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontia had attended the CDE program organized by the IDA, Puducherry branch, on the topic “Indirect Composite Resin restoration” on 04.10.09.They had also attended the CDE program organized by the IDA, Puducherry branch, on the Oct-Dec, Vol 3 |ssue 4


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topic “Post and Core restoration”. The CDE was held on 27.11.09. Dr.Senthil Kumar. M, Senior Lecturer, Department of Public Health Dentistry was honored as a “Community Dental Health Convener” for the second year in succession. The honor was given during the annual general body meeting of the IDA, Puducherry branch, held on 29.11.09. Dr. Baburajan K, Professor and Head, Department of Prosthodontics has attended a CDE Program on “Failures in Complete denture” organized by the IDA, Kanniyakumari branch on 13.12.09. The CDE was held at Madurai.

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Dr. Vineela Katam Reddy, Senior Lecturer, Department of Periodontics had attended the Conference organized by the Indian Society of Periodontists held at Dharward on 04.12.09. He presented a paper on “Free Gingival graft: Cyanoacrylate Vs Suturing” in treating grade III gingival recession. She had also attended the CDE program organized by the IDA, Puducherry branch, on the topic “Indirect Composite Resin restoration”. This program was held earlier on 04.10.09.

Community health services: he department of Public Health T Dentistry organized a school dental health program at the Government

Middle School, Adhingapet, Bahour Commune on 24.11.09. In this program, 160 children had actively participated. The children were provided free dental check up and dental health packs were also distributed. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by the school Headmaster that would enable IGIDS to carry out comprehensive dental care for the children at the department of Pedodontics, IGIDS.

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Appointments: Dr. BabuRajan K,

Professor and Head, Department of Prosthodontics.- 02.11.09 Dr. Carounanidi Usha,

Professor and Head, Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontia. 02.11.09 Dr.Suresh,

Reader, Department of Pedodontics 01.10.09 Dr.Ashwin Preetham Kumar.J,

Senior Lecturer, Department of Oral and maxillofacial surgery 03.12.09 Dr.Karishma Tresa Cherian,

Tutor, Department of Orthodontics, 03.12.09

C ontin uing D ental E ducation pro grams : AF, IGIDS organized a ContinuS ing Dental Education (CDE) program on “Use of CT scan in Dental

treatments”. The guest lecture was delivered by Dr. Easwar, Professor and Head, Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, SRM Dental College, Chennai.

Students news 49 Students of IGIDS had participated in the intercollegiate cultural meet “Fusion Chettinad”held at Chettinad Health City, Chennai between 12.11.09 and 14.11.09. IGIDS secured the third place overall. The prize winners and the cash award they’d received are provided below.

D etails of the pri z e list : 1.  Solo singing - Darshit (2nd prize) - Rs 2000/2.  Foot Loose - Pavithra (1st prize) - Rs 3000/3.  Pot pouri - Anil Mathew, Narayanan, Vandana (3rd prize) –Rs 2000/4.  Vegetable carving - Sneha, Shouvik, Ramkumar, Shyamala (1st prize) –Rs 3000/5.  T-Shirt designing - Sneha, Shouvik, Dayanidhi (3rd prize) – Rs 2000/6.  Pot decoration -Shouvik, Pooja (3rd prize) – Rs 3000/7.  Group dance Nimisha, Pavithra, Lismy,Neethu (2nd prize) – Rs 4000/Anjali, Anitha, Maria,Reshmi, Sherin, Amrutha, Chinchu, Ashmi 18 Students had participated in the essay competition organized by the SAF, MGMCRI to commemorate the World Education Day, on 11.11.09 on the topic “Single education system- Is it the need of the hour?”. Shamini Begum H, 3rd year BDS student received the first prize and Rebekah Chibborah P of 2nd year BDS bagged the second prize. 15 students had participated in the Prescription writing training / competition conducted by the department of Pharmacology, MGMCRI on 24.11.09. Shamini Begum H, 3rd year BDS student secured the second prize and Karthika N and Shanmuga Priya M of 3rd year got the third place.

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RECHARGING THE SOUL Students win the Cultural Cup at SPANDAN

The program began with Indian music. The music team from our institute bagged three prizes in the competition. The prize for the best male vocalist was awarded to R. Ramkumar, the first place in Group Instrumental went to K. Prathaban and Sukanta Dutta and the team was adjudged the third best band among all the competing teams. The participants in this event were S. Vishnou kumar, G. Jeevaraj and P. Sowntharya from the batch of 2006, M. Nirmal Daniel, R. Ramkumar and V. Anuhya from the batch of 2007, Shijo John Joseph, K. Prathaban , Sukanta Dutta and Amrutha Elizabeth Varghese from the batch of 2008.

The team for Fashion show from MGMCRI enthralled the judges and the audience with their innovative creations of apparels and accessories and were awarded the first prize for the same. The participants were Swetha Pannier selvam from the batch of 2006, G. Roshni, Varadhi Jyothi and Amrutha Elizabeth Varghese form the batch of 2008, Reshmi Mallick from the batch of 2007 and Fathima Mubeen and S. Nimisha from the IGIDS. The CRRIs in the team were Dr. S Harsha, who was the narrator of the events. Dr. S. Abilash and Dr. P. Mathan Kumar. The postgraduate students, Dr. Deepak David, Dr. Riyaz M. Panchbhaya and Dr. Ameer Jan also participated in the show. The first prize in Indian Dance was bagged by our dance team comprising of C.H Tharani, C. Dhatchayani, G. Saranya(2007 batch) Grace David, S. Gayathri, P. Joe keerthi, S. Alhana Begum and M. Sowndriya lakshmi (2008 Batch) and S. Nimisha from

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IGIDS. In the Fine Arts Category, Nishitha Reddy won the third prize in the mehendi competition G. Bhuvanesh (2006 batch) won the first prize in painting while the third prize went to P. Devanatha Sharma(2008 batch) The first prize in “Rangoli” was bagged by K. Amritha, A. Avinash and R. Shanmugapriya while the team comprising of G. Bhuvanesh, P. Barjis sulthana and J. Gomathipriya won the third prize. All of them belong to the batch of 2006. The final feather in MGMCRI’s cap was, when the coveted “cultural shield” was awarded to the participating team. The student fraternity of MGMCRI is very happy with their rich haul of prizes. We congratulate the team for winning laurels for the college and wish them well for achieving similar success in such events in the years to come.

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he students of the MGMCRI campus have been participating in “Spandan”, the annual mega sports and cultural event organized by JIPMER, Pondicherry, for the past nine years and this year too, was no exception. Spandan was held between 6.10.09 and 9.10.09, at the JIPMER campus.

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Faculty Activities S c i e nti f i c P u bli c at i on s »» Kripa Angeline A. Ways to prevent Breast cancer. Pondicherry Journal of Nursing. 2009;2(2):17-19.

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Mr. Suthandira Balan P, Clinical Instructor, participated in the “HIV / AIDS and ART Training” for nurses under “The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM)” conducted at the College of Nursing, JIPMER, Puducherry, between 9.11.09 and 13.11.09. Dr. Kamalam S, Principal, KGNC and Head of Community Health Nursing presented a paper on “The Effectiveness of health intervention measures on nutritional anaemia among adolescent girls in Villupuram district,” at the International Workshop on Micronutrients and Child health, held between 20.10.09 and 23.10.09 at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. Mr. Suthandira Balan P, Clinical Instructor, presented a paper on, “Right to Motherhood of a mentally challenged girl”, at the World mental health day celebration conducted by the Mother Theresa Post Graduate and Research Institute of Health Sciences, Puducherry, on 09.10.09.

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Commemorations World Heart Day In commemoration of the World Heart Day, the 7th and 8th semester students of B.Sc Nursing organized a Continuing Nursing Education Programme on the theme, “Work with Heart”on 08.10.09. A mime depicting the increased risk of Heart attacks related to stress was enacted by the students.

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Department of Pediatrics, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College & Research Institute, on 14.11.09. A ‘Human puppet show’, focusing on the importance of nutrients to the growing children was well-received by the audience. They were also educated on the importance of oral hygiene. Ms. Biji John won the first prize in the painting competition.

World A IDS Day In commemoration of World AIDS Day, KGNC organized a poster competition on the theme, “Creating awareness on HIV/AIDS” on 1.12.09. Ms. Jayashree J of V semester bagged the first prize; Ms. Ragavi G of I semester and Ms. Uvarani R of III semester won the 2nd and 3rd prizes respectively. The 7th and 8th semester students of B.Sc Nursing participated in the Intercollegiate debate on the topic, “Is HIV testing mandatory before marriage?”


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R RC AC T I V I T I ES The I year Post Basic students of B.Sc Nursing staged a role play based on World AIDS Day theme at Kirumampakkam PHC, Puducherry. Mothers attending the antenatal clinic benefitted immensely.

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»» A poster presentation on Diabetes mellitus was organized in commemoration of World Elders’ day on 01.10.09, at Seliamedu, PHC, Puducherry. The elders were also educated on the various aspects of Diabetes mellitus. »» A school health programme was conducted at Govt. Primary school, Kirumampakkam, Puducherry, on 22.10.09. The NSS volunteers educated the school students on ‘Swine flu’. »» The volunteers also participated in a workshop on ‘AIDS Prevention’ organized by the State NSS Cell at Vetri College of Education, Puducherry on 13.12.09.

Ms. Annie Vedha, Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health Nursing, Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Puducherry, on “Health Information system”, on 11.10.09.

APP OINTME NT S We take pride in welcoming the following faculty members who joined KGNC during the last quarter of 2009. Ms. Rumashanthini K, B.Sc (N),

Clinical Instructor, 19.10.09

The Scientific and Academic forum of KGNC organized a guest lecture by

Prof. Kamalam S, Principal, Kasturba Gandhi Nursing College, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University, Puducherry, has been awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Nursing by Mother Teresa Women’s University, Kodaikanal, Tamilnadu. The degree was awarded by His Excellency Sri. Surjit Singh Barnala, Governor of TamilNadu. The faculty, staff and students of KGNC congratulate her for this noteworthy achievement. Wishing her all the best in her future endeavors too!

Ms. Alageswari A, B.Sc (N),

Clinical Instructor, 22.10.09

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Ms. Thivya N, B.Sc (N),

Clinical Instructor, 23.10.09. Ms. Sumathi S, M.Sc (N),

Lecturer, 23.11.09 KGNC extends a warm welcome to the newly appointed faculty members.

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