Autophagy is a normal physiological process that deals with destruction of cells in the body. It has very important role in health and human disease management. Defects in autophagy process are linked to several diseases including cancer, neuro-degeneration, microbial infections, immune and metabolic disorders as well as ageing. In 2016 the Japanese Scientist Yoshinori Ohsumi was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine for his work on autophagy. Very few research laboratories India are working in this advanced research area.
Institute of Life Sciences (ILS), Bhubaneswar is organizing a three day international conference on “Autophagy: Cellular mechanism(s) and significance in health & disease” at Bhubaneswar during 11-13 December 2017. This conference is organized with the support of India-European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) and Welcome Trust DBT-India Alliance and is being attended by over 100 participants. Ten leading researchers in the area of autophagy from outside India, and 5 Indian researchers have been invited as experts in the conference and they will interact with the 70 young scientists and students selected from India. The three day conference will identify research areas of significance and will contribute to developing strategies for therapy, cure and diagnosis of diseases of importance to India. ILS has a focused programme on Autophagy and two of its scientists Dr. Santosh Chauhan and Dr. Gulam Syed are currently engaged in this important area of research. The workshop was inaugurated by Dr. Ajay Parida, Director, Institute of Life Sciences and Dr. Sahid Jameel, Chief Executive Officer, Welcome Trust – DBT India Alliance. The conference will focus on discussions in the area of fundamental science (mechanisms, regulation, and functions), its biomedical relevance in health and disease management and the translational aspects for drug discovery. The participants and organizers are confident that this meeting will bring out priority areas of research focus in this important and emerging area of research in our country.