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Cancer Research Foundation Day celebrated

GUWAHATI, June 7: To find a formidable solution for prevention and early detection of cancer is a major challenge in our country. Complex interaction between host, agent and the environment results in causation of cancer. To identify the carcinogens responsible for cancer, thorough understanding of its interaction at genetic and epigenetic level is necessary so that a biomarker can be identified to detect population at risk. To promote and support cancer research in the North East part of our country in view of high incidence of cancer, doctors, scientists and people from all walks of life formed a not for profit and non-governmental organization called ‘Cancer Research Foundation, India’ on 6th June 2015. The first Foundation Day celebration was held at the Auditorium of Dr.Bhubeneswar Borooah Cancer Institute (BBCI) on 6th June 2016. Dr.Amal Chandra Kataki, Chairman of CRFI and the Director of BBCI while welcoming the guests laid stress on the various challenges of cancer research, and importance of translating researches for making a direct societal impact. Dr.Manigreeva Krishtreya, General Secretary of CRFI made a detailed presentation of the progress and activities of CRFI during the last year. Prof (Dr) R C Deka former Director of AIIMS, New Delhi and Vice Chancellor of Assam down town University (ADTU) attended the function as the Chief Guest. In his speech, Prof (Dr) Ramesh Ch. Deka emphasized on multi-institutiol collaborative research. He appreciated recent signing Memorandum of Understanding between BBCI and ADTU. Prof (Dr) Deka formally released the Annual Report 2015-16 of CRFI. During the short perod of one year, CRFI had conducted a tiol Level Semir and Hands-on training workshop on molecular biology techniques for the doctors and scientists of NE region. Dr. Sunita Saxe, Director, tiol Institute of Pathology along with faculties from the institute conducted the Semir cum Workshop. Two workshops on Cancer Prevention and Control were conducted by local faculties at University of Science & Technology, Meghalaya and Assam down town University, Guwahati. Two more workshops will be conducted shortly at Don Bosco University and Institute of Advanced Study in Science and Technology, Guwahati. To encourage young researchers in the field of Oncology, Dr.RK Borkotoky Best Research Paper on Cancer was instituted by Dr.Amal Chandra Kataki, Chairman of CRFI in recognition of his teacher Dr.Borkotok, who is a former Professor and Head of Department of Obstetrics & Gyecology, Assam Medical College and Hospital, Dibrugarh. The Best paper was awarded to Dr. Bhaskar Jyoti Saikia from Dibrugarh for his work on identifying lung cancer risk in the population of NE India. . The award carried a memento, certificate and cash prize. Also, Certificates of Appreciation were awarded over to researchers Dr.Avdhesh Rai from BBCI and Dr.Dipankar Das from Sri Sankardeva Nethralaya, Guwahati. Dr.Jagadish Mahanta, former Director of Regiol Medical Research Centre under Indian Council of Medical Research at Dibrugarh delivered the First Foundation Day Oration of CRFI in memory of Ganga Devi Saraf, grandmother of Saraf family. Dr. Mahanta delivered a talk on dymics of cancer research in the North East India. Mr. B P Saraf, Founder Trustee of Matri Mandir presented a cheque of Rs.50,000 to CRFI for promoting cancer research. The programme was attended by members of CRFI, staff from BBCI, invited guests, and students and scholars from different Universities of the state.

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