Snakebite Research and Future Roadmap

As part of the 5th year celebrations NITM (National Institute of Traditional Medicine) is organising a two days programthat include “lectures & scientific deliberations on Snakebite” to be held on 5th & 6th June 2022. Padma Shri Prof.(Dr). Himmatrao Bawaskar, Physician-Scientist, Global expert on Scorpion sting and Snakebite envenomation, Bawaskar Hospital and Research Center, Mahad District, Raigad Maharashtra, India will deliver lectures & interact with commando trainees (GHATAK Forces) of the Indian Army at Commando Training School & CoBRA forces of CRPF at KLE Centenary auditorium.

Eminent Scientists will be deliberating on various aspects of snake bite research, ICMR programs and newer initiatives for snakebite research in India etc. Dr. Smita Mahale, Former Director, & Emeritus Scientist, ICMR-National Institute for Research in Reproductive and Child Health, Mumbai, Maharashtra, Dr. Joy Kumar Chakma, Scientist E, ICMR-National Task Force on Snakebites, Division of NCD, ICMR, New Delhi. Dr. Rahul Gajbhiye, Scientist D & DBT Wellcome India Alliance Clinical and Public Health Intermediate Fellow, ICMR-National Institute for Research in Reproductive and Child Health, Mumbai and Dr. Jaideep Menon, Cardiologist, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Centre, Kochi, Kerala will deliberate on various aspects of snake bite research viz. Multi-sectoral model for reduction of mortality and morbidity due to snakebite envenomation in rural India, Epidemiological and Clinical studies on snakebites and research priorities. Prof.(Dr.) Vivek Saoji, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, KLE Academy of Higher Education & Research (Deemed University), Belagavi, Karnataka will preside over the event.

close up shot of a cobra snake on the ground
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ICMR-National Institute of Traditional Medicine (ICMR-NITM) is one of the National Institutes of the Indian Council of Medical Research, undertaking medical research under Department of Health Research (Govt of India), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. ICMR-NITM is actively involved in health research in the regional & of national importance, particularly in collaboration with the State health authorities, Medical Colleges and Research Institutions with research on Traditional Medicines and public health issues being the thrust area.

ICMR-National Institute of Traditional Medicine with expanded mandate of integrating Traditional Medicine with the modern health system through evidence based research, human resource development and outreach. Events like scientific lectures, traditional healers’ meet, exhibitions, seminars, & outreach activities are planned over the month which kick-started with foundation day oration on 20th May 2022. The institute has invited scientists, teachers and students of various professional colleges to participate in these events.

Dr.Banappa S Unger

Scientist-E & Nodal Communication Officer

ICMR-National Institute of Traditional Medicine,

Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India

Nehru Nagar, Belagavi-590010

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