National Conference on Drug Discovery from Natural
products held at USTM
9th Mile, Ri Bhoi, 24 March
2018: A two-day National Conference on “Drug Discovery
from Natural Products & Their Traditional Uses” ended here
today where 22 papers were presented by academicians,
scientists, research scholars and students from different
Colleges and Universities from Assam and Meghalaya.
Organised by the Department of Applied Biology, University
of Science & Technology, Meghalaya (USTM), the Conference
was supported by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR),
Govt. of India, New Delhi.
Addressing the plenary session of the Conference, Prof. N.
C. Talukdar, Director, Institute of Advanced Studies in
Science & Technology (IASST), Guwahati spoke on “Herbal
Medicine Perspectives: Documentation, Preservation and
Uses”. He stressed on different types of natural products
isolated from plants and advocated for proper documentation
of medicinal plants and their conservation. He stated that
intellectual property rights must also be shared equally
among the rightful owners of traditional knowledge from whom
the drug discovery process starts.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof. A.K. Mukherjee, Department
of MBBT, Tezpur University dwelt at length about one of the
category “A” neglected disease recognized by WHO—Snakebite.
He deliberated on different types of snakes and the type of
venom they inject and also the different types of medicinal
plants available for the treatment of snakebite. His paper
was titled “Green Medicine for Snakebite: From Therapeutic
Applications to Conservation Strategies”.
Dr. Manas Pratim Sarmah from Assam Down Town University
documented the different types of Hepatitis virus present in
the north-eastern region and how herbal intervention can be
utilized for the treatment of hepatitis infection.
Addressing the participants in the technical session, Prof.
Chandana C. Boruah from Central Veterinary Science College,
Assam Agriculture University talked on different types of
brain related memory disorders and about various medicinal
plants that can serve as stress busters and memory boosters.
Dr Santanu Roychoudhury, from USTM, spoke on the types of
hepatitis virus and how quercitin and important plant
derived molecule is helpful in relieving the viral load in
patients. Both oral and poster presentation by different
research scholars from various institutes were also made in
Earlier, the inaugural address was delivered by Dr. Ranjan
Dutta Kalita, Organizing Secretary and Head of the
Department of Applied Biology, USTM. The Conference ended
with the valedictory session and Dr SC Das, Dean, School of
Biological Sciences, USTM gave the final vote of thanks. The
main objective of the Conference was to provide a platform
to young researchers and students to demonstrate their work
to a wider audience so that proper documentation,
conservation and preservation of medicinal plants and other
natural products can be properly carried out.