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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 5-7

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1 Department of Physiology, Shri B. M. Patil Medical College, Hospital & Research Center, BLDE (Deemed to be University), Vijayapura-586103, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Chemistry, BLDEA's Dr P. G. Halakatti, College of Engineering and Technology, Vijayapura-586103, Karnataka, India
3 BLDEA's S. S. M. College of Pharmacy, Vijayapura-586103, India

Date of Web Publication18-Dec-2020

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DOI: 10.4103/2468-838X.303817

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Bagali S, Chadchan K, Mullur L, Kotnal R B, Das S. Forward. BLDE Univ J Health Sci 2020;5, Suppl S1:5-7

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UNESCO/UNITWIN Web seminar 2020 on the theme “Current Concepts of Environmental Pollution by Electromagnetic Field and Corona Virus” was held on 6th and 7th August 2020, jointly organized by UNESCO Chair holder, Life Sciences (Biophysics, Biotechnology and Environmental Health), LSIPEC, Yerevan, Armenia and BLDE (Deemed to be University), Vijayapura, Karnataka, India.

The inaugural program was declared open by Prof. Sinerik Ayrapetyan, UNESCO Chair Holder- Life Sciences, Yerevan, Armenia. Dr M.B. Patil, Chancellor, BLDE (DU), Vijayapura, India, graced the inaugural function as the Chief Guest. The Welcome Address was delivered by Dr Lata Mullur, Organizing Secretary, UNESCO/UNITWIN Network Web Seminar. Guests of Honor of the inaugural ceremony were - Dr M.S. Biradar, Hon'ble Vice-Chancellor, BLDE (Deemed to be University), Vijayapura, India, Dr Shashibala Singh, Director, NIPER, Hyderabad, India, Dr K.N. Sharma, Hon'ble Vice-Chancellor, Victoria University, Kampala, Uganda, Prof. Edathil Vijayan, President - Society for Biotechnologists of India, Kochi, India, Prof. Chandrakant Kokate, Former Vice-Chancellor, KLE University, Belagavi and Kakatiya University, Warangal. The inaugural ceremony was presided by Dr Aravind V. Patil, Dean, Faculty of Medicine & Principal, Shri B.M. Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Center, BLDE (Deemed to be University),Vijayapura, India.

Prof. Sinerik Ayrapetyan, in his inaugural speech, acknowledged the participants about the objectives of this web seminar. The technical progress-induced exponential increase of electromagnetic fields (EMF) emitted from the technology and its role in the increase of the risk of generating different diseases, including virus infection, are vital problems of Public Health. At present, there is an abundance of literature data on metabolic control of cell hydration, which could serve as a quantum-mechanically sensitive universal diagnostic parameter reflecting the functional state of cells, the dysfunction of which decreases the barrier function of the membrane for penetration of foreign particles, such as viruses into the cells. It has been shown that EMF could modulate the metabolic driving water efflux from the cells controlling cell hydration and the semi permeable properties of the cell membrane through soluble guanylate cyclase and G proteins in the membrane. Thus, the metabolic control of cell hydration has been suggested as a biomarker for determining the hazardous and beneficial effects of EMF with different frequencies and intensities. Because the biological impacts of major physical and chemical components of environmental mediums on cells and organisms have non-linear dose-dependent character, the fundamental knowledge in biophysics of biological effects of weak signals is necessary to solve modern problems of environmental health control. Therefore, the subject of this present seminar is dedicated to improving the postgraduate educational courses in Biophysics making it adequate to address the demands of environmental health control including the EMF effects on coronavirus infection through the cell membrane.

Dr M. B. Patil in his address emphasized on the need of creating environmental protection awareness among the public as the deterioration of the environment is in rampant progress due to lack of knowledge among the public. Dr Patil has also highlighted the green actions taken by BLDE Association to improve the quality of the environment in this part of Karnataka, India.

Soon after the inaugural program, Prof. David Carpenter delivered the first keynote address on the topic “Human Health effects of non- thermal electromagnetic radiation”. The 5G technology would be the next big threat for living beings as it will cause catastrophic damage due to spread of high-frequency radiations into the environment. The use of 5G technology may cause a significant rise in blood and brain cancer, blood clots, bone problems, insomnia, heart disease, the birth of disabled children, infertility problems etc. The high-frequency radiation may also change the ocean ecosystem in addition to human health risks.” Prof. Carpenter suggested using land phones instead of mobile phones and enhancing the use of message services to protect the environment and ecology. This session was chaired by Dr M. S. Biradar Hon'ble VC, BLDE (DU), Vijayapura. India. The second Keynote address was delivered by Prof. Sinerik Ayrapetyan on “Metabolic driving water efflux from the cell as a quantum sensitive energy barrier for virus infection”. This session was chaired by Dr Aravind V. Patil, Dean, FoM & Principal, Shri B.M. Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Center, BLDE (DU), Vijayapura, India.

One invited lecture was delivered during the pre-lunch session of the first day of two days web seminar. It was delivered by Prof. Hamid Mobasheri on the topic “Biophysical tackle with the SARS-COV-2 virus, means for the treatment of Covid-19 at atomic and molecular levels”. The session was chaired by Dr.Atul Ayare Principal, BLDEA's College of Engineering, Vijayapura. India. Post Lunch session commenced with an e-poster presentation. Faculty, Ph.D., PDF and PG students were encouraged to present their scientific/ research work on the stage of UNESCO/UNITWIN web seminar to be listened by eminent scientists and professors from different parts of the world which was a lifetime opportunity. The young scientists utilized the opportunity. The e-posters were adjudicated by three members of Scientific committee Dr R. B. Kotanal Principal, BLDEA's S. S. M. College of Pharmacy, Vijayapura, India, Dr Vidya Patil Dept of Anesthesiology, BLDE (Deemed to be University), Shri B.M. Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, Vijayapura, India and Dr Sumangala Patil, Department of Physiology, BLDE (Deemed to be University) Shri B.M. Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, Vijayapura, India. The adjudicators had a tough time to select the best e-posters from many entries.

After e-poster presentation invited lectures were deliverd. The first invited lecture post lunch was deliverd by Dr Atanu Sarkar, Memorial University of Newfoundland NL, Canada on “Endocrine disrupting chemicals in ocean ecosystem and human health risks”. The session was chaired by Dr Akram Naikwadi, Prof & Head, Dept of Pharmacology, Shri B.M. Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, Vijayapura, BLDE (DU), India.

Prof. Klarskov Klaus, University of Sherbrooke Quebec, Canada. Deliverd an invited lecture on “Plant extract polyphenols and viral infections”. Chairperson was Dr R. V. Kulkarni Vice-Principal, BLDEA's College of Pharmacy and Research Centre, Vijayapura. India.

The next invited lecture was deliverd by Dr Sumanta Goswami, Albert Einstein Medical College NY, USA on the topic “New diagnostic assays for COVID-19 “ and the session was chaired by Dr Praveen Shahapur Prof, Dept of Microbiology, Shri B.M. Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Center, BLDE (DU), Vijayapura, India. The first day of UNESCO UNITWIN Conference was concluded by an e-poster presentation by Postdoctoral fellows and PhD students which was judged by the scientific committee. Moderators for e-poster presentations were Dr Shrilaxmi Bagali and Dr Prachi Parvatikar. Department of Physiology, BLDE (DU), Shri B. M. Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Center, Vijayapura, India.

The second day (07-08-2020) of the web seminar started with the invited lecture of Prof Marko S. Markov Research International of Williamsville NY, USA on the topic “5G Technology and Public Health Hazards”. The session was chaired by Dr Shailaja S. Patil, Prof & HOD Dept of Community Medicine, BLDE (DU), Shri B.M. Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Center, Vijayapura, India.

Prof Sharaine Fernando, University Sri Jayewardenepura, Srilanka deliverd an invited lecture on “Environmental pollution and male reproductive health”. Dr Salim Dhundasi, Dean, Al Ameen Medical College, Vijayapura. India was chairperson. Next talk was delivered by Prof. Mary Boghosian UNESCO/UNITWIN LSIPEC, Armenia on the topic “Innovation and Exponential Technologies in the Era of COVID 19” and session was chaired by Dr Deepak Chavan, Associate Profesor, Department of Surgery, Shri B.M. Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Center, BLDE (DU), Vijayapura, India.

An e-poster presentation session was organized on the second day for PhD students from India, Iran and Armenia. The e-posters were adjudicated by three members of Scientific committee Dr R.B. Kotanal Principal, BLDEA's S. S. M. College of Pharmacy, Vijayapura, India, Dr Vidya Patil Dept of Anesthesiology, BLDE (Deemed to be University)'s Shri B.M. Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Center, Vijayapura, India and Dr Sumangala Patil, Dept of Physiology, BLDE (Deemed to be University)'s Shri B.M. Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Center, Vijayapura, India. Moderators for e-poster presentation Dr Shrilaxmi Bagali and Dr Prachi Parvatikar, Department of Physiology, BLDE (DU), Shri B.M. Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Center, Vijayapura, India.

Prof. Anatoly M. Goltsev, National Academy of Science, Ukraine delivered an invited lecture on “Prospects of immune correction of anti-viral resistance with cryopreserved products of cord blood in coronavirus expansion.” This session was chaired by Dr Arun C. Inamdar, Prof & Head, Dept of Dermatology, Shri B.M. Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Center, Vijayapura, BLDE (DU), India. After this lecture Prof. Suleyman Dasdag from Medeniyet University, Turkey delivered an invited lecture on “Radiofrequency radiation and distance between brain cells: could it be a biophysical approach for the host cell.” Dr Surekha U. Arakeri Prof & Head, Dept of Pathology, Shri B.M. Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Center, BLDE (DU), Vijayapura, India chaired this session.

Prof. Iqbal Choudhary, University of Karachi delivered his lecture on “Pakistan response to COVID-19 turning calamity into an opportunity the current state and challenges ahead”. The chairperson for this session was Dr Manjunatha Aithala, Professor, Department of Physiology, BLDE (DU), Shri B.M. Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Center, Vijayapura, India.

Prof. Somnath Gangopadhyay, University of Calcutta, delivered an invited lecture on “Ergonomics and Health: Working from Home under COVID 19” which was chaired by Dr Pradeep Malaji, Vice-Principal (Research & Academics), BLDEA's College of Engineering, Vijayapura, India.

Prof. Iqbal Alam of Jamia Hamdard University, India delivered an invited lecture on the topic “Emerging Role of Nitric Oxide on the occurrence of Metabolic Syndrome and cardiovascular disease” The session was chaired by Dr S. R. Mudanur, Dept of OBG, BLDE (DU), Shri B.M. Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Center, Vijayapura, India.

The last invited lecture of the UNESCO/UNITWIN Network Web Seminar was delivered by Prof. David Gee, Brunel University London and the session was chaired by Dr Sumangala Patil, Department of Physiology, BLDE (Deemed to be University)'s Shri B.M. Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Center, Vijayapura, India.

Round Table Discussion: At the end of the second day of two day-long web seminar, a Round Table Discussion was organized on “UNESCO/UNITWIN Life Sciences” AND “BLDE University” jointly under the coordination of Prof. Synerik Ayrapetyan, UNESCO Chair Holder- Life Sciences, Yerevan, Armenia and Prof. Kusal K. Das, Professor of Physiology, BLDE (Deemed to be University)'s Shri B.M. Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Center, Vijayapura, India, who is also the Dean of Environmental Health under UNESCO Chair Life Sciences (Biophysics, Biotechnology and Environmental Health). Prof. Hamid Mobasheri, University of Tehran, Iran, Prof Anatoly Goltsev, Prof David Gee, Prof. Mary Boghosian, Prof. Iqbal Alam, Prof. Klaus Klarskov, Dr.M.S.Biradar and Dr.Aravind V. Patil joined this panel discussion. The panellists also shared their views in the round table discussion for further improvement of the UNESCO/UNITWIN network, especially in the third world countries. The importance of biophysics as a tool for life sciences including medical research development was also discussed. Three important decisions were taken 1) To establish a UNESCO Chair- Environmental Health at BLDE (Deemed to be University), India and also a UNESCO Chair at National Academy of Science, Kharkiv, Ukraine 2) More research collaboration to pursue PhD program under UNESCO Chair Life Sciences with various institutions under UNESCO UNITWIN network 3) Expand the UNESCO UNITWIN program with more Universities and rename it as UNESCO/UNITWIN Centre for Life Sciences Education & Research.

Valedictory Session: At the end of two days seminar the valedictory session was organized. Prof. M.S. Biradar, Vice-Chancellor, BLDE (Deemed to be University), Vijayapura was the Chief Guest of the function. UNESCO chair Life Sciences Prof. Ayrapetyan and other UNESCO coordinators also joined this function.

The results of the e-poster presentation were declared. The Medal of Merit Awardees were

  1. Faculty Category: Dr Aruna Biradar, BLDE (Deemed to be University)'s Shri B.M. Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Center, Vijayapura, India. Her presentation was entitled “Menstrual Morbidities, Menstrual Hygiene, Cultural Practices during Menstruation, and WASH Practices at Schools in Adolescent Girls of North Karnataka, India: A Cross-Sectional Prospective Study”.
  2. PG Category: Om Prakash Yadav, Memorial University of Newfoundland NL, Canada. His presentation was entitled “Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in the European Union: analysis of the NORMAN EMPODAT database system”.
  3. PDF Category: Dr Satyajit Tripathy, from South Africa. His presentation was entitled “Employment of old options to control novel coronavirus: Pros and Cons”.
  4. PhD. Category: 1. Prerona Biswas, India. Topic: “Casein fortified diet reversed diabetes-like changes induced by 4G connected mobile phone radiation in mice”
  5. Gohar Madoyan, Armenia. Topic: “Quantum-Mechanical Sensitive Na/Ca Exchange as a Target for Pain Relief Effects of 4Hz Weak”.
  6. Zahra Elyasigorji, Iran. Topic: “Biophysical insights to tackle with the coronavirus SARS-COV-2 by UV”.
  7. Rajat Hegde, India. Topic: “Molecular Analysis of Neuronal Cell Surface Protein gene; Neuroligin 3 in Autism Spectrum Disorder”.


Vote of Thanks was proposed by Dr Kailash S. Chadchan. The IT Team and Scientific team of the organizing committee were given special thanks for their immense supports. Later National Anthem of India was played.

Entire Program of two days is recorded in YouTube– Links are provided below:-

Day1: August 6, 2020



Day2: August 7, 2020








 

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