IIIM Celebrates Foundation Day

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58th Foundation Day of CSIR–IIIM, Jammu was celebrated at the Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine (CSIR-IIIM) Jammu on 1st December 2015.

Prof Shannon B Olsson, a distinguished faculty member of National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore, was the chief guest of this function, a statement issued here this evening said.

On this occasion, the students from different colleges and schools in the city were taken on a guided visit to the various research divisions and medicinal fields of the institute. The Scientists and Technical staff have demonstrated their indoor and field research activities to the visitors.

A simple and impressive function was organized in the IIIM auditorium to celebrate the IIIM Foundation Day. Dr Ram Vishwakarma, Director, IIIM Jammu while welcoming Prof. Shannon B Olsson, the chief guest, described her as leading scientist of international repute who at NCBS is involved in setting up NICE : Naturalist Inspired Chemical Ecology, which offers a multidisciplinary approach spanning Chemistry, Neuroethology, evolutionary biology, animal behaviour and engineering.

Dr Ram described his research approach as novel based on straight interaction of chemical from its genetic base to its ecological consequences.

Prof Shannon B Olsson, the chief Guest of the function had delivered the foundation day lecture entitled, “Naturalist-Inspired Chemical Ecology”.

In her lecture, she explained that a century ago, our understanding of nature was dominated by naturalists but today, we can assess and manipulate living systems at genetic, molecular and physiological levels. She hypothesized that by uniting these modern scientific techniques with natural observations, we can truly understand these biological processes in the context of the natural world where the chemical Ecology is the ideal forum to create this modern naturalist.

Prof Shannon also stated that Chemical Ecology is a vast and highly interdisciplinary field, incorporating everything from proteomics to molecular biology to neuroscience. Her research focused on comparative approach to understand how animals parse the complex natural chemical environment to generate decisions.

Abdul Rahim, Head PME presented the vote of thanks and Neelam Sharma conducted the proceedings.

Late in the evening, a colourful cultural programme was also performed by the children of RRL High School and research scholars of IIIM.

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