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Dibrugarh to host Tropical Parasitology meet

By Staff Correspondent

DIBRUGARH, Nov 10 - The 8th national conference of Indian Academy of Tropical Parasitology will be held for the first time at the Regional Medical Research Centre, Dibrugarh from November 20 to 22, 2014.

The primary objective of this conference is to develop and augment the research capabilities in different geographic areas of the country. The conference will be a gathering of national and international experts as well as budding parasitologists.

Dr Jagdish Mahanta, Director, RMRC and organising secretary of the event said that the role of Indian Academy of Tropical Parasitology was to provide a platform for healthy and productive interaction between the scientists working on varying fields of parasitology, thereby encouraging rapid development of new diagnostic kits. Tropical TROPACON, the national conference of IATP is one such event which is intended to bring together parasitologists spread far and wide throughout the country. Control of the parasitic diseases in India

requires collaboration among the researchers of various institutes, which we hope to achieve through this conference. It is well understood that combating the parasitic disease burden of the tropics needs an integrative approach hence this conference will be appropriate platform to spread the message, he said.

The Regional Medical Research Centre, located some 8 km from the city is one of the six regional centres of Indian Council of Medical Research which caters to health research of the north-eastern States namely Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura. These are the States with huge parasitic burden including malaria, leishmaniasis, food borne trematodes infections like paragonimiasis, neurocysticercosis and soil transmitted helminthiasis.

Epidemiology and control of these parasitic diseases has been the central mandate of RMRC, Dibrugarh. Hence this conference could be an opportunity to explore the newer strategies that could help in control of these parasitic diseases which are also prevalent in the other regions of the country.

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