Mark your calendar and plan to attend the international conference on 'Translational Sciences and Drug Discovery: Impact on Health, Wellness, Environment and Economics' on July 27-29, 2015 at Hennessy Park Hotel, Ebene, Mauritius.

The sub-themes are follows:

  • Health innovations and applications
  • Free radicals in health and disease
  • Functional foods, nutraceuticals & plant dietary factors - efficacy, application, regulation and challenges
  • Communicable & non-communicable diseases
  • Occupational and environmental health
  • Molecular biology and biomarkers of oxidative stress
  • Nanotechnology and nanomedicine
  • Natural products and traditional medicines: from bench to clinic
  • Parasitic and other infectious diseases
  • Therapeutic interventions
  • Pharmacoeconomics and health economics
  • Pharmacognosy and drug discovery
  • Health care systems and policy research Drug metabolism

Okezie I Aruoma, USA

Talk Title: Nutrition, Genomics and Human Health: A Complex mechanism for Wellness

Prof. Aruoma is Professor of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences and Associate Dean, Research and Global Affairs. Dr Aruoma serves as the Chair of the Institution Review Board at the American University of Health Sciences. Dr Aruoma’s novel research and teaching endeavors is focused on promoting public health nutrition and management of diseases of overt inflammation and translational science embracing pharmacogenomics & personalized medicine.

Helmut Sies, Germany

Talk Title: The Concept of Oxidative Stress in Biology and Medicine

Helmut Sies was a Full Professor and Chairman at the Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and at Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, Germanxy, where he is now a Research Professor and Member of the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina). He was President of the Society for Free Radical Research International and of the Oxygen Club of California.

Roy A Jensen, USA

Talk Title: Cancer - The emerging global threat

Prof. Jensen is Director of The University of Kansas Cancer Center, the Director of the Kansas Masonic Cancer Research Institute, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He also holds appointments as a Professor in the Department of Molecular Biosciences at the University of Kansas-Lawrence and as Professor in Cancer Biology at The University of Kansas Medical Center.

OS Oluwafemi, South Africa

Talk Title: Green synthesis, characterization and application of semiconductor and silver nanostructures

Prof Oluwafemi is a National Research Foundation (NRF), South Africa rated researcher. He is a professor of Inorganic chemistry at the department of Applied Chemistry, University of Johannesburg. His research is in the broad area of nanotechnology and includes green synthesis of semiconductor and metal nanomaterials for different applications, which include but not limited to biological (Imaging, labeling, therapeutic), Optical (development of devices) environmental and water treatment.

J Marnewick, South Africa

Talk Title: Rooibos: the human perspective

Dr Marnewick is a Research Professor of Biochemistry in the Faculty of Health and Wellness Sciences, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town, South Africa and member of various Institutional committees of the university. Her main research focus for the past 17 years has been the health promoting properties of rooibos and honeybush, two indigenous herbal teas, with specific focus on chemoprevention.

K S Mossanda, South Africa

Talk Title: DNA damage induced by oxidative stress in hepatic iron overload disease, esophageal and prostate cancers

Prof Mossanda is presently acting as Research Coordinator at the Walter Sisulu University (South Africa), supervisor of postgraduate students and external examiner of Masters and PhD dissertations from various South African Institutions and abroad. His research expertise includes: Biochemistry, Toxicology, Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Traditional Medicine, Chemoprevention and Anti-inflammatory activities of medicinal plants

Joseph Indelicato, USA

Talk Title: Treating the Cognitive and Social Dysfunction Effects of Type 2 Diabetes

Prof Indelicato is a clinical social, and a research psychologist. Dr. Indelicato’s current research interests include research methodology, patient compliance, pain management, bariatrics, statistics in biomedical research, use of Fermented Papaya Preparation and Mauritian tea to slow the progress of cognitive impairment diabetes as well as the study of the baseline metabolism of subjects and its effects on weight, both before and after bariatric surgery.

Young-Joon Surh, South Korea

Talk Title: Anti-inflammatory, Proresolving, and Cancer Chemopreventive Effects of Docosahexaenoic Acid

Dr. Surh is a Professor of Biochemistry at the College of Pharmacy, Seoul National University, South Korea. He currently serves as Director of Tumor Microenvironment Global Core Research Center Research Center, which is supported by the National Research Foundation, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

Srikant Anant, USA

Talk Title: Targeting Prolactin Receptor: New Anti-Psychotic approach to suppress Cancer Stem Cells

Dr. Anant is a Professor of Cancer Research and RNA biologist at the University of Kansas Cancer Center, Kansas with interest in understanding the mechanisms that regulate gene expression at post-transcriptional levels of mRNA stability and translation during tumorigenesis. His lab understands the role of two genes in colon cancer – tumor suppressor and cancer causing gene.

Debasis Bagchi, USA

Talk Title: Safety and Efficacy of a Novel, Patented Trigonella foenum-gracium seed extract (Furocyst) in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome in Female Subjects

Prof. Bagchi is an Adjunct Faculty in Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas. He served as the Senior Vice President of Research and Development of InterHealth Nutraceuticals Inc, Benicia, California, from 1998 till Feb 2011, and then as Director of Innovation and Clinical Affairs, of Iovate Health Sciences, Oakville, Ontario, till June 2013. Dr. Bagchi received the Master of American College of Nutrition Award in October 2010.

E Bourdon, Réunion (France)

Talk Title: Oxidative Stress in type 2 diabetes – Focus on the Role of AGEs

Dr. Emmanuel Bourdon is Professor of Biochemistry at the “Groupe de Recherche sur l’Inflammation Chrhhonique et l’Obésité, Université de la Réunion, La Réunion, France. Dr Bourdon academic and research interests are focused on the metabolism of human lipoproteins, impact of hypoglycemia and oxidative stress in human adipocytes and their molecular mechanisms in obesity and metabolic diseases including type 2 diabetes.

Frank Antonicelli, France

Talk Title: Local and systemic oxidative stress control inflammation in bullous pemphigoid, a skin auto-immune disease

Prof Antonicelli is head of the dermatology unit at the University of Reims, France. Pr Antonicelli obtained his PhD in 1989 on inflammation and cancer. During his post-doctoral fellowship at the ELEGI Colt Laboratory from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, he met Dr Rahman with whom he developed a fruitful and long collaboration on the role of oxidative process in the inflammatory responses associate to immune-pathogenesis.

Ajit Gangawane, India

Talk Title: Screening and detection of mutations in exon 1 and exon 6 region of ext1 gene of a multiple hereditary exostoses affected proband

Dr. Gangawane is a Deputy Registrar of Academic, Research and Est at Sumandeep University, Vadodara, Gujarat. He worked as Senior Research Fellow, at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai - From August 1998- Oct 2002, and awarded a doctoral degree for working on Studies on mitochondrial genome and cytoplasmic male sterility in pearl millet.

Manashi Bagchi, USA

Talk Title: Efficacy of a Novel Pygeum Extract (CR002) on Testosterone-Induced Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) in Male Wistar Rats

Dr. Manashi is Chief Research Officer, Research and Development, at NutriToday LLC, Boston, Massachusetts. She was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition. Her research interest is on safety and efficacy of various obesity and weight management ingredients, and exploring the modulation of genes and proteins in this pathogenesis.

Vidushi S Neerghen-Bhujun, Mauritius

Talk Title: Bioefficacy of non-edible parts of Punica granatum: From antioxidant, antibacterial to apoptotic inducing effects

Dr Neergheen-Bhujun is currently senior lecturer in the Department of Health Sciences and African Network for Drugs and Diagnostics Innovation ANDI Centre for Biomedical and Biomaterials Research, University of Mauritius. She holds a PhD in Biosciences and is currently engaged in research in applied biochemistry and pharmacognosy.

Savita Bundhoo, Mauritius

Talk Title: Reach to Recovery- An outreach program for cancer patients by cancer survivor patients

Dr. Savita Bundhoo acquired her postgraduate degree in preventive and social medicine in 1987 from Rajasthan University in India. She topped the list in the whole state and taught the subject in the medical college in India. She has more than two decades of experience in the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life in Mauritius. She has been constantly involved in the training of various social bodies on various subjects. She has been member of several committees and workshops.

Sandile P Songca, South Africa

Talk Title: Photodynamic Therapy, past present and future

Prof. Songca is a medicinal chemist with vast research experience spanning over three decades. His main research interest include spectroscopic analytical techniques, the use of laboratory in the teaching of science, synthesis and evaluation of amphiphilic porphyrins with potential for use in photodynamic therapy, synthesis, fictionalization, and characterization of magnetic iron oxide-gold core-shell nano-particles, nanotechnology and demographic and biochemical aspects of human geophagia.

Olatunde Farombi, Nigeria

Talk Title: African Traditional Medicinal Plants and the Management of Chronic Diseases

Dr Olatunde Farombi is Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Toxicology, Director Drug Metabolism and Toxicology Research Laboratories, former Head of Biochemistry Department and currently the Dean Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

Archana B-Luximon, Mauritius

Talk Title: Nano-drug formulations and combinations with bioactive compounds/phytochemicals

Dr Bhaw-Luximon has a PhD in Polymer Chemistry from the University of Mauritius in the year 2001. She joined the Department of Chemistry in 2003 and is currently working as Associate Professor and the Head of Department of Chemistry at University of Mauritius. The Royal Society selected her as Outstanding Young Scientist for the first Commonwealth Science Conference, 2014.

Sashwati Roy, USA

Talk Title: miRNA in resolution of inflammation: small players with big role

Dr Sashwati Roy is an Associate Professor of Surgery and Director of laser capture Molecular Analysis facility at the Ohio State University Columbus Ohio. She completed her postdoctoral training from University of California, Berkeley. Her research interest include wound inflammation, mechanisms of resolution of diabetic wound inflammation, role of miRNA in tissue repair and regeneration processes.

Talk Title: Bilirubin metabolism in the development and prevention of chronic diseases: antioxidative effects and beyond

Prof. Wagner is Nutritionist and Professor of Nutrition and Food Quality at University of Vienna, Austria.  He is Vice Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences, leads various research foci such as the University wide Research Platform “Active Ageing” and is President of the Austrian Nutrition Society. He also serves as Adjunct Professor at Griffith University in Australia. His research is mainly biomarker driven and following a translational approach from cell to organism.

M. Faadiel Essop, South Africa

Talk Title: Sugar and hearts and all things not so nice

Dr. Faadiel Essop is currently a professor and chairperson of the Department of Physiological Sciences at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. His research group is focusing on the so-called ‘dual burden of disease’ (HIV-AIDS and non-communicable diseases) that is threatening developing countries. Specifically, the focus is two-fold: a) the link between diabetes and cardiovascular diseases – concentrating on the damaging effects of high glucose availability, and b) the mechanisms whereby HIV and/or highly active anti-retroviral treatment can trigger cardio-metabolic diseases.

The journal Archives of Biochemistry & Biophysics (ABB) is sponsoring two Young Investigator Awards (age 35 or less) in terms of Cash Prize worth 250 US$ each. Awards will be attributed to best oral presentations and/or posters.

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