National Conference on Antimicrobial resistance (AMR)

Research Priorities & Action Plan

5th - 6th April 2024 at SRHU

About the Conference

The Swami Rama Himalayan University (SRHU) is organizing a conference on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), which is going to be a platform for Academia, Start-ups, Pharma, Investors, Public Institutions and Policy Makers to discuss specific challenges faced by the existing ecosystem in handling AMR.

Purpose of the conference is to catch up on “Trends in AMR Research; Anti-microbial treatment policies of the Institutions; Diagnostics, New Antimicrobials, New Vaccines and Re-purpose Drugs & Immunomodulators” with focus on scientific, regulatory, financial and policy issues; and come up with the “R & D Portfolio” and the State’s Action Plan on AMR. State’s Strategic Action Plan generally describes six priorities: 1) Awareness and understanding; 2) Knowledge and evidence; 3) Infection prevention and control; 4) Optimising use of antibiotics; 5) Research and Innovations; 6) Collaborations.

The conference will thus discuss limitations of existing methods and propose innovative approaches that may translate into product/processes and policies in fighting AMR at the grassroots, PHC/CHCs; Secondary and Tertiary level Hospitals; and Healthcare establishments. Experts in AMR are invited to deliver talks for building awareness and posing relevant researchable questions. Scientists/Faculty/Students from Academic Institutions; Medical Colleges and Companies are invited to submit an abstract for an oral/poster presentation on defined themes/Sub-themes.

Themes/Sub-themes

  • Measuring the burden of AMR in the country
  • AMR Pathogen conventional Diagnostics Systems/Tools
  • AMR Diagnostic innovations for Humans, Animals and Water
  • AMR Pathogen Surveillance Infrastructure for Humans; Animals and Wastewater
  • Is Genomic surveillance of priority pathogens a feasible option-Challenges & Scope
  • Tuberculosis: New tools against an old enemy
  • New tricks to combat Fungal Infections
  • Traditional and non-traditional therapeutic approaches to tackle AMR in humans and animals
  • Novel disruptive approaches to fight AMR- New Antimicrobials, New vaccines; Repurpose drugs & Immuno-modulators
  • Relevance of tools like AI, machine learning, and big data analysis in AMR
  • Technologies enabling faster antimicrobial vaccine and drug development (i.e. preclinical platforms, drug screening technologies, techniques for resistance testing, clinical trial design, bioinformatic tools)
The conference would also offer a great place to network and exchange views on innovative technologies, development paths, alternative business models and faster communication of relevant scientific data.

About Antimicrobial Resistance

The antimicrobial resistance (AMR), including antibiotic resistance was identified as a grave problem during Sixty-eight World Health Assembly in May 2015. AMR occurs when microbes i.e., bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites no longer respond to the antimicrobials, i.e., antibiotics, antivirals, antifungals, and anti-parasitic drugs, thus antibiotics and other antimicrobial drugs become ineffective; and infections become increasingly difficult or impossible to treat. Antimicrobials are used to prevent and treat infections in humans, animals, and plants. Without effective antimicrobials, the success of modern medicine in treating infections, including those used during major surgery, organ transplant and cancer chemotherapy would be compromised.

AMR has been identified as a Global Threat as the pathogens acquire new resistance mechanisms under the selection pressure of antimicrobials leading to emergence and spread of drug-resistant pathogens which continues to threaten scientist/clinicians’ ability to treat common infections. There are only a few new antimicrobials on the clinical pipeline. Further, a lack of access to quality antimicrobials remains a major issue.

The G20 identified AMR as a global threat needing multi-sectoral approach if the world wish to progress towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

While the main drivers of antimicrobial resistance are the misuse and overuse of antimicrobials; lack of access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) for both humans and animals; poor infection and disease prevention & control in health-care facilities and farms; poor access to quality & affordable medicines, vaccines and diagnostics; lack of awareness and knowledge; and lack of enforcement of legislation are also important factors resulting into AMR. These factors alone or in combination promote the spread of microbes, many of which become resistant to antimicrobial treatment over time.

AMR occurs naturally over time, usually through genetic changes.

Sessions would be dedicated to antimicrobials in the environment, diagnostics, antifungals, biologics, and anti-tuberculosis drug combinations. Discussions would be held as how India is getting prepared to provide global solutions against AMR. Continuing with the themes and sub-themes identified above, sessions would conclude on:

  • Making the case for investing in AMR R&D
  • AMR and Climate Change
  • AMR & Social Sciences covering One Health
  • National & State level Public Health AMR Policy

About Us

Swami Rama Himalayan University (SRHU) has been established by Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust (HIHT), promoting society of the University, under section 2(f) of UGC Act and enacted vide Uttarakhand Act No. 02 of 2024. It came into existence to carry forward the legacy of its founder H.H. Dr Swami Rama, a visionary sage who conceived, designed, and established HIHT to translate his dream to provide education, training and enable research diverse areas of medical sciences & allied health sciences. SRHU became functional in 2013 with three constituent colleges/schools, i.e. Himalayan School of Science & Technology (HSST), Himalayan School of Management Studies (HSMS) and Himalayan College of Nursing (HCN). Thereafter, with effect from 1st June 2014, Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences (HIMS), a 1200 bed super specialty hospital, i.e., Himalayan Hospital (HH) (both existing since 1998), and the only regional Cancer Research Institute (CRI) have been added as constituent college/academic units of SRHU. The University offers Diploma, UG, PG and Ph.D. programs in various specialties. The faculty members are actively involved in research projects through intramural grants and by external agencies like ICMR, DST, UCOST, NIPCCID, RNTCP etc. Publication of quality research papers is a regular process.

CHIEF PATRON

Dr. Vijay Dhasmana,The President, Swami Rama Himalayan University, Jolly Grant, Dehradun

PATRON

Dr. Rajendra Dobhal , Vice Chancellor, Swami Rama Himalayan University, Jolly Grant, Dehradun

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Dr. Manju Sharma, Chairperson, Research Advisory Committee, Swami Rama Himalayan University, Jolly Grant, Dehradun

Dr. Vijendra D Chauhan, Director General (Academic Development), Swami Rama Himalayan University, Jolly Grant, Dehradun

Dr. Ashok Deorari, Principal, Himalayan Institute of Medical, Swami Rama Himalayan University, Jolly Grant, Dehradun

Dr. Sunil Saini, Director, Cancer Research Institute, Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences, Swami Rama Himalayan University, Jolly Grant, Dehradun Principal, Himalayan Institute of Medical, Swami Rama Himalayan University, Jolly Grant, Dehradun

Dr. Shailendra Handu, Dean Research, AIIMS, Rishikesh

Prof. R.C. Kuhad, Former VC, Central University of Haryana, Haryana

Prof Naveen Navani, Professor, Department of Biotechnology, IIT Roorkee

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE

Dr Pawan Sharma, Former Faculty, ICGEB, New Delhi

Dr Urmi Bajpai, Professor, Acharya Narendra Dev College, University of Delhi

Dr Ranjana Pathania, Professor, Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering, IIT Roorkee

Prof. Yogendra Singh, Professor in LIS & University Librarian, Swami Rama Himalayan University, Jolly Grant, Dehradun

Dr Sanjay Gupta, Professor, Himalayan School of Biosciences, Swami Rama Himalayan University, Jolly Grant, Dehradun

Dr Vivek Kumar, Professor, Himalayan School of Biosciences, Swami Rama Himalayan University, Jolly Grant, Dehradun

Dr Barnali Kakati, Professor Microbiology, Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences, Swami Rama Himalayan University, Jolly Grant, Dehradun

Dr. Ganesh Kumar, Professor, Himalayan School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Swami Rama Himalayan University, Jolly Grant, Dehradun

Dr Ashwani Chauhan, Associate Professor, University of Delhi South Campus, N. Delhi

Dr Ramendra Pati Pandey, Associate Professor, School of Health Science and Technology, UPES, Dehradun

Dr Saugat Hazra, Associate Professor, Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering, IIT Roorkee

POLICY GROUP

Dr V. M. Katoch, Former DG, ICMR, New Delhi

Dr. Kamini Walia, Scientist G, Program Officer AMR, ICMR, New Delhi

Dr Prasan K Panda, Additional Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, AIIMS, Rishikesh

Dr. Jyoti Logani, Scientist F, DBT

Dr. Purnima Sharma, MD, BCIL, New Delhi

PROMINENT SPEAKERS

Dr V. M. Katoch, Former DG, ICMR, Delhi

Dr. Kamini Walia, Scientist G, Program Officer AMR, ICMR, New Delhi

Prof Rakesh Bhatnagar, Former VC, Banaras Hindu University, Benares, UP

Dr. Sarman Singh, Former Director, AIIMS, Bhopal

Dr. Ranjana Pathania, Professor, Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering, IIT Roorkee

Dr. Urmi Bajpai, Professor, Acharya Narendra Dev College, University of Delhi

Dr. Prasan Kumar Panda, Additional Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, AIIMS, Rishikesh

Dr. Ramendra Pati Pandey, Associate Professor, School of Health Science and Technology, UPES, Dehradun

Dr. Ashwani Chauhan, Associate Professor, University of Delhi South Campus, N. Delhi

Dr. Sugata Hazra, Associate Professor, Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering, IIT Roorkee

Dr. Bakulesh Khamar, President, R & D, Cadila Pharmaceuticals, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Dr. B. Ravi Kumar, Managing Director, XCyton, Bengaluru

Dr. Chandrasekhar Nair, CMD, Bigtec Labs (MolBio), Bengaluru

Dr. Hema Jagota, Country Director, Clinical Solution, Elsevier, New Delhi

Dr. Amjad Hussain, Director, HCIe, SRHU, Dehradun

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Convener

Dr. Bindu Dey, Director, Research & Development Cell, Swami Rama Himalayan University, Jolly Grant, Dehradun

Scientific Collaborators

Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, Delhi Elsevier,Patanjali Research Foundation Haridwar, India Association of Microbiologists of India Swami Rama Himalayan University, Jolly Grant, Dehradun

Co-Ordinator / Organizing Secretaries

Dr Vijay Kumar, Associate Professor, Himalayan School of Biosciences, Swami Rama Himalayan University, Jolly Grant, Dehradun

Dr Vikas Singh Jadon, Associate Professor, Himalayan School of Biosciences, Swami Rama Himalayan University, Jolly Grant, Dehradun

Dr Nikku Yadav, Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences, Swami Rama Himalayan University, Jolly Grant, Dehradun

Dr Purandhi Roopmani, Assistant Professor, Himalayan School of Biosciences, Swami Rama Himalayan University, Jolly Grant, Dehradun

IMPORTANT DATES

Subject Date
Abstract Submission Starts: 20th January 2024
Registration Starts: 20th January 2024
Abstract Submission Closes: 20th March 2024
Intimation of Abstract Acceptance: 25th March 2024

REGISTRATION FEE

Category Fees
S.N. Category Fee
1. UG/PG/Research Scholars 500.00
2. Teachers/Scientists/Faculty 1000.00
3. Corporate Delegates/Industry personnel 2000.00

Abstract Submission

Submit the abstract in the prescribed format provided below to the conference email address only.

Download abstract format

Paper Submission

Full papers on the subject matter be submitted to the conference email. (PDF file only). Abstract of the same be submitted as per above schedule. Selected papers will be published in relevant Journals associated with the conference.

Poster presentation

The organizing committee also invites original research abstracts for poster presentations based on the conference theme. Poster dimensions are 2 1/2 ft width and 3 1/2 ft length. Abstracts that are not selected for full-paper submission can be presented as posters.

ACCOMMODATION

The accommodation will be arranged on payment basis if requested by the participants to the organizers.

Contact

Email Us

amr.rdc@srhu.edu.in

Contact Us

Dr Purandhi Roopmani:8807632801