CSIR - Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine celebrates its 58th Foundation Day

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Jammu, 1st December, 2015 :58th Foundation Day of CSIR–IIIM, Jammu was celebrated at the Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine (CSIR-IIIM) Jammu on 1st December 2015. The Laboratory was established in 1941 as a research and production centre, known as Drug Research Laboratory of J&K State and was later taken over by Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) of Govt. of India on 1st December 1957 as Regional Research Laboratory, Jammu. In view of its core strength in natural products based drug discovery, the mandate of Institute was redefined in 2005 and its name changed to Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine (IIIM).

A simple and impressive function was organized in the IIIM auditorium to celebrate the IIIM Foundation Day. Prof Shannon B Olsson, a distinguished faculty member of National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore, was the chief guest of this function. She 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.

Dr Ram Vishwakarma, Director, IIIM Jammu, introduced Prof Shannon B Olsson 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 behavior and engineering.

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 demonstrated their indoor and field research activities to the visitors.

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.