Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Third Fujio-Cup Quiz Inter-Collegiate Quiz Competition on Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine by NCRM

Jul 2008, Chennai; Fujio Cup Quiz - An Exclusive Quiz Competition on Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine for the third consecutive time, will be held on Saturday the 11th October 2008 at Chennai in commemoration of the 3rd anniversary of Nichi-In Centre for Regenerative Medicine (NCRM), Chennai, an Indo - Japan Joint Venture Institute accomplishing training, research and clinical application-protocol development in cell therapeutics with emphasis on stem cells. The objectives of the quiz competition is to motivate the Biotech, Biology and Medical students by exposing them to potentials of this field, to evaluate and develop the skills and capabilities of the young and budding scientists and to make more collaborations and exchange between basic scientists and medical personnel. This is the third consecutive year, this anniversary commemorative event being held and previous years it had a participation of more than 120 institutes from the southern part of India.

Both undergraduate and postgraduate students of Medical, Biology and Biotechnology courses enrolled in government and private institutes within the four southern states are eligible to participate. The subjects covered will be basics and essentials of (i) History and Development of Stem Cells / Regenerative Medicine, (ii) Cell Biology, (iii) Molecular Biology, (iv) Stem Cells Pre-Clinical and Clinical Applications / Cell Therapeutics, (v) Immunology, (vi) Cancer Biology, (vii) Developmental Biology (viii) Ethics and (ix) Nanotechnology. A preliminary round of written test will be conducted to choose the best SIX teams who will face the final round in which there will be General, and Visual Rounds. Finalists of last year’s quiz cannot participate but their institutes can be represented with different members.

The WINNING team of the Quiz will get a Cash Prize of Rs. 10,000/- and the institute to which the winning team belongs to will be awarded with the Prestigious "Fujio Cup". The 1st Runner-Up team will get Rs. 5000/- Cash Prize. Finalists will get certificates distributed at the anniversary ceremony (1730-1830 Hrs) The Quiz Competition will be followed by a Symposium on Regenerative Medicine in which experts will present their progress in Research and Clinical Applications in Stem Cells.

This year in addition to the above a plenary session on Regenerative Medicine will be held in which Eminent Scientists from India and Japan will deliver Lectures on the latest developments in this field. This year’s session will focus on Nanotechnology and iPS (Induced Pluripotent Stemcell) Further details for participants and registration can be done online at http://www.ncrm.in/fcq2008

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