National Level Symposium on Antiviral Research and Therapy (NLSART2016)
March 18-19, 2016

About NLSART2016

Background: India as an emerging economy has a big challenge in facing the disease burden due to virus caused infections like HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis (HCV & HBV) and Dengue. Problem gets compounded by the factor due to new/ previously unreported/emerging/ re-emerging viruses like Nipah virus, Thottapalayam virus, Chandipura virus, Chikungunya, EV-71, CCHF, SARS and buffulopox since 2001. Influenza due to H1N1 (2009, 2014-2015) and H5N1 (2006-2011) has created a panic and exposed our unpreparedness to deal with such viral outbreaks. 

We have only 0.02% of population actively engaged in research that is being supported by the government with the investment of 0.81% of GDP. We need to make a sizeable percentage of these available resources to participate in antiviral research and to develop effective therapeutic means to handle it. 

The objective of the symposium is to create awareness amongst the researchers in academia and industry to take up the challenges due to viral infection.  This provides a platform for the researchers in academia and industry to share their knowledge and views amongst themselves. An opportunity to develop Institute-Industry partnership programs and Collaborative Research Initiatives with Institutes in developed countries can be envisaged with the program of this calibre.

About Institute

The Birla Institute of Technology was established in the year 1955 at Mesra, Ranchi, Jharkhand by the Philanthropist and Industrialist Late Shri. B. M. Birla with his vision to establish a world class institution to cater Engineering, Technology, Pharmaceutical, Management and other allied sciences. The Institute over last decade ranked well within top ten amongst the best Technical Universities of the country. The Institute offers Undergraduate, Postgraduate as well as Doctoral Programs.

About Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences & Technology

The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technology, Birla Institute of Technology established in 1972 is playing a leading role in imparting Pharmaceutical education in the country. It has B. Pharm., M.Pharm. and Ph. D. Programs recognised by PCI, AICTE, UGC and DST. The Department has been recognised as centre for AICTE sponsored Quality Improvement Programs. The Department has in-house facilities for analysis of drugs with sophisticated instruments such as HPLC, HPTLC, UV IR, CHN, CE etc. It has Medicinal Plants Garden spread over in 10 acres of land with well equipped extraction unit for volatile oils. Department has animal house approved by CPCSEA. Department is actively involved in research encompassing Synthetic Chemistry, Natural Products Chemistry, Novel Drug Delivery System, Herbal Standardisation and Formulations, besides Computer Aided Drug Design. Computational Chemistry lab is rich with drug design and discovery software.