ICIDN-2021 was successfully held from December 15-18, 2021 in Kathmandu, Nepal via a virtual platform.
– Dr Santosh Thapa (co-organizer of ICIDN-2021)
KATMANDU, BAGMATI, NEPAL, December 22, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – The Third International Conference on Infectious Diseases and Nanomedicine-2021 (ICIDN-2021) was held from December 15-18, 2021 in Kathmandu, Nepal. The conference was jointly organized by the Nepalese Forum for Medical Microbiology, the Nepal Polymer Institute and the CAS-TWAS Center of Excellence for Biotechnology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences with the support of the Society for Applied Microbiology (UK), under the direction of Professor Rameshwar. Adhikari (Research Center for Applied Sciences and Technology, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal) and Dr Santosh Thapa (Baylor College of Medicine & Texas Children’s Hospital Microbiome Center, Houston, TX, USA).
The ICIDN-2021 conference, held in an online (virtual) format due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, provided a platform for presenting interdisciplinary research in the biomedical sciences by bringing together researchers from the different fields of infectious diseases and nanomedicine, including microbiology, epidemiology, public health, pharmaceutical science, chemistry and physics. Molecular microbiology and the epidemiology of infectious diseases were one of the major themes of the congress. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic was highlighted during the meeting, with a focus on the challenges faced by developed and developing countries in dealing with the pandemic, with increasing variants and the use of COVID-19 vaccines. The ever-growing issues and concerns of antibiotic resistance were also highlighted at the meeting. Various interesting lectures on biosafety as the last line of defense in the post-antibiotic era and the potential impact of resistance to disinfectants were also presented at this meeting. The fabrication and applications of nanoparticles for the treatment of diseases was also a major theme of the conference. The roles of the human microbiome in health and disease were also highlighted during the meeting.
The third international conference on infectious diseases and nanomedicine-2021 brought together more than 200 delegates from 18 countries around the world, including Australia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Georgia, Hong Kong , India, Israel, Kenya, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa, United Kingdom and United States. The importance of this conference for the promotion of interdisciplinary research in the medical, microbial and chemical research communities in Nepal and the intensification of scientific networks of biomedical scientists from the region to the rest of the world was underlined by the organizers. Similar remarks were also made by the guest of honor, Professor Nanda Bahadur Singh (Vice-Chancellor, Mid-Western University, Surkhet, Nepal) in his opening speech.
About five dozen papers, related to various thematic symposia on infectious diseases and nanomedicine, were presented over the four days of the ICIDN-2021 meeting, including plenary lectures, keynote lectures, guest lectures, guest lectures, oral presentations and poster presentations. ICIDN-2021 succeeded in bringing together many eminent scientists from around the world on a single platform. The lecture began with a plenary lecture on the next generation of antibiotics given by Nobel Laureate Professor Ada Yonath of the Israel-based Weizmann Institute of Science. Professor Yonath shared her scientific background and highlighted the role of antibiotics in the treatment of disease. She also spoke about the emergence of antibiotic resistance. Another plenary lecture at the meeting was given by Professor Peter Hotez, an internationally renowned vaccine specialist at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, USA. Professor Hotez discussed the science and antiscience of COVID-19 vaccines.
In addition, the main lectures presented during the different thematic sessions of ICIDN-2021 were given by Professor Robert R. Bragg (University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa), Professor Jack A. Gilbert (University of California San Diego, La Jolla, California, United States), Prof. Mohammed Morshed (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada), Prof. Yogendra Kumar Mishra (University of Southern Denmark, SÃ¸nderborg, Denmark), Prof. Mohan Pammi (Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA), Prof. Shiba Kumar Rai (Nepal Medical College, Kathmandu, Nepal), RNDr. Jakub Sirc (Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic) and Dr. Sabu Thomas (Rajiv Gandhi Center for Biotechnology, Kerala, India).
In addition, guest speakers at the ICIDN-2021 meeting were Prof. Niranjan Nayak (Manipal College of Medical Sciences, Pokhara, Nepal), Prof. Olivier Sparagano (City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong), Professor Mohammed Yasir Zahoor (University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan), Dr Basant Pant (Annapurna Neurological Institute and Allied Sciences, Kathmandu, Nepal), Dr Sher Bahadur Pun (Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal), Dr Khosbayar Tulgaa (Mongolian National University of Medical Sciences, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia), Dr Paul Yonga (Fountain Health Care Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya), Dr Numan Oezguen (Baylor College of Medicine & Texas Children’s Hospital Microbiome Center, Houston, Texas , USA), Dr Nino Zavradashvili (Georgia Agricultural University, Tbilisi, Georgia), Dr Thomas Horvath (Baylor College of Medicine & Texas Children’s Hospital Microbiome Center, Houston, TX, USA) , Dr Mindy Engevik (Medical University of S outh Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, USA), Dr Gereltuya Dorj (University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia) and Dr Adrian Najer (Imperial College London, UK -United).
Other ICIDN-2021 speakers included Dr Mehrbod Estaki (International Microbiome Center, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada), Dr Michal BabiÄ (Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic) and Dr Migun Shakya (Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA), among others. About two-thirds of the meeting participants were students, postdoctoral fellows and young researchers. This meeting allowed the students to gain valuable experience and first-hand information from the international delegates.
The next ICIDN conference will take place in person in Kathmandu, Nepal from December 15-18, 2023.
Dr Santosh Thapa
Secretariat of the CIDN-2021 Conference
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