SMST

From waste to health

From waste to health

A joint research team, including a multidisciplinary team of researchers from IIT Kharagpur, use goat ear [bio-waste] to produce Collagen for cartilage regeneration therapy Covid-19 is the latest health threat for the aged. Arthritis has been their bane for a long time, affecting the elderly mostly due to inflammation, or wear and tear of their bodies. Even for the younger generation, trauma, degenerative joint diseases, obesity or joint instability could be ample reasons for an unforgiving joint ache or debility. But technological innovations are making it possible to look at early detection of cartilage degeneration and, therefore, regeneration therapy  as…
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Opening new vistas

Opening new vistas

India Today ,  Times Now,  Can India    Headlines Today,  Daiji World,   Hans India,   The Week,  Outlook,  Millennium Post   Curcumin, found in turmeric, and Ginsenoside, found in the roots of Ginseng, both known for their medicinal properties, could go a long way in treating blood disorders like thalassemia and sickle cell anemia. These two plant ingredients, together with approved drugs such as Valproate and Vorinostat were found to be “most suitable for future trials” by a team of genetic scientists at IIT Kharagpur. They are trying to see which drugs induce fetal hemoglobin production – which is known to ameliorate such blood…
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From the lab to the hospital

From the lab to the hospital

Prof. Suman Chakraborty, Head, School of Medical Science and Technology, talks about the thrust areas, ongoing programmes, research, achievements and long-term goals of one of the youngest and most ambitious departments of IIT Kharagpur Could you talk about the genesis of SMST? The department started its journey in 2001 against a background where technology was progressively coming into the domain of medical world. It was felt that a unique school or department should be established that would work at the interface between medicine and technology. A medical school would be bothered about the clinical aspects of the study, not necessarily…
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