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Workshop on Research Methodology
30-31 of August, & 1 of September 2010

Siddha Central Research Institute,
Arignar Anna Govt. Hospital campus,
Arumbakkam, Chennai- 600 106.

Topics to be covered
Introduction to Clinical Trials and Good Clinical Practices
Epidemiological studies
Role of ethics
Laws of Clinical Research
Clinical Data Management
Pre-Clinical Studies
Drug Regulatory affairs

Only for Graduates/ Post Graduates of Siddha Medicine (i.e.BSMS, MD)

Number of Participants
Only 60 on first come first served basis

Experts from CSIR/ICMR/CCRAS

Important dates
Last date for of application 26.07.2010
Intimation of selection 05.08.2010
Confirmation by participation 09.08.2010

For further Details
The Director,

Siddha Central Research Institute,
Arignar Anna Govt. Hospital campus,
Arumbakkam, Chennai- 600 106.

Phone:044-26214925, 044-26214809


On the Golden spice!

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Turmeric, a recipe for trouble too?
Divya Gandhi

Curcumin boosts certain pathogens to fight off defense mechanism
During Salmonella infections, avoid taking curcumin!

Bangalore: That indispensible ingredient in Indian cooking and known equally for its therapeutic properties, the ‘golden spice' turmeric may not be entirely as benevolent as we once thought, going by a new study by faculty at the Indian Institute of Science here.

Contrary to conventional wisdom about the rhizome, the main molecular component in turmeric, curcumin, actually boosts up certain pathogens such as the typhoid bacteria to fight off the body's defence mechanism, says a research paper published in the latest edition of PLoS ONE, a scientific journal published by the U.S. Public Library of Science.

In an experiment conducted on mice, scientists found that the Salmonella bacteria (that cause typhoid and other food-borne diseases) grew three times faster when exposed to curcumin.Salmonella proliferated especially in the spleen, liver and mesenteric lymph node, said the paper authored by Sandhya Marathe, PhD student, and Dipshikha Chakravortty, Associate Professor at the Centre for Infectious Diseases Research, Department of Microbiology and Cell Biology at the IISc.

'No panacea'

“This data urges us to rethink the indiscriminate use of curcumin especially during Salmonella outbreaks,” the author cautions. Although curcumin is known for its action against several diseases including cancer and Alzheimer's, and is even sold as tablets over the counter, it “is not a panacea” and that during Salmonella infections “the consumption of curcumin should be avoided,” says the paper.

The scientists hypothesis that the high intake of curcumin could be one of the reasons for the widespread Salmonella infections in Asian countries, where typhoid kills close to five lakh people every year. In certain Asian communities, each person consumes an average of 1.5 gm of turmeric a day (corresponding to 0.03-0.12 gm of curcumin), says the study.

Curcumin activates certain genes in Salmonella, making it more robust and increasing its resistance to its host's defenses such as antimicrobial peptides, the paper says.

In 2009, Dr. Chakravortty demonstrated the Salmonella bacteria's ‘stealthy' modus operandi to colonise its host's cells, dodge and finally paralyse the immune system.


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4th World Ayurveda Congress 
December 9 to 13 2010, 
Bengaluru, India 


Department of AYUSH, Govt of India, Department of Health Education, Govt of Karnataka and Vijnana Bharati together invite abstracts of scientific papers from researchers, academicians, Physicians and students for paper and poster presentations during the 4th World Ayurveda Congress. 

The global platform created through WAC brings in more than 200 eminent internationally acclaimed scientists who represents the who is who in this sector and 4000 paid delegates of which are 750 foreign delegates representing various reputed institutions. The Arogya expo is poised to bring in half a million visitors making it the biggest Expo in the field of CAM across the globe.

WAC offers to its participant’s international exposure and recognition. Those who present papers and posters can be assured to be part of quality and cited publications in print as well as electronic media through pre- congress abstracts and post-congress proceedings. 

The congress has as its focal theme, “Ayurveda for All” and offers 17 plenary sessions, plus several concurrent parallel tracks together creating venue for 200 paper presentations and 450 posters. 

The 42 different subjects identified are detailed in the website.  

Abstracts are invited from the fields of ayurveda, modern medicine & other medical systems, veterinary medicine and all tributary sciences such as botany, biochemistry, molecular biology, biomedical engineering, biotechnology and concerned social and financial areas. 

Last date for submission of Abstracts is 20th August 2010. 

For registration and other details visit: 

Those delegates selected for paper presentation will be provided with free accommodation.


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Welcome to the Wisdom of ages!

Explore the natural way of lifestyle!


Herbal Health Expo


Govt. Siddha Medical College, 
Tamil Nadu


16-18, July 2010

Entry Free!
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