Workshop Proceedings - Federation of Indian Physiological

Proceedings of the National Workshop on Immunophysiology:
Role of Immune Cells and Cytokines in Immunity
(23-24th March, 2015)
Inaugural Ceremony of National Workshop entitled “Immunophysiology: Role of Immune
Cells and Cytokines in Immunity” was held on 23rd March, 2015 at the PINACI Conference Hall,
National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal, Haryana, India. After welcoming all the dignitaries and
the delegates, ceremonial lighting of the lamp was done by Dr. M.L. Madan, Chief Guest, Dr.
A.K. Srivastava, Director and Vice Chancellor, NDRI, Dr. Usha Panjwani, Scientist, DIPAS, Dr.
O.K. Hooda, Principal Scientist and Head, Dairy Cattle Physiology Division, Dr. A.K. Dang,
Organising Secretary and Dr. A.K. Mohanty, Co-Organising Secretary. This was followed by
Saraswati Vandana.
Introduction and importance of the workshop was given by Dr. A. K. Dang. He
welcomed all the delegates and spoke about the importance of immunology, its history, its
development over the years and future use. This was followed by introduction of the faculty and
25 delegates who had come from all parts of the country to attend this workshop.
Inaugural address was given by Dr. M.L. Madan, Former Vice-Chancellor, PDKV, Akola
& PDDUVU, Mathura. Dr. Madan told about the need for understanding of the immune system
and its importance in disease. He emphasized on how the immune system identifies specific
foreign agents, contains and attacks them. He added that immune system must recognize
harmful organisms and timely reject them from the body in order to remain healthy. In the
absence of a working immune system, even minor infections can take hold and prove fatal. He
concluded that in future genetic engineering of immune cells will replace multiple drugs and
reduce the sufferings of humans and animals.
Presidential address was delivered by Dr. A.K. Srivastava, Director & Vice Chancellor,
National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal. His talk covered the health and economic burden
caused by various infectious and inflammatory diseases and the role of the immune system in
preventing or perpetuating these conditions in animals. He added that there should be an
increased awareness and knowledge of autoimmune and immune-mediated diseases in
humans. He also said that role of immune system should be discussed at bigger platforms and
probably this was the beginning of the story.
Day two started with a presentation from Dr. Praffula Kumar Tailor from National Institute
of Immunology, New Delhi. He spoke on Dendritic cell development and innate immune
functions. The second talk was delivered by Dr. K.P. Mishra, DIPAS on Protein disulphide
isomerase mediated dengue virus infection in human macrophages. This was followed by
practical sessions on isolation of blood and milk cells and examination of in vitro phagocytic
activity and lymphocyte proliferation assay in the afternoon. Students were also taught the
technique to develop an ELISA for blood leucocytes.
On the second day of the workshop a talk on Regulatory T cell: Recent player in defense
game was delivered by Dr. Tapas Goswami, Principal Scientist from Indian Veterinary Research
Institute, Bareilly. Dr. Ritu Agarwal, invited from Post Graduate Institute, Chandigarh delivered
a lecture on Toll like receptors and cervical cancer. A talk on the Anti-immunosenescence
potential of probiotics during aging was given by Dr. Rajeev Kapila, NDRI. This was followed by
practical sessions on Cytokines expression profiling of buffalo monocytes which was delivered
by Dr. S. De. Proteomics of blood cells and mass spectroscopy was demonstrated by Dr. A.K.
Mohanty, Principal Biotechnology Division during the afternoon session.
Dr. Shashi Bala Singh, President FIPS and Director DIPAS was the Chief guest of the
Valedictory function on 24th March, 2015. She welcomed all the young delegates and
highlighted about the role played by FIPS in coordinating with various physiological societies in
India and abroad. She gave a wide overview of the immune system. In her message she said
that gaining a better insight into the workings of the immune response should enable more
efficient targeting of therapies.
A compendium of invited talks and practical manual was released by the Chief Guest, Dr.
Shashi Bala Singh, Dr. A.K. Srivastava, Director and Vice Chancellor, NDRI, and Joint Director
Research, NDRI, Dr. R.K. Malik.
Feedback was taken and participation certificates were distributed to all the delegates
In the end it was concluded that the field of immunology has grown, strengthened its
roots and spread its branches to connect all organs, tissues and systems in the body. But still
there is a need to improve our current knowledge and understanding of key aspects of immune
function and microbial interactions with the host. With technical advances in genomics,
proteomics, and systems biology, better analytical techniques and state of the art laboratories,
future of immunology looks promising.