BioQuest is an annual event of the School of Life Sciences (University of Hyderabad) to showcase the infrastructure, and the ongoing teaching and research programs of the School of Life Sciences. The School of Life Sciences, established in 1977 with the vision of promoting inter-disciplinary teaching and research, has become a Centre of Excellence for 'Post Graduate Education and Research in Biology and biotechnology' in an integrated manner to interact with other schools. Currently the School has 4 departments, Department of Biochemistry, Department of Plant Sciences, Department of Animal biology and the Department of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, offering Masters programs in all these areas. In addition the School offers Masters in Molecular Microbiology, M.Tech in Bioinformatics and Integrated masters in Systems Biology (first of its kind in the country). With state of the art infrastructural facilities in genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, bio-imaging systems and bio-informatics, around 60 faculty, 50 post-doctoral fellows and 350 Ph.D scholars, the School is one of the largest in the country working under one roof in diverse areas of biology and biotechnology.
BioQuest 2016 will present the highlights of ongoing research and showcase the basic research findings for translation into product/processes. This also provides an opportunity for the young scientists and faculty to interact with the clinicians and industry partners and explore collaborations.
The Program of the BioQuest is aptly tuned for achieving this aim. During the concise and comprehensive two-day program, there will be lectures delivered by the selected students and faculty of each department, and the scientists working on the emerging fields of science in the life-science industry. In addition, participants will have the chance for discussion not only during poster sessions and presentations but also during the social activities in the evening. As part of the event, the following panel discussions on translational research and academy-industry interactions have been planned:
Basic scientists play a key role in improving human health and treating disease. Yet despite widespread national interest in accelerating the pace at which new and improved medical interventions are developed, few initiatives have focused specifically on engaging basic investigators in this process of translation. There is urgent need to bring the basic scientists and clinicians under one platform to highlight the importance of collaborations between the two to take up translational research. As part of BioQuest 2016 celebrations on “ Engaging Basic Scientists in Translational Research: Potential Challenges and Opportunities”, involving leading basic scientists and clinicians in the twin cities to discuss various issues and challenges in furthering translational research.
Academia-industry collaboration has always been a topic of discussion in both the sides. Indeed, the collaboration, world over, is quite limited. The proposed meet will discuss the issues and challenges in furthering academy-industry interactions and come up with solutions. The panellists will be academicians and representatives from leading institutes/industries in the country.