Bathinda: The Dept. of Pharmacology and Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences & Natural Products at Central University of Punjab (CUPB) Bathinda under the patronage of Vice-Chancellor Prof. Raghavendra P. Tiwari organized two Webinars to promote awareness about Integrity in Scientific Research and New Possibilities in Biomedical Research.
The Invited Speakers of this Webinar Series include renowned scientist Prof. Shyam S. Sharma, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), S.A.S. Nagar and Dr. Damanpreet Singh, Senior Scientist, Pharmacology and Toxicology Laboratory, CSIR- Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology, Palampur.
Prof. S.S. Sharma, the first speaker, deliberated on the topic of “Integrity in Scientific Research: Guidelines and Strategies to Foster Integrity”. He discussed the misconduct in research like fabrication, falsification, plagiarism etc, and talked about the other forms of violations of good research practice like sale and purchase of articles, manipulating authorship, publishing in predatory journals, misuse of different materials etc. He talked about the role of International and Indian Agencies to foster integrity in research through plagiarism software and various digital libraries like Shodh Ganga, ORCHID.etc. He encouraged young researchers to follow the rules to ensures research ethics and focus on quality research work
Dr. Damanpreet Singh, the second speaker dwells on the topic of ‘Zebrafish (Danio rerio): A realtimie Experimental model of Biomedical Research’. He discussed the role of experimental animals in the drug discovery process and enlightened the audience about the increase in the use of Zebrafish in research as an alternative to animal experiments in the last few years. He explains the advantages of using Zebrafish in pharmacology experiments as compared to rodents, and discussed the features of original zebrafish species and breeding techniques for research purposes. He highlighted various Zebrafish models developed in his lab in IHBT, Palampur such as epilepsy in larva and adult fish, and how we can assess the activity by using various equipment. In the end, Dr. Singh requested the researchers to follow the guidelines issued by the CPCSEA for the use of Zebrafish in experimental pharmacology.
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Raghavendra P. Tiwari expressed his gratitude towards the keynote speaker for delivering scholarly lectures. The coordinator of these programmes were Dr. Puneet Bansal, HoD, Dept. of Pharmacology. CUPB faculty, research scholars and students attended these lectures through an online platform.