Aligarh: Deliberations by resource persons shed light on the advent of risk-free medicinal foods and nutritional items specifically developed for the dietary management of various diseases during an international Continuing Medical Education (CME) programme on ‘Safety of Medicinal Food Products’ organised by the Department of Pharmacology, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College (JNMC), Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).
Retired faculty member and former chairman of the Department of Pharmacology, Prof K C Singhal, who attended the inaugural function as the Chief Guest addressed the important scientific concepts and sound laboratory and clinical data on which the claims for effectiveness of medical foods are focused.
Guest of Honour, Prof Shahid Ali Siddiqui, Principal and CMS, JNMC spoke about the growing demand of medical foods all over the world and the useful contributions of the Department of Pharmacology in the field.
Prof Mohammad Nasiruddin, Chairman, Department of Pharmacology delivered the welcome address at the inaugural function and gave a lecture on ‘Drugs-Nutrients Interactions’ during the scientific session.
Prof Syed Ziaur Rahman extended vote of thanks at the inaugural function and later delivered a lecture on ‘Understanding the Concept of Pharmacovigilance for Tropical Products of Natural Drugs and Supplement.’
In the scientific session, Prof Swandari Paramita, Head of MCTrops, Research Centre for Medicine and Cosmetic from Tropical Rainforest Resources, Mulawarman University, Samarinda, Indonesia delivered a lecture on ‘Indonesian Traditional Medicine (JAMU) for high Cholesterol;’ Prof Afrozul Haq, Ex-Head, Department of Food Technology, Ministry of Science, UAE spoke on ‘How to Live Healthy for 100 Years Through Proper Diet’ and Dr Anton Rahmadi, Department of Agricultural Product Technology, Mulawarman University, Samarinda, Indonesia delineated, ‘Concept and Development of Carotenoid and Tocopherol Rich Functional Food Aiming for Children’.
Dr Shujauddin and Dr Prerna Singh conducted the programme.