of the Inaugurall function
Nichi-in Centre for Regenerative Medicine
Date : 24th September 2005, Function Venue: Hotel Residency Towers, Chennai.
His Excellency Mr Yoshiaki Kodaki, The Consul General of Japan,
address & Presentation of NCRM : Dr Samuel JK Abraham, Director NCRM
Dept of Surgery,
Yamanashi University Hospital, Tamaho, Japan)
Centre for Regenerative Medicine is going to take the stem cells and
autologous tissues with regenerative capacity to clinical application.
This is not going to invade into any particular specialty of medicine and
be a substitute to any prevailing definitive treatment modality. Rather
NCRM will equip the clinicians with an additional tool called stem cells
in treating various disorders in the most ethical and scientific way, with
transparency and adherence to the existing national and international
guidelines. The facility in Chennai will coordinate research work between
Indian and Japanese institutes, and upon standardizing the treatment
protocols train clinicians and researchers in using the same to propagate
it all over the country to relieve fellow human beings from pain”
Inauguration of NCRM by unveiling the plaque & lighting Kuthuvilakku &
Excellency Mr Yoshiaki Kodaki, The Consul General of Japan, Chennai.
years there have been several Indo-Japan programmes by Nichi-In and we
welcome such activities, as they contribute to promote the understanding
between the people of Japan and India. South India has been famous for
high standards of medical science, technology and health care services.
Japan as well is known for high standards of medical science and
technology. So it is quite natural that India and Japan should cooperate
in thie field, though lot of efforts is required to make such cooperative
work, a success. In this context, I pay my respect to the people who
initiated the Nichi-In Centre for Regenerative Medicine (NCRM) project and
worked hard overcoming difficulties and finally successed in bringing it
This project of NCRM is seen as good example of embodying the spirit of
the strategic partnership between Japan and India and also seen as a good
example of global cooperation at time when the world becomes an entity
called global village. I hope the NCRM project would stimulate other
people in the medical sector to follow such cooperative projects for the
benefit of the citizens of the global village.
During the visit of the Prime minister of Japan Mr Junichiro Koizumi, the
statement entitled “Strategic orientation of Japan-India global
partnership in a new asian era” was issued. This emphasizes the importance
of the partnership between the two countries and agrees to expand the
relations between India and Japan by launching eight fold initiatives.
One of the initiatives is Science and Technology, which includes modern
biology, health care, and agriculture. I wish the NCRM all success
Felicitation by Dr K.M Cherian: (Chairman &
CEO, Frontier Life Line)
back by 12 years, when as a young medical graduate Dr Samuel Abraham came
to our hospital before going to Japan to learn some basics about cardiac
surgery. I thought it is a brain-drain. But today as he and his team have
brought in a cutting edge technology in health care, it is the reversal of
a brain-drain. We should thank people like him for bringing such
technology to the country. Regenerative Medicine is going to be the future
and sooner, hospitals will be called as “Centres for regeneration”. This
is the time we should concentrate more in this line of research and bring
those benefits for the welfare of the mankind.
Felicitation by Dr C.M Habibullah: (Director,
Centre for Liver Diseases, Hyderabad)
been a big hype everywhere about the stem cells and cell therapeutics. We
are totally confused not only with the newer possibilities but also with
the limitations as any new technology needs an in-depth analysis about the
pros and cons before it takes the final shape. The major limitation in
today’s health care set up in delivering stem cell therapy based treatment
is with the process of cell culture. We need animal cells for growing stem
cells and controlling their differentiation is a big problem. In this
context, I feel that the scientists with NCRM have a very balanced way of
evaluating things and their technology of having overcome the above
mentioned obstacles in cell culture technique, is definitely going to
revolutionize the various treatments using cell therapeutics. I am able to
boldly say so because of my association in joint research with them for
the past one year, which has given a lot of hopes for liver failure
treatment in the near future.
Felicitation by Dr K Ravishankar: (CEO, Sankara
This could be
the first time in India that we are able to have an indigenously developed
cell line that too a stem cell line.
Felicitation by Swamiji Satyapriyananda: (Secretary,
care is their major area of concern of NCRM, our institute is associated
with them in finding ways for developing environmental friendly plastics
and to find methods for conserving water in agriculture.
Felicitation by Mr Ramana Reddy: (Trustee,
Vijaya Group of Hospitals)
are their own source of happiness as well as problems. In today’s world,
materialistic values have overcome, spiritual values and regeneration of
the lost spiritual values is more important than physical regeneration.
following scientific session, Dr HN Madhavan (Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai)
spoke about the possibilities of treating Corneal disorders with the
technology of NCRM. Dr CM Habibullah (Deccan college of Medical Sciences,
Hyderabad) presented his data about using polymer based technology for
liver failure treatment. Dr Soma Guhathakurtha (Frontier Life Line,
Chennai) spoke about possibilities in using stem cells in treating cardiac
diseases. Dr Sharat Damodar (Narayana Hrudayalaya, Bangalore) gave a
lecture on blood cancers and their need for stem cell treatment using
alternative non-biogical substrate based cell expansion. Dr
Sivasubramanian (Vivekananda college, Chennai) spoke about polymer
technology in environmental health and finally Dr Samuel JK Abraham,
presented the possibilities with NCRM technology in treating (i) Corneal
disorders, (ii) Liver failure, (iii) Diabetes using patients own stem
cells, (iv) Bone fractures without bone graft, (v) Vitiligo using patients
thanks was proposed by Ms Caroline Godwin, PRO of NCRM.
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