PGI researcher bags young scientist award

A senior research fellow at PGI's Department of Virology has been awarded the Best Young Scientist Award in Medical Virology (poster) during the XXI Annual conference of Indian Virological Society (VIROCON-2012) held at Mukteswar in Uttarakhand.

Manasi Majumdar won bagged the prestigious award for her original research work on th" "Role of TLRs and Cytokines - two central components of Host Immune response - in the immuno-pathogenesis of viral hepatitis "." The work has been carried out under the supervision of Prof R K Ratho, Prof Y Chawla and Dr Mini P Singh.

Globally nearly two billion people live in viral hepatitis E endemic areas. The disease has been responsible for large water borne epidemics in the past. The virus commonly spreads by contaminated drinking water. Poorly maintained drinking water pipelines often laid through sewerage systems leads to water leakage. The intermittent nature of water supply helps in-drawing of sewage, contaminating the drinking water. Moreover, the tullu pumps being used to overcome low water pressure aggravates the situation.

PGIMER's Department of Virology has been actively involved in investigating outbreaks of Hepatitis E over the past decade and reported many such outbreaks in the adjoining areas of Kurali-Manasa, Mandi-Gobindgarh, Lalru, Pulsora and Nawanshahr.

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