Centre for Application of Radioisotopes and Radiation Technology
Inauguration of NAARRI Mangalore Chapter
Radiation and Radioisotopes: Tools for Scientific Research
The inaugural function of the seminar was chaired by Prof. H. Nagalingappa, Vice Chancellor, Mangalore University and inaugurated by Dr. A. K. Kohli, Chief Executive, BRIT, Mumbai. Keynote address on “Nuclear Energy” was delivered by Dr. V. Venugopal, Rajaramanna Fellow and Ex-Director, RC & I Group, BARC, Mumbai. NAARRI-Mangalore Chapter was inaugurated by Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, Mangalore. Mr P J Chandy, Secretary, NAARRI briefed the gathering about its activities. About 150 faculty members and scientists from various departments of universities, colleges, pharmaceutical and medical colleges, research centres and laboratories from Karnataka, Kerala and Tamilnadu were participated in this seminar.
The structure of the seminar was designed to cover the wide range of research areas of application of radiation, radiation technology and radioisotopes. Six talks on different topics were delivered by the scientists for about 45 to 50 min followed by discussion for about 10 min. Dr. Venugopal in his overview given a brief summery on radiotracers applications as a research tool in Chemistry. His talk included the production of radioisotopes, transport, use of radiotracers, radioisotopes in nuclear forensics and its application in industry, healthcare, agriculture, hydrology, biology and chemical sciences.Dr Bahandekar has discussed radioisotope based research in food preservation and agriculture. His talk mainly included the needsof food preservation processing by irradiation. He explained the crucial role of irradiationof food in controlling the outbreak of food borne diseases, shelf life extension and pathogen control of meat, fish and chicken products, microbial decontamination of spices. Also, explained the successful story of development of new drought tolerant and disease free varieties of groundnut. He has also cited some of the successful food irradiation program carried out by DAE.Dr. N Sivaprasad has presented the role ofradiotracer in drug development research.He explained the concepts of synthesising radiolabelled compounds, uses of radiolabelled nucleotide-DNA probe, Radio-iodination, and its specific applications. His talk was focused on microdosing, radio-imaging, radioligand–receptor assay (RRA) etc.Dr. Y K Bhardwaj talked about the radiation application in material development. He has explained the basic concepts of radiation interaction of matter and discussed radiation induced grafting, radiation processing of heat sensitive polymers, blends, and composites, and radiation cross-linking of natural polymers.Dr. V Bhupaldelivered a talk on applications of Radioisotopes in Radio-immunoassay research. His talk covered the determination of hormone concentration, RIA tracers and radioiodination methods and their applications.Dr. S.S.Sachdevtalked on radiotracers for research in oncology. His talk covered the role of radiotracers in oncology, principles of SPECT, PET, neuroendocrine tumors, therapeutic radiopharmaceuticalsand radiopharmaceuticals in imaging.
H M Somashekarappa
Organising Secretary, RRTSR