Past Symposia

First InternationalSymposium on Translational Research
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), December 18th to 21st 2005


Whether it occurs at the organismic, cellular, or molecular level, death always has a negative connotation even though we know everyone must die. Research within the last two decades has lifted the black shroud just a bit, underscoring cell deaths place among the normal physiological processes.

Apoptosis, a term first coined by Andrew H. Wyllie in 1961 for a normal mode of cell death that occurs from boiling within the cells, can be contrasted with the more fearsome mode called necrosis. For hyperproliferative diseases such as cancer, treatments that are successful do not necessarily cause apoptosis. During the last decade several molecular mechanisms that ultimately lead to apoptosis have been outlined. These mechanisms are likely targets of novel treatments for cancer and other hyperproliferative diseases, such as scleroderma, arthritis etc.

This symposium will cover both basic and clinical aspects of apoptosis. The translational aspects of this meeting will bring both clinicians and scientists together to discuss novel means of cancer treatment that exploit apoptotic mechanisms.

We can think of no better place in which to hold this symposium than Kerala because of its unique beauty (it matches Hawaii or any other tropical place), its unique culture (it attracted saints such as St.Thomas), its unique history (which attracted Vasco da Gamma), and its unique place in spirituality (land of Parsuram, yoga, and Ayurveda). One needs to be there to appreciate all these attributes.

Therefore, we would like to welcome all of you to this mysterious land to share your ideas about apoptosis and its role in cancer treatment.

Second InternationalSymposium on Translational Research
Fariyas Holiday Resort, Lonavala, Mumbai, India. December 9 - 12, 2007


Natural products have been used for centuries to treat cancer. Usually, they are safe, efficacious, and inexpensive. However, until recently the scientific evidence to support such claims has been lacking. According to recent estimates, 70% of all drugs approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, are based on Natural products. The International Symposium on Cancer and Natural products will discuss in depth current evidence supporting the safety and efficacy of natural products against cancer and to discuss those products for which there is only historical and folkloric evidence of efficacy. We expect that scientists who attend the conference will return to their laboratories with great enthusiasm for their research on natural cancer therapies. Natural products derived from Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese medicine, Kampo, Egyptian medicine, and other sources will be discussed. The reasons we planned to hold this meeting in India are; the great success of the 1st International meeting; India is the home of Ayurveda, the most ancient science of life; and India is the land of spices. Most importantly, we will like to bring together the scientists and clinicians from the Eastern and Western world to exchange ideas about prevention and treatment of cancer using modern and traditional approaches

Third International Symposium on Translational Research
Cell Signaling and Therapy
Bhuvaneshwar, Orissa, India, December 18-21, 2009.


Cell Signaling and Therapy
Chief Guest – Mr. Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister, Orissa state.
Key note Speaker – Axel Ullrich, Director Molecular Biology, Max Plan Institute,Germany.
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Fourth International Symposium on Translational Research:
Udaipur, Rajastan, India.December 16-19, 2011


Chief guest – Mr. Shivraj Patil, Governor of Maharashtra and Punjab, India
Keynote Speaker – Dr. Margaret Foti, Chief Executive Officer, AACR, USA.

The focus of this meeting is to provide evidence that cancer is a preventable disease that requires major lifestyle changes.

Fifth International Symposium on Translational Research:
Multi-targeted Approach to Treatment of Cancer
New Delhi, Feb 6-9, 2014


Multi-targeted Approach to Treatment of Cancer
Chief guest - Mr. Hamid Ansari, Hon’ble Vice President of India
Keynote speaker - Dr. Oliver Bogler, Associate Vice President, Global Oncology Program, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA).
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Sixth International Symposium on Translational Research:
Prevention and Treatment of Cancer: Hypes and Hopes
Ahmedabad, Gujrat (India), Feb 4-7, 2016


Chief guest – Dr. Pankaj Shah, Former Directory, Gujrat Cancer Society, India
Keynote Speakers - Drs. Mitali Mukerji and Bhavana Prasher, New Delhi, India

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7th International conference
Program Schedule- February 2018

Cancer prevention and treatment:
From Ancient Medicine to Modern Medicine
Westin Hotel, Chennai, India

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  Society for Translational Cancer Research
Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Department of Biotechnology
Bhupat & Jyoti Mehta School of Biosciences
Chennai – 600036, India


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