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Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Organizing Committee of the ‘DSHD2015’ and

‘DNA Society of India’, I would like to invite you to participate in the  International Congress on “Friedreich’s Ataxia and DNA Structure in Health & Disease” which will be held during  11th  -13th April, 2015 at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India.

            The double helical structure of DNA, as proposed by Watson and Crick, is arguably the most important discovery of the last century in the field of life sciences. This discovery gave rise to a number of new fields of study, and abundant research. Subsequent rapid advancements in various aspects of DNA structure and function indicate the continuous excitement in this field of study. This conference aims to address the major aspects of DNA structure to understand the pathology and development of therapeutics for human diseases.  Friedreich’s ataxia (FRDA), a rare genetic neurodegenerative disease is caused primarily due to the expanded (GAA) repeats which form unusual DNA triple helical structure in the frataxin gene. Although it was first described over 150 years ago, the pathology of FRDA is still poorly understood, and therefore no cure has been found till date for this early-onset disease. The first day of our conference will be devoted to discussing the recent developments in the research on FRDA and aims to create a consortium of researchers and clinicians working on FRDA patients in India.

            The conference is aimed at bringing together leading academic scientists and young research scholars to facilitate the exchange of their latest experimental data. The scientific program includes Plenary Lectures, Invited talks by a number of renowned scientists from across India and abroad. The conference will provide a forum to stimulate ideas and establish collaborations as well as to initiate intense discussions.

            In order to create scientific enthusiasm amongst school children, we plan to invite about 25 students from Government Schools in NCR. This is a humble attempt to honor the sentiments of our Honorable Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, who suggested that we give poor students a chance to witness the latest scientific developments. We hope that the interactive sessions with eminent scientists can stimulate their interest in science and motivate them to consider biomedical research as a viable career option.

            Delhi boasts of a rich tradition and sound cultural values which can be witnessed in its lifestyle, demography, art, crafts and music. We look forward to welcoming you to an inspiring, educational, and enjoyable program in New Delhi, India.

Organising Secretary

Dr. Moganty R. Rajeswari

Vice-President, DSI

Professor, Department of Biochemistry

All India Institute of Medical Sciences
Ansari Nagar, New Delhi-110029

Tel: 011-26593416, Mob:+91-9868398064,+91-9717296504, Fax:011-26588663

Email: dshd2015@gmail.com