- 20 Jan 2017 To
Venue : Amity University Gurgaon
Prof. (Dr) Samir Mitragotri, Mellichamp Chair Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) from University of California speaks in prestigious Distinguished Global Indian Speaker Series of Amity University Gurgaon. He delivered a talk on “Making of Smart Medicines” and path breaking research in the area of medicine.
Dr. Samir Mitragotri is an eminent scholar in the field of Bio-Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Transport Processes. His research is focused on transdermal, oral and targeted drug delivery systems.
In his talk, Dr. Mitragotri discussed that ideally we wish our medicines to be quick, effective, easy-to-take and have no side effects. Today’s medicines, however, are far from this ideal picture and have significant shortcomings. For example, Insulin, used for the treatment of diabetes, has to be injected using needles, which have serious limitations of pain and needle-phobia. Chemotherapeutic drugs, used for the treatment of cancer, have serious side effects of hair loss and nausea. These limitations have raised a ‘delivery’ challenge, that is, how to deliver drugs to specific organs in the body in the right dose and at the right time?
At a fundamental level, this challenge reflects the fact that the human body has developed an elaborate transportation system to dispose drugs. This transportation system limits the drug dose that ultimately reaches the target site, and some drugs simply fail to reach their target. His research focuses on understanding this transportation system and controlling it so as to deliver drugs to the right organ at the right time and right dose for the treatment of diabetes, cancer, and stroke, amongst others.
He is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Medicine and National Academy of Inventors. He is an author of over 210 publications, an inventor on over 150 patent/patent applications, and a 2015, 2016 Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher. He is also the founding director for UCSB’s Center for Bioengineering.
The other dignitaries present at this global speaker series ceremony were, Vice Chancellor Prof. (Dr) P.B. Sharma; Dy. Vice Chancellor Maj. Gen. B.S. Suhag; Pro Vice Chancellor Prof. (Dr) Padmakali Banerjee; and Vice President – RBEF Prof. (Dr) Gunajn M. Sanjeev.