A national seminar on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) was organized by the Department of Biosciences of Mar Thoma College, Thiruvalla, Kerala. The seminar was held on 15th and 16th of February 2018, and had the support of ReAct Asia Pacific, Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE) and Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR).
The seminar was inaugurated by Dr B Prakashkumar, Director of Mahatma Gandhi University’s College Development Council, who said that the problem of AMR is assuming gargantuan proportions and should be addressed through multi-sectoral efforts. The key note address was given by Dr Sujith Chandy, Professor of Clinical Pharmacology at Christian Medical College Vellore and Head, ReAct Asia Pacific. Dr Chandy talked about the need to rationalize antibiotic use in medical care and the impact of AMR on treatment of infectious diseases. Other prolific speakers like Dr PK Shaji (Director of Environment Resources Research Centre), Dr Ajith K (Chief Disease Investigation Officer of Animal Husbandry Department) etc also graced the seminar.
The group discussion at the end of the seminar was moderated by Dr Philip Mathew, Assistant Professor of Community Medicine at Pushpagiri Medical College and Consultant, ReAct Asia Pacific. The seminar was organized under the able leadership of Prof Thomas Mathew (Director of School of Biosciences at Mar Thoma College) and Mr Harish Radhakrishnan (Assistant Professor of Biosciences). The seminar had a total participation of more than 150 students from all the prominent educational institutions of central Travancore region. More than 30 papers and posters on antibiotics and antibiotic resistance, were presented at the seminar.