NIAS Wednesday Discussion-Dr. Nibedita Rath and Dr. Hirennappa B Udnur will speak on “The Clock is Ticking-It’s Time to END TB”

NIAS Wednesday Discussion


Topic:              “The Clock is Ticking: It’s Time to END TB”


Speakers:         Nibedita Rath

Scientific Director , Open Source Pharma Foundation, (OSPF) 


                        Hirennappa B. Udnur 

                        Consultant, Columbia Asia, Baptist hospital 


Chairperson:    Anindya Sinha

                        Professor & Head, Academics, 

School of Natural Sciences and Engineering, NIAS


Date:               24th March 2021 


Time:               4.00 PM 


Venue:             Lecture Hall, NIAS 


All are cordially invited


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Abstract:  World TB day is observed on 24th of March every year. This year’s theme is “The Clock is Ticking”. This day is designed to raise public awareness about the TB epidemic, which is still the number-one killer globally among infectious diseases. There are many platforms for tuberculosis, which talk about different aspects of the disease. However, the effectiveness of that information for ready use by the general audience towards combatting TB remains largely unclear. A vast quantum of the personal experiences of patients and survivors remain untapped. Towards this aim, NIAS and OSPF have collaborated to create a tuberculosis-dissemination platform, wherein one could access all relevant and updated information on this disease, with communication forming an integral component of the platform. The value of social mobilisation through communication is become increasingly valuable in combating the disease, and our platform would like to contribute to this endeavour. Communication plays a vital role in combatting stigma and discrimination associated with the disease, and this should empower people affected by TB through adequate patient education and more targeted communication. 


About the speaker: Dr Nibedita Rath is Working as Scientific Director in Open Source Pharma Foundation (OSPF). She has more than eighteen years of research experience both in industry and academia in chemistry, biology and drug discovery. She has trained at premier research organizations such as the Chemical Sciences Division, Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania (UPENN) during the early part of her research career. She is an accomplished scientist in chemistry and biology, which has helped her take up leadership and strategic roles in drug discovery. In the current role, she leads several scientific programmes in OSPF. Additionally, she is leading the effort to develop and explore new strategic partnerships and manage communications and initiatives with OSPF key partners. 


Dr Hirennappa B. Udnur has 12 years of experience in Tuberculosis and chest diseases with a particular interest in pulmonary infections, pulmonary case management and extrapulmonary services. Currently, he is serving as a consultant in many reputed hospitals across Bangalore and Hyderabad, like Columbia Asia, Baptist hospital, and his clinic in Bangalore. He got his MBBS from  M S Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore. He did his DTCD (Diploma in Tuberculosis & Chest diseases) from Bangalore Medical College, SDS TB & Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Disease Hospital (RGICD), Bangalore, followed by DNB in Respiratory diseases from Mediciti Hospitals, Hyderabad. He became the Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians in the year 2011. His skill sets include the management of Inpatient & Outpatient pulmonary case, including Tuberculosis, pulmonary & Extrapulmonary, Obstructive airway diseases, Infectious diseases, Lung cancer, Sleep-related breathing disorders, and other rare pulmonary diseases. He is members of several national and international society. He has several publications in national and international journals.  


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For further info, please contact Prof Anindya Sinha [   or ] or Shri K S Rama Krishna [ ], Coordinators of the NIAS Wednesday Discussion Meetings. 


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Wednesday, March 24, 2021