Speakers underline importance of chronobiology

The Department of Studies in Zoology, University of Mysore (UoM), in association with the Indian Society for Chronobiol­ogy, is organising a two-day 26th National Symposium on Chronobiology, which was in­augurated at the UoM premis­es on Thursday.

The symposium focuses on the latest researches on different fields of Chronobi­ology in India especially on the impact of disruption of rhythms due to modern life­style on human health.

Speaking after inaugurat­ing the symposium, President, Indian Society for Chronobiol­ogy, School of Life Sciences, Pt. Ravishankar Shukla Uni­versity, Raipur, Prof Atanu Ku­mar Pati said that Chronobiol­ogy was gaining popularity in the country and the field had attracted a good number of researches.

“With the advancement of Chronobiology, a lot of re­searches are being taken up to find impact of clock dys­function on human health, sleep disorders and chro­nomedicine in human and animal migration and forag­ing activities. In India, quite a good number of institutes have taken up research in this field and the Indian Society for Chronobiology is encouraging such institutes,” he said.

He further added that the Indian Society for Chronobi­ology’s main agenda was to focus on the states where the institutes don’t have Chrono­biology.

UoM Vice Chancellor Prof K S Rangappa said that latest studies in the field of Chro­nobiology were imperative as they concentrated on human health. He added that latest discovery of KI001 molecule which was developed into a chemical that offers a com­pletely new and promising direction for the development of drugs to treat metabolic disorders such as type 2 dia­betes has come as a boon for people. “It is one of the great achievements in the field,” Prof Rangappa said.

The two-day symposium will have plenary talks, invit­ed talks and presentation of research papers from sub­ject experts from various universities.

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