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.