Aligarh Muslim University: At the 17th International Photodynamic Association (IPA) World Congress in Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College (JNMC), Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) faculty members, Prof Shahid Ali Siddiqui (Chairperson, Department of Radiotherapy) and Prof Syed Abrar Hasan (Former Dean, Faculty of Medicine) and their team members were the recipients of the 2019 IPA Award for ‘Advancing Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) in Rising Nations’.
The JNMC team comprises Prof S C Sharma (Dean, Faculty of Medicine), Prof Ibne Ahmad, Prof Kafil Akhtar, Dr Bilal Husain, Dr Shaista Siddiqui and Dr Shakir Khan was honoured for validating new application of antimicrobial PDT that demonstrated significant clinical benefits to patients and cost reductions for healthcare systems.
Prof Shahid Ali Siddiqui and Prof Syed Abrar Hasan presented paper and poster at the Congress and spoke on the ‘PDT initiative in India’. Since, cancers are on the rise, there is need to understand the importance of early oral cancer definitive surgery/ radiotherapy or combination of multi-modality as standard of treatment, they added.
They pointed out, “Despite advances in surgical skills and radiotherapy techniques, the response rate and overall survival has not changed and therefore there is a need to explore the potential of alternative treatment methods.”
Prof Siddiqui and Prof Hasan said that the Department of Radiotherapy, JNMC is running a joint project with University of Massachusetts, Wellman Centre of Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
The protocol of the joint project was developed at Wellman Centre of Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School and the clinical study was performed at the Department of Radiotherapy in JNMC.
The team members have thanked AMU Vice Chancellor, Prof Tariq Mansoor for providing essential logistics and moral support.
News credits: amu.ac.in