Chandigarh/ Karnal/ PIB News, December 02, 2019: An International Conference on “Proteomics for System Integrated Bio-Omics, One Health and Food Safety” was organized at National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal. The main theme of the conference was on the application of proteomics on human as well as animal health and food safety.
On this occasion, Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (Department of Agricultural Research and Education) & Director General (Indian Council of Agricultural Research) said that recent years have witnessed the contribution of the Omics platform in all aspects of life including plant, animal, human and environment. He said that proteomic science is considered as the next step in biology and involves the identification of proteins in a tissue or cell, and the determination of their function, structure, and modifications. He highlighted some of the applications of proteomics such as its role in drug discovery, understanding the pathogen and host interaction, biomarker discovery, etc.
Speaking on this occasion, Dr. Joykrushna Jena, Deputy Director General (ICAR) stressed the need for the development of rapid diagnostic methods for addressing the needs of humanity as well as animal health sector along with issues in food safety. He stressed the need for identifying applications of proteomics in such an area where such scientific knowledge is relevant to the common man. He also gave some examples of potential applications of proteomics in an animal science areas such as in the identification of markers of heat stress, pregnancy detection, heat detection, etc. and emphasized that research work in this direction may be taken to a definite conclusion.
Dr. Marc Wilkins who coined the term “Proteomics” also attended the Conference and gave a plenary talk. This is the 11th Conference being organized at NDRI, Karnal. Around 400 scientists and young researchers/students representing more than 10 countries from various organizations participated in the event.