We cordially invite and welcome you to the International conference on Environment, Genes, Health and Diseases (EGHD 2017), organized by Department of Human Genetics and Molecular Biology, Bharathiar University on August 22nd – 24th, 2017 at Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India. The conference is expected to inspire the Academicians, Researchers, Medical Professionals, Scientists, Corporates and Government Administrators to exchange their view points on contemporary trends in Human Genetics and Molecular Biology in general and Indian population in particular.

The Bharathiar University (BU) was established at Coimbatore by the Government of Tamil Nadu in February, 1982 and by the Postgraduate Centre of the University of Madras, which was functioning in Coimbatore before 1982, formed the core of the Bharathiar University and named after the great national poet Subramania Bharathi enshrined with the motto “Educate to Elevate”. The Bharathiar Universityis headed by our Hon’ble Vice Chancellor Dr.A.Ganapathi. Recently, the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) reaccredited BU with “A” grade and has been ranked by MHRD-NIRF as 1st in State level and 28th in National Level. The University has established the DRDO-BU Centre for Life Sciences as a joint venture by DRDO, Bharathiar University and Government of Tamil Nadu to engage research in advanced areas of research in Life Sciences and Multidisciplinary Areas which are relevant to defense. The key aim of the University is to participate in the task of promoting necessary knowledge, skills, creative attitudes and values among the youth of the country to contribute more effectively towards establishing an equitable social, economic and secular ideal of our nation.

The Department of Human Genetics and Molecular Biology was established in the academic year 2014 as a component of School of Life Sciences. Previously, M.Sc., Human Genetics and Molecular Biology course was conducted in the Department of Zoology during 2008 to 2014. This was the first department named as “Human Genetics and Molecular Biology” in South India doing research in Human Molecular Genetics, Cancer Genetics, Nano biology, Neurogenetics and Stem Cell technology. Currently, we are establishing the human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC) laboratory and a therapeutic approach like drug-based therapy for patient specific; we obtained the hiPSC from the University of California, San Diago, USA through Material Transfer Agreement (MTA-MoU). The department is well equipped with laboratory facilities to realize the goals of research activities.

EGHD’17 is a multidisciplinary conference that brings together experts in all areas of Life sciences and also further field to share recent ground breaking discoveries, methods and to facilitate new research partnerships. The conference is a sequel of EGHD’11 (International Conference on Environment, Genes, Health and Diseases – 2011 organized by Dr.K.Sasikala, Former Head, Department of Zoology, BU) which took place under the Department of Zoology. It mainly focused on the latest advancements in our understanding of the molecular pathogenesis of human hereditary diseases. The theme of the current International Conference is vast which focuses not only on genetic diseases but also the health, environmental influences, toxicological substances, disease pattern and drug based therapy. This will unite the attendees from all over the world to share their research, to discuss their practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted.