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National Academy of Vector Borne Diseases
(Regd. No. 19767 of 1994-95 under Society Registration Act XXI of 1860)
Regional Medical Research Center, Bhubaneswar -751023, Orissa, India
 
 
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Organization of National & International Symposiums

Since inception the academy has organized 10 International Symposiums at different places of India. The conferences usually attended by 300-400 scientists and invited guests from India and abroad belonging to research institutions, universities, vector borne disease control programme managers and scientific staff working at the centre, states and urban areas. The 1st International Symposium on Vectors and Vector Borne Diseases was held from 14th -16th November 1994 at Regional Medical Research Centre, Bhubaneswar. Dr C Silvera, the then Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India inaugurated the symposium. At least 150 scientists of repute from India and abroad participated in the symposium and discussed on all aspects of the prevalent vector borne diseases, like malaria, filariasis, leishmaniasis, arboviral diseases, vector biology and control and other vector borne diseases of man and animal. The 2nd International Symposium on Vectors and Vector Borne Diseases was organized at Goa from 17th to 19th March 1997 and was sponsored by Bayer India Ltd. While inaugurating the symposium the Speaker of the Goa Assembly Mr Tomazinho Cardoz asked the scientific community to formulate a strategy and spread the message of scientific and technological knowledge among the masses for the sustained control of malaria and other vector borne diseases. More than 100 scientists from all over the world attended the conference. A panel discussion was held at the end of the conference and the recommendations made were conveyed to the appropriate health authority. The 3rd International Symposium on Vectors and Vector Borne Diseases was held at Puri from 30thMay to1st June 1998 and was sponsored by Bayer India Ltd and Hoechst Schering Agrevo Ltd. Mr Niranjan Pattnaik, the then Industries Minister of Orissa inaugurated the symposium. Dr AV Kondrachine Chief of Malaria Control of the WHO, Geneva, Switzerland discussed about the problems in Malaria Control- Global Scenario. Nearly 100 scientists attended the conference. The recommendations made in the conference were sent to Got of India. The 4th International Symposium on Vector and Vector Borne Diseases was held at Defence Research and Development Establishment, Gwalior from 18th to 20th February 1999. The conference was inaugurated by Dr A K Datta, Chief Controller (R&D), DRDO Headquarters, New Delhi and around 160 scientists attended the symposium. The important recommendations in this conference were (i) early ban on chlorinated hydrocarbon insecticides in malaria control and synthetic pyrethroids should be used judiciously (ii) because of the rising trend of dengue and DHF, the doctors should be trained in the management of these diseases and stress should be given on research on innovative methods for control of Aedes aegypti and (iii) pathogen banks should be established to support basic and applied research and as reference material for the future.  The 5th International Symposium on Vectors and Vector Borne Diseases was held at Punjabi University, Patiala from 16th to 18th February 2000. Captain Kanwaljit Singh, Hon’ble Minister of Finance, Punjab Government, inaugurated the conference. More than 180 Scientists and Research Scholars from all over the world attended the conference. The important recommendations in this conference to the Government of Punjab were (i) to open a Medical Entomology centre in the Department of Zoology, Punjabi University to carry out fauna survey of the medically important insects of Punjab, to initiate basic and applied research on control of vector borne diseases in Punjab and (ii) establishment of a visiting Lectureship on annual basis in memory of the father of Prof Kamaljit Singh Rai. The 6th International Symposium on Vectors and Vector Borne Diseases was held at Regional Medical Research Centre, Bhubaneswar from 9th to 11th February 2002 and was sponsored by Bayer India Ltd and co-sponsored by Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi. Shri DP Bagchi, Chief Secretary, Orissa inaugurated the conference and Prof N K Ganguly, Director General, ICMR attended the symposium as guest speaker. More than 180 scientists attended the conference. The recommendation of the conference was sent to government of Orissa. The 7th International Symposium on Vector and Vector Borne Diseases was organized at Punjabi University, Patiala from February 18-20, 2005. The 8th International Symposium on Vectors and Vector Borne Diseases was held at Centre for Research on Medical Entomology, Madurai from October 13-15, 2006. The 9th International Symposium on Vectors and Vector Borne Diseases was held at Puri from February 15-17, 2008. The conference was inaugurated by Mr Sanatan Bisi, Hon’ble Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Govt of Orissa. The symposium was attended by 300+ scientists from India and abroad belonging to research institutions, universities, vector borne disease control programme managers and scientific staff working at the centre, states and urban areas. The main focus of the symposium was on new developments and emerging challenges in vector-borne disease managements. The recommendation of the conference was sent to government of Orissa. The 10th International Symposium on Vector and Vector Borne Diseases was held at University of Goa, Goa from November 4-6, 2009. Mr Digambar Kamat, Chief Minister of Goa inaugurated the International symposium. Around 250 scientists, doctors, research scholars, and programme managers attended the conference. The main theme of the symposium was on implications of vector borne diseases on health, environment and socioeconomic development.  On 13th February a day long National Seminar on "Challenges of mosquito borne diseases in Indian perspectives" was organized by NAVBD at Asutosh College (University of Calcutta), Kolkata in collaboration with Foundation of Academic Excellence and Access (FAEA). Prof Subir Kumar Dutta, Medical Secretary, The Asiatic Society, Kolkata was the Chief Guest. Prof. AK Hati, former Director of Calcutta School of Tropical Medicine, delivered the key-note address. At least 150 scientists, research scholars, doctors, and post graduate students attended and presented papers. On 6th February, 2010 a day-long National Seminar on "Climate change and Vector borne Diseases" was organized by NAVBD in collaboration with The Asiatic Society at Asiatic Society, Kolkata.    Prof Dhrubojyoti Chattopadhyay, Pro-Vice chancellor, University of Calcutta and Biological Science Secretary, The Asiatic Society, Kolkata inaugurated the seminar. Prof Biswanath Banerjee, President, The Asiatic Society delivered the keynote address. At least 110 scientists, research scholars, doctors, and post graduate students attended and presented papers.

 

   

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