Interferon’s and cytokines in viral diseases and implications for COVID-19


The emergence and the spread of Covid-19 has led to an unprecedented situation around the world. Research on strategies to accelerate diagnosis, vaccines and therapeutics for this novel coronavirus is the need of the hour. In this context a webinar on “Interferon’s and cytokines in viral diseases and implications for COVID-19” was conducted on September 22, 2020, to understand the challenges associated with research on this novel virus and to get an insight on the latest developments related to Covid-19 research. The webinar was moderated by Dr Iddya Karunasagar, Senior Director (International Relations), Nitte (Deemed to be University) and Dr Indrani Karunasagar, Director (R & D), Nitte (Deemed to be University). Dr Indrani Karunasagar explained the relevance of the present webinar topic. The opening remarks were delivered by Dr Harsha Halahalli, Curriculum Director & Professor of physiology, Nitte (Deemed to be University) wherein he described the research activities of the University and gave a glimpse of the complex response of cytokine in viral infections, being an astute researcher himself. The invited speaker, Dr Ram Savan, Associate Professor, Department of Immunology, University of Washington, gave a preview of basic immunology and its evolution over the period of time followed by detailed lecture on the implications of single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in response to viral infection. He revealed the research data findings that showed the SNP located in interferon in case of Hepatitis C virus, and how they affected the disease outcome. The webinar concluded with the remarks that DNA is constantly evolving along with the pathogens and any nucleotide change in the DNA can affect the outcome of a particular disease.

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Event Date : 2020-09-22

Venue : DST NU-TEC platform

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