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We are pleased to announce that the conference on “Vitamin B12 and one carbon metabolism in Health and Diseases” will be held at the CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (Delhi, India) from 8–10 March 2013.
Vitamin B12 is an important micronutrient linking our diet to health. Deficiency of this vitamin leads to high levels of homocysteine, a key intermediate in the one carbon metabolism pathway that has been associated with several complex disorders. Reports from various parts of India have projected that 30-60% of the population irrespective of the age group are deficient in Vitamin B12. However, despite the wide prevalence of vitamin B12 deficiency there has been a lack of concerted efforts from the clinicians and researches to understand the importance of vitamin B12 in India and conditions arising due to its deficiency, some of which are trans-generational. This meeting would focus attention on this important public health issue for the Indian population. The meeting will deliberate on the genetic, epigenetic and dietary factors that predispose Indians to vitamin B12 deficiency and hyper-homocysteinemia and provide mechanistic insights on the role of one carbon metabolism in health and disease.
Several leading experts from India and abroad will present their latest results which will provide an opportunity to update delegates with the latest advances in this field. It would also be an excellent platform for networking with scientists working in this interesting topic. The scientific programme will consist of various thematic sessions besides poster sessions. A few abstracts will be selected by the scientific committee for oral presentations. The conference will be followed by workshops (hands on training) from 12th to 16th March 2013 in next generation sequencing and high throughput LC-MS based proteomics workflow.
CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology is a premier research institute in India carrying out research in various areas of modern biotechnology and biological sciences and aims at making human life better especially catering to the unique needs of the Indian Sub continent. The focused areas of research in this Institute include Genomics and Molecular Medicine, Genome Informatics and Structural Biology, Respiratory Disease Biology, Energy and Environmental Biotechnology, Chemical and Systems Biology.
We invite you to visit the conference in Delhi promising a stimulating scientific meeting!