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SN Bulletin
Date: 02/06/2010
Alcon team visits SN

A three-member team from Alcon laboratories, USA, visited Sankara Nethralaya on June 1, 2010 to interact with doctors and students.

The team consisting of Mr. David W Stroman, Dr. Richard Garber and Ms. Gale Cupp visited the cornea, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma units as well as the research laboratories.

The Biochemistry, Microbiology, Genetics, Ocular Pathology and Bioinformatics departments made a brief presentation on the department’s undertakings and achievements. Future collaborative research projects were also discussed with the Alcon team.


Date: 01/06/2010
Super speciality camp at Kenya

As part of a joint collaboration between the Rotary Club of Chennai Galaxy, Lions Club, and Sankara Nethralaya, a team of super specialized doctors from Sankara Nethralaya conducted an eye camp at Nairobi, Kenya from May 20 - May 27, 2010.

Over 1000 patients requiring specialized ophthalmic care were examined. The team of doctors performed procedures like prophylactic retinal lasers and operated upon complicated cases in Neuro-Ophthalmology, Oculoplasty and Vitreo Retina. A total of over 25 prophylactic lasers were performed. The Oculoplasty team performed almost 55 complicated and skilled procedures.

Dr. Rashmin Gandhi, Associate Consultant, Neuro-Ophthalmology, who led the team, performed complicated phacoemulsification cataract surgeries and delivered an invited talk for a local group of ophthalmologists.

The camp was a great clinical experience for the doctors as they witnessed complicated cases in their respective specialties.
Dr. Bipasha Mukherjee, Director, Orbit, Oculoplasty & Trauma, Dr. Shubra Goel, Associate Consultant, Orbit, Oculoplasty & Trauma and Dr. Pukhraj Rishi, Associate Consultant, Vitreo Retina were also part of the team.

Rotarian Mr. Karikalan and Lion Mr. Hari Narayanan also participated at the week-long camp.

For the entire team, the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of so many was a truly rewarding experience.


Date: 01/06/2010
‘Road to the Top’
Ehealth, the monthly magazine on healthcare, medical technologies and applications, in its May 2010 edition, has come up with a special feature on the ‘Road to the Top’ which highlights the life and times of India’s finest healthcare industry leaders. Among those featured are Sankara Nethralaya Chairman Emeritus Dr. SS Badrinath, Dr. Devi P Shetty, Chairman, Narayana Hrudayalaya, Dr. Prathap C Reddy and many more stalwarts who have re-defined healthcare standards in the country.

Date: 17/12/2009
Unraveling the complexities of Ocular Genetics

A comprehensive understanding of ocular genetics from some of the leading doctors and scientists in the field formed the basis of Dr. J Madhavan’s fellowship in ocular genetics at the Hospital for Sick Children at the University of Toronto in Canada.

Dr. Madhavan, a senior scientist with Sankara Nethralaya, who recently returned after completing his 18-month fellowship, described the experience and exposure as enriching and highly informative. He completed his fellowship under the able guidance of Dr. Elise Heon, an expert in Ocular Genetics for the last 20 years. Dr. Madhavan also underwent training at the institute’s Visual Electrophysiology Unit where he got an opportunity to work under the department’s head Dr. Carol Westall. The Visual Electrophysiology Unit provides a comprehensive range of electrodiagnostic services.

The fellowship, which entailed both clinical and research work, also enabled Dr. Madhavan to make productive contributions in journals, journal clubs and the Grand Rounds (Grand Rounds are a medium for doctors and scientists to present and deliberate on cases).

His visits to the ocular genetic clinic provided him a first-hand experience on understanding the phenotype of various ocular genetic diseases. He also attended teaching programs conducted by senior and leading consultants in the field.

Apart from publishing the work undertaken by him, during the period of the fellowship, in the Human Mutation journal, Dr. Madhavan has written three manuscripts which are under review. He also wrote a chapter on ‘Congenital Cataract’ for the second edition of Genetic Diseases of the Eye, which will be published soon.

As part of his research work, Dr. Madhavan worked on the mutation screening and gene expression studies to understand the molecular wiring and severity of diseases like Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis (LCA), Bardet-Biedl Syndrome (BBS), and Congenital Stationary Night Blindness (CSNB).

Dr. Madhavan, who joined Sankara Nethralaya in 2003 as a senior scientist, will pursue his research interests at the Genetics and Molecular Biology Department at the Kamalnayan Bajaj Institute for Research and Vision in Ophthalmology.