Fourth Annual Research Day

Christian Medical College celebrated its 4th Annual Research Day on Friday, 15th November 2013, at the Scudder Auditorium, Bagayam, which was commenced by 1:00 pm

A Special Oration by Prof. V.I. Mathan - Chief Guest

The strategic aims of the Annual Research Day are to celebrate the quality of research carried across all the faculties, undergraduates and Postgraduates of the Christian Medical College and enable staff and peers to meet and learn about the research carried out at the Christian Medical College

A Special Oration was given by Prof. V.I Mathan who was awarded the Annual Research Day distinguished retired faculty medal and oration for the year 2013.

Prof. V I Mathan talked of his activity in Research on Tropical Spur and Diarrhoeal Diseases and concluded encouraging the Researchers in CMC to develop an analytical mind for clinical researches and write proper proposals to Government funding agents for grants.

Following number of entries were received under categories such as:

Award Certificates and Medals were given to the following recipients by Prof. V. I Mathan:


Basic Science:

Ist - Dr. Latha .N

Title: Rhythm generating mechanisms in isolated rat heart

Authors: Latha. N., Swetha Raman, Kamalakannan.V., Anand Bhaskar and Sathya Subramani, Department of Physiology, Christian Medical College, Vellore.

IInd - Dr. Dwaipayan Sen

Title: Improved adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors for hepatic gene therapy

Authors: Dwaipayan Sen1*, Akshaya Krishnagopal2*,Rupali A Gadkari3, Govindarajan
Sudha3,Vaani Roshini1, Ijaz Mahamadulla2, Narayanaswamy Srinivasan3, Alok Srivastava1,2, Giridhara R Jayandharan1,2*. 1Department of Hematology, 2Centre for Stem Cell Research, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, 3Molecular Biophysics unit, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, India. * Both authors contributed equally

IIIrd - Dr. Thiyagaraj Mayuranathan

Title: Molecular basis of (δβ)0 thalassaemia and HPFH in Indian population and the role of non-coding transcripts in increasing foetal haemoglobin in adults

Authors: Thiyagaraj Mayuranathan1, Janakiram Rayabaram1, Reena Das2, Neeraj Arora1, Eunice Sindhuvi Edison1, Mammen Chandy3, Alok Srivastava1, Shaji R Velayudhan1. 1Department of Haematology, Christian Medical College, Vellore,Tamil Nadu. 2Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh. 3Tata Medical Centre, Kolkata.

IVth - Dr. Sukanya Ganesan

Title: Comparison of pneumococcal serotypes in its disease potential in Indian Adults

Authors: Sukanya Ganesan, Preetha Markose, Savitha Varatharajan, Ezhilpavai Mohanan, Vinodhini Kumaraswamy, Senthamizhselvi Anandan, Auro Viswabandya, Biju George, Alok Srivastava, Vikram Mathews, Poonkuzhali Balasubramanian
Department of Haematology, Christian Medical College, Vellore

V th - Dr. Grish S. Naik

Title: Flupirtine relaxes distal caprine ureter: an in-vitro study

Authors: Girish S Naik, Sumith K Mathew, Kalpana Ernest, Manoj G Tyagi, Jacob Peedicayil
Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacology, Christian Medical College, Vellore, 632 002, Tamil Nadu, India

Medical Specialty:

Ist - Dr. Sahana Shetty

Title: The diagnosis of osteoporosis among South Indian male and female subjects with low impact hip fracture and comparison between Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Caucasian Bone Mineral Density Databases

Authors: Sahana Shetty, Kapoor N, Asha HS, Naik D, Visalakshi P1, Cherian VM2, Oommen AT2, Daniel AJ2, Thomas N, Paul TV
Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, 1Department of Biostatistics, 2Department of Orthopedics
Christian Medical College, Vellore, India

IInd - Dr. Sudhakar. G

Title: Profile of Cytomegalovirus Infection in Kidney Transplant Recipients in the Valganciclovir prophylaxis era.

Authors: Sudhakar G, Basu G, Valson AT, Mohapatra A, David VG, Alexander S, Jacob S, Varughese S, Jacob CK, Tamilarasi V.
Department of Nephrology, Christian Medical College, Vellore

IIIrd - Dr. Riddhi Das Gupta

Title: Assessment of Metabolic characteristics and Body Composition in Asian Indian subjects with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus using Euglycemic Hyperinsulinemic Pancreatic Clamp, Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry Scan and 1-H-Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy techniques

Authors: Riddhi Das Gupta, Ron Thomas Varghese, Veena Nair, Padmanabhan S, Mercy Inbakumari, Flory Christina, Roshan Livingstone, H.S. Asha, Sylvia Kehlenbrink, Sudha Koppaka, Michelle Carey, Meredith Hawkins, Nihal Thomas
Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India,1Department of Radiodiagnosis, Christian Medical College,Vellore, India, 2Dept. of Endocrinology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine , NewYork, USA

IVth - Dr. Mariano Masceranhas

Title: Does serum progesterone level on the day of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) administration affect clinical pregnancy rate in fresh embryo transfer cycles?: A retrospective cohort study

Authors: Mascarenhas M, Kamath MS, Aleyamma TK, Chandy A, Mangalraj AM, Muthukumar K
Department of Reproductive Medicine, Christian Medical College Hospital, Vellore.

Surgical Specialty:

Ist - Dr. Mazda Turel

Title: Reduction in range of cervical motion on serial long term follow-up in Patients undergoing oblique corpectomy for cervical spondylotic myelopathy

Authors: Mazda K. Turel, Sauradeep Sarkar, Krishna Prabhu, Roy T. Daniel, K S Jacob, Ari G. Chacko
Section of Neurosurgery, Department of Neurological Sciences and 1Department of Psychiatry, Christian Medical College, Vellore 632 004, Tamil Nadu, India

IInd - Dr. Nitin Kapoor

Title: Endoscopic ultrasonography--a sensitive tool in the preoperative localization of insulinoma.

Authors: Kapoor N, Joseph AJ, Simon EG, Chacko A, Thomas EM, Eapen A, Abraham DT, Jacob PM, Paul T, Rajaratnam S, Thomas N.
Dept. of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, CMC, Vellore

IInd - Dr. Mary Esther John. B

Title: Visual outcome of open globe injuries in children at a tertiary care centre a 4 year study

Authors: Shimna C P, Mary Esther John B, Deepa John, Padma Paul, Pushpa Jacob, Renu Raju

IIIrd - Dr. Gayathri Deshpandae

Title: Neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy followed by oesophagectomy for squamous cell carcinoma of oesophagus : A single centre experience

Authors: Deshpande G, Samarasam I, Mittal R, Abraham V, George S.V, Chandran B.S, Subhashini J, Mathew G.
Department of Ophthalmology, Christian Medical College, Vellore.

IIIrd - Dr. Selvin Theodore

Title: Oncological outcomes and feasibility of Strap Muscle Flap in Head and Neck reconstruction

Authors: Jayanth S T$, Rajinikanth J$, Gaikwad P$
$Department of General Surgery including Head and Neck Surgery, Christian Medical College, Vellore.

Field Work & Epidemiology:

Ist - Dr. Padma Paul

Title: Visual Function and Quality of Life after Cataract Surgery in Kaniyambadi Block, a Cross Sectional Study

Authors: Padma Paul, Smitha Jasper, Thomas Kuriakose, Renu Raju, Kuryan George, Jacob John, Prem Doss, Muliyil JP.

IInd - Dr. Anu Oommen

Title: Prevalence of risk factors for coronary heart disease in rural areas- a repeat cross sectional survey.

Authors: Dr Anu Mary Oommen, Dr Kuryan George, Dr Vinod Joseph Abraham, Dr Jacob Jose.
Departments of Community Health and Cardiology, CMC Vellore.

Nursing Specialty:

Ist - Mrs. Hepzi Raju

Title: Adequacy of nutritional support and the factors associated with its in adequacy in critically ill patients

Authors: Hepsi Raju*, Punitha Ezhilarasu**, Rebecca Sumathy Bai**, J V Peter#, Prasanna Samuel##, Mahendri^[*- junior lecturer, college of Nursing, CMC, Vellore, **-Professor College of Nursing, #- Associate Professor Physician Medical ICU, CMC, Vellore. ##- Lecturer, Department of Biostatistics, CMC, Vellore, ^- Head of the Department of Dietetics,CMC, Vellore.]

IInd - Mrs. Tinu Kurien

Title: Effect of structured teaching programme regarding physical and chemical restraints on the knowledge, attitude and practice of the nursing personnel.

Authors: Tinu S. Kurien, Jayarani PremKumar, Sheela Durai, Nagamani Sen


Ist - Mr. Paul Prabhu

Title: Cognitive symptoms and disability in Schizophrenia

Authors: Paul Prabhu, Dr. Manoranjitham Sathiyaseelan, Dr. Rajesh Gopalakrishnan, Tunny Sebastian, Devika

Ist - Mr. Rajat & Harshita Noir

Title: Evaluation of the performance of serodiagnostic kits for dengue infection in a tertiary care centre of South India

Authors: Rajat Choudhari1, Harshita Nori1, Shubhanker Mitra2 K.P.P Abhilash2, Vishali Jeyaseelan3, Asha Mary Abraham4, O.C Abraham5, John A Jude6, Jayaprakash Muliyil7

  1. Second year medical student (batch of 2011), MBBS, Christian Medical College, Vellore
  2. Assistant Professor, Dept of Medicine, Christian Medical College, Vellore
  3. Assistant Professor, Dept of Biostatistics, Christian Medical College, Vellore
  4. Professor and Head, Dept of Virology, Christian Medical College, Vellore
  5. Professor, Dept of Medicine, Christian Medical College, Vellore
  6. Professor, Dept of Microbiology, Christian Medical College, Vellore
  7. Retd. Professor, Dept of Clinical Epidemiology, Christian Medical College, Vellore

Ist - Dr. Mintoo Tergestina

Title: A Randomized double blind controlled trial comparing two regimens of Vitamin D supplementation in preterm neonates

Authors: Mintoo Tergestina, Sridhar Santhanam, Anil Kuruvilla, Anna Simon, Niranjan Thomas Department of Neonatology, Christian Medical College, Vellore

Ist - Dr. Joe Varghese

Title: Insulin signaling is impaired in iron-loaded primary mouse hepatocytes from hepcidin knock-out mice

Authors: Joe Varghese1, Andrew McKie2, Molly Jacob1.
1Department of Biochemistry, Christian Medical College, Vellore, INDIA,2Division of Diabetes and Nutritional Sciences, King's College, London, UK

IInd - Dr. Grish S. Naik

Title: Association of HLA-B*1502 and severe cutaneous adverse drug reactions induced by aromatic amine anti-epileptic drugs in Indian patients

Authors: Girish S Naik, 1TSVijayakumar,2 Mahendran K, 2Sumith K Mathew, 1Denise Helen Fleming, 1Kalpana Ernest, 1Maya Thomas,3Renu George.
4Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacology 1Molecular Laboratory,Department of Nephrology 2Department of Neurology 3Department of Dermatology 4Christian Medical College, Vellore, 632 004, Tamil Nadu, India1-4

IInd - Dr. Rohin Mittal

Title: An enhanced recovery protocol after rectal cancer surgery: challenging surgical dogma

Authors: Rohin Mittal, Mark Ranjan Jesudason, Benjamin Perakath
Christian Medical college, Vellore.

The Judges for the Fourth Annual Research day for the presentations were:

Dr. Kishore Kumar Pichamuthu, Dr. Shantidani Minz, Dr. Thomas V Paul, Dr. Binu Susan Mathew, Dr. Sunil Aggarwal, Dr. Molly Jacob, Dr. Deepak Abraham, Dr. R V Shaji, Dr. Anup Ramachandran, Dr. Antonisamy, Dr. Thambu David, Dr. Anand Job, Dr. Vatsala Sadan, Mrs. Selva Titus, Dr. Visalakshi, Prof. Jayaprakash Muliyil, Dr. Vivek Mathew and Prof. V I Mathan.

The Brochure can be viewed clicking on the link given:

4th Annual Research Day 2013 - Book of Abstracts