UNESCO/UNITWIN NETWORK WEB SEMINAR 2020
(A Virtual Conference)
August 6-7, 2020
Theme: Current concepts of Environmental Pollution by Electromagnetic field and Corona Virus
Organizer: BLDE (Deemed to be University), Vijayapur, Karnataka, India with the support from LSIPEC, Yerevan, Armenia
After the successfull organization of the Inaugural Workshop of UNESCO/UNITWIN Network on Research and Postgraduate Education in Biophysics, Biotechnology and Environmental Health, which was held during August 6-8, in Garni, Armenia, UNESCO Chair in Life Sciences in collaboration with partner institutions organized the third online Workshop of the Network during August 6-7, in Vijayapura, India.
The Workshop of the NETWORK highlighted the participation of biophysicists, biotechnologists, Public Health scientists, Clinical & Pharmaceutical Microbiologists, professionals, academia, industry, research scholars, professors, students.
The inauguration of the program was declared open by Prof. Sinerik Ayrapetyan, UNESCO Chair Holder- Life Sciences, Yerevan, Armenia. Dr. M.B. Patil, Chancellor, BLDE (DU), Vijayapura, India, graced the inaugural function as the Chief Guest. The Welcome Address was delivered by Dr. Lata Mullur, Organizing Secretary, UNESCO/UNITWIN Network Web Seminar.
Prof. Sinerik Ayrapetyan, in his inaugural speech, acknowledged the participants about the objectives of this web seminar “The technical progress-induced exponential increase of electromagnetic fields (EMF) emitted from the technology and its role in the increase of the risk of generating different diseases, including virus infection, are vital problems of Public Health. At present, they are abundance of literature data on metabolic control of cell hydration, which could serve as a quantum-mechanically sensitive universal diagnostic parameter reflecting the functional state of cells, the dysfunction of which decreases the barrier function of the membrane for penetration of foreign particles, such as viruses into the cells. It has been shown that EMF could modulate the metabolic driving water efflux from the cells controlling cell hydration and the semipermeable properties of cell membrane through soluble guanylate cyclase and G proteins in the membrane. Thus, the metabolic control of cell hydration has been suggested as a biomarker for determining the hazardous and beneficial effects of EMF with different frequencies and intensities. Considering the fact that the biological impacts of major physical and chemical components of environmental mediums on cells and organisms have non-linear dose-dependent character, the fundamental knowledge in biophysics of biological
effects of weak signals is necessary in order to solve modern problems of environmental health control. Therefore, the subject of this present seminar is dedicated to improve the postgraduate educational courses in Biophysics making it adequate to address the demands of environmental health control including the EMF effects on coronavirus infection through the cell membrane. This subject will elaborate a “Joint Research Project” on the basis of which the experimental work of the thesis of PhD students will be implemented.” (https://unescounitwin2020.bldedu.ac.in/unesco-unitwin/)
Soon after the inaugural program, Prof. David Carpenter delivered the first keynote address on the topic “Human Health effects of non- thermal electromagnetic radiation”. The 5G technology would be the next big threat for the living beings as it will cause a catastrophic damage due to spread of high frequency radiations into the environment. The use of 5G technology may cause a significant rise in blood and brain cancer, blood clots, bone problems, insomnia, heart disease, birth of disabled children, infertility problems etc. The high frequency radiation may also change glucose metabolism and affect the DNA. Prof. Carpenter suggested using land phones instead of mobile phones and enhancing the use of message services to protect the environment and ecology.
Second Keynote address was delivered by Prof. Sinerik Ayrapetyan on “Metabolic driving water efflux from the cell as a quantum sensitive energy barrier for virus infection”.
One invited lecture was delivered during pre-lunch session of the first day of two days web seminar. It was delivered by Prof. Hamid Mobasheri on the topic “Biophysical tackle with the SARS-COV-2 virus, means for treatment of Covid-19 at atomic and molecular levels”.
Faculty, Ph.D., PDF and PG students were encouraged to present their scientific/ research work on the stage of UNESCO/UNITWIN web seminar to be listened by eminent scientists and professors from different parts of the world which was a lifetime opportunity. The young scientists utilized the break and the organizers had a tough time to select the best e-posters from many entries.
The second day (07-08-2020) of the web seminar started with the invited lecture of Prof Marko S. Markov Research International of Williamsville NY, USA on the topic “5G Technology and Public Health Hazards”.
Subsequently eight invited lectures were delivered. Among that first invited lecture delivered by Prof Sharaine Fernando University Sri Jayewardenepura, Srilanka on “Environmental pollution and male reproductive health”. Next talk was delivered by Prof. Mary Boghosian UNESCO/UNITWIN LSIPEC, Armenia 0n her topic of presentation was “Innovation and Exponential Technologies in the Era of COVID 19 ”.
After invited lectures total ten e-posters were presented by 10 Ph.D students from India, Iran and Armenia. Ten Invited lectures were delivered by Prof. Anatoly M. Goltsev, National Academy of Science, Ukraine on “Prospects of immune correction of anti-viral resistance with cryopreserved products of cord blood in corona virus expansion.” After this lecture Prof.Suleyman Dasdag from Medeniyet University, Turkey on “Radiofrequency radiation and distance between brain cells: could it be a biophysical approach for host cell.” Prof. Iqbal Choudhary, University of Karachi delivered his lecture on “Pakistan response to COVID-19 turning calamity into an opportunity the current state and challenges ahead”. The next invited lecture was delivered by Prof. Somnath Gangopadhyay, University of Calcutta, on “Ergonomics and Health : Working from Home under COVID 19”.
Invited lecture- 13 was given by Prof. Iqbal Alam of Jamia Hamdard University, India on “Emerging Role of Nitric Oxide on the occurrence of Metabolic Syndrome and cardiovascular disease” The last invited lecture of the UNESCO/UNITWIN was delivered by Prof. David Gee, Brunel University London.
At the end of the second day of two day long web seminar, a Round Table Discussion was organized on “UNESCO/UNITWIN Life Sciences” AND “BLDE University” jointly under the coordination of Prof. Sinerik Ayrapetyan, UNESCO Chair Holder- Life Sciences, Yerevan, Armenia and Prof. Kusal K. Das, Professor of Physiology, BLDE (Deemed to be University)’s Shri B.M. Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Center, Vijayapura, India who is also the Dean of Environmental Health under UNESCO Chair Life Sciences (Biophysics, Biotechnology and Environmental Health). Prof. Hamid Mobasheri, University of Teharn, Iran, Prof Anatoly Goltsev, Prof David Gee, Prof. Mary Boghosian, Prof. Iqbal Alam, Prof.Klaus Klarskov, Dr.M.S.Biradar and Dr.Aravind V.Patil have joined in this panel discussion. The panelists also shared their views in the round table discussion for further improvement of UNESCO/UNITWIN network especially in the third world countries. The importance of biophysics as tool for life sciences including medical research development was also discussed. Three important decisions were taken
1) To establish a UNESCO Chair-Environmental Health at BLDE (Deemed to be University), India and also a UNESCO Chair at National Academy of Science, Kiev, Ukraine under
2) More research collaboration to purse PhD program under UNESCO Chair Life Sciences with various institutions under UNESCO UNITWIN network.
3) Expand UNESCO UNITWIN program with more Universities and rename it as UNESCO/UNITWIN Centre for Life Sciences Education & Research.
The outcome of the round discussion was a memorandum of understanding which can be found here.
At the end of two days seminar the valedictory session was conducted. Prof. M.S. Biradar, Vice- Chancellor, BLDE Deemed to be University was the chief Guest of the function. UNESCO chair Life Sciences Prof. Ayrapetyan and other UNESCO coordinators were also joined in this function. The results of e-poster presentation were declared.
Dr Aruna Biradar, India BLDE (Deemed to be University)’s Shri B.M. Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research center, Vijayapura, India. Her presentation was entitled “Menstrual Morbidities, Menstrual Hygiene, Cultural Practices during Menstruation, and WASH Practices at Schools in Adolescent Girls of North Karnataka, India: A Cross-Sectional Prospective Study”.
Om Prakash Yadav, Memorial University of Newfoundland NL, Canada. His presentation was entitled “Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in the European Union: Analysis of the NORMAN EMPODAT database system”.
Dr. Satyajit Tripathy, from South Africa. His presentation was entitled “Employment of old options to control novel corona virus: Pros and Cons”.
1. Prerana Biswas, India. Topic: “Casein fortified diet reversed the diabetes like changes induced by 4g connected mobile phone radiation in mice”
2. Gouhar Madoyan, Armenia. Topic: “Quantum-Mechanical Sensitive Na/Ca Exchange asa Target for Pain Relief Effects of 4Hz Weak”
3. Zahar Elyasi, Iran. Topic: “Biophysical insights to tackle with the corona virus SARS-COV-2 by UV”
4. Rajat Hegde, India. Topic: “Molecular Analysis of Neuronal Cell Surface Protein gene; Neuroligin 3 in Autism Spectrum Disorder”.
Entire Program of two days is recorded in YouTube – Links are provided below:-
Day1: August 6, 2020
Day2: August 7, 2020
The International Organizing Committee of the Virtual Conference
|Prof. Sinerik Ayrapetyan||Chairman, Coordinator of UNESCO/UNITWIN Network, Armenia|
|Prof. M.S. Biradar||Co-Chairman, Vice Chancellor, BLDE (Deemed to be University), India|
|Prof. Kusal Das||Executive Program Director, Laboratory of Vascular Physiology and Medicine, BLDE (Deemed to be University), India|
|Prof. Oleg Krishtal||Director, Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology, Ukraine|
|Prof. Shuba Y||Department of Neuromuscular Physiology, Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology, Ukraine|
|Prof. Anatoliy Goltsev||Head of UNESCO Chair– Institute for Problems of Cryobiology and Cryomedicine of NAS, Ukraine|
|Prof. Ihsan Karaman||Rector, Istanbul Medeniyet University, Turkey|
|Prof. Suleyman Dasdag||Department of Biophysics, Istanbul Medeniyet University, Turkey|
|Prof. Habil Khorakiwala||Chancellor, Jamia Hamdard University, India|
|Prof. Iqbal Alam||Department of Physiology, Jamia Hamdard University, India|
|Prof. Andrey Rubin||Head, Biophysics Department, Moscow State University, Russia|
|Prof. David Carpenter||Director, Institute for Health and the Environment of School of Public Health at University of Albany, USA|
|Prof. Rob Ewing||Director, the Graduate School of Biological Sciences, Southampton University, UK|
|Prof. Ali Moosavo-Movahedi||Coordinator of UNESCO Chair on Interdisciplinary Research in Diabetes at University of Tehran, Iran|
|Prof. Hamid Mobasheri||Head of Laboratory of Membrane Biophysics and Macroolecules, Institute of Biochemistry, University of Tehran, Iran|
|Prof. Majid Ghayour Mobarhan||International UNESCO Center for Health Related Basic Sciences and Nutrition, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Iran|
|Prof. David Naderashvili||
Director, Iv. Beritashvili Center of Experimental Biomedicine, Georgia