Must focus on evidence-based medicine & rationale use of traditional therapies: Dr. Sattigeri

Capacity Building and Continuing Medical Education training program for AYUSH personnel initiated at CSIR-CDRI, Lucknow

New Delhi: Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow is hosting the Capacity Building and Continuing Medical Education residential training program from 12th to 17th September, 2022 for AYUSH researchers and scientists.
Dr. Radha Rangarajan, Director, CSIR-CDRI lauded the program for bringing experts in traditional medicine and modern research under one roof.
Chief guest of the program, Dr. Viswajanani Sattigeri, Head, CSIR-Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL) Unit informed that India, home to valuable traditions and culture, that has been passed through several generations over thousands of years, has a rich heritage in the health and wellness domains.
“Currently a large proportion of our traditional herbal and herbo-mineral formulations are being marked as food or dietary supplements, and most of them over the counter (OTC) products. In alignment with changing times and advancing technologies, we now largely rely on evidence-based medicine and rationale use of traditional therapies. Modern science and modern medicine-based R&D of traditional medicines is envisaged to provide wider acceptance not only in India but abroad as well,” Dr Sattigeri said.
The talk covered CSIR’s activities related to traditional and integrative research in healthcare, and IPR aspects of traditional knowledge.
This six-day training program is designed to make traditional medicine practitioners aware of modern drug discovery research. The sessions are divided according to different aspects of drug discovery, for example natural product chemistry, metal & pesticide toxicity, phytochemical analysis, pharmaceutics & pharmacokinetics, regulatory toxicology studies, etc. The program also involves visit to herbarium, GLP labs at CSIR-CDRI as well as CSIR-NBRI and CSIR-CIMAP.
Dr. Ritu Trivedi (Scientific co-ordinator) and Dr. Anand Kulkarni (Executive co-ordinator) welcomed the 28 participants from all over India who are experts in traditional medicinal.