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Vision Research Foundation (VRF), which is a part of Sankara Nethralaya, was established as a registered society in 1983. VRF is engaged in India-centric research to find solutions for prevailing and emerging eye care challenges. The institution is involved in research areas such as microbiology, biochemistry, genetics, patho-biology, nano-technology, stem cell research and bioinformatics that help unravel the biology of ophthalmic diseases. VRF also collaborates with international Institutions on projects of mutual interest. We work on translational research directly benefiting patients which is also patentable that has resulted in five patents so far.

SN ONGC Department of Genetics and Molecular Biology at the Institute had its humble beginning as a cytogenetics laboratory in the year 1993. Since then it has achieved rapid growth with state-of t facilities and infrastructure, performing extensive research in the field of ocular genetics. Our areas of expertise include gene mapping by classical linkage analysis, homozygosity mapping,geneticdiagnostics using targeted and whole exome sequencing, candidate gene and genome wide association studies and functional characterization of the pathogenic mechanisms underlying ophthalmic disorders. It has been 23 years since the department was established and the annual symposium was started in 2013, commemorating the 20th year celebration since its inception.

The ‘4th SN Genetics Convention 2017’, a symposium on “Genetic testing and diagnosis of diseases”, is aimed at Students, Research scholars, Scientists, Clinicians and Counselors involved in medical health care. The focus of this symposium is to enhance our knowledge in genetic testing for human diseases, discuss norms and guidelines for reporting clinical next generation sequencing (NGS)results and create awareness on the recent technological advances in this field.

Organizing Chairperson
Dr.S. Mathavan
Head, Senior Professor & Chief Scientist
SN ONGC Dept. of Genetics & Molecular Biology

Organizing Secretaries
Drs. S. Sripriya & N. Soumittra
Associate Professor & Principal Scientist
SN ONGC Dept. of Genetics & Molecular Biology

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CME accreditation by The Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University, Chennai

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Dr.Nallasivam Palanisamy

Associate Scientist
Department of Urology
Vattikutti Urology Institute
Henry Ford Health System
Associate Professor (Adjunct)
Michigan Center for Translational Pathology
Department of Pathology
University of Michigan

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Dr. Shubha R Phadke

Professor and Head,
Department of Medical Genetics,
Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate
Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow

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Dr. Ethiraj Balaji Prasath

Chief Embryologist, IVF Laboratory,
Thomson Fertility Centre, Singapore

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Dr. V. L. Ramprasad

COO and Chief Scientist,
MedGenome, Bangalore

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Dr. K. M. Girisha

Professor & Head,
Department of Medical Genetics,
Manipal University, Manipal

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Dr. Rekha Pai

Christian Medical College, Vellore

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Dr. Ratna Dua Puri

Professor in Genetics, GRIPMER,
vice Chairperson Institute of Medical
Genetics & Genomics, Sir Ganga
Ram Hospital, New Delhi

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Dr. Krati Shah

Clinical Geneticist & Asst. Professor,
FRIGE Genetics Centre Institute of
Human Genetics, Ahmedabad

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Dr. Sudha Narayana Rao

Executive Director,
Genotypic Technology, Banagalore

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Dr. J. Malathi

Principal Scientist &
Associate Professor,
Vision Research Foundation, Chennai


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Deadline for Early Bird Registration

27 January, 2017

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Early Bird Registration

Students Rs. 1000
Others Rs. 2000

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Late Registration

Students Rs. 1500
Others Rs. 2500


Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students / Research scholars / Scientists / Professionals / Clinicians / Counselors with interest or focus on Human Genetics.

Certificate awarded by:

Vision Research Foundation, Chennai.

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Sri V.D. Swami Auditorium, Sri T.S. Santhanam VII Floor, KNBIRVO Block,
Sankara Nethralaya, 18/41, College Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai - 600006

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4th SN Genetics Convention

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Organizing secretaries

Drs. S. Sripriya & N. Soumittra

SN ONGC Department of Genetics and Molecular Biology,

Vision Research Foundation, Sankara Nethralaya, 18 / 41, College road, Nungambakkam, Chennai, India. Phone No: +91-44-42271807,