IICT, German Varsity Sign Pact on Cancer Research

CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) and Dortmund University, Germany, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for taking up research work for cancer screening. The objective of the collaboration is to find drugs for cancer therapy which develop resistance. All the tests will be done at Max Planck Institutes, Germany. IICT is working on Alzheimer's disease and was trying to find a better and more effective chemical than Galantamine.

Galantamine belongs to the family of cholinesterase inhibitors and is used to treat Alzheimer's disease. The IICT and Mayo Clinic, USA, had developed four new chemicals through neem plant for treating renal cancer. "The new chemical can kill renal cancer cells 100 percent," an official said.

As part of 70th year celebrations, CSIR-IICT is organizing a four-day international symposium on 'Nature inspired initiatives in chemical trends.' The symposium was inaugurated by University of Hyderabad professor Goverdhan Mehta. About 600 delegates from various countries including US, France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, China and South Korea are participating in the conference.
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