Monday, March 28, 2011

Aditya Jyot Institute of Optometry celebrates “World Optometry Day” on 31st March 2011

Aditya Jyot Institute of Optometry cordially invites you to the “World Optometry Day” 2011 celebration on 31st March 2011 from 5pm to 8pm

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Prof Dr. s. Natarajan - chief guest at D. G. Khetan International School

Reply by Mr. Javed Prof Dr. S. Natarajan's friend

Dear Nutty,
Congrats , I just read Kumars mail. Great news, another feather in your cap !! at this rate with so many feathers in our caps we will become red Indians as Sam.G.P. Moses used to say pulling his nose !! This holds good for Kumar too... Real achievers of our batch..both of you...
With best wishes and kind regards,
Yours as ever,

Prof Dr. S. Natarajan's Accolades

Nutty has become visiting faculty member at The Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, Prof. of Ophthalmology at Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, National Board of Examination, New Delhi. He also gave lecture at Stanley Medical College on “Innovations in Vitreo Retinal Surgery”.

He was unanimously elected as editor of Indian Journal of Ophthalmology by members of All India Ophthalmological Society (April 2011-2014).

Late Dr. Sandeep Wagh Memorial Award is given to Ophthalmologists for their outstanding contributions in field of Ophthalmology. It was conferred for the last 12 years on ophthalmologists who apart from professional skills are also keen on using their skills for the betterment of the society and is a good human being as well. Dr Kelkar started this award in order to appreciate these qualities in other ophthalmologists and also pay homage to Dr. Wagh. This award is annually given in NIO conference under aegis of Poona Ophthalmological Society. This year Nutty is bestowed with this award for his splendid contributions in the field Ophthalmology at “Uveitis Conference”, Pune.

He also received Dr. F. P. Antia Oration on 5th December 2010 which is awarded by the Mumbai branch of the Indian Medical Association for his immense contribution in the field of Ophthalmology. Dr F P Antia was born in Mumbai on August 10.1916,He obtained his B.Sc. degree in 1938, MBLS in 1941, MD in 1944 (Seth G S Medical College, Mumbai), MRCP (London) in 1946, and MS (Illinois, USA) in 1949. He was awarded the FRCP (London) in 1969 Armed with all these he returned to India to set upp the first Gastroenterology department in the country in B Y L Nair charitable hospital. The Gastroenterology Department of By L Nair Hospital has instituted an ORATION AWARD in the name of Dr. F.P. Antia, through the Indian Medical Association which is given to a prominent medical specialist with laudable contributions in that particular field.
The Ocular Trauma Society of India aims to promote and stimulate general advancement, education, prevention, management and research activities related to ocular trauma. Air Marshal Dr. M.S. Boparai is the patron (founder Member) of Ocular Trauma Society of India. He has held highest post in army & is instrumental in sensitizing army doctors to join Ocular Trauma Society of India. He is the guiding force. The Ocular trauma Society of India has instituted an ORATION AWARD in the name of Air Marshal Dr. M. S. Boparai which is given to Ophthalmologist who has done outstanding work in the field of OCULAR TRAUMA. Nutty received Air Marshal Dr. M. S. Boparai oration which is awarded by Ocular Trauma Society of India for his contribution in the field of Ophthalmology, outstanding work in the field of OCULAR TRAUMA.

10th Biennial conference of SAARC academy of ophthalmology and 38th Annual National Conference of the Ophthalmological Society of Bangladesh (OSB) is held on 05-08 March, 2011 at BCPS, Dhaka. This is the largest event for the ophthalmologists of SAARC countries to exchange views, share knowledge, gather information and skill about rapidly progressive procedures and technologies in this arena. This is also an event of greater social bondage, fellow feeling and strengthening partnership among the eye care professionals of this region. Nutty was bestowed with SAARC Academy of Ophthalmology Retina Oration award. His talk is on Bionic Eye – Where we stand.

Prof G Kumaramanickavel, MD
Director of Research, Narayana Nethralaya, Health City, Bangalore, India.
Advisor - Research, Academics and Management, Aditya Jyot Eye Hospital, Mumbai, India.
Visiting Professor, Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai, India.
Visiting Associate, Ophthalmic Genetics & Clinical Services Branch, National Eye Institute, NIH, USA.
Visiting Scholar, Dept of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
Formerly: Deputy Director of Research, Professor of Genetics & Molecular Biology, Executive Officer (Medical), Sankara Nethralaya, India,
Research Fellow, Department of Biochemistry, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Article in Lokmat dated 14th March 2011

Communicate Openly & honestly


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  -Plant more Trees.
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If you have a function/party at your home in India and food gets wasted, don't hesitate to call 1098 (only in India ) - Its not a Joke, This is the number of Child helpline.
They will come and collect the food. Please circulate this message which can help feed many children.
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"Spend at least as much time researching a stock as you would choosing a refrigerator" - Peter Lynch

Happy Birthday Albert Einstein!!

Happy Birthday Albert Einstein!!
Albert Einstein, 14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist who discovered the theory of general relativity, affecting a revolution in physics. For this achievement, Einstein is often regarded as the father of modern physics. He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his services to theoretical physics and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect".
Near the beginning of his career, Einstein thought that Newtonian mechanics was no longer enough to reconcile the laws of classical mechanics with the laws of the electromagnetic field. This led to the development of his special theory of relativity. He realized, however, that the principle of relativity could also be extended to gravitational fields, and with his subsequent theory of gravitation in 1916, he published a paper on the general theory of relativity. He continued to deal with problems of statistical mechanics and quantum theory, which led to his explanations of particle theory and the motion of molecules. He also investigated the thermal properties of light which laid the foundation of the photon theory of light. In 1917, Einstein applied the general theory of relativity to model the structure of the universe as a whole.
He escaped from Nazi Germany in 1933, where he had been a professor at the Berlin Academy of Sciences, and settled in the U.S., becoming a citizen in 1940. On the eve of World War II, he helped alert President Franklin D. Roosevelt that Germany might be developing an atomic weapon, and recommended that the U.S. begin nuclear research. That research, begun by a newly-established Manhattan Project, resulted in the U.S. becoming the first and only country to possess nuclear weapons during the war. He taught physics at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, New Jersey, until his death in 1955.
Einstein published more than 300 scientific papers along with over 150 non-scientific works, and received honorary doctorate degrees in science, medicine and philosophy from many European and American universities; he also wrote about various philosophical and political subjects such as socialism, international relations and the existence of God. His great intelligence and originality has made the word "Einstein" synonymous with genius.

Albert Einstein’s Quotes
  • "Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction."
  • "Imagination is more important than knowledge."
  • "Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love."
  • "I want to know God's thoughts; the rest are details."
  • "The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax."
  • "Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one."
  • "The only real valuable thing is intuition."
  • "A person starts to live when he can live outside himself."
  • "I am convinced that He (God) does not play dice."
  • "God is subtle but he is not malicious."
  • "Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character."
  • "I never think of the future. It comes soon enough."
  • "The eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility."
  • "Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing."
  • "Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind."
  • "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new."
  • "Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from weak minds."
  • "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."
  • "Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen."
  • "Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one's living at it."
  • "The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources."
  • "The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education."
  • "God does not care about our mathematical difficulties. He integrates empirically."
  • "The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking."
  • "Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal."
  • "Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding."
  • "The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible."
  • "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."
  • "Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school."
  • "The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing."
  • "Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater."
  • "Equations are more important to me, because politics is for the present, but an equation is something for eternity."
  • "If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut."
  • "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe."
  • "As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality."
  • "Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods."
  • "I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."
  • "In order to form an immaculate member of a flock of sheep one must, above all, be a sheep."
  • "The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there's no risk of accident for someone who's dead."
  • "Too many of us look upon Americans as dollar chasers. This is a cruel libel, even if it is reiterated thoughtlessly by the Americans themselves."
  • "Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism -- how passionately I hate them!"
  • "No, this trick won't work...How on earth are you ever going to explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love?"
  • "My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind."
  • "Yes, we have to divide up our time like that, between our politics and our equations. But to me our equations are far more important, for politics are only a matter of present concern. A mathematical equation stands forever."
  • "The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking...the solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker."
  • "Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence."
  • "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed."
  • "A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would in deeded be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death."
  • "The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge."
  • "Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That means nothing. People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion."
  • "You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat."
  • "One had to cram all this stuff into one's mind for the examinations, whether one liked it or not. This coercion had such a deterring effect on me that, after I had passed the final examination, I found the consideration of any scientific problems distasteful to me for an entire year."
  • " of the strongest motives that lead men to art and science is escape from everyday life with its painful crudity and hopeless dreariness, from the fetters of one's own ever-shifting desires. A finely tempered nature longs to escape from the personal life into the world of objective perception and thought."
  • "He who joyfully marches to music rank and file, has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would surely suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action. It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder."
  • "A human being is a part of a whole, called by us _universe_, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
  • "Not everything that counts can be counted and not everything that can be counted counts." (Sign hanging in Einstein's office at Princeton)
Albert Einstein’s Anecdotes
OTTO Neugebauer, the historian of ancient mathematics, told a story about the boy Einstein that he characterises as a "legend," but that seems fairly authentic.)
      As he was a late talker, his parents were worried. At last, at the supper table one night, he broke his silence to say, "The soup is too hot."
Greatly relieved, his parents asked why he had never said a word before.
Albert replied, "Because up to now everything was in order."

EINSTEIN came to Princeton University in 1935 and was asked what he would require for his study. he replied: "A desk, some pads and a pencil, and a large wastebasket to hold all of my mistakes."

ONCE Einstein sent this reply, along with a page full of diagrams, to a fifteen-year-old girl who had written for help on a homework assignment:
"Do not worry about your difficulties in mathematics; I can assure you that mine are much greater."

RIVERSIDE Church in Manhattan planned to put up statues of the eight most famous scientists who ever lived, according to their liking. Einstein was included. When asked how it felt to be an "immortalized" living scientist in this way, Einstein answered,
"From now on, and for the rest of my life, I must be very careful not to commit a scandal."

SPEAKING at the Sorbonne during the 1930s, Einstein said, "If my relativity theory is verified, Germany will proclaim me a German and France will call me a citizen of the world. But if my theory is proved false, France will emphasize that I am a German and Germany will say that I am a Jew."

EINSTEIN went to look at a kibbutz while on a visit to Palestine in 1921. He asked many questions of the 22-year-old girl who was head of the young community. One question was,
"What is the relationship here of men to women?"
Thinking that he was one of the many visitors who thought that women were common property in the kibbutz, she stammered, very embarrassed,
"But, Herr Professor, each man here has one woman."
Einstein's eyes twinkled. He took the girl's hand and said,
"Don't be alarmed at my question - by 'relationship' we physicists understand something rather simple, namely how many men are there and how many women."

EINSTEIN was asked by his hostess at a social gathering to explain his theory of relativity. Said the great mathematician,
"Madam, I was once walking in the country on a hot day with a blind friend, and said that I would like a drink of milk."
"Milk?" said my friend, "Drink I know; but what is milk?"
"A white liquid," I replied.
"Liquid I know; but what is white?"
"The colour of a swan's feathers."
"Feathers I know; what is a swan?"
"A bird with a crooked neck."
"Neck I know; but what is this crooked?"
"Thereupon I lost patience. I seized his arm and straightened it. "That's straight," I said; and then I bent it at the elbow. "That's crooked."
"Ah!" said the blind man, "Now I know what you mean by milk!" [Of]

THE CLASSICAL scholar Gilbert Murray one day encountered Einstein sitting in the quadrangle of Christ Church, Oxford. The exiled scientist was deep in thought, with a serene and cheerful expression on his face. Murray asked him what he was thinking about.
"I am thinking that, after all, this is a very small star," Einstein answered.

ONE DAY during his tenure as a professor, Albert Einstein was visited by a student. "The questions on this year's exam are the same as last year's!" the young man exclaimed.
"Yes," Einstein answereed, "but this year all the answers are different."

THE SCULPTOR Jacob Epstein tells this story:
      "When I was doing Professor Albert Einstein's bust he had many a jibe at the Nazi professors, one hundred of whom had condemned his theory of relativity in a book.
"Were I wrong," he said, "one professor would have been enough." [Of]

EINSTEIN'S wife was once asked if she understood her husband's theory of relativity.
"No," she replied loyally, "but I know my husband and I know he can be trusted."

EINSTEIN once declared that his second greatest idea after the theory of relativity was to add an egg while cooking soup in order to produce a soft-boiled egg without having an extra pot to wash.

IN 1931 Charlie Chaplin invited Albert Einstein, who was visiting Hollywood, to a private screening of his new film City Lights. As the two men drove into town together, passersby waved and cheered. Chaplin turned to his guest and explained:
"The people are applauding you because none of them understands you and applauding me because everybody understands me."

IN 1898, young Albert Einstein applied for admission to the Munich Technical Institute and was turned down. The young man, the Institute declared, "showed no promise" as a student. By 1905, he had formulated his special theory of relativity.

SIR WILLIAM Rothenstein was in Berlin doing a portrait of Einstein. The mathematician was always accompanied to the studio by a solemn, academic looking individual who sat in a corner throughout the sittings. Einstein, not wishing to waste any time, was putting forth certain tentative theories, to which the silent companion replied only by an occasional nod or shake of the head. When the work was concluded, Rothenstein, who was curious, asked Einstein who his companion was.
"That's my mathematician," said Einstein, "who examines problems which I put before him and checks their validity. You see, I am not myself a good mathematician . . ." [Of]

SHORTLY after the publication of Einstein's general theory of relativity in 1915, the Russian mathematician Alexander Friedmann was surprised to discover that Einstein had failed to notice a remarkable prediction made by his equations: that the universe is expanding. This prediction was later confirmed by observations made by Edwin Hubble in the 1920s.
The cause of Einstein's oversight? He had made a stupid error in his calculations: He had divided by zero, which amounts to a big "sin" in mathematics.

"WHEN I was young I found out that the big toe always ends up making a hole in a sock," Einstein once recalled. "So I stopped wearing socks."

ONE OF Einstein's colleagues asked him for his telephone number one day. Einstein reached for a telephone directory and looked it up. "You don't remember your own number?" the man asked, startled.
"No," Einstein answered. "Why should I memorize something I can so easily get from a book?"
In fact, Einstein claimed never to memorize anything which could be looked up in less than two minutes.
Prof. Dr. S. Natarajan
and Aditya Jyot Parivar

The Power of Thought

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Prof. Dr. S. Natarajan was chief guest at DG Khetan International School's 5th annual Function Saamra

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Happy Women's day

Dear Friends,
“Happy Womens Day. Dalai Lama says. “Women have a special capacity to lead us to a more peaceful world with compassion, affection and kindness. Osho says Women are are more tolerant, more accepting. Enjoy Womanhood."

Friday, March 4, 2011

Prof. Dr.S. Natarajan attends 10th Biennial conference of SAARC academy of ophthalmology & received SAO Retina Oration Award

10th Biennial conference of SAARC academy of ophthalmology and 38th Annual National Conference of the Ophthalmological Society of Bangladesh (OSB) is held on 05-08 March, 2011 at BCPS, Dhaka. This is the largest event for the ophthalmologists of SAARC countries to exchange views, share knowledge, gather information and skill about rapidly progressive procedures and technologies in this arena. This is also an event of greater social bondage, fellow feeling and strengthening partnership among the eye care professionals of this region.

The Ophthalmologists from countries like Bangladesh, Maldives, Pakistan, India, Srilanka, Afghanistan, Nepal will attend this conference.

From India Well renowned Vitreo Retinal Surgeon Prof. Dr.S. Natarajan will attend this conference. Prof. Dr. S. Natarajan will be bestowed with SAO Retina Oration award. His talk is on Bionic Eye – Where we stand. He will be performing Live surgery on Macular hole.

Dr. S. Natarajan is the third generation Ophthalmologist did his MBBS from Chennai. In 1982 he completed his post graduation in Ophthalmology from Chennai & was trained as a Vitreo Retinal Surgeon, under Dr. S. S. Badrinath, at the Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai. In 1988 he joined the Taparia Institute of Ophthalmology, Bombay Hospital. He set up vitreo retinal department at Bombay Hospital & continued working there till 1990. In year 1990, he took the decisive step of laying the foundation stone of Aditya Jyot Eye Hospital and has continued serving the institution in his capacity as Chairman & Managing Director, surgeon and guide to a large community of Vitreo Retinal Specialists. He was one of the founding members of the Vitreo Retinal Society of India (VRSI) the umbrella organization for all the vitreo retinal specialists of the country.

He is considered as one of the most proficient and high profile young surgeons involved in academics & innovations in his clinical practice and he has been honored with accolades from around the world. He is a recipient of the American Academy achievement Award, Late Shri Sandeep Wagh Award, Gusi Peace Award, Indira Gandhi Sadbhavna Award, Lion’s Eye Specialist Award, Dr.F.P. Antia Oration Award & many more.

He believes in the maxim “If you rest, you will rust” & constantly strives to set new benchmarks, beating his own records. He has more than 25000 complicated vitreoretinal surgeries to his credit. He holds the record for the 1st sutureless vitrectomy in the Limca book of records. A man with a natural flair for leadership, he has served as the President Bombay Ophthalmic Association, President Maharashtra Ophthalmological Society & has trained more than 60 ophthalmologists to serve the community through his Leadership Development Program.

He has a deep sense of responsibility to the less fortunate in society & through his Aditya Jyot Foundation for Twinkling Little Eyes reaches out to the visually impaired people unable to afford treatment. Since the year 2006 more than 30,000 people have been screened for various eye diseases, more than 20,000 children screened for eye ailments, 2000 cataracts performed , all totally FREE!.

Socrates told the young  man to meet him near the river the next morning. They met.
Socrates asked the young man to walk with him towards the river. When the water got up to their neck, Socrates took the young man by surprise and ducked him into the water.
The man struggled to get out but Socrates was strong and kept him there until he started turning blue. The young man struggled hard and finally managed to get out and the first thing he did was to gasp and take deep breath.
Socrates asked 'What you wanted the most when you were there?' The man replied 'Air'.
Socrates said  That's the Secret To Success.
When you want Success as Badly as you wanted Air, You Will Get It.
There Is No Other Secret.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Hon. Alex Chernov AO QC, Chairman of the Board of the Australia India Institute invites Aditya Jyot Eye Hospital for a dinner-meet to celebrate the Institute’s delegation to India.

Alex Chernov invited Prof. Govindasamy Kumaramanickavel, Advisor - Research, Aditya Jyot Eye Hospital for a dinner to celebrate the Institute’s delegation to India which is on Friday 4th March 2011 at Taj Mahal Palace Princess Room, Mumbai.

The University of Melbourne established the Australia India Institute in October 2008.

The University's aim was to establish a world-class Australia India Institute based at the University of Melbourne, acknowledged for its regional leadership in research, graduate training, executive briefings, policy advice and knowledge partnerships for the benefit of both countries and the broader Asia Pacific region. Both the University of New South Wales and La Trobe University were also founding partners.

The Australia India Institute’s core activities are to:
• Operate as a national epicentre of information on India
• Build India knowledge in the Australian government, business and general communities
• Engage in practical collaborative research around priority areas
• Develop and enhance skills with postgraduate level teaching and exchanges
• Provide consultancies on issues of national priority
• International conferences, community engagement and cultural dialogues

In 2004 Alex Chernov was elected as a Deputy Chancellor of the University of Melbourne and is now its Chancellor. In 2008 Alex Chernov was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia.

Prof. Govindasamy Kumaramanickavel, for the last two decades, has worked on ocular genomics - primarily involved in gene mapping, mutational screening and association studies including genome wide in complex (diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, myopia, open angle and angle closure glaucomas) and Mendelian (corneal dystrophies, Seathre-Chotzen syndrome, Nance-Horan syndrome, retinal degenerations, retinoblastoma) ophthalmic diseases and molecular diagnostics.

Carrier: He graduated in medicine from the University of Madras, from the Madras Medical College, Chennai, India and subsequently graduated in the same college in MD (Physiology). As a Fogarty Visiting Associate in 1997-98, he was trained by Dr. Fielding Hejtmancik in the Ophthalmic Genetics & Clinical Services branch, National Eye Institute, National Institute of Health, USA. Between 1992 and 96 he was Research Fellow, Ocular Gene Mapping Laboratory, Department of Biochemistry, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand and was trained by Dr. Michael Denton. During the same period at Otago. Dr. Robert F Mueller trained him in genetic counseling. He was at Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai as the Deputry Director of Research and Prof and head of the Dept of Genetics and Molecular Biology. He was at Sankara Nethralaya for the last 12 years. He is a visiting scholar to the Dept of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, Chinese Univ of Hong Kong and teaches human genetics course. Currently he is the Research Advisor at two premier ophthalmic institutions of India - (a) Narayana Nethralaya, Bangalore with Dr. K Bhujang Shetty, Chairman and Managing Director, and (b) Aditya Jyot Eye Hospital, Mumbai with Dr. S Natarajan, Chairman and Managing Director.

Awards and Miscellaneous: He received the ISCA Young Scientist Award, Platinum Jubilee Session of the Indian Science Congress Association (1988) and Indira Vasudevan Award, Indian Association of Bio-medical Scientists (1986), India. He receives funding for projects from Indian Federal (Indian Council of Medical Research), Department of Science & Technology, Department of Biotechnology), and private funding from (Jamshedji TATA Trust) agencies.

He has published more than 76 articles including Nature Genetics, Human Molecular Genetics, American Journal of Medical Genetics and Genomics.

Maha Shivratri