The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) invites applications from Indian biomedical scientists for the international fellowships for the year 2010-11.

Number of fellowships: Young scientists-12; Senior scientists-6

Duration: 3-6 months for young scientists and 10-15 days for senior scientists


·          M.D/PhD degree with at least three years teaching/research experience for young scientists and at least fifteen years teaching/research experience for senior scientists.

·          Regular position in a recognized biomedical/research/health institution in India .

·          Below 45 years of age for young and 55 years for senior scientists.

Financial support:

US $ 2400 per month, contingency grant of Rs.15,000/- and return economy class air ticket (excursion airfare) for young scientists. US $ 160 per day (including US$ 75 as per diem and rest for accommodation expenses) and return economy class air ticket (excursion airfare) for senior scientists.

Note:- The applicant should submit a letter of acceptance from the foreign Institute where he/ she proposes to work along with a concrete plan of training / research work to be undertaken during the fellowship.

–    Recommendation by the Head of the parent organization / institute is essential.

–    Incomplete applications will not be entertained.

–    Decision of ICMR will be final.

–    If selected, the fellowship is to be availed before 28th February, 2011.

Ten copies of the application should be submitted to: International Health Division, Indian Council of Medical Research, V. Ramalingaswami Bhawan, Post Box No.4911, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi-110029.

Full Detail and format of Application

Last date of receipt of applications: 15th April, 2010

Free Access to Cochrane database

Indian residents will continue to have complimentary access to reliable, up-to-date, evidence-based health research from The Cochrane Library, thanks to the National Provision provided by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

Visit: http://www.cochrane.org/

The Cochrane Library contains high quality health care information, including Systematic Reviews from The Cochrane Collaboration. These Reviews bring together research on the effects of health care and are considered the gold standard for determining the relative effectiveness of different interventions. The Cochrane Collaboration is a UK registered international charity and the world’s leading producer of systematic Reviews. It has been demonstrated that Cochrane Systematic Reviews are of comparable or better quality and are updated more often than the Reviews published in print journals.

12th Workshop on ‘Biomedical Informatics and Communication’

12th Workshop on ‘Biomedical Informatics and Communication’

(Supported by DBT & ICMR)

20-21 November 2009

Venue: Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Sevagram, Wardha, Maharashtra

12th Biomedical Informatics Workshop is being organized to expose Medical / Science Teachers, Scientists & PG / Ph D Students to basics & advances in Biomedical Informatics & communication. Interesting Lectures on Biomedical Informatics, Telemedicine, Telepathology, Genomics, Proteomics, Evidence Based Medicine, Hospital Information System, Healthcare Management, Biomedical Communication, Biomedical Information Retrieval, Interactive session through Video Conferencing along with Demonstrations and Hands on sessions will be conducted by the Eminent Resource Persons to promote use of Biomedical Informatics in health care management and retrieval of information for research. Hands on Sessions, will also be arranged with desktop work on Gene and protein sequence analysis and other techniques related to Biomedical Informatics and Communication.

Organizer also plans to have Oration and Interactive Session with eminent Healthcare Managers using Video Conferencing platform during the workshop. Besides, second day of the Workshop is scheduled for Biomedical Communication supported by ICMR. Special attention will be given on writing and publishing of Research Papers in Biomedical Sciences; preparing Research project proposal, Choosing a right journal; Grammar and syntax in Scientific writing exploring web resources for Biomedical informatics etc. Overall contents of Biomedical Communication session consisting of Lectures, Hands on session, assignment etc will help in promoting Biomedical scientific communication skills of participants to write review articles, research papers and scientific proposals.

Organizer is expecting Eminent Speakers from DBT, ICMR; C-DAC, Pune; Narayana Hrudayalaya, Bangalore; Anna University, Chennai; IIT, New Delhi; IVRI, Izatnagar; SGBAU, Amravati; NIV, Pune; ISRO, Ahmedabad; PMC, Karamsad; Hingoli; Hyderabad etc. Dr. K. Satyanarayana (Sr. DDG & Chief, P&I, ICMR) and Prof. Shripad Deshpande (BHU) will coordinate Biomedical Communication session.

  • Last Date of Application October 15, 2009
  • Selection Confirmation October 25, 2009
  • Registration Fee Rs. 600/-
  • Accommodation Charges Rs. 400/- for 2 days

Contact: Dr Satish KumarProfessor, Dy Coordinator BIC, Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Sevagram 442 102, India
Tel. Fax: 07152-284038
Email: mgims.btisnet[at]nic.in

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Get up close with innards of human body

Get up close with innards of human body with these amazing 3D-body shots.

All of the following images were captured using a scanning electron microscope (SEM), a type of electron microscope that uses a beam of high-energy electrons to scan surfaces of images.

The electron beam of the SEM interacts with atoms near or at the surface of the sample to be viewed, resulting in a very high-resolution, 3D-image.

Magnification levels range from x 25 (about the same as a hand lens) to about x 250,000.  Incredible details of 1 to 5 nm in size can be detected.

Blood Cell

1. They look like little cinnamon candies here, but they’re actually the most common type of blood cell in the human body – red blood cells (RBCs). These biconcave-shaped cells have the tall task of carrying oxygen to our entire body; in women there are about 4 to 5 million RBCs per micro liter (cubic millimeter) of blood and about 5 to 6 million in men. People who live at higher altitudes have even more RBCs because of the low oxygen levels in their environment.

Split End of Human Hair

2. Regular trimmings to your hair and good conditioner should help to prevent this unsightly picture of a split end of a human hair.

Purkinje neurons

3. Of the 100 billion neurons in your brain. Purkinje neurons are some of the largest. Among other things, these cells are the masters of motor coordination in the cerebellar cortex. Toxic exposure such as alcohol and lithium, autoimmune diseases, genetic mutations including autism and neurodegenerative diseases can negatively affect human Purkinje cells.

Hair Cell in the Ear

4. Here is what it looks like to see a close-up of human hair cell stereo cilia inside the ear. These detect mechanical movement in response to sound vibrations.

Blood Vessels Emerging from the Optic Nerve

5. In this image, stained retinal blood vessels are shown to emerge from the black-colored optic disc. The optic disc is a blind spot because no light receptor cells are present in this area of the retina where the optic nerve and retinal blood vessels leave the back of the eye.

Tongue with Taste Bud

6. This colour-enhanced image depicts a taste bud on the tongue. The human tongue has about 10,000 taste buds that are involved with detecting salty, sour, bitter, sweet and savoury taste perceptions.

Tooth Plaque

7. Brush your teeth often because this is what the surface of a tooth with a form of “corn-on-the-cob” plaque looks like.

Blood Clot

8. Remember that picture of the nice, uniform shapes of red blood cells you just looked at? Well, here’s what it looks like when those same cells get caught up in the sticky web of a blood clot. The cell in the middle is a white blood cell.

Alveoli in the Lung

9. This is what a colour-enhanced image of the inner surface of your lung looks like. The hollow cavities are alveoli; this is where gas exchange occurs with the blood.

Lung Cancer Cellsl

10. This image of warped lung cancer cells is in stark contrast to the healthy lung in the previous picture.

Villi of Small Intestine

11. Villi in the small intestine increase the surface area of the gut, which helps in the absorption of food. Look closely and you’ll see some food stuck in one of the crevices.

Human eggs with coronal cells

12. This image is of a purple, colour-enhanced human egg sitting on a pin. The egg is coated with the zona pellicuda, a glycoprotein that protects the egg but also helps to trap and bind sperm. Two coronal cells are attached to the zona pellicuda.

Sperm on the Surface of a Human Egg

13. Here’s a close-up of a number of sperm trying to fertilize an egg.

Human Embryo and Sperm

14. It looks like the world at war, but it’s actually five days after the fertilisation of an egg, with some remaining sperm cells still sticking around. This fluorescent image was captured using a confocal microscope. The embryo and sperm cell nuclei are stained purple while sperm tails are green. The blue areas are gap junctions, which form connections between the cells.

Source: Gconnect


A free, non-profit, online searchable database of medical mnemonics to help remember the important details.

Students of anatomy and medicine often employ mnemonics to remember complex pathways, algorithms, and symptom groups. This site provides a database of medical mnemonics gathered from a group of contributors (many of them doctors). Search, or browse by topic such as anesthesiology, cardiology, pathology, immunology, and urology. Also includes a version of the database for portable devices and links to related sites.
URL: http://www.medicalmnemonics.com

3rd International Online Medical Conference (IOMC 2010)

IOMC 2010 aims to provide a forum for discussing and presenting research findings, studies, and experiences in the field of medicine, to create an opportunity for medical researchers, activists, scientists, students, and specialists to meet each other online and share their research papers, and to provide a chance to find new research colleagues and partners for future research works

Medical researchers, professors and students are invited submit their papers. All conference accepted papers will be published in conference electronic proceedings book entitled “2010 Annals of Medicine and Healthcare Research” published by a renowned American Publisher with an ISBN and indexed in renowned databases. High quality papers may also be nominated for publication in IOMC professional journal partners including over 14 indexed and ISI journals.

IOMC will take place completely online. This is what makes IOMC quite different from ever-introduced and held conferences. IOMC has already held two successful conference in 2008 and 2009

The online nature of IOMC saves the conference participants from paying extra costs of travel, accommodation, and visa. Instead, conference participants can simply register to the conference and log in to conference website in order to attend different conference presentations and workshops online, and use the conference portal to easily interact with presenters and other participants.

Important Deadlines:

Abstract Submission October 05, 2009
Paper Submission December 07, 2009
Early Registration August 17, 2009
3rd IOMC Conference March 06 – 07, 2010

You can join the IOMC 2010 Facebook group by clicking http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=86274301611

For more information, please visit the conference website at http://www.iomcworld.com/2010