11th Chandigarh Regional Brain Bee

 Manasvi Vashishtha is the 2018 Brain BEE Champion !
At the outset of 2018, the Department of Neurology, PGIMER in association with Indian National Brain Bee, the International Brain Bee (IBB) and the Society for Neuroscience (SFN), is pleased to announce the successful conclusion of an exuberant and motivating quiz competition on neurosciences - the 11th Chandigarh Regional Brain Bee on 06th January 2018 at Advanced Eye Center auditorium, PGIMER. Since its foundation in 1999 by Prof. Norbert Myslinski of University of Maryland at Baltimore, the International Brain Bee has inspired many young brains across the world to take up neurosciences as their field of choice. Brain Bee aims at developing the knowledge and excellence base of young minds through healthy and highly motivating quiz. Brain Bee is a 3-tiered competition – Regional, National and International to hunt for the BEST BRAIN based on topics pertaining to neurosciences such as intelligence, memory, stress, emotions, sleep, and various neurological diseases. The champion of Regional competition qualifies for National level and National level winners represent their respective countries at International level. Last year’s winner from Chandigarh Regional Brain Bee M Shraddha from Carmel Convent School, went on to be the second Runner Up in National Brain Bee and Mr. Ruthvik Savaliya of India secured 12th place in the 19th IBB- championship
The Brain Bee Quiz in India is a live question and answer competition about neuroscience for 11th grade. The best young brains in India are quizzed about the brain and how it  relates to intelligence, memory, emotions, sensations, movements, stress, aging, sleep and brain disorders such as drug addiction, Alzheimer’s and stroke. The 11th Regional Brain Bee registered 34 students from 17 schools from tricity. It was co-ordinated by Prof. Dheeraj Khurana, Department of Neurology, PGIMER. 12 students were selected through a written elimination round for the final oral rounds of the quiz. The event was judged by Prof.Vivek  Lal(HOD, Department of Neurology, PGIMER)and Prof.Rajesh Chhabra, Department of Neurosurgery, PGIMER who are eminent Neurophysician and Neurosurgeon  in the country. The chief guest presiding the event was Prof. Jagat Ram, Director of PGIMER,Chandigarh. The quiz was conducted by the quiz master Dr Amith Kumar (Senior Resident, Neurology, PGIMER ). The students were taken through the three levels of quiz with interesting and grueling questions, testing each aspect of neuroscience. The students were crammed up with a lot of knowledge on neurosciences. After a display of their exceptional knowledge, the students who emerged victorious were
Manasvi Vashishtha from Sacred Heart School, Chandigarh was the Brain bee Champion. Closely followed by a spirited performance by Samreen Sran from Vivek High School, the 1st runners -up and Shefali from Shishu Niketan Sr. Sec. School, Chandigarh was 2nd runners -up. 
The Regional winner shall participate in the National Brain Bee to be held in Ahmadabad in April 2018.  The National winner will represent India at IBB to be held in first week of July in Germany. 
The Brain Bee Quiz is an attempt to motivate our youth to learn about the brain, capture their imagination and inspire them to pursue careers in biomedical brain research.


For women, cancer of cervix is second common cause of death during their lifetime.

For women, cancer of cervix is second common cause of death during their lifetime. With advancements in the field of diagnosis and treatment, it can be cured in almost all cases if detected early. With this aim, we at Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research are planning a CME under aegis of FOGSI, on "Cervical Cancer Screening and Prevention" on Sunday, 07-01-2018.The esteemed faculty  from  Delhi, Ludhiana and  Chandigarh will deliberate on this topic. Nearly 200 delegates from Chandigarh and neighboring states are expected to join us. We hope to have a successful academic feast with inputs from experts in this field.

“2nd Workshop on Advanced Epidemiology and Biostatistics”

The second national level workshop on Advanced Epidemiology & Biostatistics was organised by School of Public Health, PGIMER, Chandigarh from 25th December, 2017 to 6th January, 2018. The objective of the workshop was to enable the participants draw appropriate inferences from epidemiologic data and evaluate the strengths and limitations of epidemiologic reports. The participants were given a thorough grounding both in classical methods of analysis and in the more advanced regression techniques. Moreover, participants gained  practical experience of data analysis using the computer package Stata. Twenty-two participants of various medical colleges and national level health programs from 13 states of India attended the workshop and participated actively throughout its course.

 The resource persons from School of Public Health, PGIMER, Chandigarh were Dr. Rajesh Kumar (Professor & Head); Dr. P.V.M. Lakshmi (Additional Professor); Dr Shankar Prinja (Additional Professor); Dr. Ravindra Khaiwal (Additional Professor); Dr. Tarundeep Singh (Assistant Professor) and Dr. Venkatesan Chakarpani; (Research Fellow). In addition, Dr. J.P. Tripathy  (Operational Research Fellow) from International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, New Delhi also took two sessions.

 After going through the scientifically designed study material and practice exercises the participants felt confident about the skills they had gained and looked forward to disseminate the lessons hence learnt. On 6th January, 2018 with concluding remarks from Dr Rajesh Kumar and presentation of certificates to the participants the two-week-workshop successfully came to an end.


PGIMER New Academic Session

 Dr. R.A. Badwe, Director, Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai will inaugurate the New Academic Session of PGIMER, Chandigarh, on Monday the 8th January, 2018 at 8:00 AM in Bhargava Auditorium of the Institute. He will speak on "Reason v/s Rigor''.  Dr. R.A. Badwe is a renowned surgical oncologist and was honoured by the Government of India by bestowing on him the Padma Shri for his contributions to the field of medicine.

Dr. Badwe is credited with pioneering research in breast cancer treatment, which is his specialty.  His studies revealed that the survival rate in cases where surgical procedures are resorted to is almost the same as the cases where only medication was administered and medicines are potent enough to combat breast cancer with the same efficacy as surgery. His contributions in the areas such as breast cancer, circulating tumour cells, DNA in solid tumours, clinical research methodology, and epidemiological research in oncology are reported to have enabled a better understanding of the cancer biology and in the development of life saving treatments patterns globally.

Dr. Badwe initiated and implemented the Clinical Research Secretariat (CRS) for the first time in India. He has played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) Clinical Trials Centres for multi centre clinical trials. His mammoth research covering 1000 breast cancer patients in India had a reported effect in reducing breast cancer deaths by 25 per cent.

In the new academic session, nearly 142 students have joined the postgraduate courses of major specialties i.e. MD/MS, DM/M.Ch, PhD and other courses.  Since, its inception PGI has produced 5500 specialists, 2000 super specialists and a large number of postgraduates in basic and allied sciences. Majority of the alumni are occupying best positions in different Institutes of this country and abroad. PGI runs 16 MD Courses, 4 MS Courses, 23 DM Courses and 6 M.Ch. Courses besides Dental, Nursing and Medical Technology Courses. PGI is credited in starting some of the postdoctoral courses, for the first time in this country, which are now being emulated by other institutes.  These are DM in Endocrinology, Neonatology, Nephrology, Pulmonary Medicine, Hepatology, Clinical Pharmacology, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, Pediatric Critical Care, Pediatric Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, Histopathology, Cardiac Anesthesia, Clinical Hematology, Hematopathology, Pediatric Neurology , Neuro-anaesthesia and Pediatric Radiology.