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Allahabad University professor bags prestigious award
Jan 10, 2013

ALLAHABAD: Making the institution proud, Dr Abhay Kumar Pandey, an associate professor in the department of Biochemistry of Allahabad University, has been conferred the Fellow Award 2012 of the Society for Plant Research (SPR). He was given with the award for his contributions towards research on biochemical and medicinal properties of plant derived materials during an international conference on 'Biotechnology: A rendezvous with basic sciences for global prosperity (BTBS-2012)' at a function held at Delhi recently.

Sharing details on the award, Dr Pandey said a number of national and international scientists graced the occasion. Prominent Indian scientists present in the conference included Vice Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University, besides Dr Manju Sharma, Akhilesh Tyagi, Paramjit Khurana and scientists from USA, UK and other countries. Dr Pandey also delivered his talk on 'Validation of medicinal efficacy of T Cordifolia: antioxidant and antibacterial aspects' during the conference organized at the silver jubilee year of the society.

Throwing light on Tinospora Cordifolia (popularly known as guruch or ghuruchi in Hindi) through his informative talk at the august gathering, Dr Pandey said natural products had been the basis of treatment of human diseases since time immemorial. Many higher plants contain chemical ingredients or metabolites which inhibit growth of pathogenic bacteria. These phytochemicals could be utilised for treatment of infectious diseases. These natural phytochemicals also have got capability to overcome free radical load in the living system by acting as antioxidants. Plants having these properties are source of herbal remedy for protection against number of diseases.

Tinospora cordifolia has been used in folk medicine for treatment of many diseases including infectious diseases. Research group of Dr Pandey extracted several biologically active ingredients from tinospora. They have scientifically shown that this plant contains compounds which prevent growth of pathogenic bacteria such as gram positive Staphylococcus aureus, which causes infection on skin like rashes and warts and Gram negative Escherichia coli which is responsible for UTI (Urinary Track Infection) and ailment related to intestine.


Ref: Times of India

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