Wednesday, November 7, 2012

YouTube Contest - The Need of New Drugs for TB

An Open Call to All ....

TB is a curable infection that affects more than 2 billion people across the  globe annually, claiming almost 1.4 million lives. It is estimated that TB claims one life every 20 seconds around the globe. In India alone, over 1000 lives succumb to TB everyday (2 deaths every 3 minutes). Existing TB treatment makes use of combinatorial therapy involving 4 medicines and is administered for a period of 6 to 9 months under the direct observation of a physician (DOTS).These drugs were discovered in the middle of 20th century. The treatment regimen is too long and risk prone and the inadequate administration of 
existing treatment has resulted in the emergence of MDR (multiple drug 
resistant) TB and XDR (extremely drug resistant) TB. The emergence of drug 
resistant cases of TB, and lack of any new drugs since past 60 years, 
demands the discovery of more effective, novel drugs. 

In order to create awareness about the need of new drugs for TB and to bring in more eyeballs to focus on the problem of TB,
Open Source Drug Discovery (OSDD) 
in collaboration with Vigyan Prasar 
organizing a Short Video Competition on “The Need of New Drugs for TB” 
for which prizes will be awarded during the Indian Science Congress 2013. It 
is open to all producers, both private and government; individuals as well 
as production agencies and organisations. Media centres, television 
channels and media schools are also encouraged to participate. The 
participants are requested to upload their videos on YouTube and inform 
the URL through the form which is required to be submitted.

The contest is open to all above 18 years of age (In India)
Contest Open Now !!! All entries for the competition should be submitted by 5 pm 30th November

a. First Prize 50,000/-
b. Second Prize 25,000/-
c. Third Prize 15,000/-
d. 20 Merit Prizes 10,000/- each

For more details and to download the entry form...please visit : or

Thursday, November 1, 2012

OSDD cheminformatics at Imtech

       OSDD Cheminformatics started another unit  at GN Ramachandran protein centre at imtech  Chandigarh under the leader ship of  Dr GPS  Raghava  Imtech Chandigrah  .  Dr Narahari Sastry  (iict Hyderabad ) , Dr Kartikeyan (NCl Pune ) ,  Dr Andrew lynn  (JNU)   Dr jaleel (OSDD  ) will  collaborate   with  OSDD  team at Imtech  Chandigarh