IIT Kharagpur has signed a memorandum of understanding with Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST) and Guru Nanak Institute of Dental Sciences and Research (GNIDSR) this morning to conduct interdisciplinary research in the field of oral healthcare.
“Millions of people, especially from the economically underprivileged sections of our society, today suffer from oral and dental diseases, particularly from oral pre-cancer and cancer,” said Sardar Taranjit Singh, Managing Director, JIS Group Educational Initiatives, which runs GNIDSR.
“But no breakthrough has yet been achieved towards treatment and management of these malignant diseases resulting in the loss of millions of lives,” added Singh.
Excerpts from the attendees at the MoU:
- “GNIDSR has taken the initiative to conduct advanced multi-disciplinary research in the areas of oral cancer and pre-cancers, stem cells, tissue engineering, biomaterials, implants and sensors by entering into this MoU jointly with IIT-KGP and IIEST (Shibpur),” said Sardar Taranjit Singh
- “it was necessary to take cancer gnomonic and image analysis to the next level and in the future we are planning to conduct advanced research in stem cells,” said S K Bhattacharya, Deputy Director IIT-KGP
- Ajoy Roy, Director, IIEST Shibpur, said dental caries and periodontal diseases are the most common oral pathoses for tooth loss making an individual orally and facially crippled. Biomaterial, bio-sensors and tissue engineering research will be of immense help to manage dental caries and to fabricate cost effective artificial prosthesis and implants, added Ajoy Roy.