The Acteon Continuing Education program entitled “New Paradigms in Hard Tissue Management”, a workshop on Piezosurgery was organised by Acteon in association with Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals, Chennai on May 2nd 2019 held at the Saveetha School of Management (SSM Hall). Dr. Dhandapani Arunachalam delivered a lecture on the topic “MINIMALLY INVASIVE & ATRAUMATIC BONE SURGERIES” followed by a Demo and Hands-On using the Piezotome cube equipment. The enthralling workshop was successfully conducted with 90 participants for the lecture and demo. The hands-on was restricted to selective participants and focused on understanding the various clinical applications of piezo technology.
World DNA day – April 25 th 2019
Biomedical research unit and laboratory animal centre – Dental research cell celebrated the World DNA day on the 25 th of April 2019. The goal of programme was to commemorate the incredible discovery of the century the “DNA molecule” by Watson and Crick. The postgraduate students from various specialities participated in the Hands-on workshop on the topic “Genomics and Precision Medicine”. They were introduced to the animal experimentation facilities by Dr.M.Karthik Ganesh and Cell culture-Molecular biology facilities by Dr.A.Paramasivam. There was a guest lecture on “Pedigree analysis, Human genetic variations and Pharmacogenetics” delivered by Dr.J.Vijayashree, following which Dr.S.Durairaj briefed about his thrust area on “MicroRNAs”. Dr.D.Ezhilarasan explained about his thrust area on Cancer Biology, Pharmacology and Toxicology. He thanked all the students for their enthusiastic response and support during the programme.
Mesenchymal stem cells isolated from dental pulp has the inherent capacity to differentiate into different cells types such as neural cells, osteoblasts, adipocytes, chondrocytes etc.,. In view of the above fact, the workshop on stem cell culture and characterization was initiated at BRULAC-DRC, Saveetha Dental College on the 15th of April 2019. The delegates and students were welcomed by Dr.M.Karthik Ganesh and Dr.J.Vijayashree. The workshop started with a brief introduction about the invited speaker Dr.S.Raghunandhakumar, UGC-Kothari Postdoctoral Fellow by Dr.D.Ezhilarasan. The presentation on “Mesenchymal stem cells from dental pulp and their application” enlightened the students and other delegates about the potential use of MSCs in the field of dentistry. The speaker was felicitated by Dr.A.Paramasivam and Dr.A.Padmaraj.
The hands-on training started with processing of dental pulp which was demonstrated by Dr.A.Paramasivam and Dr.S.Raghunandhakumar. The students were asked to perform the procedure independently, following which they isolated RNA from the cells. The students and delegates were enthralled to visualize RNA on the agarose gel. The characterization of the stem cells was achieved by specific marker detection employing both reverse transcriptase and conventional PCR. The principle and methodology was explained to students and they were taught to set-up a PCR reaction and programming of the thermal cycler. Stem cell marker specific PCR returned a positive result which was shared to students after gel documentation. The workshop concluded with positive feedbacks from the delegates and students, which proved its success!
The Department of Pharmacology organised a credit course on the topic Theranostic Drug Delivery System from 25th March to 29th March, in collaboration with University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. The CDE points for the over all course was approved to be 23 (TNDC approval No135/19).
Prof. Kylie Williams and Dr. Kamal Dua from UTS was invited as international speakers and Dr.Anitha Roy, Dr. Lakshmi.T, Dr.Ezhilarasan.D , Dr. Rajeshkumar.S, Mr.Lakshminarayanan.A from department of Pharmacology , Dr. Jaiganesh.R, Dr. Radhika, Dr.Arvina from department of Periodontics were the national speakers for the event . Participants from various colleges attended the credit course. On the 4th day an examination on grant proposal writing was conducted and best proposal was awarded with a certificate of appreciation.
As a continuation of the credit course the 5th day 29th March was addressed to be an International Symposium on the topic Current Concept in Drug Discovery. Prof. Kylie Williams and Dr. Kamal Dua from UTS was invited as international speakers and Dr. K SenthilKumaran and Dr.B. Premkumar as national speakers. Also an e-poster presentation completion was conducted and best poster was awarded with a certificate of appreciation.
The Department of Microbiology organized a “National Level Hands-on Workshop on Molecular Diagnosis of Antibiotic resistance in Oral Pathogens” in technical Collaboration With Biozone Research Technologies Pvt. Ltd., Chennai from 26th- 29th March 2019. The three-day workshop included wet-lab activities, lectures and group discussions. The work shop was well attended by thirty nine registered delegates including the undergraduate, post graduates and faculties.
Antimicrobial resistance is a growing global public health threat. This workshop is an effort to equip researchers and dental practitioners with the recent advances in genomic analysis of antimicrobial resistance. This is an effort to evince the current scenario and method for analyzing beta lactamase gene, biofilm producing gene expressions and efflux pump gene expressions in oral bacteria by gene specific PCR and Real time PCR.
The workshop was inaugurated by Dr. Thangam Menon, Retd. Professor of Microbiology, University of Madras, Chennai, and also delivered a lecture on “Prevalence of antibiotic resistance in the environment: the current scenario”. Hands on training was given on isolation, characterization and study of antibiotic susceptibility pattern of pathogens from clinical samples.
The second day of the workshop started with a brief lecture by Dr.Aneesh Nair, on the procedure involved in the extraction of genomic DNA and a note on the working principle of the equipment such as centrifuge, vortex, spectrophotometer etc., Pipette handling, loading the samples into the centrifuge, terms like RCF and RPM, preparation of agarose gel. Dr.Florida Tilton, interacted with the delegates about the DNA extraction procedure and also delivered a lecture on “Molecular methods for the detection of antimicrobial resistance among oral pathogens. Dr.Rex Arunraj delivered a lecture on “Polymerase chain reaction and its application in diagnosis”. His lecture emphasized the techniques on improving the sensitivity and specificity of PCR tool in diagnostic field.
On the third day of the workshop participants were trained to perform polymerase chain reaction using specific primers. The students processed their samples with the guidance and allowed to set-up program in the thermal cycler. The PCR products were visualized using an UV transilluminator and were documented in a gel documentation system.
Dr.Wilson Aruni, delivered a lecture on “Human oral microbiome and oral cancer”. The lecture was very informative and imparted several novel ideas in students. The valedictory note and vote of thanks was delivered by Dr. R.V.Geetha, where she thanked the entire team for the successful event
Department of Microbiology observed the World TB day on 24th of March 2019 at Saveetha Dental College and Hospital premises with the motto “Its time: End TB”. Faculties organized an awareness campaign towards the tuberculosis threat among the faculties, visiting patients, technical staff and class IV servants. Pamphlets creating awareness on TB prevention and transmission were distributed for the visiting patients. Banners and posters were displayed at various places in the college with the information about the motto for the year 2019, pathogenesis, treatment regimens, incidence rates and resistant scenario of TB.
The theme for this Edify session is based on “ACTIVITY BASED LEARNING”. Based on the theme, we the department of Physiology prepared 4 different best activities such as Gamification, Woolen thread model, Slime model, Paper craft. Dr. Deepak Sir appreciated paper craft model. After video showcase, link was shared to faculty members and we secured cumulative score of 8.86.
Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics organized a guest lecture on “Itis and Osis in Endodontics ” on 26.3.19 presented by Dr. S.Aravind Warrier, Professor, Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Sri Ramachandra Dental College and Hospital, Chennai. Endodontists play major role in relieving the pain associated with tooth related conditions. This presentation addressed the clinical scenarios leading to diagnostic dilemmas for an endodontist. Further the discussion guided the post graduates to understand the clinical conditions appropriately for an optimal outcome.
Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics organized a guest lecture on “Role of Platelet Rich Fibrin and its Biological Mediators in Dentistry” on 15.3.19 presented by Dr. K. Anil Kumar, Reader, Department of Periodontology, Meenakshi Ammal Dental College, Chennai. Research into regenerative dentistry has added impetus onto the field of molecular biology. It can be documented as a prototype shift in the therapeutic armamentarium for dental disease. Regenerative endodontic procedures are widely being added to the current armamentarium of pulp therapy procedures. The regenerative potential of platelets has been deliberated. A new family of platelet concentrates called the platelet rich fibrin (PRF) has been recently used by several investigators and has shown application in diverse disciplines of dentistry. This lecture deliberated on the various prospects of PRF, and its clinical and molecular insights to dentistry.
Department of Physiology conducted a CDE Programme on 30th March 2019 entitled as “It’s now or never” by Mrs. Navukkarasi from Annai Veilankanni College of Arts and Science and a certified soft skills trainer. She delivered motivational thoughts among the students on developing the soft skills and personal empowerment. Students were very interactive and the lecture came up with inspiring thoughts.
The New Cycle of Edify was started on 29th March 2019 and the presenting department was the Department of Anatomy.
Dr. M.Karthik Ganesh, Senior Lecturer, Department of Anatomy, addressed and greeted the gathering for the first session of the new cycle of Edify on behalf of the Faculty members of the Department. He explained about the new theme of this version of Edify which was on “Best Class Activity”. He also correlated the activity based learning with a saying “Listening is better than Learning, Observing is better than Listening, Doing is better than Observing”. Then the video was played for watching. The video demonstrated the Paper and Clay Modeling to be the best class activity of the Department. One of the toughest topics in Head & Neck Anatomy for BDS students is the Larynx. The video showed the class activity for Larynx using paper craft modeling, where the students actively involved in making the paper craft model of the various cartilages of Larynx. The video also described even a slow learner can understand a tough topic using such paper craft models.
After this, the clay modeling activity on the layers of Scalp was shown. This part of the video depicted the structural arrangement of the different layers of the scalp using various coloured origami papers and clay for each layer. A piece meal of the layers of scalp was made and it was explained by the students as a live discussion between individuals in a group of students. Finally the video concluded with the feedback from the students on the significance of class activity.
After the completion of the video, the Director of Academics, Dr. Deepak Nallaswamy commented that the video is good and suggested to have uniformity in the audio aspect of the video while editing. Then the link for Edify Scoring was sent to the gathered faculty members. Out of 101 responses the Department of Anatomy got 830 points. Then the Director congratulated the staffs of the Department on getting better score for their video.
Department of Physiology conducted a CDE Programme on 28th March 2019 entitled as “CIRCADIAN CLOCK- IMPACT AND OPPURTUNITIES IN CHRONOTHERAPEUTIC MEDICINE” by Dr. Sridevi from Sathyabama Dental College and Hospitals. She shared a wide knowledge on Chronotherapeutics and its impact on the Circadian Rhythm among the students. Students were very much enthusiastic and the lecture ended up with good interactive session.
Workshop on “Post and Core” had been conducted on 10th March 2019. It was an one day program which includes lecture and demonstration on post and core build up followed by hands-on workshop. Course was limited only for 5 participants in order to provide better care and attention. Live patient demo was showed followed by Models. Each participant had performed both metal and FRC post on anterior and posterior teeth. Lecture and hands-on were more interactive, all of them showed more interest in gaining knowledge. Step by step clinical procedures had been shown and evaluated to each and every participant by one on one interaction.
A CDE on Comprehensive Grant Writing for Beginners was held on 22nd March 2019 by the Research Department with the moto to ingrain adequate knowledge and awareness on different approaches towards writing a grant among the graduate and post graduates. This seminar and workshop was attended by more than 60 delegates from various disciplines of dentistry. The Guest Lectures was delivered by 5 eminent speakers, in which Dr. Ezhilarasan discussed about the roots of writing a grant, Dr. Kanagaraj spoke about the key points and structure in writing a winning grant while Dr. Vijayashree Priyadharshini highlighted the major funding agencies and types of funds available and Dr.D.urairaj Sekar gave an insight into the importance of grant writing for extramural research. Grant Oppurtunities in DST AND DST-SERB was elaborated by Dr.Rajeshkumar. At the end of the workshop the participants were motivated to write grant proposals and were inspired to apply for various funds.
The fourth edition of Saveetha's Pedodontic Advanced Revision Course, fondly called as SPARC was conducted on the 4th and 5th of March, 2019. Eminent speakers from from all over India who have expertise knowledge in various topics of Pediatric Dentistry shared their knowledge by delivering lectures in various topics such as Pulp therapy, Interceptive Orthodontics, Child Psychology, Behavior Management, Flourides, Early Childhood Caries and Dental Traumatology. Postgraduate students from various colleges in India attended SPARC and found it very informative. Delegates had stated this program gave them a definite edge to prepare and present answers well for theory and viva voce.
The Department of Anatomy, Saveetha Dental College organized a seminar on “Manuscript writing – Bootcamp” on 20.03.2019, Wednesday from 9.00 AM to 12.00 AM. Mrs Thenmozhi, Head, Department of Anatomy, Saveetha Dental College welcomed the gathering and gave an introductory speech on the need for seminar on manuscript writing. Dr Ganesh Lakshmanan, senior lecturer, Department of Anatomy introduced the speakers to the gathering and moderated the sessions.
Dr. Jhansi Nathan, DST INSPIRE faculty fellow, Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai, gave a lecture on general considerations of research to manuscript. Dr.M.Suganthi, DST SERB National Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Biotechnology, Anna University, Chennai, gave a talk on details of title and introduction of a research manuscript.
Dr.Nandhini, DST INSPIRE fellow, microbiologist, IRL- RNTCP-State TB cell, Tamilnadu, discoursed on materials and methods section and results section of a manuscript. Dr.S.Bavithra, Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Lab Technology, Loyola College, Chennai gave a talk on ‘Art of discussing and concluding a manuscript’. Dr.Suraiya Saleem, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Neurobiology, Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology discussed on the post production works of a manuscript. Mrs Thenmozhi, Head, Department of Anatomy, Saveetha Dental College felicitated the speakers and Dr.Dinesh Premavathy, senior lecturer, Department of Anatomy delivered the vote of thanks.
The Department of Anatomy, Saveetha Dental College organized a CDE on “Recent trends in the treatment and research of Alzheimer’s disease”on 19.03.2019, Tuesday from 11 AM to 12 Noon. Dr.Senthil Kumar, Senior Research Assistant, Mr. and Mrs. Ko Chi Ming centre for Parkinson’s disease research, Hong Kong Baptist University, who is also an adjunct professor of Saveetha University, was the resource person for the day. Dr.Ganesh Lakshmanan, Sr Lecturer, Department of Anatomy, introduced the speaker to the gathering.
The speaker discussed on the disease burden of Alzheimer’s disease on aging population, the economic burden of such diseases on developing nations. Then he briefed about the conventional treatment strategies and emphasized on new drug discoveries from traditional and alternative medicines. He also shared his experience in working on mice models using Chinese medicines. Mrs.Thenmozhi M.S, Head , Department of Anatomy, felicitated the Speaker and Dr.Dinesh Premavathy, Sr.Lecturer, delivered the vote of thanks.
The Department of General Pathology organized a Continuing Education programme on ‘Basics of Infection Control and Hand Washing Techniques’ on Saturday 16/3/19. The invited guest speaker was Dr.Jemima Kingsley., M.Sc., Ph.D., Chairman-Infection control Board and Quality Manager- Laboratory services from K.M.CHerian Frontier Life Line Hospitals, Mogappair. She briefed about the six steps in Hand Washing Techniques, Hospital Spillage management, use of Personal Protective Equipments, Hospital wastes and details about the segregation and disposal of hospital wastes by using proper color-coded bags. The participants were very interested, actively interacted and got cleared their doubts related to infection control and waste management. The programme was ended by felicitating the guest speaker.
Full Mouth Rehabilitation of children under General Anaesthesia
Department of Pedodontics,Saveetha Dental College conducted a CDE and WORKSHOP “Full Mouth Rehabilitation of children under General Anaesthesia. Sixteen delegates participated in the fifth edition of Gain with No pain. Limited participation was encouraged to have a edge over practical experience in operation theatre which was greatly appreciated by the participants. Interactive lectures were delivered by the Dr.Deep Guruanthan,Dr.Navaneetha Krishnan,Dr.Geo Mani and Dr.Vignesh covering various aspects such ad need for general anaesthesia, anaesthetic procedures ,its complications and Post operative Dental Care. A video that simulated Saveetha Dental College’s operation theatre complex and the protocol to be followed was played to the delegates before entering the theatre. This helped them to understand and take complete advantage of the workshop. Two children were taken up for full mouth rehabilitation under general anaesthesia and the particpants were divided into 2 groups to have the best hands on training in the procedures. All delegates were contented with the clinical knowledge and confidence gained through the workshop.
The department of Orthodontics presented their sixth edify session which was on transformation of a student. Their presentation was based on a four point strategy they followed which included imparting knowledge, instilling confidence, practices and rehearsal. They also used play way methods and interactive learning to impart knowledge. Regular rehearsals and practising in front of the mirror along with the faculty guidance improved the overall performance and confidence of the student which was reflected in the video.