To conduct interdisciplinary research in the
field of oral healthcare, 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).
"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 the Managing Director of JIS Group Educational Initiatives, Sardar
Taranjit Singh. JIS Group Educational Initiatives 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," Singh added.
"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 Deputy Director IIT-KGP,
Mr. S K Bhattacharya.
The Director of 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, told Ajoy Roy.