How PhD Students can make a Huge difference using INTERNET?

Are you confused? How can you make the difference using INTERNET? PhD students only use internet to extract the technical or scientific information. Isn`t? But most of the PhD projects always struggle to explain the success rate of replicability or scalability of the results at worldwide level. So, there is big need for PhD students to understand the power of Internet and Digital media which can be used to bring the change. I can understand if we were conducting research in 1970s or 1980s, we cannot obtain successful replicable results due to unavailability of advanced communication devices and digital platform. But in 2018, there should be no reason because we have 4g and 5g Internet.

Considering the case of not obtaining the replicable results in scientific results globally , there are many reasons ranging from technical issues, experimental set up or human handling. The reason is that there is no record or a platform which observes these changes at regular time intervals and every time a new PhD student has to make certain changes in the standard lab protocols. To acquire uniform results globally, PhD students will have to make some changes in there traditional way of recording the information by using Internet. We can make this happen. Does this make sense? It will

And you don`t to have make big efforts or spend hours to do this but you will need to understand the digital platforms as they all work quite differently. All you have to do is to transform your everyday mistakes and efforts into a blog,vblog or podcast (if you want to do it weekly), pictures or animations. Lets just say, your project is related with DNA of plants or microbes.   There are so many commercial kits available to extract DNA whose experimental set up or protocol does not vary a lot but it gives the non uniform results depending of various factors such as quality of commercial kits, buffer, timing, handling and many other factors.  I am a bio-technologist,  so I am talking in terms of DNA. But if you are in ecology or bioinformatic, the variation is the results triples down or even more which is important to understand. But there is no recorded data which shows the information of situations that are faced by PhD students. With increase in the number of graduate students, collaboration between industries and educational institutes, there is need to have a platform or digital information which can help the fellow PhD students in the similar field. It could be the product review just like we review iPhone or any other electronic device. We always appreciate the reviews by other users and it also helps us a lot to know about different products and make the right call.

I believe that with so many platforms in today`s digital world, we can increase the replicability and scalability of our research at global scale but will require constant efforts from PhD students. PhD students can easily communicate and link with each other all around the world. It is a long shot but it has become a necessity which can be achieved.  If PhD students starts creating content which can increase the efficiency of overall research impact, it will change the world for better.  Your PhD will be more than just publishing papers in high impact factor journals or attending international conferences.

Surprisingly, today`s research and development sector only produces positive results which shows that there are no problems in the progress of the project which makes me think that then it could have solve all the world problems. There are still millions of problems to be solved. All the problems are there in your lab only. The only way to solve these problems is to increase the networking between PhD students working in similar area and create content specifically focusing on the protocols, products and experimental set up we use.

And, What if I say, there are additional perks in addition to make science better and fast. With changing digital economy, we have the potential to unlock the billion dollar market but the key to unlock this market is creating content in form of written words, videos or podcast or even pictures.

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List of Marine Science Research Groups

Are you interested in marine biology and saving the ocean. Why not? 70% of the earth surface is covered by water but little is known about it.  There are many ways to save them but one of the most efficient way is to give hands and work with leading researchers who have been working in the similar area. Remember a good mentor is very important to become a successful researcher who can help you to shape your ideas into reality. Me and my colleague Marko Terzin  have tried to collect the information about the laboratories working in the different areas of Marine Biology and conservation.  But you got to keep in mind that these internships are really competitive and so i would advice you to be flexible with your choice as researchers cannot accommodate more than 2 or 3 interns per semester. I will try to cover a large range  of laboratories in marine science and conservation. Some of them also have scholarship opportunities. Check them out:—

  1. Department of limnology and Bio-oceanography, University of Vienna, Austria- The department works has six different laboratories working in the area of conservation, metabolic activities of marine microbes. Fish ecology, Ecosystems and symbiosis.   http://limbo.univie.ac.at/research
  2. There are also many non profit organisations that provides internship opportunities in hotspot regions of the world such as Costa Rica, Mozambique, Thailand, Philippines etc. But they usually charge you on per day basis that varies from $10 to 20$ and usually covers the accommodation and utilities. They work in different areas like dolphins, turtles, sharks etc.

https://globalnomadic.com/professional-internships/marine-conservation-internships/

http://www.reef.org/internship

  1. The best way to find your internship is look at the profile of the PhD Students working in the labs and contact them with your interest. They can give you a brief idea about the mission of the lab and can also give some suggestions. Biology Oceanography, Liege University also covers the wide range of marine biology research and have many research students. http://labos.ulg.ac.be/oceanologie/recherches/
  2. Marine science is a very interdisciplinary subject that can be explored with different angles. Are you good with geography and interested in hurricanes and natural disasters. Check this out.. http://www.aau.dk/uddannelser/bachelor/geografi/praktik-udlandsophold/
  3. Marine Biology Research groups in Germany –    Germany is one of the best country to do your research internships in Marine Biology. GEOMAR is one of the leading institute with various divisions working in the area of ocean circulation, dynamics of changing climate and ocean floor, ecology and bio-geochemical cycles.  https://www.geomar.de/en/research/

Institute in Leibniz are also covering the ocean in a different by conducting research and understanding the impact of environment change on the ecosystem service, impact of natural and artificial (man made) changes on ecosystem functions at global and local scale. The study of change in the microbes interactions in system with change in environment is also an important indicator that can be explored to understand the overall function of the oceans. Check the different program areas that covers the wide range of studies.  http://www.leibniz-zmt.de/de/forschung/forschungsbereiche.html

Are you interested in working at minus 20 degrees and explore the secrets of human then Polar marine biology is one of the interesting topic and Alfered Wegner Institute is doing incredible research and expeditions in this area.  They have got the best infrastructure, aircrafts, ships and marine stations. In addition to research, you life will be full of adventures and just imagine the type of gloves you will using while working. 😉

https://www.awi.de/forschung.html

Do you want to study the microbial physiology, reactions and there interaction in chemical cycles. Then Max plank institute of marine microbiology is your destination as they are using different approaches such as omics, biochemical and physiological to determine the biogeochemical function of the earth.

https://www.mpi-bremen.de/en/Home.html

  1. Marine Biology Research Groups in Finland

https://www.helsinki.fi/en/faculty-of-biological-and-environmental-sciences/research/ecosystems-and-environment

https://www.helsinki.fi/en/researchgroups/fisheries-and-environmental-management/ongoing-projects

http://en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi/marine-research

  1. Marine Biology Research groups in India

http://www.ncess.gov.in/research-groups/hydrological-processes-hyp-group/laboratories.html

http://wgbis.ces.iisc.ernet.in/energy/water/paper/cons_res_mgmt/index.htm

http://ncf-india.org/programmes/oceans-and-coasts

  1. Marine Biology Research Groups in Australia

https://research.jcu.edu.au/tropwater/research-programs http://www.science.uq.edu.au/research

http://sims.org.au/research/

https://www.flinders.edu.au/research

Coral Reef research is becoming a global concern and many countries are focused to work and find solutions to preserve and stop further degradation of coral reefs. You can try to contact these labs.

France

http://www.labex-corail.fr/

http://www.criobe.pf/

They have a marine station in Perpignan, France, and also in Moorea, French Polynesia. Probably one of the best labs for coral research in France. Contact person: Serge Planes.

http://www.upmc.fr/en/university/marine_stations/oceanology_observatory_of_banyuls_sur_mer.html

One of the partners involved in the project Biocomplexity of Coral Reefs Ecosystems in the Indo-Pacific (CoRéUs 2), within the Institute of Research for Development.

http://borea.mnhn.fr/

http://umr-entropie.ird.nc/index.php/home

https://www.locean-ipsl.upmc.fr/index.php?lang=en

L’OCEAN gives a focus to the processes of biomineralization and they make a synthesis between geology, biology and evolution. Also, they are very active in the field of climate change and ocean acidification.

http://www.mnhn.fr/en

Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle in Paris also does research in corals from many different aspects.

in general for marine research

https://en.ird.fr/

http://www.cnrs.fr/

Germany

In Munich, Prof. Dr. Gert Wörheide, an emphasis on evolution of organism that don’t have bilateral symmetry (including corals). Very interesting approaches, including the analysis on siRNA molecules and transcriptomics analysis.

http://www.en.uni-muenchen.de/news/newsarchiv/2008/wild.html

Bremen, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology

https://www.mpi-bremen.de/en/Home.html

Portugal

Faro: CCMAR (Centro de Ciências do Mar): their specialty is genomics of different types of organisms, such as algae, seaweed and corals. Ester Serrao, Aschwin Engelen and Pedro Frade among others.

https://www.ccmar.ualg.pt/

Italy

University of Bologna, they have a marine station in Ravenna where they conduct their work. Contact person: Federica Costantini

http://www.unibo.it/en

Ancona, contact person Carlo Cerrano. Research done usually in photogrammetry.

http://www.univpm.it/English/

UK

https://www1.essex.ac.uk/bs/research/centres_and_groups/coral-reef/

Netherlands

https://www.nioz.nl/en

MOTE- Marine Laboratory and Aquarium- https://mote.org/research/internship

 

 

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Real Passion for Wildlife and Conservation

For now, I have been taking interviews of the people I have already met and known for a long time. Today, I am going to introduce you to the Monica Fatogun. I met her in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh in 2013 while working for a NGO EduCARE-India. She was working to protect forests in a small and beautiful village called Naddi. All I can say that it’s not an easy job and requires lot of physical and mental strength to be in the field. Also, we also used to share a flat along with two more friends Hanh and Albert. It was one hell of a crazy house. Annnnd the most important thing is that she introduced me to “GAME OF THRONES” and kept asking continuously if I reached a certain episode called the “Red Wedding”. Now I know why she was excited about this awesome series….

Can you please introduce yourself to the readers?

Loved the intro Nikunj, I introduced you to the Game of Thrones and taught you how to cook (a bit anyway)!!

This is Monica Fatogun aka Momo (Shout out to my EduCare squad), Mon, Moh, Monique

Hahah . That`s true.  All i was eating Boiled chicken….

I have tried to explain your work in EduCARE but I am sure you can tell us more and better.

So I worked as the project manager for 2 projects, the Community and Social Forestry project and the Organic farming project. The Community Forestry project involved us reforesting some erosion prone areas around the community. There was a lot of field work involved if you remember, fencing the area, site preparation and all that.

I remembered you had left before we started the mass plantations….

I also worked with the Naddi Community children to plant and adopt fruit trees in their backyard. There were initial resistances to work but I think they came around later. Then we also had community-cleaning drives.

The second project was an organic farming project where we started a herbal garden in the community, growing medicinal plants and all. That required us to go for a 2-3 day workshop at the Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University in Palampur along with some of the children, teaching us the basics of farming and creating compost with worms. I remember it being a very fun experience.

I was at EduCare for 6 memorable months and met some awe-inspiring, friendly peeps that I still keep in touch with till now, I’m sure you do too.

That`s incredible. The things you have done are incredible and requires a lot of patience. We need people like you. Yes, Definitely, I have tried my best to stay in touch with most of the people. 

Can you tell us a bit more about your career and the projects you have been involved in?

Well right from when I was 6, I always knew I liked animals, just didn’t know how I’d get to study it. I did not even know what that career path was called. My parents were open that way and gave me the freedom to choose my career. Anyway, I knew I had to go into the sciences, and then did my bachelors in Environmental Science .It was then I knew the career name before zoning my masters in Wildlife Conservation and Management. After I graduated in 2012 as a wildlife conservationist, I have been working in different aspects of conservation ever since.

I first worked as a camper and a wildlife guide in Shillong, Meghalaya where I took students and tourists to the outskirts of Shillong for camping, taking part in outdoor activities such as mountain biking, rafting, swimming, strawberry picking etc. In the morning, I would take them out to bird watch and see some cool snakes. The camping life inspired me to get all sorts of gear.

I went to Mauritius and worked as a field biologist for the Pink Pigeon Recovery Project for the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (MWF). That involved me staying in the field (Black River Gorges National Park) 5 times a day continuously for 5 months where we were collecting data on the pink pigeons population, their supplementary feeding breeding, their mortality rate and breeding timelines. I also worked as an animal handler at the foundation’s aviary, feeding and handling some of the injured endemic species like the Pink Pigeon, Mauritian Kestrels, Echo parakeets and Mauritian bats. I also worked in other projects studying some Mauritian reptiles such as the Gunther’s Gecko, the Wolf Snake and Ornate Day Gecko.

Then I was in EduCare with you in those 2 projects before I went to Mumbai to work on a captive breeding project of the Rusty Spotted Cats (RSC) in Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivalli. The RSCs are endemic to just Sri Lanka and India and the Indian RSC population are not fully known, so based on the few that were rescued, there were efforts to increase their numbers by understanding their biology closely. That involved daily observation of the Rusty Spotted Cats in via CCTV cameras installed in their cages. I had responsibility over their maintenance and the addition of environment and food enrichments to their enclosures.

I worked there for a year before returning to Nigeria, my fatherland to work. I presently work as the Programmes Coordinator at the Lekki Urban Forest and Animal Sanctuary Initiative (LUFASI). This is a 20ha urban forest, which is one of the remaining green belts in Lagos state (Which is just like how Mumbai is with all the traffic and being a commercial capital of the country). Compared to India, a lot of work has to be done on raising awareness about environmental issues and biodiversity conservation here and that is what LUFASI strives towards. LUFASI has an active programmes department that protects the forest, nurtures an Animal Sanctuary and has an active Environmental Education unit that strives to create awareness on the phenomenon of climate change to the visitors of the park. People that want more info on this can check the website written below, at the end of the interview

Would like to continue to work in the same area? 

I am presently working in Nigeria and everyone here delves into his or her second passion, or a back up job to make ends meet. Everyone!

Till now I shudder to think of doing something else. Being a wildlife conservationist is all I know! So yes I see myself being in this line of work 10 years from now.

Do you have any hobbies? Do you get enough time to pursue them?

Well I do like to listen to music, attend plays, and watch a live band. I participated in sports but sucked at all except for swimming. I honestly indulge in some when I can but this job can be really demanding, which I love and dislike at times.

What kind of activities you do to stay fit both mentally and physically?

With the amount of walking around, I have to do, that, keeps me fit.

Others are swimming and good music.

How many countries have you traveled? Which is your favorite country and why?

I have been to just 6: Russia, India, Nigeria, Kenya, Scotland and Mauritius. I don’t have a favourite but I will say I felt at home in Mauritius, the island life, good food, warm people and the economy of the country.

Any weird, surprising experience you would like to share….

I won’t say weird but I got a thrilling/adrenaline- pumping experience when I got chased by a huge Rhino once. We went into Kaziranga National Park, Assam because we (at Wildlife Trust of India) got a call that some poachers had injured a male Rhino on the leg. So while we were treating, it jumped up and began chasing us. Mind you, it was tranquilised. The forest guards all ran and pushed me and it was just me and the rhino. Thank God, it stopped running.I found it funny that we hired them to watch over us but they were the first to run.

This sounds really serious. Thank God

You are still alive and saving the planet. I am going to say again that we need people like you in the field….

I slept outside under the moonlight at the foot of a Gurudwara temple when I was in EduCare (Ask Amanpreet!). Can think of these 2 right now

I had no idea about this, but sleeping under the moonlight is not bad yeah… 

What advice will you give to the sophomores or high school students who are planning to pursue their career in wild life research?

Um if you are thinking of coming to Wildlife Conservation for money, do not because everything here is fuelled by passion. You can’t think of wildlife conservation as your last choice just because you did not get through medical exams. So make sure you are mentally ready for that. It also helps to do some volunteer work, you gain confidence and your CV builds up. You should also attend Environmental/Wildlife conservation type conferences. It will be good if you join the YETI Mail list so you can get news of upcoming Workshops or volunteer/work opportunities.

Lastly, what do you want the readers to understand on the importance of wildlife, the reason you are in this?

I want people to understand that we are all a part of nature and each insect or each bird has an ecological function to play. The moment you decide to go on a rampage and kill off an entire species, you leave a void in the intricate web of life and that mostly has an indirect negative impact on us. I will give you an example, India in 2015 lost many vultures because they were feeding on cows treated with Diclofenac. The loss of Vultures led to many diseased carcasses lying around and that brought in carriers such as flies, dogs and rats. These led to an increase in feral dogs and an expenditure of over 1.5 million dollars in hospital bills for children infected with diseases that the vultures would have gotten rid of. Most of the times, the animal’s function go unnoticed until they are very few or extinct. That is what Wildlife Conservationists worldwide are striving to make people understand and it can get difficult in a country (like Nigeria) where any animal in the forest is seen as a delicacy. So we have to know that whatever we do, the way we develop, the change in weather patterns, our ignorance, dependence on non-renewables, all play a role in the survival of our animals and without them, we can be facing a scary future.

I read this spoken word by Prince Ea : Dear Future Generations and there is a line that just touches me , it says

And to betray nature is to betray us,
to save nature, is to save us.
Because whatever you’re fighting for:
Racism, Poverty, Feminism, Gay Rights,
or any type of Equality.
It won’t matter in the least,
because if we don’t all work together to save the environment,
we will be equally extinct.”

What’s the point of talking about the interior decor of the house when the ground it rests on is falling apart?

Thanks.

momo

Check out LUFASI at www.lufasi.org

Lufasipark on instagram and Fb.

Monica can be reached on : monica_fatogun@yahoo.co.uk

Instagram: Mon_thewildling

Interview With “Little Scientist”

Here is the interview with Little scientist “Nishtha”. I met her couple of times during my undergraduate studies and if i am not wrong we met during our college festival. She is an incredible person with lots of courage to do things differently and taking the lead. She is smart, fit, loves adventure and travelling.  I am sure reading her interview will give you a pump to follow your dreams.

Can you please introduce yourself  to the readers?

I am writing this from Australia as I am pursuing a doctorate degree here. I am an Engineer with an M.tech degree in Nanotechnology. Science, Food, Travel and Dance are 4 keywords to best describe me.

So, you are doing Doctorate studies. What motivated you to pursue Doctorate studies?

I have always been a mad lover of science. Since Grade 4, I had Discovery channel on my TV from 8 am to 11 am. This continued till my teenage. Watching the magic of science unfold on TV made me curious to experience it in person. Thats when I went to pursue B.tech and M.tech in Nanotechnology. Where there is will there is way! I got accepted for an intenrship in University of South Australia. My supervisor was impressed with my work and offered me a PhD position. After my internship, I thought to pursue my love for music and dance and go to mumbai! Funnt I know! But that was necessary, I reckon, becaue I realised how badly I miss my laboratories and working for science. Thats when I decided to accept the PhD offer and here I am!

I believe that you are working in the area of plasma science and reactive species. Can you tell us about it in general?

Many people confuse plasma as blood plasma. I, on the other hand, work with the physics plasma- some people may call it plasma gas. You may have heard of plasma TV, for instance. Plasma gas is basically the fourth state of matter (solid, liquid and gas being the other three). Simply speaking when you break solid atoms, liquid state is generated. Breakdown of liquid atoms leads to gaseous state. Now imagine breaking the atoms of gas- that is plasma. We get a cocktail of charged particles, ions, reactive species, UV, etc. in form of a plasma gas. In my PhD, I plan to use the “reactive oxygen and nitrogen species” present in plasma for medical purposes such as wound healing, wound decontamination, cancer therapeutics, etc.

What are you doing different in this area that is increasing the overall impact? Can you share some simple experiment? May be a Reader could get interested to pursue research in the similar area?

Plasma medicine is very novice. Although quite a few plasma devices are available in market for surface decontamination and cosmetics, we have a long way to go to use the devices on human body for therapeutics. Little is known about the mechanism of plasma delivered reactive species into the tissues and tissue fluid. Here we are talking about a cocktail of reactive species including H2O2, NO2, NO3, NO, HOCl, superoxide and hydroxyl radicals. So basic questions we need to address is- which reactive specie is being delivered into the skin, how much concentration is being delivered, are there reactive spcies washed away by the constant blood circulation, can we use the same device to kill cancer cells and proliferate cells for wound healing, what doses to be given?

Not an experiment, I would like to share the idea which led to the excitement and faith for this topic in me. Since ages people have credited reactive species/oxidants as the cause of all the diseases in humans. Free radical theory of Aging in 1993 adhered to the concept of “oxidants are bad”. This led to development of “anti-oxidants are good for you!” products in market. But how is it possible when Reactive species play a key role in human evolution and functioning of cellular pathways necessary for human body. Curiosity led scientists to test  whether the reactive species/oxidants are cause of disease or just an effect from the disease. And intesntigly the results were positive. A small dose of reactive specie can be helpful for the biological processes. If you are more ambitious and want a noble prize, how about prove that “reactive species doses can enhance innate immuntiy”? Imagine it like a vaccine, an enough dose of reactive species to trigger the defence system of humans!

Can you tell us about your process of finding the research interests or forming basic structure of your research project?

The secret lies in “reading”. And especially when the field is very new and your contribution will also matter. I read the good research papers and figure out what gaps in our knowldge exist. Then formulate an experimental plan and sit with supervisor! Also, when you read, your scientific writing skills improve. This is essential to publush papers!

Would like to continue to work in the same area?

Yes! It is a simple and honest yes.

I think we had talk enough about the work and science.

Do you have any hobbies? Do you get enough time to pursue them?

I love to paint, dance and sing. I also like to learn new skills if time permits- be it a new language or rock climbing. Always eager to learn new things! As a PhD researcher in my final year, I don`t get a lot of time unlike 1st and 2nd year. Therefore, I try to do activities which can be included easily in the routine.

What kind of acitivities you do to stay fit both mentally and physically?

I think good food and good company are prerequisites to feel good. I cook with my friends every now and then. For physical being, I have tried various things- aerial yoga, yoga, pole fitness, rock climbing, hiking, etc. I am lover of forests and greens , so hiking or bush walking is my favourite activity.

How many countries have you travelled? Which is your favorite country and why?Any weird, surprising experience you would like to share?

I have been lucky to visit 9 countries in past 1.5 years- all credits to my research collaborations expanded all over the world! I don`t have a favorite country because they are unique and special in their own. But one monument which stole my heart was Eiffel Tower. I spent 5 hrs on a stretch just staring it! Speaking of weird, Japan is a country of surprises and inspiration. There are developing countries, developed countries and Japan. Too advanced to be true! A balance between technology and nature, modernity and customs. Make it your mission to travel Japan once!

What advice will you give to the sophomores or high school students who are Planning to pursue there career in science?

If you find science difficult to understand and painful to pursue, there is something wrong with the teachers or resources you are referring! Try to watch animations videos or youtube channels like ASAP science to see the real beauty of it!

If you have more questions, you can contact her through Instagram and the google scholar profile.

My Instagram page is nishtha.gaur or  ‘Lit Scientist’.

 

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My Google scholar profile is https://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=nYfIHTMAAAAJ&hl=en

 

Interview with Dr. Priyanjali- About Breast Cancer

This is my first blog of 2018 and I wanted to start it on a motivated note. Talking with Priyanjali motivated me to the next level and made me realise that Hard work is the significant key to become more happy and satisfied in your life. 

Hi Priyanjali, Can you introduce yourself to the people?

Hailing from the Abode of Clouds, aka Scotland of East, Meghalaya in the Northeastern part of India. I belong to a quintessential Bengali family. My father, the most influential and the best man of my life had filled my mind with tales of Netaji Bose invariably. My naive mind palace rather picked up Swami Vivekanada and Thomas Edison as leaders for mankind. I always faced difficulty to make friends as I could not easily find people resonating with my thought process of being very liberal. I grew up to become a Doctor by my choice, being a state topper back then, against my parent’s will who saw a dancer in me. My father who inculcated in me a pattern to look through every possibility and disrupt to establish a solution for every kind of problem and not wait for any delusional “somebody” to do it for you and society. He believes I am a visionary and I am trying to establish the same. For my own self, I write Non- fiction and Abstract. I dance and want to learn the forms i never tried Ballet, trained in Indian classical forms of Bharatnatyam and Kathak. I love to indulge in conversations and was a State level Debate champion for 4 years in Meghalaya. I have worked as a professional model  for Abraxas Lifestyle, India’s most exclusive luxury magazine and a brand called Reptilia. I do not believe a person should give up on anything that he loves to do. In Spite of the conventional line of thought process about Modelling, I love doing it and take out time for shoots and do not give up.

Can you explain about your mission and vision of your Project Aarogya?

I started this venture called Aaroogya “Carnage Breast Cancer Foundation”, and began a mass door to door education about a very neglected disease breast cancer. Unlike West, Indian demography has more prevalence for a specific molecular form of the disease called “Triple Negative” which is more aggressaive and targets the younger female folk of the country. I have been travelling from Delhi to the North Eastern State approaching Bangladesh borders to conduct our extensively designed Public Health Camps. Our key features are :- Training Programmes for Regional (Tier III and IV) schools and Self Help Groups for Breast Self- Examination every month, Telemedicine, Pan – India cross sectional survey, publishing articles in peer reviewed journals and handing over clinically designed pictographic booklet for guiding breast self examination (BSE). We do free Clinical Examination and mobilize patients for Palliative and Preventive Care to partner Hospitals. In the past one year, our team has covered Delhi NCR, Haryana, Assam, West Bengal and Meghalaya, we are at a stage where we are mobilizing patients and individuals requiring preventive care to Daycare centres with precision medicine and Molecular Profiling. I aim to establish and redefine Preventive Healthcare system and not merely let people die due to Late Diagnosis and poor disease management in the country. Our chief mentor – Prof Dr. P.K. Julka (PadmaShri Awaredee) Former Dean, AIIMS guides us through and monitors our line of action with each engagement and implementation.

We aim to disrupt the bridge between Social and Healthcare Innovation across the globe to reach every nook and crenny of India’s Tier 3 and 4 Rural women.

Our Board of Advisory has esteemed mentors who guide me to and fro extensively :- Dr. Sovan Sarkar is a Birmingham Fellow at the University of Birmingham, and holds the distinction of Former Fellow for life at Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge and Ronald Van Het Hof, Worked as CEO for a number of leading retail-chains in the Benelux and has received several Retail Awards. Ronald has been working as an expert-volunteer (2008-2012) at Women on Wings and supported many Indian social enterprises in their growth with his broad management experience next to his professional career in the Benelux.

What motivated you to start this project?

Building up from all of this is our understanding that the world is making the transition from millennia where the game was efficiency in repetition (think assembly line and law firm) to one where the ability to contribute to change is where value lies.  Once the world understands that it is already well into this transition, it will move through the remaining steps very quickly and with far fewer bumps in the night.  We think that this is where Aaroogya’s greatest contribution will be in the next few years.

I consider Aaroogya as my biggest achievement so far because, as a child, I remember making a promise to my maternal grandmother that I will invent an Antidote against Cancer. A few years later we lost her due to Late Diagnosis of Lung Cancer. My mother too suffers from a Pre Blood Cancerous stage called Essential Thrombocytosis. This keeps me on track.

Are you happy with all the development of the project?

Overwhelmed is the word, personally. There is a long way of course lined up. Yet, getting approval of your way of ideation and innovation to bring a social impact by a lot of people on ground and digitally is the most important drive to keep working towards every goals. It is to bring the quality social change in human lives but not impossible. My work has become my personal, professional and social life.

What are you looking for this project in terms of funding and resources?

We are basically looking for the investors who wants to who invest in social impact and wants to contribute for mankind. Since we are still at early stage, money is typically very local. Hence, investors you approach should fit in this segment. Venture Capitals investing on Non profit solutions and Corporate Social Responsibility funds largely cater such investment prospects largely.

What are you doing to increase the impact of your project?

Working on the idea constantly to create a valuable product is an arduous task. And continuous reach out for improvement and appreciation keeps involving more people onboard. A good idea brings change makers together adding inputs. My idea is not mine just, its a holistic concept like I always say of my esteemed mentors I mentioned about, many Healthcare Industry sophomores, have been privileged to work with many Alumni from Ivy league University Business schools like the Harvard Business school, Tuck School of Business, INSEAD, etc, and Global Public health representatives. In the process, Its more of a learning opportunity and vivid experience with such enigmatic people as an early age sophomore.

How long it took you put up the basic Building blocks of your project?

It has been one and half year, and it is still ongoing until Innovations stop happening. We are looking forward to integrate IoT solutions, venturing out for AI solutions to establish scalable productivity in a continuous process. We wish and work towards establishing these quick solutions accessible to every Indian woman who nurtures a family and a generation of our future.

How long it will take to solve this problem?

This is the most important one to answer, Indian subcontinent shows sheer negligence towards this menace that has already infiltrated in our population, called Breast Cancer, the Cancer variant affecting the women the most, worldwide. We need to understand the solutions to the disease management in west is not always a solution for developing countries. We have different genetics and molecular make – up. Demography plays a major role in disease predilections. “Triple Negative”, a subtype of Breast Cancer affects our demography largely, unlike West. It targets the younger women at early ages and only Early detection can save us. We are disrupting the scenario by establishing our entire approach towards Preventive healthcare and management and not just disease management, Preventive Healthcare is not the future, it is the need of the hour. Secondary prevention by Breast Self examination in this case.

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Aaroogya – In Defense of my Elementary Liberty to choose it over Gold Coins and Glamour

And if you guys are looking for any more information for collaboration etc. Then you can contact them at –

Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/Indiabreastcancerawareness/

 

Crazy Basque

 

Basques are the only people who live or have land in two countries i.e. northern spain and southwest france. I was in Bilbao for a week living with the people of Bilbao/Basque and getting to know as much as i could in a week. I think the best way to know about a culture is getting to know the people themselves. The location is truly spectacular with ridges, coast, bay and mountain ranges.  The Basque language is one of the oldest European language with no written record until 19th century, also known as Euskara. Surprisingly, it is totally unrelated to Spanish language and have no common language family. Bilbao is the main city of Basque and walking through this small city of around a million people and over 6000 bars and cafes made me feel like walking in a dream or perhaps drunk wonderland. I think it would be right to call Basque a crazy, amazing region. Just imagine for a moment that they were the first ones to start commercial Whale and Cod hunting back in 11th century in the bay of basque and were out in the Atlantic by 16th century with boats made out of Wood.

There are 3 main languages in Spain; Catalan spoken in Catalnoia Province, Euskara in Basque and Spanish in rest of Spain. I am not sure if there are other languages as well. For now, here are words to say goodbye in 3 languages

Adios (Spanish); Adeo (Catalan); Agur (Euskara);

Few things about Basque apart from lots of parties.

ANGULAS O GULAS- Angulas the most expensive Basque cuisine mostly or only found in the bay of Basque. They are baby eels that cost around 1000 Euros per kg. The word Angulas was invented by the fine businessmen of Basque region and surprisingly it took the other Spanish regions around a century discover this incredible cuisine. And yes, I am sure most of the travellers wont spend 1000 euros to eat a particular type of sea food. So for them there is an alternative or rather a duplicate of this fish known as Gulas that are pretty cheap to buy and you can get them for 3-4 Euros per 150 grams. But most of the people describe the taste being almost similar.

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BILBAO TILE – There is also unique thing about the sidewalk pattern of Bilbao which was invented in Bilbao to meet the needs of rainy days in Bilbao. Its now been exported in all over the world and is the representative image and the symbol of bilbao.

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Basque Tattoo- I also saw a similar tattoo on the hands of a few old people that I came across which I think may have many meanings. But one man told me that four dots describe the four walls and center dot describes a man stuck in between these walls during the hard times in Basque. Usually, it was symbol for all the people who went to jail for a political issue between Basque people and rest of Spain.

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But i am gonna bring more interesting details about BASQUE in late 2017. So wait for it!DSC_6440

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