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International Conference – AYUSH For Future Health Challenges

AYUSH for future health challenges:

Strengthening trans-disciplinary research

The Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (CCIH) established at the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) is actively involved in promotion of integrative health approaches to strengthen public health through research, teaching, training, and
advocacy. Recognizing these efforts, the Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India has awarded a Center of Excellence (CoE) to SPPU, which is engaged in research and training activities. The CoE is working on Ayurveda-based adjuvants, establishing collaborative consortia,
training in integrative health, and development of epistemology sensitive research methods based on foundations of AYUSH systems. The University has also established the Ramkumar Rathi Patanjali Yoga Chair for boosting Yoga research. The AYUSH CoE
and the RR Patanjali Yoga Chair, together, invite you for the international conference on ‘AYUSH for future health challenges: Strengthening trans-disciplinary research’. After successful organization of ‘National Symposium on AYUSH Research for New India:
Vision and Strategies’ in 2017 and ‘National Symposium on Creating Conducive Environment for Ayurveda Research

’ in 2018, the present conference aims at strengthening trans-disciplinary research through networking and capacity building for AYUSH sector.

28th – 30th November

Organized by
AYUSH Center of Excellence
Ramkumar Rathi Patanjali Yoga Chair
Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, India

NCCS Auditorium
SPPU Campus
Pune – 411 007


Considering the present and future health challenges, AYUSH researchers need to keep pace with the advancing research. The interaction with various knowledge disciplines can provide rich academic ambience to nurture ideas and thoughts. The conference
addresses these needs by aiming at capacity building and creating a global network for research in the areas of AYUSH, natural products, integrative health, mind-body medicine, and public health.

A special session on “Grant Writing for AYUSH Projects” will provide an overview of national and international funding opportunities, preparations for proposal writing, guidance on translating ideas into research proposals. Experts from funding agencies and senior scientists will participate in the session as resource persons.

Thematic sessions

The conference has various parallel thematic sessions as mentioned below. The participants will get an opportunity to interact with experts working in these areas. Each session will provide a status update, evolving methods, case studies, and experience sharing by
senior scientists. The participants can select and attend one of these sessions every day.

• Inauguration and key note address
• Plenary session on AYUSH strengths for addressing present and future health challenges, potential of AYUSH based therapeutic
adjuvants for cancer
• Musical Evening: “Nadanusandhan- Bliss through Peace”
The divine journey towards the path of salvation with complete harmony of mind, body, and soul through the ultimate extravaganza of classical dance and music. The most memorable evening by wonder couple Vaidya Dhananjay Daithankar (Santoor) and Dr Swati Daithankar (Dance), with Mr Ninad Daithankar (Santoor), Vaidya Rajendra Doorkar (Drums fusion), Mr Rohit Kulkarni (Synthesizer), Mr Sameer Puntambekar (Tabla) with others.

• Yoga and heritage walk in SPPU campus
• Plenary session on AYUSH for non-communicable diseases
• Panel discussion on AYUSH research for future health challenges
Traditions for Generations: School students’ interaction with experts


Sunday, 1st December 2019 (10:00 AM – 4:30 PM)

This workshop will provide understanding of fundamental concepts, methods and tools of evidence-based medicine (EBM) to participants in various areas of AYUSH and health research. The workshop also aims at preparing the participants to understand role of evidence in clinical decision-making, critically appraise evidence and undertake a ystematic review and meta-analysis. The sessions will address designs of pre-clinical, interventional, and observational studies with a special emphasis on clinical case series. It will also address the role of randomized controlled trials and meta-research (including systematic reviews of pre-clinical and observational studies). The workshop will be conducted by Dr Rahul Mhaskar, Director for the Office of Research, Innovation & Scholarly Endeavors, University of South Florida, USA. (Limited seats. Separate registration is required.)


Registration fees may be waived off for 10 post-graduate students and participants from SAARC countries if their abstract is selected. For registration, follow the link Please specify the session code while registering.


• Interested participants can e-mail ([email protected]) their abstracts (300 words in MS-word in Times New Roman with font st size 12 and 1.5 spacing) on the following themes by 31 October 2019.
• AYUSH and therapeutic adjuvants
• Study designs for Yoga research
• Preclinical models for AYUSH research
• Ayurveda Biology
• AYUSH Informatics
• Clinical outcomes in research and practice
• Analytical techniques for AYUSH research
• AYUSH and epidemiology
• Abstract should include background, objectives, material and methods, results and discussion.
• Please e-mail the abstract with subject as ‘Abstract for Poster Presentation’.
• Selected abstracts may get published in Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine (J-AIM).



• Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha
Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India, New Delhi, India
• Prof Bhushan Patwardhan
Vice Chairman, University Grants Commission, New Delhi, India
• Dr Vijay Bhatkar
Chancellor, Nalanda University, Nalanda, India
• Prof Darshan Shankar
Vice Chancellor, Trans-disciplinary University, Bangalore, India
• Dr Ashok Vaidya
Research Director, KHS-Medical ResearchCentre, Mumbai, India
• Dr Ashok Kukade
Founder, Vivekanand Hospital & Research Center, Latur, India
• Dr Sadanand Sardeshmukh
Integrated Cancer Treatment & Research Centre, Pune
• Dr Arvind Chopra
Director, Center for Rheumatic Diseases, Pune, India
• Dr Chaitanyanand Koppiker
Director, Prashanti Cancer Care Mission, Pune, India


• Dr Suresh Ambudkar
Deputy Chief, Laboratory of Cell Biology, NCI-NIH, Bethesda, USA
• Dr Julia Arnold
Senior Scientist, Bethesda, USA
• Dr Govind Ragupathi
Scientist, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA
• Dr Rahul Mhaskar
Professor, University of South Florida, Florida, USA
• Dr Dennis Chang
Professor, NICM Health Research Institute, Sydney, Australia
• Dr Ping Chung Leung
Emeritus Professor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong


• Prof Nitin Karmalkar
Vice Chancellor, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune
• Dr Manoj Kumar Bhat
Director, National Centre for Cell Science, Pune


• Dr Aarti Nagarkar
Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune


• Dr Vishwa Mohan Katoch
Former DG, ICMR and Former Secretary, DHR, New Delhi
• Dr Madhaw Singh Baghel
Former Professor, Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar’
• Dr Manoj Nesari
Advisor, Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India, New Delhi
• Prof Vd K S Dhiman
DG, Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences, New Delhi
• Dr Tanuja Nesari
Director, All India Institute of Ayurveda, New Delhi
• Dr Y K Gupta
President, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhopal
• Dr Rama Jayasundar
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
• Dr Rajesh Dixit
Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai




Center for Complementary and Integrative Health,
Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences,
Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune – 411 007
[email protected] & [email protected]

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