Dr. Nair visited the research labs of Dr. Henry Brem, Head of Neuro Surgery, John's Hopkins University, to discuss a joint project on the clinical application of a drug delivering wafer for brain tumors. The wafer is planned to be implanted after resection of the tumor in order to prevent or delay recurrence of the tumor, post surgery and radiation therapy. The wafer was developed at Amrita at the Center for Nanosciences with the Principal Investigators being Dr. Nair and Dr. Manzoor Koyakutty.
The technology is under patent application. The meeting resulted in a joint decision to further pursue animal studies and clinical trials jointly between Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham and Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Nair visited MIT, Boston with Dr. Robert Langer, world renowned technologist in the field of tissue engineering and biomaterials at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research.
Dr. Langer agreed to a joint collaboration of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham Centre for Nanosciences and MIT and John's Hopkins on further pre-clinical development of Amrita's Technology of a drug delivering wafer for brain tumors.
Dr. Nair delivered an oral presentation on Relativity of Scale: Emergence of Quantum Behavior from Space-Time Geometry and its Implications, at American Physical Society held at Denver, Colorado, USA, which was the largest physics meeting in the world.
The paper is the first in the world to associate the origin of quantum mechanical behaviour to the space-time geometry in the local region of very small particles.
For the simple case of the hydrogen atom, the electromagnetic force and electron charge could be predicted in terms of these changes in space-time geometry. The groundbreaking work was well received by physicists at the meeting.
Dr. Nair visited Rio de janeiro, Brazil for a workshop of Indo - Brazil delegation on Nanoengineering for renewable energy. The Indian delegation was led by Dr. Nair and the Brazil delegation was led by Dr. Walter Suemitsu, Dean of Engineering at the Federal University.
The Indian delegation members were Dr. Juzer Vasi, Professor, IIT Mumbai, Dr. Srinivasa Reddy, Professor, IIT Chennai and Dr. Sreekumaran Appukuttan, Associate Professor, ACNS.
Dr. Shantikumar Nair was invited to be part of a workshop on Research opportunities in Nutrition sector with particular focus on Infant & Child Nutrition. Dr. Nair joined 10 other paediatricians from the country. He discussed and presented on the opportunities of Nanotechnology Processing in Food Science Sector. The paper is the first in the world to associate the origin of quantum mechanical behaviour to the space-time geometry in the local region of very small particles.
For the simple case of the hydrogen atom, the electromagnetic force and electron charge could be predicted in terms of these changes in space-time geometry. The ground breaking work was well received by physicists at the meeting.
Dr. Shanti Nair visited Universidad Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) to meet Dr Walter Suemitsu, Dean of the Technology Centre (includes all major engg. departments in UFRJ).
DST (India) had sent Dr. Nair under an exploratory grant for collaboration in the nanosciences area between Amrita and UFRJ. "I met faculty in Chemistry, Materials Science and Physics", shared Dr. Nair, " and developed a joint plan for collaboration in Biomedical and Energy areas."
The joint plan will be submitted for funding to both the governments.
Dr. Shantikumar Nair was invited by Dr. C.N.R. Rao to serve on a commitee to establish a NanoPark in Bengaluru.
The committee discussed strategies for such a park in Bangalore, Core facilities for material processing be set up with Government funds and for industries to be invited to explore the applications in areas such as nanomedical, biomedical, electronics and energy.
Dr. Shantikumar Nair visited partner US universities with which Amrita had formed the recently approved IUSSTF joint center. During his visit, Dr. Nair initiated and planned detailed steps regarding Faculty/Student Exchange program of nanotechnology and basic medical sciences between Amrita and the elite universities viz.,
He spent about two to three days with each university where he met with the respective provosts to have discussions.