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Amrita Centre for Advanced Research in Ayurveda, Amrita School of Ayurveda, will conduct a online series Webinar on ‘Laboratory Methods for Research in Ayurveda’ on July 27 – 29 and August 3 – 5, 2020, at 03:00 pm.
The ACARA Research Labs aim to create a platform for Ayurveda physicians, scientists, biologists, and clinicians to come together and explore new paradigms and frontiers in human biology.
We believe that such a transdisciplinary approach can help to develop a multi-paradigmatic and systems biology approach to understanding life, health, and disease. There are five research labs at ACARA – Phytochemistry Lab, Microbiology Lab, Cell Culture Lab, Genetics Lab, and Clinical Lab. These labs represent the workflow of research that aims to translate research ideas into applications that can be administered at the point of care.
The traditional approach to research in modern science is from the bench to the bedside. But in the case of Ayurveda, we also need the reverse approach – from the bedside to the bench. The research labs at Ayurveda facilitate bi-directional research of translation and reverse translation. The science behind the clinical wisdom of Ayurveda is understood through biological mechanisms. The Phytochemistry Lab unravels the complex chemistry of Ayurvedic formulations. The Microbiology Lab gives insights on how the phytochemicals in Ayurvedic formulations balance the microbiota even as antimicrobial activity as well as antimicrobial resistance is studied. The Cell Culture Lab looks at the complex interactions between phytochemicals and human cells. The Genetic Lab investigates the impact of Ayurveda lifestyle, diet, and medicines in up-regulating and down-regulating gene expressions as well as triggering epigenetic influences. The Clinical Lab generates insights from clinical practice and also translates biological insights into applications at the point of care.
In this first Online Webinar Series, introductory lessons will be given to participants explaining the scope of laboratory-based research for the advancement of Ayurveda.