International Conference by SRM Delhi-NCR

India 20th March 2024: Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) poses a significant global health threat, challenging the effectiveness of antibiotics and other antimicrobial drugs. As pathogens develop resistance to these treatments, it becomes increasingly difficult to combat infectious diseases, leading to prolonged illness, increased mortality rates, and higher healthcare costs. At the 3rd International Conference on AMR held by SRM University Delhi-NCR, experts from diverse fields convene to discuss innovative strategies for combating this pressing issue. Through collaborative efforts and interdisciplinary approaches, the conference aims to address the challenges posed by AMR while exploring opportunities for novel drug discovery and vaccine development.

The event was graced by the presence of Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, Hon’ble Governor, Government of Haryana, who also served as the Chief Guest, adding significance to the conference. He highlighted the global participation of eight countries and the urgency to address AMR as identified by the WHO. The Governor emphasized the need for innovative approaches and the support of initiatives like the National Health Mission to combat AMR and achieve the nation’s development goals. He emphasized the need for a multi-faceted approach to overcome challenges, including financial constraints and technological advancements costing approximately $1 billion for drug development. He further acknowledged financial and technological challenges, mentioning Prime Minister Narendra

Modi’s vision to develop India by 2047. Additionally, he highlighted the importance of raising awareness and garnering full support for addressing AMR, commending SRM for organizing the conference for the third time

Professor (Dr.) Paramjit S. Jaswal, Vice Chancellor, SRM University, extended a warm welcome to everyone in attendance saying, “We aim to raise awareness and prevent the development of antimicrobial resistance through collaboration with pharmaceutical companies, researchers, and academicians. We are honored to have Prof. Ada Yonath, a Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, as a keynote speaker at the inauguration of this international conference.”

The presence of Nobel Prize winner Professor Ada E. Yonath was a privilege for all attendees. Her groundbreaking research on ribosomes, recognized with prestigious awards, added significant value to the event. Professor Yonath’s insights instilled hope as discussions centered on global health challenges like AMR.

Additionally, the contributions of Ms. Harini Ravi, Director of the SRM Group, underscored the shared determination to find solutions, enhancing the overall discourse.

Going further in the conference, Professor V. Samuel Raj, Ph. D, FRSC then stated, “Antimicrobial Resistance isn’t just a future threat; it’s a current crisis demanding immediate action. With projections estimating 10 million deaths by 2050, it’s clear that our current drug-based approaches are failing, necessitating alternative solutions such as new antibiotics and vaccines. This conference is an important platform where scientists come together to work on strategies to fight against AMR. It highlights the need for a united approach involving humans, animals, and the environment to tackle this urgent problem effectively.”

In conclusion, the 3rd International Conference on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) by SRM University Delhi-NCR brought together experts to address the pressing issue of antibiotic misuse and the development of AMR. With insightful discussions on the current state of

AMR and the urgent need for collaborative efforts across various sectors, including pharmaceutical companies, academia, and research institutions, the conference aimed to raise awareness and find effective solutions to combat this silent pandemic. The participation of distinguished figures like Prof. Ada Yonath underscored the significance of the event in fostering dialogue and driving forward the fight against AMR for the betterment of global health.

The event is scheduled to occur on March 19th and 20th, 2024 as well. On March 19th, the conference will take place at two venues: Silver Oak Hall and Jacaranda Hall. Attendees at Jacaranda Hall can choose to participate online or offline for added flexibility.