Faculty member explores collaborations between U.S., India
Dr. Maharah K. Ticku, professor of pharmacology and psychiatry, visited India Feb. 25 through March 9 with a delegation sent by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). Delegation members, who were selected from U.S. universities, explored possible research relationships between the United States and India.
Dr. Ticku participated in the Indo-U.S. Symposium on current trends in alcoholism held in Bangalore, India, and met with investigators of the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences and National Center for Biological Sciences in Bangalore and New Delhi. He also met with the Indian minister for biotechnology.
In New Delhi, he participated in a meeting on neurosciences and computational neurosciences. Representatives from India and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) organized the session. NIAAA and NIMH are part of the National Institutes of Health.
"India has created a few new centers of excellence in Bangalore and New Delhi with a mandate to study the frontier areas of biology," Dr. Ticku said. "These centers have outstanding faculty and state-of-the-art facilities."
NIAAA and NIMH have minor collaborations in India and these will be expanded following submission of the delegation's report to Dr. Enoch Gordis, NIAAA director. "Alcohol addiction is now being accepted as a biological disorder, and India offers a large population of patients available for collaborative genetic studies with U.S. investigators," said Dr. Ticku, who studies the genes affected by chronic alcohol intake.