Jamia Hamdard University and BD Biosciences have collaborated to launch an online joint academic programme for capacity development of medical professionals.
The online programme FACS eLearn 2017 is focused on flow cytometry — one of the most advanced techniques in biomedical sciences available today.
“We are hopeful that FACS eLearn programme will enable professionals who are already in a job or a regular academic programme to get a ready access and opportunity to learn basic and advanced flow cytometry at one’s own pace and convenience,” said Murli Sundrani, Business Director, BD Life Sciences-Biosciences India.
BD Life Sciences-Biosciences and Jamia Hamdard University started BD-JH FACS Academy, an industry-academia collaboration, at Jamia Hamdard campus in New Delhi about five years ago with an aim to train young scientists and researchers on flow cytometry.
“We have always been committed to developing new solutions to empower research labs, and supporting academia, pharmaceutical and biotech companies to develop and advance their quality research works. Moving forward with same focus, we started BD-JH FACS Academy at Jamia Hamdard. This year, we have included new instruments like BD FACSMelody cell sorter and also an established platform BD FACSCantoII cell analyser bringing latest technologies and instrument platform for researchers and clinicians to gets hands-on experience,” Sundrani added.
BD-JH FACS Academy offers basic and advanced training courses, workshops and seminars in flow cytometry. In last five years, it has trained 750 people across the country and overseas.
The web-based training programme has been designed keeping in mind the medical professionals who are already in a job or a regular academic programme and may not be available for regular contact time with the faculty.
The web module and e-mail support programme will be followed by a hands-on experience on flow cytometry instruments and applications at the academy. The program will start from 3 October, 2017 and the registration has started.
“I am glad that our relationship with BD continues to be a success story. This partnerships is an excellent example of academia-industry interaction… I am confident that academic programmes under the FACS eLearn initiative will be contemporary, will have elements of latest development in the field and provide ample opportunity for hands-on exposure to the candidates,” said Professor (Dr) Seyed Ehtesham Hasnain, Vice Chancellor, Jamia Hamdard.
Flow cytometry is a laser-based, biophysical technology employed in cell counting, cell sorting, biomarker detection and protein engineering, by suspending cells in a stream of fluid and passing them through an electronic detection apparatus.