Web Gyan

Past Webinar Livestream / Recording

WebGyan : An Ask Me Anything on Tapestry Pooling

Tapestry Pooling is a smart pooling method for qPCR testing that has been jointly developed at IIT Bombay, NCBS Bangalore, and inStem Bangalore. It allows 10X increase in testing throughput and gives individual results in a single round. The team has released a pooling guidance system at app.tapestry-pooling.com/sign-up that allows labs around the world to immediately adopt Tapestry Pooling. The method has been validated on over 3000 COVID-19 patient samples, and is a promising technology for enabling the security of office spaces and campuses at affordable costs as the...

WebGyan with Prof.V Kamakoti | Contact Tracing and Aarogya Setu

In this WebGyan session, Prof. V. Kamakoti of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Madras, spoke about 'Contact Tracing and Aarogya Setu'. COVID-19 arrived suddenly in India, and there was an urgent need for contact tracing and data on positive cases. This kick-started the effort to build the Aarogya Setu application, and the digital contact tracing it allows. Prof. Kamakoti outlined the functioning of the app, the challenges of developing it, and the insights it offers as a case study for the future of data-driven interventions for healthcare an...

WebGyan- Dr. Shahid Jameel : Immunology of COVID-19

On July 23rd, Dr. Shahid Jameel, a leading Indian virologist and the CEO of the DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance, spoke about the Immunology of COVID-19.

Dr. Jameel began by sharing a very pertinent video, called ‘COVID-19 Immunology 101 for Non-immunologists’ by Dr. Akiko Iwasaki. He then delved into ...

WebGyan- Dr. C. S. Pramesh: Has COVID-19 research set back evidence-based medicine?

 
On 9th July, the 5th of the WebGyan series featured Dr. C. S. Pramesh, the Director of the Tata Memorial Hospital, a person who wears many hats in the biomedical field in India. In his talk, Dr. Pramesh tackled the question, ‘Has COVID-19 research set back evidence-based medicine?  

The COVID-19 pandemic has emerged as a public health emergency globally, and this has created immense urgency among the biomedical research community. Over 30,000 papers have popped up on COVID-19, while research faces the major challenges of this time: difficult ...

WebGyan series : City-scale agent-based simulators for the study of COVID-19 spread

Prof. Sandeep Juneja, TIFR will be talking about 'City-scale agent-based simulators for the study of COVID-19 spread'.
Forecasting the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic and understanding the impact of various non-medical interventions are of obvious importance to the policy makers as well as to the general public. Agent-based simulation models have turned out to be a powerful tool for arriving at such scenario analysis of epidemic spreads. The strength of these models is that they capture th...

Dr. Manu Prakash | From Volcanoes to bicycles: Roles & responsibilities for inventing in crisis mode

Dr. Manu Prakash, Professor of Bioengineering at Stanford University, was the speaker of the third WebGyan session, on ‘From Volcanoes to bicycles: Roles and responsibilities for inventing in crisis mode’. A volcanic eruption of 1815 and its aftermath prompted the invention of a bicycle. The COVID-19 pandemic has thrust the world into a global crisis. Dr. Prakash tackled the question, “As scientists, how do we grapple with new roles and responsibilities that are on our shoulders, in a devastating crisis that is far from over?” As a lab that traditionally works on developing frugal s...

‘Vaccines for the 21st century’: Webinar by Dr. Gagandeep Kang

A webinar on “Vaccines for the 21st century” by Dr. Gagandeep Kang (clinical scientist and executive director of the Translational Health Science and Technology Institute, Faridabad) was organized on May 14, 2020 by CovidGyan as a part of its “WebGyan” series. Dr. Kang is the first Indian woman scientist to be elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society. She has worked on vaccines for rotavirus infections and enteric diseases such as cholera and typhoid. ...