International ‘Diabetes -One Health’ e-Conference jointly organized by Symbiosis School of Biological Sciences (SSBS), Symbiosis International (Deemed University) and Diabetes Unit, KEM Hospital & Research Centre, Pune on March 4-5, 2021

Download Brochure Download Flyer
about us

about us “Diabetes and One Health”

Theme for the conference is “Diabetes and One Health”. One Health is a holistic, transdisciplinary and multisectoral concept where human and animal health is integrated with the environment. Global changes and human activities are responsible for increased environmental contaminants causing ecological disequilibrium and loss of biodiversity. This has further increased prevalence of communicable and non-communicable diseases. Correlation of one health approach with diabetes is required for the development of novel control strategies. Restoring the desired equilibrium and dynamics in healthy ecosystems will provide a framework for more integrated operational initiatives for the management of diabetes

Scope of The Meeting

  • Human Health
  • Environmental Health
  • Animal Health

Who Can Attend?

Students, Clinicians, Researchers, Educationists, Diabetes Care Providers, Veterinary Doctors, Animal Health Professionals, Industrialists, Policy Makers etc.

about us Director of Conference

about us

Prof. Vinaykumar Rale, M.Sc., Ph.D., PDFs (Germany), FIIM, FIABS Professor and Director, Symbiosis School of Biological Sciences (SSBS), SIU, Pune.Starting with initial work on Single Cell Proteins (SCPs), Yeast Diversity and Systematics (Doctoral), Prof. Rale shifted to “anaerobic world” during his first PDF at Gottingen, Germany, working on intricacies of acetone-butanol fermentation using whey as a feedstock. This research published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology (1986) is a landmark paper and is referred in almost all publications related to acetone-butanol fermentation even as of today. Continuing his interests in the ‘practicing’ world, Prof. Rale reentered into research and academics in 2008 with a stint at Deccan Education Society (Fergusson College, Pune as work place) as Research Director with multiple responsibilities before joining SSBS in 2014. With versatile and rich experience spanning over more than 45 years - in teaching, research, consultancy, administration, and techno-entrepreneurship and an excellent interface with premier teaching and research institutes and diverse industries, Prof. Rale accepted the challenge of playing a second innings. Under his leadership, SSBS has achieved, in a short span, a distinct place in the subject domain in teaching, research (extramural funding from Government), consultancy and industrial interface (industry-funded projects to develop knowhow and biotechnologies).

about us Co-Director of Conference

about us

Prof. C. S. Yajnik, MD FRCP Director of the Diabetes Unit at the King Edward Memorial Hospital and Research Centre, Pune, India. Prof. Yajnik is a diabetologist and a researcher who has made substantial contributions to the investigations of the high susceptibility of Indians to diabetes and related disorders. He is well known for his description of the ‘thin fat Indian’ and the contribution of nutritional intrauterine programming to this phenotype. He highlighted the role of vitamin B12 deficiency and deranged 1-C metabolism in the mother to these phenomena. He has initiated a pioneering randomized-controlled trial in Pune, India to improve micronutrient status of adolescents to reduce susceptibility to diabetes in the offspring.

Dr. Yajnik’s specialty is to set up multigenerational cohorts with high retention rates and collect extensive phenotypic information. He has facilitated the transfer of many research technologies to India from a wide range of collaborators from many countries and across multiple specialties. He has created a unique Biobank dating back to samples collected from 1987, spanning many cohorts and a lifecourse serial collection of blood, urine, stool and buccal smears (DNA, RNA, plasma, microbiome) in three generations in the Pune Maternal Nutrition Study.

He is a founder member, the current President of SNEHA India (Society for Natal Effects on Health in Adults) and a founder member and Trustee of the International DOHaD society (Developmental Origins of Health and Disease). He has been awarded Hellmut Mehnert award of the International Diabetes Federation (2009), David Barker Medal of the International DOHaD society (2011), Outstanding Investigator award of the World India Diabetes Foundation (2016), 41st Gopalan Oration Award, Nutrition Society of India (2017-18) and March of Dimes Agnes Higgins Award (2019).


Prof. David Hill
Prof. Hari S. Sharma
Prof. Lalit Dandona
Prof. Kaberi Dasgupta
Dr. Pralhad Wangikar
Mr. Piyush Mohapatra
Prof. Susan Prescott
Prof. Sonia Anand


                                                                                          Day 1 : 4th March 2021

    18.00 – 20.30 Indian Standard Time (IST)                                                                            7.30 – 10.00 Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Indian Standard Time (IST)

Eastern Standard Time




18.00 - 18.15

7:30 - 7.45


(Dr. R. Yeravdekar, Prof. V. Rale, Prof. C. S. Yajnik, Dr. P. Kaul)

18.15 - 18.45

7.45 - 8.15

How the intrauterine environment determines endocrine pancreatic plasticity and the risk of future diabetes

Prof. David Hill

Scientific Director, Lawson Health Research Institute, London; Lawson Chair in Diabetes Research, Lawson Health Research Institute, St. Joseph's Health Care, London Ontario, Canada

18.45 - 19.15

8.15 - 8.45

Immune resilience on all scales - From personal to planetary ecology

Prof. Susan Prescott

Professor, Paediatrics, University of Western Australia; Director, ORIGINS PROJECT Telethon Kids Institute; Immunologist and Paediatrician, Perth Children's Hospital, Western Australia

19.15 - 19.45

8.45 - 9.15

Diabetes and 


Prof. Hari Sharma

Founder President IABS

Erasmus MC, University Medical Centre, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

19.45 - 20.15

9.15 - 9.45

Rapidly increasing burden of diabetes across India

Prof. Lalit Dandona

Director, India State-Level Disease Burden Initiative ICMR Distinguished Scientist and National Chair of Population Health, ICMR, New Delhi, India

20.15 - 20.30

9.45 - 10.00

Panel Discussion

Session Chair- Dr. Mohan Gupte

Ex- Director, ICMR National Institute of Epidemiology, Chennai, India

                                                                                       Day 2 : 5th March 2021

18.00 – 20.30 Indian Standard Time (IST)                                                                      7.30 – 10.00 Eastern Standard Time (EST)

18.00 - 18.30

7:30 - 8.00

Gender, family and diabetes

Dr. Kaberi Dasgupta

Professor of Medicine and Physician-Scientist McGill University and the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, Canada

Director & Senior Scientist- Centre for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE), Research Institute of the MUHC

18.30 - 19.00

8.00 -8.30

Human-animal relations and health benefit

Dr. Pralhad Wangikar

CEO and Director PRADO, Preclinical Research and Development Organization, Pvt. Ltd. Pune

19.00 - 19.30

8.30 - 9.00

Gestational diabetes in migrants and aboriginals in


Prof. Sonia Anand

Associate Chair, Equity & Diversity; Tier 1 Canada Research Chair, HSF/Michael G. DeGroote Chair in Population Health Research; Director, Population Genomics Program, McMaster University, Canada

19.30 - 20.00

9.00 - 9.30

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals: Emerging Environment and Human Health Challenges for India

 Mr. Piyush Mohapatra

Senior Program coordinator (Chemicals and Health) Toxics Link, New Delhi, India

20.00 - 20.15

9.30 - 9.45

Panel Discussion

Session Chair- Dr. Mohan Gupte

Ex- Director, ICMR National Institute of Epidemiology, Chennai, India

20.15 - 20.30

9.45 - 10.00

Concluding Session


Indian - Students: INR 250; Faculty/Others: INR 500. 

International: US $ 20 

Last date: March 3, 2021, IST 17:00 

Registration Link :

e-Certificate to all the registered participants.

Organizing Committee

Patron Dr. Rajiv Yeravdekar, Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, SIU
Conference Director Prof. Vinay Rale, Director, SSBS, SIU, Pune
Conference Co- Director Prof. C. S. Yajnik, Director, Diabetes Unit, KEM Hospital & Research Centre, Pune
Organizing Secretaries Dr. Rashmi S. Tupe, Associate Professor, SSBS, SIU, Pune
Dr. Neetu Mishra, Associate Professor, SSBS, SIU, Pune
Audio-Visual and Technical Management Mr. Prashant Shitre and Mr. Sunil Shahane, IT Support, SSBS, SIU, Pune
Treasurer Mrs. Kanchan Joshi, Senior Accountant, SSBS, SIU, Pune
Co-Ordinator Ms. Lalita Ramdas, SSBS, SIU, Pune

Contact Us

Symbiosis School of Biological Sciences (SSBS),
Symbiosis International (Deemed University) (SIU), Lavale,
Pune- 412115, India
E-mail: Website:
Contact No.: +91-20-28116475/76, +91-20-61936475/76