HBSRA Newsletter – Vol. 2 Issue 3

//HBSRA Newsletter – Vol. 2 Issue 3

HBSRA Newsletter – Vol. 2 Issue 3

Newsletter Vol. 2 Issue 3

Healthcare & Biological Sciences Research Association



Dear HBSRA Members,

Thank you for your interest and support in our organization. HBSRA now has over 4696 members from 45 countries. We are happy to launch our first newsletter for our Association. Here are some of the glimpses of our current and upcoming endeavors.

Conferences Held

(August 2017- November 2017)

  • 9th-10th of September, 2017 at Courtyard Marriott Bali Nusa Dua Resort, Indonesia
  • 14th-15th of September, 2017 at South Kensington Campus, Imperial College London | London SW7 2AZ, United Kingdom.
  • 13th & 14th of October, 2017 at Flora Grand Hotel, Near Al Rigga Metro Station, Deira, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • 11th & 12th of November, 2017, at Nanyang Technological University, Nanyang Executive Centre, Singapore
  • 18-19 Nov 2017, at Bukit Bintang Event Spaces (BBES), The Federal Kuala Lumpur, 35 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia



International Collaborations

It is our constant endeavour to associate with academicians, researchers, students, professionals and organisations. This collaboration is the crux of our growth and contribution to the society. We are proud to have following organisational collaborations:

  • Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (Venue Provider)
  • Yildiz Technical University, 34349 Beşiktaş, Istanbul, Turkey (Venue Provider)
  • Rumah University, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Venue Provider)
  • Buein Zahra Technical University, Iran (Collaboration)
  • Research and Markets Limited, Dublin, Ireland (Collaboration)
  • CNKI (China National Knowledge Infrastructure), China (Collaboration)
  • International Journal of Computer Science and Business Informatics (IJCSBI), Mauritius (Collaboration)
  • Linton University College, KTG Group, Malaysia (Collaboration)
  • Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Conference Center, Bangkok, Thailand (Venue Provider)
  • Peacful Mind Foundation, India (Partner)
  • Tresorix Ltd. Mauritius (Collaboration)
  • ResearchSEA, Asia Research News, UK (Media Partner)
  • International Journal of Learning, Teaching and Educational Research, Mauritius (Collaboration)
  • International Journal of Supply Chain Management (Scopus indexed), London (Collaboration)
  • GTIS, Taiwan (Green Technology Invention Society, Taiwan) (Collaboration)
  • Tecnico (Universidade de Lisboa), Campus da Alameda, Lisbon, Portugal (Venue Provider)
  • Srishti International, Bangalore, India (Collaboration)
  • Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain (Venue Provider)
  • Kasetsart University, KU Home, Bangkok, Thailand (Venue Provider)

We will be glad to partner with your organisation. Please write to info@eurasiaresearch.org for assistance.

Job Openings

STRA is searching for talented and energetic conference coordinators (part-time) who are working/ studying at following locations:

Dubai/ London/ Barcelona/ Lisbon/ Rome/ Kuala Lumpur/ Bali/ Singapore/ Bangkok

Its a golden opportunity to be a part of our global team, to interact and associate with International academicians, display your leadership and organising skills and earn handsome honorarium.

All interested and eligible candidates are requested to contact us with their CV, Photograph, Cover Letter on info@eurasiaresearch.org

Keynote Speakers

For HBSRA Conferences in the period of August 2017- November 2017

Dr Palanisamy Sivanandy
Department Of Pharmacy Practice, School Of Pharmacy,
International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Dr. Zheng Xie
Lecturer in Electronic & Robotics Engineering, School of Engineering
University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire, England

Rita T. Abdulmunam Aljadiri, Senior Lecturer, Middlesex University, UAE

Dr Betty Daniel
Secretary, Bethesda Mission, Bangalore, India

Dr. Cyaria Tongden Gurung
Department Of Botany, Siliguri College
University of North Bengal, India

Best Paper Awards

Here are our List of Best Paper Awardees who participated in our conference in the period of August 2017- November 2017:

Palanisamy Sivanandy

Department Of Pharmacy Practice, School Of Pharmacy, International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur – 57000, Malaysia

Paper Title: Knowledge, attitude and perception of retail pharmacists towards patient safety

Abstract: A paper based cross sectional survey was carried out over 4 months from June to September 2016 across Kuala Lumpur. Malaysian registered pharmacists working in retail pharmacies and willing to participate in this survey were included. The survey included two questionnaire; one is to assess the retail pharmacists’ knowledge on patient safety and another is to assess the attitude and perception of retail pharmacists towards patient safety.
Out of 150 questionnaire distributed, 149 were received with a responses rate of 99%. Among this 119(79.87%) were senior pharmacists and 30(20.13%) were junior pharmacists. Respondents said an equal proportion of pharmacist and health care professionals (38.25%) doing something that was not safe for the patient. 69.13% respondents said during their clinical training practice, teachers explained the ‘safety standards they follow with patients.’ 62.42% mentioned most medical errors are avoidable and 37.58% stated it was unavoidable. 74.50% respondents agreed they have learned how to better communicate with patients to prevent medication errors. The overall mean Positive Response Rate for patient safety culture was 90.60%.lture was 90.60%.
Among the practicing retail pharmacists surveyed, there was good knowledge; attitude and perception towards patient safety culture.

Keywords: medication, patient safety, response rate


Dr. Pratik Kumar Chatterjee

Associate-Professor, Department Of Physiology, Kasturba Medical College (KMC), Mangalore, Manipal-University (Mu), Karnataka, India.,Kasturba Medical College (KMC), Mangalore, Manipal-University (Mu), Karnataka, India, Mangalore, Karnataka, India

Paper Title: Knowledge, attitude and perception of retail pharmacists towards patient safety

Abstract: Background:Cadmium (Cd) is an environmental metallic toxicant that causes varying degrees of toxicity as it exists in different oxidational or transitional states and causes various blood disorders. Cadmium (Cd) also affects various organs on both acute and chronic
exposures. Experimental evidences have shown that the most important tissue in body in which metabolic alterations are mainly reproduced is the blood. Moringa oleifera is originally from India &has been scientifically documented for its huge medicinal potentials, including alterations in platelet count. Aims and Objective: To examine the effect of Moringa oleifera aqueous leaf extract on total platelet count (T-PC) in cadmium-treated rats. Materials and Methods: Twenty-four adult Wistar Albino rats of weights between (180-200) gm were broadly divided into four groups with each group consisting of six animals. Group I & Group IV was the control & those which were pretreated with the extract and then cadmium chloride orally for 1 day, respectively. Data were presented as mean ± SEM and p≤0.05 was considered statistically significant Results: Findings of the present study revealed that the pretreatment with Moringa oleifera aqueous leaf extract, 100 mg/kg/bw, earlier to the cadmium administration exhibited a significant increase (p≤0.001) in the total platelet count (T-PC) in comparison with the cadmium-exposed group, which might have a role in clotting mechanisms also.

Key Words: Cadmium; Platelet Count; Clotting Mechanisms


Dr. Kunal

Physiology, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University,Mangalore, Karnataka, India

Abstract: Background: Yogic practices are known to affect the cardiac, respiratory and mental status of people.Objective: To investigate if the regularly supervised training of pranayama and meditation affects the basic cardio-respiratory parameters and short-term-memory (STM) of mentally challenged young adults.Material and method: 80 mentally challenged young adults attending a special school were randomly divided into the control group and Yoga group. Yoga group performed Naadishodhan, Kapalbhati pranayama and Aum Chanting under total supervision for 30 minutes daily for 3 weeks, except on Sundays. Control group was involved with the regular school curriculum. The parameters were measured twice, before (baseline) and after (follow-up) the study period. STM was evaluated under two subcategories, first by the ability to repeat the numbers in reverse order and second, repeating the words in the same order. Respiratory rate, pulse, systolic and diastolic blood pressures were measured as cardio-respiratory parameters.Results: Both groups had similar baseline scores. At follow-up, highly significant improvements were observed in Yoga-group as compared to control. In the Yoga-group scores of both the sub-categories of STM were higher, respiratory-rate and heart-rate were lower but was within normal range. However, both systolic and diastolic blood pressures of Yoga group showed no changes as compared to control.
Conclusion: The pranayama and meditation has beneficial influences on heart rate, breathing rate and STM of mentally-challenged people.


Cyaria Tongden Gurung

Department Of Botany, Siliguri College, University Of North Bengal, India

Paper Title: Evaluation Of Hydroponic Cultivation Techniques As A Supplement To Conventional Methods Of Farming

Abstract: Hydroponics is a science of growing plants in nutrient solutions with or without the use of an artificial medium for providing mechanical support to the roots. The hydroponic gardening concepts have been used since ancient times but the concept is gaining popularity only in the recent past especially in the context of global food safety and security. With more and more people clearing the forest cover for construction of residential housing complexes, multiplexes, shopping malls etc. there is an immediate threat to global food safety and security. Therefore, in the context of acute land and food crisis, the soil-less culture or hydroponic cultivation appears to be a very promising alternative to conventional farming for long term sustainability.The present study was carried out with the objectives of analyzing different hydroponic cultivation techniques and testing their potentialities to be used as a supplement to conventional farming for the cultivation of some vegetable crops like Lycopersicon esculentum, Solanum melongena and Capsicum annuum. The hydroponic techniques followed mainly included Root dipping technique, Media culture and Floating board Methods. The success of hydroponics in the present study was found to be greatly dependent on the availability of nutrients, light, temperature, pH of the nutrient medium and oxygen availability. The extent of nutrient uptake was found to be largely controlled by the pH of the medium and best growth was observed with a half-strength Hoagland solution having a pH of 5.8-6.0.The soil grown and hydroponically grown plants showed distinct differences in their germination rates, plant vigour, root morpho-anatomy, pigment contents etc. Hydroponically grown plants showed a more luxuriant and faster growth rate, earlier initiation of flowering and fruiting and three to four times higher yield than the soil grown plants. Moreover, hydroponically grown plants were found to be remarkably less susceptible to various kinds of pests and diseases. Based on these promising results, hydroponics, therefore, can be recommended as an alternative to soil based cultivation techniques and may be explored further for sustainable crop production and global food safety.

Keywords: Hydroponics, Root dipping technique, Media culture, Floating board Methods, Vegetable Crops, Conventional farming


Tumaca Ruel III R

University Of Makati, College Of Allied Health Studies, Center Of, Pharmacy, Philippines

Paper Title: Development of a Program on Responsible Use of Antimicrobials For the University of Makati
Abstract: Antimicrobial resistance has been considered as a global and national issue. The use and misuse of antimicrobial drugs accelerates the emergence of drug-resistant strains, and with its continuing emergence several actions are being promoted by different organizations. It is highly important for it to be given attention, which is why the researchers aimed to develop a program for the University of Makati regarding responsible use of antimicrobials through an assessment of the knowledge, attitude, practice and perception (KAPP) of students and employees, towards antimicrobial usage and antimicrobial resistance. This study utilized a quantitative method particularly survey and action research wherein an adopted survey questionnaire from Huang et al (2013) was administered to 610 respondents from the University of Makati comprising of 390 students from 12 different colleges and 220 employees from the academic and administrative clusters. The mean scores of the respondents under Knowledge, Attitude, Practice and Perception (KAPP) questions were calculated using Microsoft Excel as a statistical tool. Also, an item analysis was performed to determine the percentage of correct responses per item in order to fully understand their apparent needs and thus implement an appropriate program consisting of different activities such as distribution of informative pamphlets, public lecture and film showing of audiovisual presentations, all containing necessary information regarding antimicrobial agents and its usage, how resistance occurs and ways on how it can be prevented. The calculated mean KAPP scores of selected employees (15.24/25, 8.94/12, 39.92/60, 11.04/17) regarding antimicrobial usage and antimicrobial resistance is higher as compared to the mean KAPP scores of students (13.95/25, 7.01/12, 38.18/60 and 9.5/17). The researchers have also identified certain items where both of the group of respondents, employees and students, got a low score and those are Knowledge questions 3 and 4, Attitude question 5, Practice questions 6, 7, 8 and 9, Perception questions 1 and 2. The aforementioned items were given an emphasis in the different activities of the implemented program. Since antimicrobial resistance is present in all parts of the world and that new resistance mechanisms emerge and spread globally, it is essential to increase knowledge about antimicrobial agents and raise awareness about its proper usage at a University level. This study shows different activities which helped in raising awareness and proper information dissemination to address the underlying issues contributing to the growth of cases of antimicrobial resistance.

Keywords: Program Development, Responsible Use, Antimicrobials, Antimicrobial Resistance, KAPP Assessment


Young Researcher Scholarship

Here are our List of YRS Awardees who participated in our conference in the period of August 2017- November 2017:


Tumaca Ruel III R

University Of Makati, College Of Allied Health Studies, Center Of, Pharmacy, Philippines

Paper Title: Development of a Program on Responsible Use of Antimicrobials For the University of Makati


Preyesh Stephen

Axe Molecular Endocrinology and Nephrology, CHU Research Center and Laval University, Québec, Canada

Paper Title: Identification of lead molecules targeting MTase of Zika Virus

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