When Anusha Taarinie Jha was filling an application to attend the 68th Nobel Laureate Meet in Lindau, Germany, she realised that she would face tough competition. Anusha is a doctor, currently interning at the Kasturba Medical College, Manipal.
Akshay T Jagadeesh is a Final Year MBBS student of the same college. When he was made aware of the prestigious meet, his mother encouraged him to apply for it.
The selection process was tough, to say the least. Lindau hosts the Nobel Laureate Meetings on an annual basis, and here, aspiring scientists get an opportunity to discuss their research prospects with established scientists and Nobel Laureates from across the planet.
20 students were selected from India for the 68th meet, and Anusha and Akshay are the two who were chosen from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal.
“Once every year, about 30 Nobel Laureates convene in Lindau to meet the next generation of leading scientists: 500-600 undergraduates, PhD students, and post-doc researchers from all over the world,” according to the convention.
Anusha and Akshay were eagerly waiting to know the results and got the good news on 27 February 2018. Neither of them had expected to be a part of the convention that will feature the best research from across the world, but there it was, the email confirmation that they were indeed going to Germany!
“My long-term aspiration is to become a clinician-scientist, and I want to contribute to academia by developing solutions that address key public health problems while integrating the same with my share of patients,” Akshay told The Better India.
He added that, “In my final year, my patient encounters help me appreciate the clinical correlates of the basic sciences. They also impress on me that, more often than not, gaps in the sciences limit our role as health-care providers, allowing us to manage rather than cure diseases. These experiences inspired me to take up multi-disciplinary research for a more holistic approach to health-care.”
While Akshay wants to bring in an academic approach to public health care, Anusha wants her patients to be treated with professionalism and empathy at the same time.
“I aspire to be a doctor with a healing touch, a passion that shines through in my work and with empathy towards my patients,” Anusha told TBI. “The human body is the most complex machine that has ever existed, and I consider myself lucky that I have been given a chance to understand the intricates of its functioning.”
The selection of these two was based on their research and academic works.
Akshay undertook a research project titled “Culture characterisation of the skin microbiome in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: A focus on the role of innate immunity.”
He was guided by Dr Prakash PY from Kasturba Medical College. This project was funded by the Indian Council of Medical Research Short-term-studentship (ICMR- STS: 2016).
He has already published three research papers that probe into our consuming habits, taking public health care into perspective. You can read all his complete research texts here. He is currently a part of three more research projects.
Anusha, too, is a gifted academic and has won several prizes and laurels for her research projects.
She actively takes part in extra-curricular activities and has been participating in the Model United Nations conferences and has completed her Green Revolution Global Programme. She is also a Trinity Guildhall certified pianist!
Her source of support in academia have been her research mentors, along with her family. Otorhinolaryngology (ENT) is one of her favourite subjects, and Dr Ajay Bhandarkar has been her guiding force in her ENT projects.
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“I ended up undertaking research work in a variety of subjects and have presented papers in 12 conferences till date, winning accolades along the way,” she told TBI, adding that, “It was my quest to figure out the subject which would be my calling and passion, that prompted me to explore each field. I aspire to develop my clinical skills to the best of my ability so that I can use them to diagnose and treat my patients effectively in the future.”
Both the aspirants have gone through extensive years of studying, competition and stress to complete these brilliant research pieces.
India unquestionably needs an emphasis on dedicated doctors and academia that can help improve the health sector, and here’s hoping that Anusha and Akshay have a successful trip to Germany which will help them in their future endeavours.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)
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