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TEDxNITCalicut - Dr Virender Singh Sangwan - Square Peg in Round Hole

Dr Sangwan is a practicing ophthalmologist hailing from Haryana. He is currently an Associate Director at the L V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad. Dr Sangwan has made innovative contributions in ophthalmic research, particularly in having perfected the method of limbal stem cell culturing to produce transparent, stitchable epithelium and transplanting on needy human patients, and substantially restoring their vision. His work represents the largest successful human trial of stem cell technology anywhere. It is an excellent example of translational research from bench to bedside. He has been able to restore vision to over 600 patients, whose eyesight was lost due to burns and damage of the ocular outer surface. Additionally, he has devised a method to co-culture conjunctival and limbal stem cells and use the resultant tissue to restore vision in extreme cases of ocular outer surface damage. It is for these landmark contributions that Dr Sangwan has been awarded the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in Medical Sciences in the year 2006, and the National Technology Prize by the Department of Biotechnology in 2007. His stem cell work to restore sight to otherwise untreatable conditions has been appeared in October 2007 issue of FORTUNE, most reputed business magazine in the world. About TEDx: In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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