Congential heart disease (CHD) is the most common birth abnormality among humans and constitutes a major cause of imfant mortality worldwide. It is a complex disease involving several genetic and environmental causes in its pathogenesis. It has been generally acknowledged that abnormal heart development is the main cause of CHD which occurs due to combined effect of one or more genes interacting with a number of environmental risk factors. The principal components involved in CHDs, besides the environmental factors, are mutations in chromosoms and genes. In case one looks into the functions of these genes, one can understand the manner CHDs develop. As per the ongoing research, over 35 congential and cardiovascular defects have been indentified.
The Special Feature in the current issue of WISTA: Cardiac Diseases deals with CHDs and tries to provide an understanding of the genetic diseases and its various forms. Medical science is intensely focused on determining its various aspects, and consequently a large number of patents have been granted all over the world in this field. Here, the Special Feature highlights a specific patent.
The feature on "Centres of Excellence" profiles Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, a multi-speciality hospital located in Delhi, and the various services it offers in the field of cardiovascular diseases, and the areas it specialises in.
Other fearures covered include: Watch-Out-IPR; Clinical Trials; Stratgic Alliance; New Technologies/Equipment (R&D); Scan Around the Globe; Experts Converge; and Knowledge Spreads.
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Dr K V Swaminathan
RESEARCH & ANALYSIS TEAM
Mrs Lakshmi Swaminathan - Vice Chairman
Ms Rashmi Malhotra- Consultant
Dr Kishan Lal - Joint Director
Mr S S Kalra - Director