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Pioneer Women Physicians Talk By Dr. Mario Vaz

April 6, 2017

Pioneer Women Physicians
– Their triumphs and travails
Talk By
Dr. Mario Vaz
Professor, Dept of Physiology and Researcher,
St. John’s Research Institute, Bangalore

Chair and Moderator
Dr. Raghu Padinjat
Wellcome Trust / DBT India Alliance Senior Fellow,
National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS)

Organized by
Bangalore International Centre
(A TERI Initiative)

About the topic
This talk traces the emergence of the modern woman physician through the lives of key individuals, abroad and in India. It will draw on anecdotes from the lives of these remarkable women. The social context in which they had to fight for their place alongside their male counterparts will be discussed. Their struggles for admission into medical schools, their progress within them and the difficulties that they faced once they graduated will be described. The role of women medical missionaries in India has been extensively written about – this talk will deal with them only in passing seeking instead to highlight the lives of pioneer ‘native’ women.

Dr. Mario Vaz
Mario Vaz finished his MBBS at St. John’s Medical College, in Bangalore in 1984. He then worked as a medical officer and field worker in leprosy and tuberculosis at the Emmaus-Swiss Leprosy Project in Palamaner in Andhra Pradesh for 3 years. He returned to complete his MD in Physiology at St. John’s Medical College in 1992. He followed this with a Fellowship at the Baker Medical Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia for 2 ½ years. He is currently Professor at the Dept of Physiology and a researcher at the St. John’s Research Institute. He is also Head of the newly formed Division of Health and Humanities at the St. John’s Research Institute and is in charge of the Maj Gen SL Bhatia Museum of the History of Medicine. He has published over 170 research articles in a variety of medical areas. He writes stories for children in his spare time.

Dr. Raghu Padinjat
Dr. Raghu Padinjat is a faculty member of the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS-TIFR), Bangalore. He attended Clarence High School and St. Joseph’s College, Bangalore before graduating with an MBBS degree from St. John’s Medical College. He subsequently obtained a Ph.D in Molecular Biology from NCBS-TIFR.

Following post-doctoral work at the University of Cambridge-United Kingdom, Dr. Padinjat was a faculty member at Cambridge for ten years. In 2010 he joined the faculty of NCBS-TIFR. His research interests are the logic of cellular communication systems which he explores using various approaches. Most recently, he has also begun exploring these questions in the context of clinical medicine and human disease in collaboration with colleagues at St. John’s Medical College and the National Institute for Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore.

Friday | 7th April 2017 | 6.30 PM

Bangalore International Centre
TERI Complex,
4th Main, 2nd Cross,
Domlur II Stage,
Bangalore – 560 071

RSVP: 98865 99675

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