Dahanukar Memorial Lecture
A lecture on "The relevance of an evidence based approach to clinical practice in Ayurveda" was organized to commemorate the 11th Death Anniversary of Late Dr. Sharadini Dahanukar, Former Dean of B.Y.L. Nair Hospital, Mumbai. The lecture was organized at the B.Y.L. Nair Hospital Mumbai on 4th August, 2011.
Dr. Sharadini Dahanukar was born in Bombay in 1945. She had her formal education in Bombay and was a merit rank holder at the S.S.C. examination. She joined the Seth G.S. Medical College and passed her MBBS with flying colours in 1969. After acquiring M.D. in Pharmacology Dr. Dahanukar showed keen interest in the pharmacological actions of Indian medicinal plants and took formal training in Ayurved from Vaidya Veni Madhav Shastri Joshi. Her initial work culminated in a Ph.D. in which she developed a novel approach for interpreting tenets of Ayurveda in contemporary scientific language.
She was instrumental in setting up the Ayurveda Research Centre at KEM Hospital in 1989 and the Advanced Centre for Ayurveda Research, Training and Services (ACARTS) at BYL Nair Ch. Hospital in 2001. These are unique centres conducting research on herbal drugs and Ayurvedic therapies in modern medical institutes. Her research work has led to application of existing knowledge from the ancient system of medicine to mod- ern health care. It has also helped in understanding the mechanism of action of the medicinal plants and thus led to generation of evidence base for Ayurveda.
The Commemorative Lecture was delivered by Dr. P. Ram Manohar, Director of Research, The Ayurvedic Trust, Coimbatore from 2 pm to 4 pm. This was followed by interactions and discussions. Dr. Nirmala Rege gave an introduction of Late Dr. Sharadini Dahanukar and her contributions to medicine and Ayurveda.
The lecture was attended by doctors and scientists from both Ayurveda and Allopathy.