Navigation Links
Indian Scientist who Enthralls Public With Magic Tricks

Whether he is enthralling people with his magic tricks or debating on the latest advances in microbiology, Professor Gursharan Singh Chhatwal does both with ease //.

Chhatwal is considered a brilliant cook and a gifted magician. But the scientist from India has also gained renown for his work against the killer streptococci bacteria.

'It is no problem for me to cook even for 100 people,' says Chhatwal, who pursues magic as a hobby and is a cooking enthusiast.

But by profession, he is a trained microbiologist specialising in research on bacteria. Since 1988, he has been working with the Society for Biotechnological Research in the north German city of Braunschweig.

Streptococci are responsible for throat infections. But depending on what type of streptococcus is involved, the disease can have serious long-term effects. Particularly dangerous is a rheumatic heart ailment, which, if untreated, can lead to death.

'With better medical treatment, 500,000 children could be saved each year,' Chhatwal says. In India alone, an estimated six million schoolchildren suffer from the effects of a streptococcus infection.

'Out of 100 children with a sore throat, about five will get heart disease,' he says.

Chhatwal is currently developing a test that can help to identify early on which children are actually in danger. 'In order for the test to be applied, it must be simple, fast and cheap,' the microbiologist says.

In cooperation with Swedish and Scottish scientists as well as with three major hospitals in India, Chhatwal is preparing a study, to be carried out over three years and involving 300,000 Indian schoolchildren.

'The test is not dangerous and you don't need any equipment for it,' he says. A simple swab is all that will be needed to identify the pathogen.

Born Sep 22, 1949, in a merchant's family in Chandigarh, Chhatwal studied in Mumbai, Japan and Canada . In 1978 he returned to India and got an offer to pursue research in Germany.

'I did not want to go to Germany - the language, the culture, everything was unknown to me,' he recalls. But doing research in India at the time was wrought with major obstacles. 'Even procuring materials was difficult.'

So he accepted an offer at Giessen University, arriving in Germany in 1980. He had planned to stay for one, perhaps two, years owing to the good research opportunities. But then he met Ingeborg, now his wife, and has been here since.

The couple lives with their two children in Gross Denkte, a village outside Braunschweig.

'I never had any integration problems,' the Indian scientist says.

But he never did become a great fan of German cuisine.

'On Sundays we always eat German fare but otherwise I do the cooking - Indian style,' says Chhatwal who prepares delicacies in his large kitchen not only for his family but also for colleagues and friends.

(Source: IANS News)
'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Indian Prime Minister has successful Knee Replacement Surgery
2. Development of AIDS vaccine -- Chiron Corp in talks with four Indian cos
3. Indian Doctor granted US patent on organ regeneration
4. Heart attack kills one in every 10 Indians
5. Indian Cherry: Richest Source of Vitiamin C
6. Indian Nationals with Foreign Medical Degrees can now practice in India
7. An Indian Bride with signs of SARS
8. Are Indians aware of SARS ?
9. Indians Stay Away from Coke, Pepsi After Toxin Scare
10. Indian pharma industry upbeat on WTO drug deal
11. Indian Treatment for Iraqi Babies
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... There are many ways to cook a hot ... suggests that Americans prefer their dogs straight off the grill. Of the 90 percent ... favorite way to cook a hot dog, far outpacing other cooking methods such as ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... , ... Connor Sports, through its Connor Cares initiative, will continue ... Catchings Legacy Tour that will commemorate the Indiana Fever legend’s hall-of-fame career and ... forms and levels of the game, Connor Sports has committed to a significantly increased ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... ... MadgeTech will be showcasing its line of data logging products , ... MadgeTech headquarters. With products sold in more than 100 countries around the world, MadgeTech ... , In 2012, NASA strategically set up 17 RHTemp101A MadgeTech data loggers around ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... Memorial Day Weekend marks the ... Insurance is sharing tips to make sure your family and vehicle are ready ... Safety Council, there may be 439 deaths and an additional 50,500 serious injuries from ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... Rafael, CA (PRWEB) , ... May 26, 2016 ... ... will be offering campers a multitude of activities from daily practices, arts & ... self-confidence. , Camp Directors Amber East-D’Anna and Christy Evans have combined backgrounds in ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/27/2016)... India , May 27, 2016 ... the instances of hypertension is driving ambulatory blood pressure ... lose their elasticity and their ability to respond to ... pressure. This condition can lead to various cardiovascular disorders ... peripheral vascular disease. These diseases are growing in prevalence ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... New York , May 26, 2016 ... Market Research "Medical Waste Management Market - U.S. Industry Analysis, ... medical waste management market in the U.S. was valued at ... at a CAGR of 3.4% from 2015 to 2023 to ... provides exhaustive analysis of current and emerging needle free drug ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... FDA 510(k) clearance covers ... for urological and surgical applications Mauna ... Cellvizio®, the multidisciplinary confocal laser endomicroscopy (CLE) platform, ... US with the 12 th 510(k) clearance ... This new FDA clearance covers Confocal Miniprobes indicated ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: