“Fundamental of doing research should be to serve humanity and not just for recognition” says Noble Laureate, Prof. Roger Konberg

“India can play an important role in developing and distributing generic and affordable medicines to the World” says Prof. Konberg.  

Noble Laureate, Prof. Roger D Konberg addressing the session during INSPIRE 2017 at Chandigarh University
Noble Laureate, Prof. Roger D Konberg addressing the session during INSPIRE 2017 at Chandigarh University

“The fundamental of doing research should be a pursuit to serve humanity and any kind of rewards could just be a recognition to the work done by you” said Professor Roger D Konberg. The Noble Laureate was addressing the session at the campus of Chandigarh University during Inspire 2017 (An initiative by DST, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India to increase the interest of school students to take science as a career. Students of Bio-Technology, Pharmacy and Forensic Sciences of University Institute of Pharma Sciences (Chandigarh University) attended the session which was based upon the theme “Importance of Basic Sciences and its Applications”. Professor Roger D Konberg was awarded Noble Prize in 2006 in the field of Chemistry for his studies of the process by which genetic information from DNA is copied to RNA. While advising the young research scholars of the university, Prof. Roger added that, “Pursue research with absolute confidence and assurance that every new knowledge that you will find or possess will ultimately have its own benefit as no Research can be initiated without the ultimate aim to deliver products and services that are relevant or importance to the mankind”.

Noble Laureate, Prof. Roger D Konberg addressing the session during INSPIRE 2017 at Chandigarh University
Noble Laureate, Prof. Roger D Konberg addressing the session during INSPIRE 2017 at Chandigarh University

While answering to the question by the students on the alarming rate in the increase in number of Cancer cases in the state of Punjab, Prof. Roger said, “Research to find cure of various types of cancers is at a very advanced stage and it is just matter of time that Cancer would no longer be a fatal disease. It would be either curable or else a chronic condition can be attained that could be easily managed with the help of medicines”. Although the noble laureate retreated that “We have to limit the exposure of the residents to various environmental pollutants such as radiations, smoke, chemicals and other mutations which are the major causes of cancer”. While mentioning the recent researches in the field of curing cancer, Prof. Konberg said, “Melanoma or skin cancer was until a couple of years ago variably fatal where a diagnose of skin cancer was considered to be a death sentence”. But today with a numerous development in the field of clinical research, 50% of all melanoma can be cured and the same medicine is highly effective against breast cancer.

Noble Laureate, Prof. Roger D Konberg addressing the session during INSPIRE 2017 at Chandigarh University
Noble Laureate, Prof. Roger D Konberg addressing the session during INSPIRE 2017 at Chandigarh University

While replying to question of generic medicines, Prof. Roger said, “India can play a very important role in creating and distributing medicines to the world at a very economical price to the patients as Indian scientists have all of the capabilities required to make medicines which are generic but effective and can counter the medicines produced by Pharma Companies which are very costly”. Every person has the right to get affordable medicines and in most cases the medicines made by one company can be made or reproduced in a different form without bothering about the original patent and that can achieve the same benefit towards curing the disease. “I am very great opponent of the behavior of the pharmaceutical company in this regard would not hesitate to challenge them” added the noble laureate.