It started in 2012 and I was in second year of pursuing my MBBS degree. I started to develop my interest in research. Our class was approached by the Pathology department and I almost immediately volunteered.I was assigned a project the Head of the Department, Dr Rita Dhar, a very warm and welcoming person, and it all started!
Basically the project was to detect levels of 3 markers in the blood sample of new borns within 3 days of their birth, to potentially predict some diseases before they manifested.
Those 3 markers were:
G6PD (Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase) deficiency is one of the most common genetic disorders in Asia. In India, 390,000 children are born annually with this disorder causing significant morbidity and mortality in childhood.
TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) deficiency causes Congenital Hypothyroidism (CH). CH occurs in approximately 1:4000 newborns.
17-OHP (17-Hydroxyprogesterone) deficiency causes Congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH). CAH is a recessively inherited disorder, which occurs in 1:16,000-1:20,000 births.
The study was conducted in MGM Hospital, Vashi for 2 months.