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Title: Satyavati M Sirsat – A Legend Who Shaped Cancer Research In India!-ACRI

Cancer is one of the worst disorders one can
have. And, breast cancer tops this list which
strikes millions of women every year, being the
No. 1 reason for deaths! However, with the
advancements made in the field, there are coming
up a number of treatments and ways to cure this
ailment, which is saving lives comparatively more
than what was a few years back. But, have you
ever thought about who was the main driving force
behind such cancer research in India? In this
blog, we will remember the untold legacy of such
an Indian woman who is known to have shaped
cancer research in India Dr. Satyavati M
  • Born in 1925, in the age that was way before the
    IITs existed, Dr. Satyavati M Sirsat was leading
    microbiology and cancer research in India. She
    worked in the fields of cancer research
    pathology, wound healing and regeneration,
    viruses, and cancer for more than 50 years. In
    fact, all the studies based on clinical research
    that are registered in the Clinical Trials
    Registry of India can be rightfully called the
    fruit of her labour.
  • Sirsat took up microbiology as a main area of
    study, for which she completed her bachelors
    and attained a degree from St. Xaviers College
    in 1947.

  • She then associated with the Tata Memorial
    Hospital for Cancer as a senior doctoral
    student, where she got involved at the Department
    of Pathology, when it was developed by the
    government into an independent Cancer Research
  • After completing her PhD in 1958, Dr. Sirsat
    pursued further studies in electron microscopy
    at the Chester Beatty Research Institute in
    London, after which she established an electron
    miscroscopy lab at Indian Cancer Research Centre
    in India. This gave Indian researchers the first
    insight into the detailed cellular structure, and
    offered ways to diagnose diseases through the
    examination of molecules within organs. This led
    to the first study of molecular aspects of
    cancer, opening new pathways in cancer
    diagnosis, which were earlier impossible!
  • Sirsat then founded The Electron Microscope
    Society of India, where she served as President
    from 1967 to 1972.
  • After her completion of service at CRI in 1985,
    she worked with the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
    Ayurvedic Centre for 17 years.
  • She also started Indias first hospice called
    Shanthu Avedna Ashram in Mum bai, where
    terminally ill cancer patients could come to
    attain their end in peace. She served such
    cancer patients until she could, and then left
    her souls at the age of 85 in the year 2010.
  • Her endeavours in scientific research have been
    acknowledged through various
  • recognized awards. Many well-recognized journals
    have documented her contributions to scientific
    literature. And, she had also been on the
    Editorial Boards of several journals. Dr. Sirsat
    thus paved the way for scientific enquiry of
    cancers in India, the road that scientists ever
    since have walked on and reached today.
  • Dr. Satyavati M Sirsat earned such name and
    credibility for her work even when she took up
    the challenge to work in the cancer research
    field in the age before IITs and computers. But,
    you have even better opportunities to serve your
    country with your efforts and skills. You live
    in the age where everything is becoming faster
    and better with technology. You live in the age
    where you dont need to move far across your home
    to receive the best quality education. In fact,
    you can easily enroll for Avigna Clinicla
    Research Institutes online clinical research
    training, and learn from the best professors
    right from the comfort of your home! So, why
    dont you take up the advantage and set up an
    incredible career in clinical research? You will
    not only benefit from your career, but will also
    help your country mates benefit from the newer
    and better researches you make in the field of
    medical science!