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6th National Undergraduate Research Symposium

12-13 July, 2018

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“Because innovation demands to be nurtured right from the start”

COGNITIO is the annual undergraduate research symposium of Christian Medical College, Vellore. Started in 2013 as a student initiative by the budding medicos of CMC with an aim to promote undergraduate research, COGNITIO serves as a unique platform for medical students from across the nation to showcase their research work. Since its inception, COGNITIO has been a part of PEGASUS, the annual intercollegiate fest of CMC Vellore.

Over the years, we have collaborated with organisations such as the South Asian Cochrane Network, British Medical Journal and Wellcome Trust Research Laboratory to provide an enthralling as well as educational experience to the delegates of the event. Pioneers in the field of medical research from India and abroad have come and shared their valuable experiences to influence the minds of aspiring doctors to take up research right from the undergraduate level.

We, the students of CMC Vellore, believe that medical research has a vital significance in improving the standards of healthcare in India and promoting research from the roots would play a key role in expediting the process.

Our Inspiration

Late Dr. Shubhanker Mitra (1981-2016) joined Christian Medical College, Vellore in the year 2000. He completed MD in General Medicine in 2010 and joined the Department of General Medicine and later Emergency Department as a faculty.

As a teacher, he was instrumental in spurring many into research fields, if not into plain pure inquisitiveness. Over the last six years, he had been instrumental in resurrecting the culture of undergraduate research. He was the force behind COGNITIO: CMC's undergraduate research conference. Our undergraduates have since gone on to be regular features, winning awards at several conferences.

He lived his life with joyful exuberance, reckless investigation, legendary neologisms, irrepressible mischief, a penchant for drama and touching mindfulness for those around him.He would certainly be missed by all those who had the privilege to know and work with him.

His newfound interest in promoting undergraduate research among medical students in Vellore, left many of us with the feeling that he definitely achieved more in this area, than he ever gave himself credit for.

- Dr. Dilip Mathai, Batch of '69, CMC Vellore.


Oral/Poster Presentations:

Rules and Regulations :
The criteria for paper submission include
  • Current or previous KVPY Projects
  • ICMR recognised Projects
  • Projects that have approval by the student's own institution

Eligibility : Undergraduate medical students as well as interns. The topic can be of the student's choice but must fall within the range of pre-clinical, para-clinical or medical specialties.

Structure of Abstract :

  • Aim/Title of Study
  • Background
  • Objectives
  • Methodology
  • Results
  • Conclusion

Students should send an abstract of their study to
Last date for sending the entries is extended by 2 weeks. The last date for sending the entries is 18th June, 2018

A panel of judges will decide the entries for oral & poster presentations. The students who are selected for oral and poster categories will be intimated by end of 1st July, 2018.
These students will have the opportunity of presenting their papers in the research symposium.


DAY 1 :- Research Based Workshops :

This year we have planned to organise multiple workshops based on Research methodology.
Renowned faculties will conduct interactive sessions and small group activities on the following topics:
  1. Study Designs
  2. Manuscript Writing
  3. Analysis of results

These workshops are tailor - made for medical students and are expected to hone their skills to do a research at undergraduate level as well as further in life.

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DAY 2 :- Workshop on Evidence Based Medicine - by COCHRANE SOUTH ASIA :

We are also organising a workshop on evidence based medicine by the global leader in the field COCHRANE. The workshop will focus on the various aspects on evidence based medicine that can be implemented in practice by the various budding doctors in the country.


Over the past five years, pioneers in the field of medical research have come and addressed the delegates at COGNITIO. This year too, we are planning to keep up the tradition and have invited famous personalities. The list of the keynote speakers shall be updated soon!


"Because sometimes, it truly is the THOUGHT that counts."

A first among undergraduate medical conferences, this initiative by CMC Vellore is designed to acknowledge the fact that while not everyone may have access to the tools needed to perform cutting-edge research, the burgeoning of new ideas and methods to answer a research question are equally admirable. Remember that you became a researcher the minute you thought of a question that you would like answered. We hope that Ideabox will help you put your attempts to paper.


  1. Each team is allowed only one entry for the event.
  2. Each team will have dedicated time of 6 minutes to present the idea followed by 4 minutes of question-answer session.
  3. The presentation should be made only in digital format using slideshow.
  4. Participants must be full time students of the institution that they represent. Only second year medical students are allowed to participate in the event.
Students should send their entry to
Last date for sending the entries is extended by 2 weeks. The last date for sending the entries is 18th June, 2018

Case Presentation

COGNITIO invites all medical students in their second or third (pre-final) year to present interesting clinical cases pertinent to Internal Medicine or General Surgery that display significant educational value.

  • Medical students may submit only one case for the event.
  • Each speaker will have dedicated time of 6 minutes to present the case followed by 4 minutes of question-answer session.
  • The case should be present only in digital format using slideshow.
  • Participants must be full time students of the institution that they represent. Final year students and interns are not allowed to participate.
  • It is advisable to present the case in the following three components- Introduction, Case Description, Discussion
    • A short introduction typically describes the context of the case, its relevance and importance.
    • When describing the case, it should preferably be in the sequence of History, Physical Examination, Investigation, Patient progression, Outcome.
    • The main purpose of the discussion is to revive why certain decisions were made and to extract the lesson learnt from the case.
An abstract of the case in the format of introduction, case description and discussion needs to be submitted. Students should send their abstracts to
Last date for sending the entries is 18th June, 2018


Dr. T. Jacob John


Dr. T. Jacob John, an alumnus of Christian Medical College(CMC) Vellore, qualified as a paedriatician in 1961. After completing his MBBS in Trivandrum, he came over to do his DCH(Diploma in Child Health) in CMC Vellore, followed by MRCP in Edinburgh. In the following years, he specialised in paedriatic infectious diseases covering laboratory Virology and Microbiology in USA before returning to India to resume work in CMC Vellore. He was the chief of the Virology Service of CMC from 1967 till 1995. He also functioned as the chief of the National HIV/AIDS Reference Centre for 10 years and as the chief of the Advanced Research in Virology for 15 years. His discovery of the problem of OPV failure in India led to the pioneering of the "Pulse Polio" programme in India that has led to the elimination of wild polio virus in the country. He developed a monkey model of polio and showed the entry of Sabin virus in the monkey spinal cord. He led the CMC Virology team, that was the first to identify HIV infection in India in 1986. Though he retired a long time ago, he continues his crusade against scourages like Polio, Measles, HIV and Tuberculosis and is a chairman, member and an advisor to national and international organisations, like the WHO. Dr. T. Jacob John embodies the 'spirit of enquiry' that leads to scientific discovery and innovation ultimately leading to healing and allevation of human suffering due to disease.

Dr. Jayaraman Gowrishankar


J C Bose National Fellow
Project Co-ordinator, DBT Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Microbial Biology
M.B.B.S. (Christian Medical College, Vellore; University of Madras)
Ph.D. (University of Melbourne, Australia)

After completing his degree in medicine from the Christian Medical College, Vellore in 1979, Dr. Gowrishankar opted for a career in research and obtained his Ph.D. in 1983 from the University of Melbourne, Australia. His Ph.D. training was in E. coli genetics and physiology, the general area in which he has continued his research ever since. Dr.Gowrishankar returned to India to join the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad as Scientist and Group Leader in January 1983. He remained there til May 2000 before joining as Staff Scientist in CDFD. From December 2005 to October 2015, Dr. Gowrishankar also served as Director of CDFD. After his superannuation in March 2016, he continues in the Laboratory of Bacterial Genetics as J C Bose National Fellow. The broad theme of Dr. Gowrishankar's research has been the use of genetic and molecular approaches to understand the mechanisms of (i) water-stress adaptation, (ii) spontaneous mutations, and (iii) interplay between replication-transcription-translation, in E. coli.
Dr. Gowrishankar is an elected Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy (INSA); Indian Academy of Sciences; Telangana Academy of Sciences; National Academy of Sciences, India; and the International Molecular Biology Network-Asia Pacific (A-IMBN). He has been the recipient of Young Scientist awards of INSA(1986), CSIR(1987) and Association of Microbiologists of India (1991), BM Birla Prize (1991), Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize (1997), FICCI Award (1997), CSIR Technology prize (2000), New Millennium Medal of Indian Science Congress (2000), BREAD Role Model Award (2000), Andhra Pradesh Scientist Award (2003), Shri Om Prakash Bhasin Award (2005), and the Moselio Schaechter Award of the American Society for Microbiology (2012).
In 2013, Dr Gowrishankar was conferred the Padma Shri award by the Government of India.

12th July, 2018

6:30 am - 7:30 am Registration
7:30 am - 8:00 am Inauguration
8:00 am - 9:30 am Workshop on Study Design
9:30 am - 9:45 am Break
9:45 am - 10:45 am Session on Manuscript Writing
10:45 am - 11:45 am Workshop on Analysis of Data
11:45 am - 1:00 pm Lunch Break
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Case Presentation
3:00 pm - 3:15 pm Break
3:15 pm - 5:30 pm Idea Box

13th July, 2018

8:00 am - 9:30 am Oral Presentation
9:30 am - 10:30 am Address by Keynote speaker
10:30 am - 10:45 am Break
10:45 am - 12:30 pm Oral Presentation
12:30 am - 2:30 pm Poster Presentation and Lunch
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Workshop by Cochrane
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Address by Keynote speaker
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Valedictory and Prize Distribution


Click on the Register button to enroll for COGNITIO 2018 via Google Forms.




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