Aug 272018

Arvind talks about new research findings and tools to assess risk and tackle Coronary Heart Disease.

Everyone is aware of rising incidence of cardiovascular disease and more particularly Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) due to Atherosclerosis. What is sad is that most of these cases are preventable, controllable or even perhaps reversible if TRUE risk factors were assessed early and corrective action taken at an early stage.

Recent research in this field has given us new insights and important tools to assess the risk more accurately. Unfortunately most people may still be focussing on Cholesterol/LDLC (Low-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol) as sole target for intervention. Growing body of research suggests that, although LDLC is one of the causative factors, LDLC by itself may not be an accurate risk factor. It is now being realised that a subclass called small dense LDLC and LDLP (LDL Particle Number) ARE far better risk indicators. And there is no correlation between LDLC and LDLP or sdLDL (small dense low density lipoprotein). Research is also showing that risk markers such as Tri Glycerides and Insulin levels have more bearing on the risk for CHD. In that case we may be barking up the wrong tree and concentrating only on reducing LDLC.

We would understand how high insulin levels affect Atherosclerosis process. This is the reason why people with Diabetes type II have such high incidence of CHD. In fact high insulin levels due to insulin resistance is the basic root cause for all the diseases of the cluster known as Metabolic Syndrome.

Finally we would take a look at what actions we can take in terms of lifestyle changes and medicines to prevent, stabilize and even reverse the disease. You may be surprised to find that to overcome diseases connected with metabolic syndrome like Obesity, Diabetes Type II and also excessive TG / sdLDL levels connected with CHD, the diet solution is identical and that is to replace carbs with fat.

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Jul 272018

Dileep Paranjpye worked at Union Carbide for a long time before and after the disaster, and has a different perspective of the events. His presentation includes history of events before the disaster, technical analysis of causes of the accident, the aftermath and also what can now be done to prevent such occurrences.

Dileep got his B. Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Kanpur. He did his M. Tech in Machine Design from IIT Bombay in 1970.

Feb 252018

Atul Marathe introduces us to blockchain technology, crypto currencies and their business applications.

A Crptocurrency like Bitcoin was in the news these days, for different reasons. Some look at it as a fantastic speculative opportunity while others wish it away as something to do with money laundering and diverting black money across borders. Many are too confused with a lot of jargon around it like crypto currencies, hashing algorithms, public and private keys etc. Most of us are curious about what  impact this technology will have in our life, if any.

So this session will address why this disruptive technology – Block Chain is seen as the next big thing after the internet. It is also called the ‘Money of the internet’ world, and how netizens will adopt to it compared to our existing currencies. We will also discuss new business models that will emerge on the internet  Token based remuneration may catch up soon.

It is interesting to see its big impact on under privileged countries with weak banking networks and / or doubtful or corrupt governments with hyperinflation trying to keep tight control on their currency and its exchange. For others its more of an alternate offering. This session will not be a technical session about block chain technology.

Nov 182017

In our endeavour to get interesting speakers, the IITBAA Pune Chapter has invited Tomio Isogai to talk about how to do business with Japan.

Tomio is Japanese & is now based in Pune. He has spent his working career with Sharp Corporation last as MD of Sharp India. He was the in 5 foreign countries for more than 20 years mainly in the emerging regions, including his last 6 years in India (New Delhi and Pune).
He has decided to become a bridge person connecting India and Japan with his mission as.
1. Contribute to the bilateral relations in between India and Japan (in commercial, academic, and cultural aspects)
2. Transfer his knowledge, skill, and knowhow to the next generation. (in global marketing, cross-cultural management, human resource development)
3. Promote Indian Yoga and Ayurveda into the fast aging Japanese society.(for healthier, self-dependent and longer life for all)

The title of his talk was ” Look East, Act Global – Cross Cultural Perspectives .” He talked about the history of Indo Japanese relations, how the combined skill of the two countries can lead to India becoming a manufacturing powerhouse. He also is available for helping Indian companies to do business with Japanese companies.

Oct 072017

The IITBAA Pune Chapter had invited Vinayak Joglekar (Class of 1977- IITB; Class of 1981- IIM Calcutta) Founder & CTO, Synerzip to talk on “The Future of Work”.

His talk covered 3 areas:

1) The future of jobs- how automation will impact jobs, moving from full-time employee to freelance consultant; shorter, flexible associations; smart contracts and blockchain
2) The future of organizations- Moving from hierarchical spider corporates to star-shaped communities; more agile and lean teams.
3) The future of hiring- using NLP and ML, Maybe DNA analysis for candidate evaluation, lean hiring.
The talk lasted 1.5 hours & was followed by Q & A.

About 60 people attended, mainly IITB alumni. However, there were also alumni from other IIT’s & some from IIM’s. in Pune