International Symposium on

"Recent Trends in Comparative Endocrinology and Physiology:
from Brain to Behaviour"

Organized By
Department of Zoology, Savitribai Phule Pune University,
Pune, India

Under the Auspices of
Indian Society of Comparative Endocrinology (ISCE)

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12th - 14th October, 2023

Scientific sessions of the symposium will be conducted in the Hybrid Mode

Select abstracts after peer review will be published in the journal of Biosciences

Recent Trends in Comparative Endocrinology and Physiology:
from Brain to Behaviour


           Savitribai Phule Pune University (formerly University of Pune), one of the premier universities in India, is positioned in the North-western part of Pune city. It occupies an area of about 411 acres. It was established on 10th February, 1949 under the Poona University Act. The university houses 46 academic departments. It is popularly known as the 'Oxford of the East'. It has about 307 recognized research institutes and 612 affiliated colleges offering graduate and under-graduate courses. According to Times Higher Education World University Ranking Savitribai Phule Pune University has been ranked No. 2 among the universities in India. The university is NAAC re-accredited at A+ level and has status of University with Potential for excellence by UGC, India. It is also DST-PURSE sponsored University.

About the Department

          The Department of Zoology is one of the first departments to be established by the Savitribai Phule Pune University (formerly University of Pune) in 1950. Situated on an exceptionally beautiful and picturesque campus of the Savitribai Phule Pune University, the Department of Zoology offers up-to-date and pertinent post-graduation programme (M.Sc. and Ph.D.) in Zoology with emphasis on fundamentals as well as emerging areas of modern biology.
           During last 60 years, the Department has made its identity in the frontier areas of Life Sciences and now it has developed into a full- fledged centre of teaching and research in modern biology. Efforts of the department in establishing unique and innovative teaching and training programmes led to its recognition as Centre for Advanced Studies (CAS) by the University Grants Commission (UGC) since 2005 (Phase I, II & III). The Department of Zoology has received funds from the UGC and DST under various schemes (COSIST, UPE, FIST and PURSE).
           Way back in 1985 the Department of Zoology was given the University Leadership programme. In the same year, the first national programme of M.Sc. in Biotechnology supported by the Department of Biotechnology (then NTBT), Government of India was initiated in the Department of Zoology. In the following years, several research establishments like Bioinformatics Centre, National Centre for Cell Sciences (NCCS), Institute of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology (IBB), which are now independent institutions, were housed in the department and their research activities were initiated.
           The department offers the Credit System for M.Sc. in Zoology with emphasis on hands-on practical training and continuous assessment. Being an autonomous department of the University, the Department of Zoology also has flexibility in framing courses and conducting tests and examinations. The faculty members of the department have been actively engaged in research and have received research grants from various funding agencies such as UGC, CSIR, DRDO, ISRO, DBT, DST, DAE, MHRD-SPARC and ICMR, in addition to industry sponsored projects.
           The department hosts every year a National Symposium on ‘Recent Trends in Biology’ as a regular feature. The faculty and students of various P.G. departments under life sciences get an opportunity to listen to the scientific presentations and deliberations in the frontline areas of modern biology. The department has successfully organized four short-term courses under the Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) programme sponsored by MHRD Government of India, in which the international scientists/professors were invited to encourage their engagement with the faculty and students of SPPU. Moreover, there are regular events of educational film shows, study tour for surveying flora and fauna, seminars by invited scientists which contribute to spirited scientific interactions and in maintaining intellectual ambience.

About the Society (ISCE)

           The Indian Society for Comparative Endocrinology (ISCE) is a registered scientific body of India and had its genesis at the Department of Zoology, Banaras Hindu University with the efforts of comparative endocrinologists of the country under the leadership of Prof. Umesh Rai, Vice-Chancellor of Jammu University. Since its inception, the society has grown in strength and the membership has expanded to all corners of the country. The society encourages young and competent researchers and faculty members to join and participate in the goal of the society which is to promote research in the field of comparative endocrinology. The ISCE is affiliated to International Federation of Comparative Endocrine Societies.
          The ISCE has a mandate of organizing one national or international symposium and one workshop on recent tools and techniques on endocrine research on every alternate year. Keeping up with its mandate, the Society has organized several symposia/conferences and workshops across the country. In addition, the Society has instituted one Gold Medal for Best Oral Presentation sponsored by Prof. Shamim Haider and Prof. Radhakrishnamurthy memorial award for the best poster presentation to be given at the occasion of symposium/conference organized under the aegis of ISCE. The Society also brings out News Letter regularly. More details about the organization and working of the society, its members, its activities can be found at

About the Conference

Dear Participants

           On behalf of the Department of Zoology, Savitribai Phule Pune University and the Indian Society for Comparative Endocrinology (ISCE), I have the privilege and honour of welcoming you to this international symposium on “Recent Trends in Comparative Endocrinology and Physiology: from Brain to Behaviour (RTCEPBB-2023)” being organized at the Department of Zoology, S. P. Pune University, Pune. RTCEPBB-23 is a unique meeting bringing together the researchers working in the fields of comparative endocrinology, physiology and behaviour. We are sure that the gathering will be an excellent opportunity for students, researchers and faculty to interact with highly competent researchers sharing their recent findings in the theme areas of the symposium.
          Comparative Endocrinology and Physiology although have grown enormously as individual disciplines, the challenge is to understand the integration of environmental cues and the hormonal signals in bringing about changes in morphology, physiology and behaviour of different groups of organisms and the researchers participating in the forthcoming symposium will deliberate, discuss and present their views on these aspects of biology. It will be a wonderful opportunity for young minds to participate in such meetings, interact with highly successful and competent researchers across the globe and listen to their experiences, which will help them to shape their career.


Deborah Power

University of Algarve, Portugal

Hamid Habibi

University of Calgary, Canada

Ishwar Parhar

Ishwar Parhar

Monash University, Malaysia

Vance Trudeau

University of Calgary, Canada

Matt Vijayan

University of Calgary, Canada

Edward Narayan

University of Queensland, Australia

Claudia Pinelli

University of Campania, Italy

Adelino Canario

University of Algarve, Portugal

Suraj Unniappan

University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Christopher Leary

University of Mississippi, USA

Herbert Herzog

University of New South Wales, Australia

Bechan Lal

Cluster University, Jammu and Kashmir, India

B. Senthilkumaran

Central University of Hyderabad, India

Malini Laloraya

Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, India

Sudipta Maitra

Visva-Bharati University, India

Vinod Kumar

University of Delhi, India

Praful Singru

NISER, Bhubaneswar, India

Umesh Rai

University of Jammu, India

Subeer Majumdar

Gujarat Biotechnology University, India

M. C. Subhash Peter

University of Kerla, India

Maria Thaker

Indian Institute of Science Bengaluru

Subhash Rajpurohit

Ahmedabad University, Gujarat

Govindhaswamy Umapathy

CCMB, Hyderabad


Call for papers-

Interested researchers (Ph.D./Post-Doc/Faculty/Scientists) working in the theme area of symposium may send their original research work in the form of abstracts not exceeding 300 words in MS-word (times new roman font) to Prof. N. P. Gramapurohit ( and Prof. Shobha Bhargava (

Instructions for preparing the abstract –

  Use Times New Roman style of fonts for preparing the abstract.

Title – 14-point font with bold

Authors & Affiliation – 12-point font with bold

Text – 12-point font with 1.5 spacing; underline the presenting author

Abstract Template


Participants Indians () Non-Europeans (US ) Europeans (Euro)
Faculty members/Scientists 7000 400 400
Faculty members on temporary positions 5000 - -
Post-doctoral students 6000 300 300
PhD students 5000 200 200
Accompanying Person 5000 400 400
Post Graduate Student 2000 - -

Note : Post-graduate students are entitled to only food and certification.


Participants Indians () Non-Europeans (US ) Europeans (Euro)
Faculty members/Scientists 7500 450 450
Faculty members on temporary positions 5500 - -
Post-doctoral students 7000 350 350
PhD students 6000 250 250
Accompanying Person 5500 450 450
Post Graduate Student 2500 - -
Note: The registration fee includes symposium kit, accommodation and food during the period of symposium. Accomodation will be provided on first come first serve basis

Organizing Committee

  • Prof. Suresh Gosavi
    Hon’ble Vice - Chancellor,
    Savitribai Phule Pune University

    • Prof. Deborah Power
      Comparative Endocrinology and Integrative Biology, University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal
    • Prof. Ishwar Parhar
      Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine & Health Science, Monash University Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
    • Prof. Adelino Canario
      Department of Cell Biology and Physiology, University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal
    • Prof. Matt Vijayan
      Department of Biological Science, University of Calgary. Canada
    • Prof. Hamid Habibi
      Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Calgary, Canada
    • Prof. Herbert Herzog
      Garvan Institute of Medical Research, St Vincent’s Hospital, Darlinghurst, NSW 2010, Australia
    • Prof. Suraj Unniappan
      Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
    • Prof. Srinivas Saidapur
      Former Vice-Chancellor, Karnatak University, Dharwad.
    • Prof. Umesh Rai
      Vice-Chancellor, University of Jammu. Jammu
    • Prof. Bechan Lal
      Vice-Chancellor of Cluster University, Jammu and Kashmir
    • Prof. Nishikant Subhedar
      Honorary Professor Emeritus. Biology Division, IISER, Pune
    • Prof. Vinod Kumar
      Senior Professor. Department of Zoology, University of Delhi, Delhi
    • Dr. Subeer Mujumdar
      Director General, Gujarat Biotechnology University, Gujarat
    • Prof. Candramohini Chaturvedi
      Professor Emeritus, Department of Zoology, Banaras Hindu University
    • Prof. Arun Jadhao
      Former Professor, Department of Zoology, RTM Nagpur University, Nagpur
    • Prof. Prafulla Pawar
      Registrar, S. P. Pune University
    • Prof. Dileep Deobagkar
      Former Vice-Chancellor, Goa University, Goa
    • Prof. Deepti Deobagkar
      Former ISRO Chair, Department of Zoology, S. P. Pune University
    • Dr. Saroj Ghaskadbi
      Emeritus Professor, Department of Zoology, S. P. Pune University
    • Dr. B. B. Nath
      Former Emeritus Professor, Department of Zoology, S. P. Pune University.
    • Dr. Kalpana Pai
      Former Professor, Department of Zoology, S. P. Pune University, Pune.
    • Prof. Surendra Ghaskadbi
      CSIR-Emeritus Scientist, Developmental Biology Division, Agharkar Research Institute, Pune
    • Prof. Iqbal Parwez
      Department of Zoology Aligarh Muslim University Aligarh-202 002, Uttar Pradesh, India
    • Prof. Bechan Lal
      Vice Chancellor, Cluster University of Jammu Canal Road, Jammu
    • Prof. Sudipta Maitra
      Visva Bharati University Santiniketan-731235 West Bengal, India
    • Prof. Praful Singru
      National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar
    • Dr. Ajit Singh
      Banaras Hindu University Varanasi
    • Prof. Arun Jadhao
      RTM Nagpur University, Nagpur
    • Prof. Moses Inbaraj
      Madras Christian College Tambaram, Chennai
    • Prof. Maya Shedpure
      Govt. D. B. Girls' P.G. (Autonomous) College Raipur
    • Dr. Pankaj Kumar
      Rajiv Gandhi University Rono Hills, Doimukh, Itanagar
    • Dr. Mamta Khatri
      School of Life Sciences University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad
    • Prof. Narahari Gramapurohit
      Head, Department of Zoology,
      Convener and Organizing Secretary
    • Prof. Shobha Bhargava
      Joint-Organizing Secretary
      Former Emeritus Professor, Department of Zoology, S. P. Pune University, Pune
    • Prof. Radhakrishna Pandit
      Department of Zoology, S. P. Pune University
    • Prof. Varsha Wankhede
      Department of Zoology, S. P. Pune University
    • Dr. Ashma Richa
      Department of Zoology, S. P. Pune University
    • Dr. Kedar Ahire
      Department of Zoology, S. P. Pune University
    • Dr. Arhana Sharbidre
      Department of Zoology, S. P. Pune University
    • Dr. Amul Sakharkar
      Department of Biotechnology, S. P. Pune University
    • Dr. Sneha Sagarkar
      Department of Zoology, S. P. Pune University

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