Dr SM Balaji invited as Chief Guest at the 7th STAR Summit at Saveetha Dental College

The 7th Saveetha Transdisciplinary Annual Research (STAR) Summit recently concluded at Saveetha Dental College in Chennai. Dr SM Balaji, Director, Balaji Dental and Craniofacial Hospital, was invited as a Guest of Honour at the grand annual event that showcases the best of student research.

Dr SM Balaji speaks about dental research and its importance
Dr SM Balaji was a key speaker who had been invited to the summit

Excellence in surgical research over a period of 25+ years

This was in recognition of Dr SM Balaji’s high achievements and accomplishments in the field of surgical research pertaining to the field of Oral and Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery. His innovations in surgical flap design for cleft lip and palatal surgery have enabled faster rehabilitation for children afflicted with this facial deformity.

Dr SM Balaji being honoured with the traditional shawl at the 7th Saveetha STAR Summit
Dr SM Balaji seated on the dais at the commencement of the STAR Summit in Saveetha Dental College

Dr Sheeja Varghese, Dean, Saveetha Dental College, warmly welcomed Dr SM Balaji to the summit. Dr SM Balaji addressed the audience after the traditional lighting of the lamp ceremony.

Motivating the next generation for a full time career in dental research

He spoke to the audience of researchers and postgraduate students about his journey as a surgeon in a limited resource setting nation. Explaining how constant innovations help improve the various parameters of surgical outcome, he spoke to them about the difficulties associated with research. He spoke to them about the grit, determination and hard work that are the basic qualities needed for sustaining oneself in research.

Dr SM Balaji lit the ceremonial lamp to inaugurate proceedings at the STAR Summit in Saveetha Dental College
Dr SM Balaji addresses the audience on the occasion of the Saveetha STAR Summit

His talk was followed by a lively Question and Answer session with the audience where the audience quizzed him on a variety of research related topics. Dr SM Balaji patiently devoted quality time to answering these queries raised by the next generation of researchers.

The organizers and the students expressed their gratitude to Dr SM Balaji for the valuable insight he provided regarding research as a full time career in India.

A view of the audience that had gathered to listen to the distinguished speakers at the STAR Summit

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