Diyarbakir, Turkey: Well-known Biochemist from University of Mumbai, Dr. Ahmad Ali said that “artificial sweeteners can be helpful in preventing the secondary complications of diabetes”. He was delivering an invited lecture during recently held International Health Science Conference 2018 (IHSC 2018) at Diyarbakir, Turkey from November 14th to 17th, 2018. He further said that these artificial sweeteners can also be helpful in preventing the disorders related to aggregation of proteins.
The organizing committee of IHSC 2018 had invited him to deliver a lecture on his research area. The conference was organized by International Engineering Science and Education Group (INESEG) at Dicle University, Diyarbakir, Turkey. More than 500 participants from 20 countries participated and presented their work in the conference.
Dr. Ahmad Ali delivered a lecture on “Artificial sweeteners and their preventive role in the process of glycation” during the conference. The research work is an outcome of three years of his students work. The research project involved studies on role of several FDA approved artificial sweeteners in the process of glycation, a biochemical process involving interaction between the sugars and proteins. This process leads to generation of many harmful products which are commonly involved in the secondary complications of Diabetes. The studies were conducted in the laboratory in in vitro conditions. He also mentioned that these artificial sweeteners reduce the generation of these harmful products.
Dr. Ahmad Ali works as Assistant Professor at the Department of Life Sciences, University of Mumbai, Mumbai. He has established a Molecular Biochemistry research lab in the Department. The main focus of his laboratory is to understand the mechanism of damage caused to proteins and DNA by sugar during Diabetes or hyperglycemia. His laboratory is also trying to look for a drug or natural product which can prevent the damages caused to proteins and DNA by the toxic level of sugars, a process known as glycation. He has several research projects and collaborated with many labs in India and abroad. His future plans include confirming these findings by using animal cell lines and animal models in collaboration with other research laboratories.