The society for Free Radical Research-India (SFRR-India) was formed in the year 2001 in Bhabha Atomic Research Centre. More than 100 eminent scientists were invited to constitute the society. From the replies received, an ad-hoc executive committee was formed for SFRR-India with 17 life members. The rules of SFRR-India are similar to that of SFRR-Asia with minor modifications as per Indian regulations.
The major aims and objectives of SFRR-India as well as its parent bodies is to promote research on free radicals and antioxidants with particular reference to medical and industrial importance for the benefit of mankind. Towards these objectives it is the duty of the society to organize conferences and workshops in the national and international levels, educating policy makers and programme planners, educating health professionals and informing the public. This helps in promoting interaction between scientists working on related areas within and outside the country. It also helps to bring people working in all the five continents under one umbrella in India for the benefit of Indian scientists and research workers.
As the first major event of our society, we had our first International Meeting in July 2001 at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai. Both the Presidents SFRR- Asia and SFRR-International attended the conference. Over 300 delegates including 5 from abroad attended the conference. Different regions of our country were also represented. During the conference we brought out the first bulletin. The second conference was held at CSM Medical College, Lucknow in 2003. It was well-attended conference with approximately 400 participants from India and abroad. The third conference was held at Annamalai University, Annamalai Nagar in Tamil Nadu during January 17-19, 2004. Approximately 350 participants attended the meeting from India and abroad. We brought the third bulletin in the conference. Next Annual Meeting and International conference was held in St. Johns Medical Academy, Bangalore in 2005, which was attended by approximately 450 delegates from India and abroad. This conference report was published in the news bulletin of SFRR-International.
In January 2006 the society had organized its first satellite meeting at Nagpur University and the Fifth Annual Meeting at Science City, Kolkata. The satellite meeting is being organized regularly for the benefit of postgraduate and Ph.D students. At Nagpur, 50 senior scientists including some foreign scientists delivered invited lectures and about 100 students attended. The Kolkata conference was attended by 350 participants including 35 scientists from different countries such as USA, Europe, Australia, Japan, China, Korea, Thailand and Malaysia.
The 6th Annual Meeting along with the 3rd Biennial Conference of SFRR-Asia was organized at Lonavala, Maharashtra. The 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th annual meetings of SFRR-India were organized at Jaipur, Lucknow, Hyderabad and Chennai, respectively. The 11th Annual Meet was held at Kolkata as an International conference on emerging trends in free radicals, antioxidants and nutraceuticals on health, disease and radiation biology during January 12-14, 2012.
The 12th Annual Meet was organized by CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, Lucknow along with an international conference on Advances in Free Radicals, Redox Signaling and Translational Antioxidant Research was organized on this occasion from January 30 - February 1, 2013. Conference was attended by 350 participants including 35 scientists from different countries like USA, Europe, Australia, Japan, China, Korea, Thailand and Malaysia, to present their recent research findings and interact with experts in the area of free radical biology and antioxidants.
The 13th Annual Meeting along with the International conference on ″Recent Trends in Free Radical and Antioxidant Research″ was organized during January 27-30, 2014. On this occasion, more than 40 International delegates and 250 researchers from all over India were participated.
The 14th Annual Meeting along with the International conference on Translational Research in Ionizing Radiation, Free Radicals, Antioxidants and Functional Food was organized during January 7-9, 2016 at Kalyani, Nadia, West Bengal, India. On this occasion, it is anticipated that more than 30 International delegates and 200 researchers from all over India were participated.
The 15th Annual meeting of SFRR-India and a conference titled ″Basic and Applied Aspects of Health Management Using Radiation, Antioxidants and Nutraceuticals″ will be organized during January 9-12, 2017 at Mumbai, India. It will start on 9th January, 2017 with a one-day school on ″Radiation and Redox Process in Health″ for the benefit of post-graduate and research students working in the related areas. On this occasion, it is anticipated that more than 40 International delegates and 300 researchers from all over India will participate in this meeting.
The society provides travel funds for few selected promising students to attend the annual meetings. Furthermore, some presented papers are selected by a group of eminent scientists for poster and oral presentation awards. By and large 10 young scientists get the privilege to be the owner of these awards.