Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Secretary, DHR, & Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), New Delhi visited National Institute for Research in Tribal Health (NIRTH), Jabalpur on 18.May.2017 to review the ongoing research activities of the Institute and addressed the Scientists of NIRTH.
Dr. V.G. Rao, Scientist ‘G’, NIRTH, welcomed the Secretary, DHR & DG, ICMR and participants. The Scientists of the institute presented the progress of the research studies. Scientific posters were also displayed by the students and research scholars of the institute.
She also visited the upcoming Animal House of the NIRTH.
The meeting concluded with vote of thanks by Dr. Tapas Chakma, Scientist ‘G’, NIRTH.
MoUs on Development of Standardized Phytopharmaceutical/Herbal products
Two MoUs were signed on 12th May, 2017 by Dr Soumya Swaminathan, DG, ICMR, New Delhi and Dr C. K. Katiyar, CEO, Emami Healthcare Ltd, Kolkata on “Development of Standardized Phytopharmaceutical Formulation for Preventing or Delaying the Development of Type-2 Diabetes in Subjects with Pre-Diabetes” and on “Development of Standardized Herbal/Ayurvedic formulation for the Treatment of Sleep disorders”. These are basically two Multicenteric Task Force projects that have been conceived by ICMR with translational approach from identified leads and aimed to collaboratively develop phytopharmaceuticals/herbal drugs with the Industry. ICMR will mainly support and manage the pre-clinical, toxicological and clinical development phase of the product development programs; whereas Industry will look after and undertake the Chemistry, Manufacturing and Control (CMC) part of the product development phase. The ownership of developed products will be solely of ICMR; whereas the Industry will have the first right of refusal on these developed products.
ICMR Participated in 3 day Exhibition “Vibrant North East 2017” organized at Guwahati
The ICMR and its Institutes & Centre viz. National Institute of Malaria Research Field Unit, Guwahati, National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad and Regional Medical Research Centre, Dibrugarh participated in this event. The Posters showing various activities and health conditions like malaria, filariasis, JE, occupational hazards and nutritional topics were displayed. The event was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Governor of Nagaland & Arunachal Pradesh Shri P B Acharya. He stressed the need to educate the people of NE States especially farmers to adopt the new technologies so that the agricultural production is enhanced. Skill development programme should be organized and the industrialist should be encouraged to open up industries and food processing units in these regions.
A large number of visitors visited the exhibition. The NIMR Field Unit, Guwahati displayed the larvaevorous fishes, different stage of mosquito larvae, insecticide impregnated mosquito nets, etc.
The valedictory function was presided over by the Hon’ble Governor of Assam Shri Banwari Lal Purohit. Appreciating the event he emphasized that such programmes must be organized in all the North- East States.
The NIMR Field Unit, Guwahati was represented by Dr Kuldeep Singh & Dr Rajendra Kumar, the NIN by Sh Anil Dube, the RMRC, Dibrugarh by Dr Siraj Khan, Scientist E and the ICMR Hqrs by Dr K N Pandey, Scientist F
ICMR participated in International Conference on Health Care in Globalizing World-SYMHEALTH-2017 at Symbiosis International University, Pune and displayed its activities and achievements particularly the new ICMR Technologies. Hon’ble Health and Family Welfare Minister Shri JP Nadda addressed the audience and highlighted Govt initiatives in the area of heath care. Secretary DHR & DG, ICMR, Dr Soumya Swaminathan also delivered talk and visited ICMR Pavilion as well as interacted with the Scientists and delegates.
India Africa Health Sciences collaboration: Working group meeting held on 6-7th April, 2017 .
ICMR-INSERM-DBT Symposium at NII, New Delhi (April 27-28, 2017).
Indian Council of Medical Research and Department of Biotechnology jointly in collaboration with Inserm organised session on Ethical, Legal and Social Implications on Gene Editing Using CRISPR-Cas9 Technology
41 Annual Day and Launch of Mobile TB Diagnostic Van "Targeted Intervention to Expand and Strengthen TB Control in Tribal Populations under RNTCP by the auspicious hand of Smt. Anupriya Patel, Hon'ble Minister of State, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt of India on 20th April,2017 in JALMA Institute.
Indo US Joint Statement on Collaboration in Diabetes Research.
India and US signed a joint statement to begin a formal research relationship between the National Institutes of Health and the Indian Council of Medical Research. The Joint Statement aims to foster collaborative efforts that could lead to advances in science and technology important to understanding, preventing, and treating diabetes and its complications. The collaborative projects are being undertaken. The Joint Steering Committee in its 6th meeting held in April 2017 at NIDDK, USA reviewed the progress of the programme and identified future priority areas viz: Diabetes and Infectious Diseases, Gestational Diabetes Mellitus and Thin-Fat phenotype. The experts from both sides highlighted tuberculosis as the common co-morbidity associated with diabetes and vice-versa during scientific deliberations.
Indo-US Joint Program on Environmental and Occupational Health.
The Indo-US Joint Statement on Environmental and Occupational Health between the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare of the Republic of India and the Department of Health and Human Services of United States of America was renewed in June 2015 after its initial signing in 2002 and 2007. Further renewal has been signed by the Secy, DHR and the Ambassador, USA for another 5 years w.e.f. from June 2015. This program aims to facilitate collaboration between Indian and US scientists on environmental and occupational health programs, including identification, monitoring and prevention of diseases caused by environmental and occupational factors. For implementation of activities, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has been identified as the nodal agency on behalf of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, India and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) as the US nodal agencies on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services, USA. The first meeting of Joint Working Group was held in February 2016 along with the associated science session on Air Pollution and Health. The Joint Working Group recommended initiating training and capacity building needs of relevant personnel.; develop research plan with initial focus on Indoor and Outdoor Air Pollution. Other identified areas are: water/ground water contamination/sanitation; metals and other toxic substances; climate change, environment health research, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases and respiratory diseases. The 2nd Joint Working Group Meeting was held on 13th April 2017 at Centre for Disease Control, Atlanta along with scientific meeting with specific themes on (i) Air Pollution and (ii) Bio-monitoring. The deliberations followed by discussions resulted in proposed collaborative projects. The possibility of training in environmental and biomonitoring was also discussed. The team visited the laboratory facilities at CDC, Atlanta viz: analysis of samples for heavy metals, tobacco testing laboratories, along with bio-monitoring and environmental monitoring and was apprised of emergency response preparedness facility at CDC.
The 126th Birth Anniversary of Baba Saheb Bhimrao Ambedkar was celebrated in Indian Council of Medical Research,Headquarters, New Delhi on 18th April, 2017. Shri Vijay Sampla, Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. The programme was presided over by Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Secretary, Department of Health Research and Director-General, ICMR. Additional Director General Dr S. Mehendale was also present.The programme was followed by lunch.
Day 2, Day 3, Day 4 of induction training program for Sc B & C at NIE, Chennai
Inauguration of Induction Training Programme for ICMR Scientists at NIE, Chennai
ICMR Annual Oration Recognizing Excellence in Health Research (2017)
Diamond Jubilee Celebration at National Institute of Immunohaematology
Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) orgarnized a one day Exhibition during Festival of Innovations on the lawns of Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi between 4th and 10th March 2017. The theme of the exhibition was "Innovations in Medical Science and Biotechnology."
ICMR-NARF institute Model Unveiling program during FABA - Bio Asia Inaugural Function on 6th Feb, 2017: ICMR-NARF organized Model Unveiling program as part the inaugural function of the FABA - Bio Asia Conference 2017 organised by the State government of Telangana at the site in Genome Valley, Shameerpet, Hyderabad on 6th February 2016. Honorable Industry Minister of the State Government of Telangana Shri K.T.Rama Rao, the Secretary DHR MoHFW GoI and Director General ICMR Dr.Soumya Swaminathan along with some key global leaders, Nobel laureates and CEOs of various companies including Executive Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer, Johnson & Johnson, Dr. Paul Stoffels have participated in this program. Director In-charge Dr. Suresh Pothani has explained the Model of the institute and made a poster presentation showing the upcoming conceptual designs of buildings and facilities of the institution.
Signing of MOU between ICMR and Eliminate Dengue Program, Monash University, Australia on Wolbachia based dengue control strategy
Telangana IT, Industries, Municipal Administration; Mines & Geology; NRI Affairs Minister KT Rama Rao, Dr. Paul Stoffell and Secretary DHR & DG, ICMR Dr. Soumya Swaminathan share their insights #BioAsia2017on February 6, 2017
World Leprosy Eradication Day Observed in Rmrc, Bhubaneswar on 30th January 2017, Dr. Bikash Ranjan Kar from IMS & SUM Hospital delivered a talk on the topic Early Eradication of leprosy.
Training programme on Industrial Safety and Health sponsored by DISH Maharashtra inaugurated on 23/01/2017 at NIOH, Ahmedabad
BOOK ON “INDIAN FOOD COMPOSITION” RELEASED
The new “Indian Food Composition Tables- 2017”, the long-awaited data of 586 varieties of Indian foods and their nutritive values, was released by the Hon’ble Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Shri J.P. Nadda at New Delhi on Wednesday. Shri. Faggan Singh Kulasthe, Hon’ble Union Minster of State for Health and Family Welfare was the Guest of Honour. This is followed by an International Symposium on “Food Composition in Nutrition and Health” to mark the release of this book.
Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Secretary, Department of Health Research & Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) welcomed the gathering while Shri T. Longvah, Director Incharge, National Institute of Nutrition (NIN), Hyderabad and Principal Investigator of this project presided over the function.
Shri. Trilochan Mahapatra, Secretary, Dept. of Agriculture Research and Extension & D.G, ICAR; Shri J.P. Meena, Special Secretary, Ministry of Food Processing Industries; Shri. Ashish Bahuguna, Chairman, Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), Shri Hameed Nuru, Country Director, World Food Programme (WFP), Dr. Ruth Charrondiere, Food & Agricultural Organization (FAO) also spoke on the occasion. The function concluded with the Vote of Thanks by Dr. G. S. Toteja, Head Nutrition, ICMR.