First Dissemination Program of the of National Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical and Health Research Involving Human Participants and National Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research Involving Children held at JLN Auditorium AIIIMS, New Delhi on 16th November 2017
The National Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical and Health Research Involving Human Participants and National Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research Involving Children have been developed after long and careful deliberations with experts and stakeholders from various disciplines and constituencies across the country and address newer concerns, in accordance with the socio- cultural milieu of our country. These guidelines were released by the Hon’ble Minister of Health and Family Welfare and Hon'ble Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare on 12th Oct 2017 at ICMR Headquarters, New Delhi. In order to create awareness amongst all the stakeholders such as clinicians, researchers, ethics committee members, students, and others involved in biomedical research, a dissemination program was held on 16th November 2017.
MOU signing ceremony of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) by DG, ICMR and Secretary-General, FICCI for commercialization of ICMR technologies under the program ‘Health Technology Acceleration and Commercialization (HTAC)' on 17.11.2017 at FICCI House, New Delhi.
Indian Council for Medical Research and Save the Children India signs MoU for maternal, new born and child health on 17 November 2017.
Hon'ble Shri Ashwini Choubey, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Govt of India visit report of ICMR-NIOH Ahmedabad on 16 Nov 2017
National symposium on Animal Experimentation in Biomedical research: Scientific & Ethical Prospectives and Annual Convocation of Laboratory Animal Science Association of India (LASAI) was organized during 10-11th November, 2017 by National JALMA Institute for Leprosy & Other Mycobacterial Diseases, Agra. Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, the Hon’ble Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India has visited the ICMR-National Institute of Occupational Health, Ahmedabad on 16th November, 2017. He was welcomed by Dr. Sunil Kumar, Director-in-Charge and was introduced to the research work at this Institute and showed certain devices and briefed about the different ongoing research work on Occupational Health and effect of different metals, pesticides, environmental pollutants on human health. Hon’ble Minister showed keen interest in various research activities of NIOH. The Director-in-Charge also explained the translational aspects of various studies carried out at NIOH. Hon’ble Minister interacted with the Scientists and staff of the Institute and asked the scientists to come out to solve the health problems of industrial workers.
National symposium on Animal Experimentation in Biomedical research: Scientific & Ethical Prospectives and Annual Convocation of Laboratory Animal Science Association of India (LASAI) held on November 10-11, 2017 at National JALMA Institute for Leprosy & Other Mycobacterial Diseases, Agra
National symposium on Animal Experimentation in Biomedical research: Scientific & Ethical Prospectives and Annual Convocation of Laboratory Animal Science Association of India (LASAI) was organized during 10-11th November, 2017 by National JALMA Institute for Leprosy & Other Mycobacterial Diseases, Agra. The ICMR funded National symposium was marked with the attendance of more than 150 scientists, young and brilliant researchers, business delegates and talented student communities representing from all over the country, who made this conference fruitful and productive. The conference proceeded through five scientific sessions including plenary invited lectures, and oral and poster presentations on Animals in research: relevance & ethics; animal models in basic & applied research; monitoring of health through nutrition, diets and behaviour of laboratory animals; animal techniques and experimentation and disease, occupational health hazards; alternatives to the research animals and guidelines, principles and regulations in animal experimentations. The esteemed guests, keynote speakers and researchers shared their innovative research and vast experience through their informative presentations at the podium of national symposium. Various sessions were chaired and co-chaired by: Dr. Rishendra Verma, President LASAI; Dr. U.D. Gupta, Director-in-Charge, NJIL & OMD, Agra; Dr. K.R. Bhardwaj, ex-Head Animal facility, CDRI, Lucknow; Dr. D.S. Upadhyay, Chief Scientist Laboratory Animals, CDRI, Lucknow; Dr. S.K. Puri, Ex-Director, CDRI, Lucknow and other senior scientists from ICMR, CSIR , DRDO and ICAR. The major goal and feature of the conference was to bring scientists, researchers and students together to exchange and share their experiences and research results and other practical challenges encountered during animal based research. During two days of symposium, the annual meeting of Association of India (LASAI) was also conducted successfully and Dr. U.D. Gupta, Director-in-Charge was elected as new President of LASAI. The two days programme was covered by various local and national media. (Media Coverage)
The Honorable Vice President of India, Sh. M Venkaiah Naidu, along with Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Sh. JP Nadda, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Ms. Anupriya Patel, Dr Vinod Paul, Member NITI Aayog, Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Secretary Heath Research and Director General ICMR, Dr K Srinath Reddy, President PHFI, Dr Christopher Murray, IHME and Dr Lalit Dandona, PHFI releasing the report on the India State Level Disease Burden Estimates and Findings
Rastriya Ekta Diwas- 2017 at ICMR-RMRC-Bhubaneswar
Gujarat Scientific Literacy cum Health and Wellness Festival held at BAPS Swaminarayan Vidyamandir, Valsad, Gujarat from 26-28 th October, 2017.
ICMR participated in Gujarat Scientific Litercay cum Health and Wellness Festival held at BAPS Swaminaryan Vidyamandir, Valsad from 26-28 th October, 2017. During the exhibition posters on the activities and achievements of ICMR in the area of nutrition, mother and child health, occupational health, non-communicable diseases, vector borne diseases and innovation and translational research were displayed. Along with posters technologies such as Cooling Jacket as developed by NIOH, Ahmedabad and Fertility assessment kits developed by NIIRH, Mumbai were also displayed. Video films on vector borne diseases and their control, anemia, balanced diet and ICMR highlights were also shown on all the three days to the students and teachers. Public lecture on various health problems and ICMR contribution was given by Dr Rajni Kant, ICMR Hqrs on 27 th and 28 th October, 2017. Around 15,000 students from more than 100 schools, colleges, teachers and local public visited the ICMR stall and interacted with the ICMR Scientists.
ICMR Participated in a Mega Science Exhibition at Solan during 24th to 26th Oct., 2017
ICMR participated in a 3 day Mega Science Exhibition organized during 24th to 26th October, 2017 at Solan, H P. Apart from ICMR, a number of other scientific and Govt organizations participated in the exhibition organized by Friends Exhibition & Promotion Society, New Delhi. With the help of posters various activities and achievements were showcased. A number of people especially school children visited the ICMR pavilion. Dr K N Pandey, Scientist ‘F’ explained about the various activities of the ICMR and quiz competitions were also organised for the school children. The winner students were given the prizes. The ICMR pavilion was adjudged as the best one in disseminating the information on health issues.
NFHS-4 State dissemination seminar at ICMR-RMRC, Bhuabneswar on 17th Oct. 2017
Release Program: National Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical and Health Research involving Human Participants, National Guidelines for Biomedical Research involving Children and Launch of the new website of Indian Council of Medical Research by Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda, Hon'ble Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India on October 12, 2017
ICMR Annual Prize Distribution Ceremony held on October 11, 2017 DOWNLOAD ALL PHOTOS of ICMR AWARD CEREMONY
ICMR particpated in India International Science Festival being held at Chennai from 13-16th October, 2017 at Anna University. Dr Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences visited ICMR stall interacted with ICMR Scientists and appreciated it's work.
Minister of State, Health and Family Welfare Shri Ashwin K. Choubey visited ICMR Stall, interacted with the staff and appreciated the work being done. Secretary DHR and DG, ICMR briefed him about various activities. He also Chaired the Plenary session Swasthya Bharat organized by ICMR during IISF 2017 on 15th October.
Global Hand Washing day on 15th Oct. by RMRC, Bhuabneswar in Community Awareness and hand washing demonstration, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and mental Health day in Bhuabneswar Slum area.
Visit of Hon Minister of State Health and Family Welfare Smt Anupriya Patel to NCDIR, Bangalore on 10th Oct 2017
Hindi Divas of National Institute of Medical Statistics (ICMR) celebrated on 21 September 2017 in ICMR Conference Room. On the occasion Prof Sanjay Agarwal Head Department of Nephrology was invited to deliver the talk in Hindi on issues of Kidney Diseases. The talk was in simple verbatim and was easily understood by all including scientists and non scientific audience. He informed that Kidney diseases form important part of non communicable diseases but are under recognised in our country. There is a need to go for screening of diseases so as to catch them in early stage. If it takes the chronic form the possibility of this disease regressing back to normalcy is very low. CKD can be controlled by keeping a check on Hypertension and diabetes. Prof Snajay Agarwal also addressed the questions from the audience..
Swachhta diwas was observed at Indian Council of Medical Research Hqrs., New Delhi on 28-09-2017 at 3:00 P.M. under the supervision of Dr. Sowmya Swaminathan, DG ICMR, Dr. S Mehendale, Addl. DG, ICMR & Ms. Ritu Dhillon, Senior FA. A cleaning activity outside the ICMR premises boundary parallel to Ring Road was performed by the employees of ICMR with much enthusiasm.
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in ICMR-RMRC, Bhuabneswar on 2nd Oct. 2017
Centenary Year celebrations, NIN Hyderabad
District Level Consultation workshop on 'Developing Intervention Strategies to Address the Problem of Undernutrition and Hidden Hunger' at Palghar, Maharashtra.
ICMR- NIRRH, Mumbai along with Palghar District Health Officials conducted the first District Level Consultation workshop sponsored by ICMR on 'Developing Intervention strategies to address the problem of undernutrition and hidden hunger' on 25th September 2017 at District Collectorate Office, Palghar, Maharashtra. Workshop was inaugurated by Secretary DHR and DG, ICMR Dr. Soumya Swaminathan. She highlighted the need for multidisciplinary approach to address the problem of undernutrition with involvement of agriculture, water and sanitation department along with state health officials and ICMR research institutes. Dr G S Toteja, Head of Nutrition ICMR, Dr Milind Borikar, CEO Palghar Dr Dr. Kanchan Vanere, Civil Surgeon, Palghar, Santosh Gaikwad, DHO Palghar, District and Taluka Health officials, ICDS officials, and other representatives from District Health Office, Dr Smita Mahale, Director NIRRH and staff of NIRRH participated in the workshop. Findings from ICMR Task Force Study on Improving Health and Nutrition Status in Palghar District were presented during the workshop. Representatives from Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) and Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) also participated in the workshop.
DG, ICMR and Secretary DHR inaugurates the North Wing of NCDIR on 8th Sep, 2017
ICMR-THSTI Initiative for Harmonization of the ethics committee forms held on 6-7th Sep, 2017
ICMR Partcipation in Destination Himachal Pradesh, 2017 ICMR is partcipating in a Mega Science Exhibition being organized as part of Destination Himachal Pradesh at Palampur, HP from 12-14th September, 2017. ICMR has put up a very vibrant and attractive pavilion and displayed around 30 posters/Exhibits on the activities and achivements of ICMR focussing mainly on ICMR Technologies, Flagship Programs, Disease Specific contributions in the area of malaria, filariasis, tuberculosis, cholera & enteric disease, environmental and occupational health as well as information on guidelines developed, capacity building actvities and new centres established, etc. Video films on creating awareness for anemia and balance diet as prepared by NIN, Hyderabad are also being shown. The Exhibiton was inagurated by Hon'ble Member of Parliament Shri Shanta Kumar. He also visited the ICMR stall, interacted with ICMR Scientists and apprecaited its activities. Many students of the nearby schools/colleges visited the ICMR stall and gathered useful information. Quiz for the students on health related knowledge was also organized and prizes were dsitributed for encouragement.
Dr. Aparup Das, has taken over the charge of the Director, ICMR-National Institute for Research in Tribal Health (NIRTH), Jabalpur on 28.08.2017. The Scientists and Administrative Officer of the institute welcomed the Director. The Director, addressed the Scientists and staff at auditorium of the institute, he also briefed the staff and advised them to continue to work with enthusiasm and self motivation.
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the Department of Health and Family Welfare of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW), GOI signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 21st August, 2017 with the International Vaccine Institute (IVI), South Korea to collaborate on vaccine research and development. The MOU was signed between Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Director General of ICMR & Secretary, Department of Health Research; Mr. Manoj Jhalani, Additional Secretary & Managing Director, National Health Mission and Dr. Jerome H. Kim, Director General of IVI. The MOU will strengthen the relationship between IVI and India. The partnership will promote further collaborative research activities and training programmes between India and IVI and will ensure IVI achieves its goal of improving health outcomes for the world's poor by improving vaccine access. It will also accelerate capacity-building initiatives that will synergize with and benefit India's vaccine industry, public health and immunization programmes. MEDIA COVERAGE
ICMR Participated in an Exhibition at Kolkata during 17th- 20th August, 2017
ICMR Participated in a 4 day Indian National Exhibition-cum-Fair 2017 organized by Bengal Human Resource Development Foundation, Kolkata. The exhibition held at the Dinbandhu Andrews College ground, Garia, Kolkata during 17th to 20th Aug., 2017. Apart from ICMR Hqrs. it’s institutes located at Kolkata viz. National Institute of Cholera & Enteric Diseases and Regional Occupational Health Center (ROHC) participated in the exhibition.
The exhibition was inaugurated by the Hon’ble M P (Lok Sabha) Smt. Shatabdi Roy on 17th Aug., 2017. She visited the ICMR Pavilion and shown keen interest on the exhibition displayed. A large number of students, common man visited the ICMR Pavilion during the 4 day exhibition. The Scientists and Technical Officers from the NICED & ROHC (East), Kolkata explained the exhibits mostly in the regional Bangla language. Dr. Amit Chakraborty, Scientist E, Dr. D. Biswas, Scientist D along with Tech. Officers from ROHC(E); and Dr. Hement Kole, Dr. Sandipan Ganguly. both Scientist ‘E’ along with Tech. Officers from NICED were present to explain the exhibits. The ROHC staff displayed the equipments to measure the heat, sound and dust levels in the working atmosphere.
Shri George Baker, Hon’ble M P (Rajya Sabha) visited the ICMR Pavilion on 20th August 2017. Dr K. N. Pandey, Scientist ‘F’ apprised him of the activities and achievements of the ICMR. During the closing ceremony, Hon’ble M P Shri Baker presented the Mementos and the Certificates to the participating agencies. Dr. K. N. Pandey received the Memento and the Certificate on behalf of the DG, ICMR, New Delhi.
On the occasion of “International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples”, one day workshop on “Working Towards Tribal Health: present status and way forward” was organized at ICMR-National Institute for Research in Tribal Health (NIRTH), Jabalpur, on 16th August, 2017.
Shri Faggan Singh Kulaste, Hon'ble Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India, graced the occasion as Chief Guest.
Other dignitaries who attended the programme includes Padma Shri Dr. Prakash Baba Amte, Director, Lok Biradari Prakalp, Hemalkasa (Maharashtra) and his wife Dr Mandakini Amte, Medical Social Activist; Ms. Leena Nair, Secretary, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Govt. of India, (through video conferencing); Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Secretary DHR, Govt. of India & Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research, Shri Vinod Kumar Tiwari, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Govt. of India (through video conferencing), the representatives of the Tribal Welfare Departments and Health & Family Welfare Ministries from Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Maharashtra and New Delhi, programme managers of National Health Programmes, the Head of Divisions of ICMR Hqrs. & Directors and Scientists from the ICMR-THRF partners institutes. The artists from “Savarkar Lok Kala Parisad” from Gadasarai, district Dindori Madhya Pradesh presented different folk dances and cultural programmes.
Independence Day 2017
On the occasion of 15th Aug 2017, Dr Soumya Swaminathan hoisted the National flag in ICMR HQ and motivated all present to decide upon a common goal to make the country digital efficient as well as work collectively to progress in the priority areas of research as per the National needs. She emphasized upon the effort to digitize the database so that all can access it and data is available for future with ease. Sr DDG ICMR, Shri V.K.Gauba and Sr FA ICMR, Ms Ritu Dhillon were also present to grace the occasion.
A round table discussion meeting titled "The Future of Women’s
Health: Using Data and Research to Shape Policy and Program" was held on
10th Aug 2017, 10.00 am to 1.00 pm in collaboration with The George
Institute of Global Health , India.
Salient features of discussion were:
-Strategies to ensure a gendered approach to the analysis of health data
Interactive Research Methodology workshop" was conducted at M.K.C.G. Medical college & Hospital, Berhampur on 6th August, 2017.
ICMR bid farewell to Dr. Rashmi Arora, Smt. Promila Bhatia, Miss Asha Rani & Shri Raj Pal retired on 31st July 2017. The ICMR family wished them luck for the new beginning. .
Dr. Rashmi Arora, Scientist ‘G’ & Head ECD, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), New Delhi visited ICMR-National Institute for Research in Tribal Health (NIRTH), Jabalpur on 25 th July, 2017 to review the ongoing research activities, and discussion on administrative & financial issues of the institute. Dr. V.G. Rao, Scientist ‘G’, NIRTH, welcomed Dr. Arora and participants. The Scientists of the institute discussed the progress of the research studies. She gave important tips and guidance about ICMR policies and research agendas especially to the newly joined scientists. She also visited the upcoming Animal House of the NIRTH.
ICMR Workshop on Writing Effective Policy Briefs
Division of RMPPC, ICMR Hqrs conducted workshop on writing Effective Policy Briefs at NIMR, New Delhi on 24-25 th July, 2017. Workshop was inaugurated by Secretary DHR and DG, ICMR Dr Soumya Swaminathan. She highlighted the need for translating research to impact through effective dissemination and communication to the stakeholders and policy makers. On the occasion Sr FA, Ms Ritu Dhillon and Director NIMR, Dr Neena Valecha were also present and stressed that complicated science should be simplified for better understanding and making impact. Dr Mahendale, Addl DG, ICMR delivered Valedictory talk on ICMR evidenced based research outcome that were introduced in to the program and affected the masses. The workshop focused to sensitize ICMR Scientists to translate research in to Impact through writing effective Policy Briefs, that can lead to policy formulation and help in bringing change in the programs. Prof Kanchan Mukherjee from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Dr Suchita Bhattacharya, Visiting Faculty at University of Mumbai and Research Fellow at University of Liverpool, UK, Dr Laura Downey, Imperial College, London, Dr Sanghamitra Pati, Director, RMRC Bhubaneswar and Dr Neethi Rao, Health Policy Analyst, DHR, New Delhi were the Resource persons. Total 13 Scientists from ICMR Institutes, 5 from ICMR Hqrs and 2 from DHR participated in the workshop and deliberated on various issues related to health research and presented their policy briefs as an outcome of completed projects.
ICMR Directors Meeting held on July 18th, 2017 at ICMR Headquarters, New Delhi..
2nd Induction Training Programme for ICMR Scientists at NIE, Chennai held from 10-14 July,2017..
ICMR Biomedical Informatics successfully conducted a four day workshop (10th- 13 July, 2017) on “Applied Bioinformatics” in collaboration with K.C. College
ICMR – Biomedical Informatics Center, NIRRH in collaboration with K.C. College, Mumbai conducted a 4 day workshop (10th- 13th July, 2017) on Applied Bioinformatics under the DBT- Star College Scheme. The workshop comprised of both theory and hands on sessions on biological databases, sequence analysis, structural bioinformatics and microarray data analysis. Undergraduate students of K. C. College were trained on 10th and 11th July and teachers from different college supported under the DBT- Star College Scheme were trained on 12th and 13th July.
ICMR at BIO International Convention 2017, San Diego, California
BIO International Convention 2017 held at San Diego, California from June 19-22 and saw more than 3500 organizations participating from different countries. BIO represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations and the annual international convention facilitates access to global biotech and pharma leaders, knowledge building through various education sessions, and networking opportunities on global scale. ICMR showcased its achievements, especially products developed, at the India Pavilion scouting for prospective technology transfer partners which could be found among the international industry representatives attending the convention.
ICMR-RMRC, Dibrugarh and GATC organized a one day symposium on "The Applications of Second Generation Sequencing in Health Research" at ICMR-RMRC Dibrugarh on 5th July 2017. The event witnessed scientists and students from across Assam and the North East in the presence of invited speakers from BARC, NIRRH and NIBMG. The symposium also showcased the latest technologies and advancements from GATC Technology partners-Illumina, PacBio, Thermo Fisher and Nanopore Technologies. We are thankful to Dr. Manab Deka, Director of GUIST, Guwahati for being our guest of honor for the event. We were also graced by the presence of other dignitaries who made this day a successful chapter of RMRC North East. .
A workshop on "Malaria Control Strategy at Society for Educatio, Action and Research in Community Health (SEARCH), Gadchiroli, Maharashtra on July 7, 2017. ICMR-NIRTH is a technical support partner to SEARCH in designing malaria control strategy .
ICMR is participating in Rising Kashmir- a Mega Exhibition on Science & Technology being held at SKICC, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir from 3-6th July,2017. Many visitors including students visited ICMR stall and also participated in Quiz Competition. They were given prizes as well. Dr Nirmal Singh, Dy CM, J&K visited ICMR stall on 5th July,2017 and interacted with the ICMR Scientists and gathered useful information.
ICMR has initiated a study to establish an electronic-based comprehensive and integrated RTI surveillance system. After establishing the system and demonstrating the feasibility of establishment within the public health system, it can be taken over by the government for scaled-up. It is the responsibility of the health sector to ensure the establishment of necessary data systems, which will enable thorough collection of information related to RTI. The present study will establish both passive and active surveillance comprehensively to capture all RTI and related deaths in a particular geographical area. This study is being implemented in five places in India, viz., Chennai, Chittoor, Dehradun, Delhi and Jaipur.
A full day training of Public Financial Management System
(PFMS) was held at ICMR Hqrs. on 20th June 2017. This training was conducted
by MoHFW-PFMS section officials in coordination with ICMR Finance &
Sr. FA ICMR, Ms. Ritu Dillon chaired the training session
& welcomed all the participants.
Dr. Chanchal Goyal, Scientist-D, ISRM division
coordinated the training and Dr. M S Chalga helped PFMS officials in
conduction of the training. In this training, Sr. Accounts Officer Mr. Vinod
Sharma, along with all the officials of finance & Accounts division as
well as nodal officers from each of the 32 institutes participated. Total
participation was 70 in number.
First Convocation of Post Graduate Certificate Course "Associate Fellow of Industrial Health" held on 28 June, 2017 at ICMR-NIOH Regional Occupational Health Centre (S), Bangalore.
Workshop cum training on Clinical Data Registry, being organised by BIC, RMRC, Bhubaneswar on 22-23 June 2017.
3rd International Yoga Day was celebrated by Indian Council of Medical Research Headquarters, New Delhi. Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Secretary Department of Health Research and Director General ICMR welcomed the participants and highlighted importance of yoga in daily life especially in prevention of life style diseases. Dr Swaminathan cited the importance of scientific evidence and thus mentioned briefly about the studies initiated by ICMR on studying the impact of yoga on pre-diabetes; biological markers; cognitive functions and adolescent health. Dr RM Acharya, Centre for Integrative Medicine, AIIMS and visiting faculty S-VYASA University, Bangalore gave a public lecture on health effects of yoga. The audience was apprised of different yoga modules to be practiced in day to day life and cited examples how simply following yoga one can feel healthy both physically and mentally. The yoga practice sessions to the staff were conducted by Dr Sriloy and Mr Niranjan.
3rd International Yoga Day celebration in RMRC, Bhubaneswar
Flag off Ceremony for TB Diagnostic Vans under ICMR-TIE-TB Jharkhand Project
WHO Sponsored Expert Group Meeting on Prevention and Management of Lead Poisoning 14-16 June 2017 was inaugurated by Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Director General- ICMR and Secretary-DHR at ICMR-National Institute of Occupational Health, Ahmedabad.
The World Environment Day was celebrated at ICMR-NIREH, Bhopal on 5th
June 2017. On this occasion, the institute organized two invited
Scientific Lectures and an Essay
Competition. The guest speakers for the scientific lectures were Prof.
Ramya Sunder Raman from the Department of Earth and Environmental
Sciences, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER),
Bhopal and Prof. Rajnish Joshi from Medicine Department, All India
Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Bhopal. At the outset, the
Director of the institute Dr. R. R. Tiwari, in his welcome address,
explained the need to address the prevailing environmental health
concerns and emphasized upon a participatory and proactive approach. He
mentioned that the environmental literacy which encompasses not only the
knowledge but also the changed attitude, skills and habits about
environment and environmental hazards, need to be improved among
citizens. He also stressed that conservation of nature requires
Honourable Health Minister and Hon,ble Minister of State, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Launched Mobile TB Diagnostic Van "Targeted Intervention to Expand and Strengthen TB Control in Tribal Populations under RNTCP
Dr. AMSP Workshop in Delhi on May 30, 2017
An Australian delegation led by Hon Jill Hennessy MP, Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services, Victoria met DG, ICMR and Heads of the ICMR Technical Divisions on 30th May, 2017 at ICMR Hqrs, New Delhi to discuss on various health issues as well as collaborative areas of research.
Farewell function held on 31st May 2017
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.