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.