MUMBAI - 400012

(Established in 1970)



Phone: 022 -24192002
Fax: 022 -24139412
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Scope of Activities:

  • Situated at Mumbai in Maharashtra, the mission of the National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health (NIRRH) is to protect and enhance the reproductive health of people through research, and development of technologies and programmes for field applications which can be incorporated into national programmes.
  • The administrative control of the 31 Human Reproduction Research Centres has also been entrusted to NIRRH.

Thrust Areas:

The following are the thrust areas of NIRRH

  • Fundamental, clinical and operational research on various aspects of reproductive health;
  • Propagation of research results into policy making and planning;
  • Development of national facilities for experimental animals, toxicological evaluation of new
    and existing drugs, devices and vaccines for improving reproductive health;
  • Collaboration with national and international research organizations in global effort to
    promote multilateral exchange of knowledge in reproductive health;
  • Development of human resources by training young researchers in the specialized areas of
    reproductive health;
  • Provide consultant assistance to other institutions
International Recognition:

NIRRH is designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre on Research and Training in Reproductive Health.
Human Resource Development :

  • Training programmes on molecular biology techniques, insertion and management of complications with IUCDs, ultrasonography, assisted reproductive technologies, gynecological cytology and colposcopy, management of infertility and reproductive disorders and detection of reproductive tract infections, stem cell biology, preclinical reproductive and genetic toxicology, training modules on adolescent friendly health services and research methodology are regularly conducted at the Institute.
  • The Institute also inducts summer and winter trainees in various departments, wherein students are given hands-on training on various techniques.
Recognition for Doctorate/Masters by a University:

The University of Mumbai has recognized the Institute for M. Sc (by research) and Ph D degrees in the faculties of Biochemistry, Applied Biology, Life Sciences and Biotechnology

Major Achievements:

  • Significant achievements of NIRRH are the following:
    Evaluation of various contraceptives such as oral pills, injectables, transdermal devices,
    vaginal rings, intrauterine devices and emergency contraceptives for their safety, efficacy
    and acceptability.
    • The data generated helped the Government to introduce some of these methods in
      the National Family Welfare Programme.
  • Identification of several novel molecules in male and female fertility regulation.
    • Some of these molecules are being screened for their preclinical safety before initiation
      of clinical evaluation.
  • Evaluation of the oral administration of an antiprogestin (RU 486) followed by a prostaglandin
    analogue (Misoprostol) for early pregnancy termination.
    • Availability of such noninvasive method has made pregnancy termination much safer
      and affordable.
  • Studies in the area of infertility management leading to the establishment of Assisted
    Reproductive Technologies (ART) in the country.
    • The birth of India’s first scientifically documented test tube baby was possible through
      the research endeavours of scientists working at NIRRH and the KEM Hospital,
  • Identification of some new molecules with the potential for further development as
  • Development of simple, cost-effective and accurate methods for diagnosis of fertility status
    and RTIs.
    • Some of these technologies will be transferred to the industry for developing
      appropriate kits and wider use.
  • A study indicated that with specific training and facility upgrading, RTI services could be
    operationalised at the primary health care level.
  • An operational research study in the area of adolescent health conducted in schools
    recommended that medical examination of reproductive system of adolescents needs to
    be included in the existing school health programme.
  • Establishment of a Centre for Reproductive and Genetic Toxicology of new products, devices
    and vaccines.
  • Establishment of Biomedical Informatics Centre of the Indian Council of Medical Research.
  • Establishment of a National Centre for Primate Breeding and Research to serve as a national
    resource for undertaking research on non human primates for human health-related
    problems is in progress.

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