ICMR sets up a task force on gene therapy research

News:Indian Council of Medical Research(ICMR) is setting up a task force on gene therapy research to encourage research in the emerging field. Facts: About Gene therapy: Gene Therapy refers to the process of introduction, removal or change in the content of an individual’s genetic material with the goal of treating the disease and the possibility… Continue reading ICMR sets up a task force on gene therapy research

Explained: What’s at stake in India’s biggest ever trial of tuberculosis vaccines

Recently,the Indian Council of Medical Research(ICMR) has launched India’s first large-scale trial for two new tuberculosis(TB) vaccines. The two vaccines being tested in the trial are (a)Immuvac which is also known as mycobacterium indicus pranii or MIP and (b)VPM1002. Currently,Bacille Calmette-Guerin(BCG) vaccine is used in the routine Expanded Programme of Immunisation(EPI) in countries across the… Continue reading Explained: What’s at stake in India’s biggest ever trial of tuberculosis vaccines

ICMR launches India Hypertension Control Initiative

Indian Council of Medical Research(ICMR) in collaboration with World Health Organization and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has decided to expand its India Hypertension Control Initiative(IHCI) across the country. IHCI was launched in 2017.The initiative has enrolled more than three lakh patients with high blood pressure in government health facilities in 25 selected districts… Continue reading ICMR launches India Hypertension Control Initiative

ICMR launches forum to improve data collection and use

The Indian Council of Medical Research(ICMR) has launched the National Data Quality Forum(NDQF) to improve data collection and use. The NDQF was launched in collaboration between the National Institute for Medical Statistics(NIMS) and global non profit organisation Population Council. NDQF will integrate learnings from scientific and evidence-based initiatives and guide actions through periodic workshops and… Continue reading ICMR launches forum to improve data collection and use

Govt approves merger of NIMH with ICMR-NIOH

The Union Cabinet has approved the merger of National Institute of Miners Health(NIMH) with ICMR-National Institute of Occupational Health(NIOH). The merger will prove beneficial to both the Institutes in terms of enhanced expertise in the field of occupational health besides the efficient management of public money. Further,experts have welcomed the move as NIMH dedicated to… Continue reading Govt approves merger of NIMH with ICMR-NIOH

ICMR head Balram Bhargava wins Dr. Lee Jong-wook Prize for Public Health

Indian Council of Medical Research(ICMR) Professor Balram Bhargava has been awarded the 2019 Dr Lee Jong-wook Memorial Prize for Public Health at the 72nd World Health Assembly in Geneva. He bagged the award for his achievements as a clinician, innovator, researcher and trainer. The Dr Lee Jong-wook Memorial Prize for Public Health was established in… Continue reading ICMR head Balram Bhargava wins Dr. Lee Jong-wook Prize for Public Health

ICMR launches ‘MERA India’ to eliminate malaria from India by 2030

Indian Council of Medical Research has established ‘Malaria Elimination Research Alliance-India (MERA-India).It is a conglomeration of partners working on malaria control. The principal activity of the alliance is to harness and reinforce research in coordinated and combinatorial ways in order to achieve tangible impact on malaria elimination. Malaria is a disease caused by Plasmodium parasites… Continue reading ICMR launches ‘MERA India’ to eliminate malaria from India by 2030

India develops first indigenous vaccine to treat bloody dysentery

India has indigenously developed the first ever vaccine to treat bloody dysentery known as Shigellosis.Shigellosis is an infectious disease caused by a group of bacteria called Shigella. The vaccine has been developed by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases (NICED). Most of those who are infected… Continue reading India develops first indigenous vaccine to treat bloody dysentery

ICMR’s tie-up with Pfizer on antibiotic abuse raises eyebrow

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Pfizer Ltd will set up a centre to combat antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in New Delhi.The joint initiative will implement a series of interventions in three areas namely Planning,Surveillance and Awareness around responsible use of antibiotics. The criticism against this collaboration is that it will give Pfizer access… Continue reading ICMR’s tie-up with Pfizer on antibiotic abuse raises eyebrow