Thursday, February 19, 2015

Research leadership in medical college - research cell

Plan of action –
Research leadership in medical college –
 This is the best time to start Research Cell in each medical college like Medical Education Unit. This leadership needs to develop and monitor at state level, regional level and national level. The functions and activities of the research cell are
1. Regular training and capacity building of all the faculties for research and ethical issue
 2. Research Development Committee under research cell who can brainstorm every year various topics for research and percolate to each department so there is no difficulty in searching topics for the thesis in department.
3. Fully functional laboratory to measure all chemical levels in blood including drug assay study in central laboratory. With department of pharmacy we can plan animal trial for drugs.
4. Multidisciplinary Research Unit (MRU) under Research cell where all different disciplines come closer and work together for research. Collaborative research and multicentric research
5. ICMR is giving extra-mural grant support for any research work. Research Development Committee can plan the capacity building workshops for faculties and apply for grant support. Research proposal writing workshops can plan and do regular follow up for applying grant for research.
6. Active Researcher will be identified and special incentive form the research cell for doing research.
 7. Like Pre-PhD, if feasible incorporate the one section on research methodology in paper -1 of all postgraduate exams.
 8. Institute can think to do consultancy on research to external bodies live government and private.

Structure for developing Research Cell National level -One committee at national level in MCI
Zonal level - There are four zonal committees to look after the state level activities
State level -Each state has on state level research development committee with all representatives of medical college research cell.
 Medical College level -Each medical collage has one research cell with full structure like department of research. With support staff and various faculties on rotation.
 There should fix tenure for various post in rotation
Developing Research Agenda -
In the beginning of the year the national committee meets and gives the core area of research for the year short term and long term for all departments. The committee will take interest of country with focus on drugs, national programme, policy, forecasting, human resource development, innovation and other interest area. They will send this agenda to all zonal level committee. Zonal level will think according their priority and send to state level committee. State level committee will focus their priority and send to each medical college. So the medical colleges have list ready before new postgraduate batch enter for admission. So they can think over topics easily. Various muticetric studies also can be plan and get outcome research where the government require data and inputs.

The report is prepared by Dr. Niraj Pandit and views and comments are his personal.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Azim Premji Fellowship for young turk

invitation you to join the Azim Premji Foundation Fellowship Program (2014–16) Location: • Chhattisgarh – Dhamtari • Karnataka - North East Karnataka and Mandya • Puducherry • Rajasthan - Sirohi, Barmer, Rajsamand and Tonk • Uttarakhand - Uttarkashi, Almora and Udham Singh Nagar Azim Premji Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that works to improve quality and equity in school education across the country. Our vision is to significantly contribute to a just, equitable, humane and sustainable society. The Fellowship is a 2-year full-time program, where you will get to understand and experience the realities of rural Government schools. It includes 22 months of field work based at any one of our District Institutes, combined with class work to conceptualize your experiences. You should have 2 to 6 years of work experience, with a post-graduate or a professional degree in any discipline. We welcome people from a variety of backgrounds. What is important is your willingness to explore the social sector and the desire to contribute. The Fellowship carries a monthly stipend of Rs. 27,000. For more information and to apply online, please log on to

Monday, August 11, 2014

Innovation in Blood pressure instrument development - If you have idea apply for US/India Grant

Blood Pressure Measurement Technologies for Low-Resource Settings in the US and India - Hypertension diagnosis and management are critical needs in both the US and in India, and are opportune areas for technological innovation benefitting low-resource populations in both countries. The purpose of this FOA is to solicit research leading to the development of new blood-pressure measurement technologies for rapid, minimally intrusive, flexible monitoring and management of hypertension in underserved populations. These technologies must be noninvasive and minimally obtrusive. They should be usable in public areas for high-throughput screening, and/or be designed for individual use by untrained individuals in their own homes or regional healthcare settings. These new technologies would make substantial contributions to the improvement of hypertension diagnosis and management in both countries. A companion announcement has been released by the Indian government to support similar research by Indian investigators. All investigators funded by the US or India will share results at a yearly meeting and collaborations will be developed among investigators from both countries as the work progresses. Key Dates posted Date- July 10, 2014 Open Date (Earliest Submission Date) - August 26, 2014 Letter of Intent Due Date(s) - August 26, 2014 - See more at: The 'million hearts' initiative ( sets a goal of preventing a million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years in the US. One of the four 'ABCS' of this initiative is blood pressure control. A new approach to the control of blood pressure in the 21st century is being made possible by the rapid advances in wireless communication technology, Electronic Health Records (EHR), modern approaches to non-linear control, and an array of effective blood pressure medications. However, central to any control is the actual measurement of blood pressure. The 'modern' technique of blood pressure measurement is over 100 years old. This approach has the key advantage of being relatively accurate. However, it also has some critical disadvantages for use as the sensor element in part of a modern system for blood pressure control or hypertension screening: Requires significant time and effort per measurement Results are not automatically integrated into the EHR This FOA is a call for applications targeting new non-invasive approaches to blood pressure measurement that are less intrusive, faster, less dependent on operator or user skill level than current approaches, and that can operate in low-resource settings such as the home or community environment. While the long-term goal of the project is to develop affordable technologies for low-resource settings, it is anticipated that initial prototyping costs may be quite high. Mass-production of successful prototypes can be considered to be one approach for ensuring affordability of any innovative technologies proposed in response to this FOA. Screening, diagnosis, and management of hypertension are difficult to achieve in low-resource/underserved populations. The need is great for new blood-pressure measurement systems that are affordable and readily available, either in individual homes, regional healthcare centers, or public settings, and are appropriate for the needs of the particular population(s) served. These blood pressure sensing systems must be durable, require little to no maintenance, and must integrate with communications devices such as cell phones and the internet. Blood-pressure measurement depends both on the pressure generated at the heart and on the transmission line characteristics of the arterial system. For the purposes of this FOA, a blood pressure measurement will be considered accurate if the measurement results correspond to the arterial pressure at the site of measurement. - See more at: Specific Areas of Research Interest Appropriate topics include but are not limited to: High-throughput blood pressure systems: Systems capable of rapidly and efficiently measuring the blood pressure of a large number of individuals. Measurement should integrate with a routine daily activity such as interacting with a door, grocery store checkout, using a key fob, or interacting with other office items, etc. in such a way that there is minimal added effort required from the individual. The cost of these systems could be high on an absolute scale but low on a per-measurement basis. Minimal-interaction, low-cost blood-pressure measurement systems: Such devices should be capable of making measurements in a home environment in a way that achieves the measurement in a time frame that adds little or no burden to the individual. The cost of these systems should be consistent with personal use. These devices may be suitable for in-home use, or in regional care centers. It should be noted that the focus of this FOA is on developing novel non-invasive, minimally intrusive methods for measuring blood pressure. As such, applications that do not propose to design and develop truly novel non-invasive, minimally intrusive methods of measuring blood pressure will be deemed non-responsive to this FOA and will not undergo peer review or be considered for funding. Successful applicants may be asked to share their abstract and specific aims with the Indian funding agency so that the Indian funding agency may fund Indian investigators who best match up with their United States counterparts. Successful applicants will be required to attend an annual meeting with other grantees as well as those grantees who are funded by Indian agencies that are participating in this effort. Successful applicants are expected to share their research progress and ideas at these meetings. Supplemental collaborative studies will be developed through these discussions. Annual meetings will be scheduled alternating between the United States and India. Attendance by key personnel at each annual meeting is mandatory and this requirement should be taken into consideration before applying to this FOA. - See more at: This is great opportunity for innovators. Do apply. Ask you need any help