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First Regional Consultative Workshop on Health Technology Assessment
26/11/2021

The Regional Resource Centre for Health Technology Assessment in India (HTAIn), ICMR-NIRT in collaboration with ICMR-NIE, National Health Mission, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Tamil Nadu and Department of Health Research, Government of India organised the “First Regional Workshop on Health Technology Assessment” in Tamil Nadu on 26th November 2021. The purpose of this workshop was to provide an orientation on HTA for the key health officials of Tamil Nadu. The participants included The Directors, Additional Directors, Joint Directors, Assistant Programme Officers, Programme Managers, Consultants of NHM, DMRHS, DME and TNMSC. The workshop aimed to set priorities for HTA in the state and equip the participants on the different aspects of decision making and policy implementation through Health Technology Assessment. The workshop was inaugurated and felicitated by Principal Secretary, Department of Health and Family Welfare Government of Tamil Nadu, Joint Secretary, DHR, Government of India and Mission Director, National Health Mission, Government of Tamil Nadu, Director, ICMR-NIRT, Director, ICMR-NIE, Chairman and members of Technical Advisory Committee, HTAIn and DHR. Resource persons from ICMR-NIRT, IICMR-NIE, PGIMER, IDSI conducted sessions on HTA included an overview of activities, milestones of HTAIn, Costing database, willingness to pay and state specific needs for implementation of HTA. At the end of the workshop participants prioritized eight topics for undertaking HTA in Tamil Nadu in the areas of tuberculosis, hypertension, anaemia, chronic kidney disease, oral cancer, air pollution and Makkalai Thedi Maruthuvam scheme.   

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Essentials of Good Clinical Practice and Research Ethics
17/11/2021

Training session on "Essentials of Good Clinical Practice and Research Ethics" was jointly organized by the Department of Clinical Research, ICMR-NIRT and Directorate of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Tamil Nadu on 17 November, 2021 in Chennai. The objective of the session was to sensitize the Ethics Committee Members of the Directorate of Public Health and Preventive Medicine to enable them to perform their functions in accordance with the principles of ICH GCP (Good Clinical Practices) and Ethical standards. The 20 participants included Members of Ethics Committee and Officials of Directorate of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Tamil Nadu. Scientists from ICMR-NIRT, Chennai were the faculty for the training session. The training session focused on Principles of Good Clinical Practices, Overview of National Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical and Health Research involving Human Participants, 2017, Constitution and responsibility of Ethics Committee, Informed consent process, Ethics in Public Health Research, Ethics in research involving vulnerable population, stored samples/data.

  


ICMR-NIRT celebrated "Vigilance Awareness Week & National Unity Day"
29/10/2021


"Vigilance Awareness Week & National Unity Day"
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"National Unity Day" -  Patriotic songs by children of ICMR-NIRT staff members

"National Unity Day" - Patriotic speech by children of ICMR-NIRT staff members

 

DG ICMR visit to NIRT Chennai
17/10/2021

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Fit India Freedom Run 2.0
01/10/2021

In order to commemorate the 75th year of independence, ICMR-NIRT has made grand arrangements on 01-10-2021 to involve and encourage active participation of the staff members of ICMR-NIRT in "FIT INDIA FREEDOM RUN 2.0". The central theme of the event is "TUBERCULOSIS FREE INDIA! FIT INDIA!!" Dr N Saravanan, Chairman of NIRT Celebration Committee invited Dr Padmapriyadarsini, Director, ICMR-NIRT to preside the event and welcomed the Special Guest Mrs C Latha, Secretary, Tamil Nadu Athletics Association & Joint Secretary, Athletics Federation of India. After the inaugural speech by Special Guest, staff members made a formation of numeric 75 to honour the heroes of free India movement. Following this, the Special Guest and the Director, ICMR-NIRT flagged off the Fit India Freedom Run 2.0. Around 160 staff members actively participated and completed roughly 2 km distance.

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50th Pre-SAC Meeting @ ICMR-NIRT

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Training on "Basics of Qualitative Data Analysis using NVivo"
24/09/2021

An online training on "Basics of Qualitative Data Analysis using NVivo" was conducted on 24th September 2021 at ICMR-NIRT. The training was organized as part of the capacity building initiative of the Socio Behavioral Research Network for TB (SBRN-TB) of ICMR-NIRT. The training program was coordinated by Dr. N. Karikalan, Scientist & Coordinator, SBRN-TB and was attended by members of SBRN-TB from ICMR-NJIL&OMD (Agra), ICMR-NIOH (Ahmedabad), ICMR-BMHRC (Bhopal), ICMR-RMRC (Bhubaneshwar), ICMR-NIRTH (Jabalpur), ICMR-RMRI (Patna), ICMR-NARI (Pune), ICMR-RMRC (Port Blair) and ICMR-NIRT (Chennai).


 

Quiz competition on Pharmacovigilance for nursing staff of ICMR-NIRT
22/09/2021

As a part of the celebration of National Pharmacovigilance Week at ICMR-NIRT a Quiz competition was conducted for the nursing staff on 22nd September 2021 at Chennai, Madurai, Thiruvallur and Vellore units. There were a total of 36 participants who attended in team of two members.

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Distribution of Pamphlets on Pharmacovigilance to create awareness to healthcare workers
23/09/2021

As part of the celebration of National Pharmacovigilance Week at ICMR-NIRT, Pamphlets on Pharmacovigilance were distributed to create awareness to health care workers and professionals. ICMR-NIRT prepared a pamphlet with meaning of pharmacovigilance, importance of Adverse Drug Reporting (ADR), TB & Pharmacovigilance and ways of reporting ADR in India, and also mentioning National Pharmacovigilance Week celebration theme of this year. The e-Pamphlet of ICMR-NIRT was released by the Director virtually on 17th September 2021 during the webinar with a speech on Pharmacovigilance in India by Dr. V. Kalaiselvan, from Indian Pharmacopeia Commission organised by NIRT. The copies of the e-Pamphlet were sent to all those registered for attending the webinar by mail. Scientists, doctors, nurses and other staff of NIRT disseminated copies of e-Pamphlet to their known health care professionals/ workers through social media. Printed copies of the e-Pamphlet were distributed to the Doctors, and other Health care workers who are closely associated with NIRT and subcentres at Madurai, Vellore and Thiruvallur including Government Rajaji Hospital & Madurai Medical College, Madurai, Govt Stanley Medical College & Hospital, Chennai, Institute for Child Health and Hospital for Children, Chennai, Govt Vellore Medical College and Govt Medical College Hospital, Thiruvallur.

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Sensitization of Clinic staff of NIRT in Pharmacovigilance
20/09/2021

The Director, ICMR-NIRT initiated a series of events for celebration of National Pharmacovigilance Week at the Institute, including Sensitization of Clinic staff of NIRT in Pharmacovigilance. Dr. S. Ramesh Kumar, Scientist E, ICMR-NIRT made a presentation on "Pharmacovigilance: Basic understanding" to Clinic staff of ICMR-NIRT at Chennai, and the Sub- Centres at Madurai, Vellore, Thiruvallur units connected virtually, on 20th September 2021 from 2.00 PM to 3.00 PM. He briefed on Pharmacovigilance program of India, the importance of adverse drug reporting (ADR) in Clinical trials and at post-marketing level. He explained what to report, how to report ADR in India and what happens after reporting. He explained about the importance of TB and Pharmacovigilance. About 60 number of NIRT Clinic staff including doctors and nurses attended the meeting.

  

 

Online Awareness Program for school students on Lung Health and Tuberculosis
11/09/2021

A webinar to create awareness on "Lung Health" with emphasis on Tuberculosis was conducted for private school children on 11th September 2021 by the Department of Social and Behavioural Research (DSBR), ICMR- NIRT. The webinar was supported by Prime Assist, an organization working for mental health wellness of school children. A total of 120 students participated from various private schools in Tamil Nadu, which included Jaigopal Garodia Vivekananda Vidyalaya-Avadi , Ananthavalli Mat. Hr. Sec. School-Urapakkam, Maharishi Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School-Coimbatore and Subbiah Vidyalayam-Thoothukudi .The session was handled by Dr. N. Karikalan, Scientist & Head, DSBR, ICMR-NIRT. He explained the importance of lung health to children and elaborated on the causes, symptoms and treatment for Tuberculosis. The importance of TB preventive measures like BCG vaccination, cough hygiene was explained and the contribution of school children in TB elimination program of the country was stressed. Post session, students inquired on different aspects of TB, which was clarified. Students provided positive feedback on the session and few expressed their interest to share the TB related information and awareness to their family members and others. The webinar concluded with thanking message from students.

  

 

National Pharmacovigilance Week Celebration by NIRT:
Webinar on "Current Update on Pharmacovigilance activities in India"

17/09/2021

A Webinar on "Current Update on Pharmacovigilance activities in India" was organized by ICMR-National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis in association with The Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission, the National Coordination Centre for Pharmacovigilance Program of India,(NCC-PvPI) on 17th September 2021 between 2.00 PM and 3.00 PM. The event was organised as part of the National Pharmacovigilance Week’ Celebration, with this year's theme being, “Pharmacovigilance: A step towards Patient Safety”

A total of 217 registrations were received for the hybrid webinar (both online and virtual mode). Around 100 participants attended the webinar, moderated by: Dr Ramesh Kumar, ICMR- NIRT, and team of ICMR-NIRT. Dr V. Kalaiselvan, Senior Principal Scientific Officer, Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission, Ghaziabad was the invited guest and he delivered a talk on “Current Update on Pharmacovigilance activities in India”. It was a very informative update on the current Pharmacovigilance activities in India, the significant role of Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission. He detailed the milestones crossed, the challenges and future needs. E-Pamphlet on Pharmacovigilance developed by ICMR- NIRT to create awareness on Pharmacovigilance to Health Care Workers and Professionals, was released online by the Director, NIRT.  The event ended with the Vote of thanks by Dr Ramesh Kumar, ICMR-NIRT, Madurai Unit.

  

 

Online Training session on "Essentials of Good Clinical Practice and Research Ethics"
14/09/2021

Online Training session on "Essentials of Good Clinical Practice and Research Ethics" was organised by the Department of Clinical Research, ICMR-NIRT, Chennai on 14th September, 2021. The participants were Ethics Committee members and faculty from Meenakshi Medical College Hospital and Research Institute, Kanchipuram. A total of 27 participants attended the online training session. The objective of the training session was to sensitize the Ethics Committee Members to enable them to perform their functions in accordance with the principles of ICH GCP (Good Clinical Practices) and Ethical standards. The faculty were Scientists from ICMR-NIRT.

  

 

Annual Day Celebrations-2021
07/09/2021

The Annual Day of ICMR-NIRT was celebrated on 7th September, 2021 with great enthusiasm. Dr Padmapriyadarsini, Director, ICMR-NIRT presided the function and briefed on the recent achievements of ICMR-NIRT. Prof. Balram Bhargava, Secretary-DHR and Director General-ICMR honoured the gathering virtually through his wonderful talk. Dr. Aleyamma Thomas, Director-in-charge(Retd.), ICMR-NIRT felicitated the staff members of the Institute who had completed 25 years of memorable service with a memento and a certificate. Many retired and senior staff members of ICMR-NIRT were also present during the function. Dr. R. Rathinasabapati, Senior Library and Information Officer, ICMR-NIRT delivered the Annual Day Lecture on "Positive thinking". Packed lunch were provided to all staff members of ICMR-NIRT. The function ended with vote of thanks from Dr. N. Saravanan Scientist 'D' & Chairman, Celebration Committee, ICMR-NIRT.

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State level orientation program on "The Syndemic Challenge of Tuberculosis & Alcohol" for the staff of Integrated Rehabilitative Centre for Addicts (IRCA), Tamil Nadu
03/09/2021

A state level virtual orientation program was conducted for the staff of Integrated Rehabilitative Centre for Addicts (IRCA) on the topic "The Syndemic Challenge of TB and Alcohol" on 03rd September 2021. The orientation was organized by the Department of Social and Behavioral Research, ICMR-NIRT in coordination with TTK Hospital, Chennai and its network of IRCA's in the state. The event was attended by almost 70 staff including project directors, nurses, counsellors and peer educators of IRCA'S functioning in different districts of Tamil Nadu including Chennai, Tambaram, Puducherry, Cuddalore, Thiruvarur, Thotthukudi, Madurai, Ramnathapuram, Coimbatore, Perambalur, Thiruvarur, Dindivanam and Trichy. The session was handled by Dr N. Karikalan, Scientist & Head, Department of Social and Behavioral Research, wherein he explained about the burden of Tuberculosis and alcoholism in India. He elaborated on the concept of "Syndemic" and the importance of having an integrated intervention for addressing the dual problem of alcoholism and TB. At the end of the session, there was a discussion in which the IRCA staff provided valuable inputs about their rehabilitation works with addicts and expressed that the session was informative for them to know about TB. Mrs. Jacqueline David from TTK Hospital gave her detailed feedbacks on their works with alcoholics. Senior staff of DSBR, ICMR-NIRT, Mrs Chandra Suresh and Mr Murugesan thanked the the participants at the end of session.


 

Virtual Orientation for students and faculties of Madras School of Social Work
19/08/2021

A virtual orientation about ICMR-NIRT for students of PG-MSW-Medical & Psychiatric Social Work and faculty member of Madras School of Social Work was conducted on 19th August 2021 at 3.30 PM. Dr A. Enoch, Coordinator - Field Work (MSSW) organized the orientation meeting on behalf of MSSW and provided the welcome address. Following it, the orientation was conducted by Dr N Karikalan, Scientist & Head, Department of Social and Behavioural Research at ICMR-NIRT. The orientation included information about ICMR-NIRT's history, various departments, research activities and contributions to TB research and control. He also provided information about the TB burden in the country and role of ICMR-NIRT in supporting the National TB Elimination Program. He highlighted the role of social workers in engaging with TB patients and addressing the psycho-social issues they face during TB treatment. The session was followed by Q&A from students and was ended with a thanking note.


 


Flag off of TB Prevalence Survey in Madurai by District Collector in the presence of Madurai Commissioner, Director-ICMR-NIRT, City Health Officer, District TB Officer, WHO Consultant and staff of ICMR-NIRT


 

TB Health Awareness programme
Venue: Venba Charitable Trust, Washermenpet Tailoring Unit, Chennai
17/08/2021

A "TB & Health Awareness Program" was organized and conducted by ICMR-NIRT in collaboration with Venba Charitable Trust on 17th August 2021 at Washermenpet Tailoring Unit, Chennai. There were 22 women participants, all of whom are tailoring workers who participated in this program. The programme commenced with a welcome note by Ms. Manjula from Venba charitable trust. She explained about the importance of this program to the participants. Ms. Dhanalakshmi, Social Worker from the Dept. of Socio-Behavioural Research, ICMR-NIRT presented a TB talk for the participants. She elucidated about the TB infection, diagnosis and treatment method and explained about the importance of health and hygiene and it relation to infectious diseases. Followed by this, Mr. Senthil Kumar from ICMR-NIRT made a powerpoint presentation and poster presentation about nutrition, to explain about balanced diet. A TB related documentary film prepared by ICMR-NIRT team was also shown to the participants.


 

TB Health Awareness programme
Venue: ICDS, Vyasarpadi, Chennai
16/08/2021

A "TB & Health Awareness Program" was conducted by ICMR-NIRT at Vyasarpadi ICDS on 16th August 2021.

A total of 23 women who are mothers of Anganwadi children attended this meeting. The programme commenced with welcome note by Ms. Kowsalya working in Vysarpadi ICDS. She elucidated the importance of this program conducted by ICMR-NIRT. Subsequently Mrs.Dhanalakshmi - Social Worker from the Dept. of Socio-Behavioural Research of ICMR-NIRT presented a TB talk for the participants and explained about TB infection, diagnosis and treatment methods. The importance of hygiene was highlighted and significance of prevention of infectious diseases was described. Followed by this, Mr. Senthil Kumar, Project Staff from ICMR-NIRT gave a presentation about malnutrition and explained about the balanced diet for healthy life. A variety of low cost food and its benefits for the participants was explained. Finally, the participants raised their doubts and got clarified by the resource persons.

 



 

 

 

Socio-Behavioural Research Network for Tuberculosis (SBRN-TB)
17/08/2021

ICMR-NIRT, Chennai has initiated the “Socio-Behavioural Research Network for Tuberculosis (SBRN-TB)” in collaboration with the other ICMR institutes on 17th August 2021. The meeting was attended by the participants from ICMR-NJIL&OMD, Agra: ICMR-NIOH, Ahmedabad.    ICMR-BMHRC, Bhopal: ICMR-RMRC, Bhubaneshwar: ICMR-NIRTH, Jabalpur,   ICMR-RMRC, N.E. Region: ICMR-RMRI, Patna: ICMR-NARI, Pune, ICMR-RMRC, Port Blair and ICMR-NIRT.   Dr. C. Padmapriyadarsini, Director, ICMR-NIRT, Chennai welcomed all the participants and provided an overview and role of SBRN-TB in the context of ICMR-NIRT’s efforts towards TB elimination. SBRN-TB was formally inaugurated by Dr. Samiran Panda, Scientist 'G' & Head ICMR-ECD Division and he gave the key note address. The importance of the socio-behavioural research for TB elimination was highlighted by Dr Samiran Panda and underscored the different activities which SBRN-TB could take forward. A presentation was made by Dr Karikalan Scientist ICMR-NIRT on the background, objectives and roles of SBRN-TB. All participants from different institutes provided their views and feedbacks and expressed their interest and willingness to participate in network activities. Dr Stephen, Scientist ICMR –NIRT moderated the meeting and thanked all the participants.



 

 

75th Independence Day celebrations @ ICMR-NIRT
16/08/2021

 

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TB and Health Awareness programme for Marginalised community Mapedu, Chennai
30/07/2021
Venue: MCC Family life Institute Mapedu, Chennai

A TB and health awareness  program was organized by ICMR-NIRT in collaboration with MCC-Family Life Institute, Mapedu, Chennai on 30th July 2021. Twenty five participants from marginalised  community were participated in this program.

The programme commenced with welcome note by  Mr.  Yesuraja from Sindhi college and then Dr. Sylvia Daisy Director-In-charge of MCC-Family life Institute.Ms. Dhanalakshmi social worker (ICMR-NIRT) presented a TB talk for the participant, and explained  in detail about the TB infection, diagnosis and treatment method.  She also emphasized  the importance of health and hygiene. Finally a TB related documentary film was  shown to the participants.

Mr. Senthil kumar and Mr. Jacob Premkumar (NIRT-ICMR staff ) made a  power point presentation about malnutrition and low cost nutritious food for TB patients and those who are risk. They used posters to explain the nutrition chart and  suggested a  variety of low cost food and its benefits for the participants.

At the end of the program vote of thanks was given by Ms.Julie residential nurse of MCC-Family life Institute.



 

 

BCG Centenary Symposium 
19/07/2021

“BCG Centenary Symposium was conducted on 19th July 2021 virtually at ICMR-NIRT.  Dr Padmapriyadarsini, Director, ICMR-NIRT welcomed the speakers, guests of honour and participants to the Symposium. About 160 participants took part in the event virtually and 25 participants attended in person. Prof (Dr) Balram Bhargava, Secretary-DHR and DG-ICMR in his opening remarks emphasized the mile stones achieved during BCG vaccine trial and proudly recollected the participation of the ICMR-NIRT in the BCG Chengalpattu trial. Followed by him Dr. Manjula Datta, Ex Deputy Director, ICMR-NIRT delivered her “special talk” on “ICMR’s Chengalpattu Trial on BCG for prevention of TB”. She lucidly described the BCG Chengalpattu trial protocol, dedication of the staff at various levels during the trial and concluded with results and discussion on trial outcomes. Five retired field staff who took part in the BCG Chengalpattu Trial were honoured with mementos by Dr Baskaran, Head, Department of Clinical Research, ICMR-NIRT. Following this Dr. Subash Babu, Scientific Director, NIH-NIRT-ICER, delivered a wonderful talk on “BCG hits a century: Impact of tuberculosis, viruses, cancer and beyond”. In his talk he emphasized on the utility of BCG vaccine in various disease conditions including COVID-19. The symposium concluded with vote of thanks from the Director, ICMR-NIRT”.

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Felicitation Programme for Vellore District NTEP Staff for their active contribution in TB Vaccine Study
08/07/2021

Felicitation programme was conducted on 8th July 2021 in DTO Office-Vellore for the staff of NTEP for their active contribution in ICMR TB Vaccine study. Momentos were distributed to all the field staff working in Vellore District under NTEP. The programme was attended by Dr. Jeyashree, District TB Officer, Vellore District and all the staff of NIRT-Vellore Unit. NTEP staff were encouraged to contribute and continue their support towards various activities carried out by ICMR - NIRT in Vellore district.

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International Yoga Day
21/06/2021

A The International Yoga Day was observed at ICMR-NIRT on 21st June 2021. Ms. V.M. Girija Lakshmi demonstrated yoga, as per the Common Yoga Protocol, along with Mr. Gunalan and Ms. Cathrin Divya. The demonstration was followed by addresses from Ms. Devaki (Sr. Admn. Officer) and Dr. Saravanan (Scientist ‘D'). Dr. Rathinasabapati (Sr. Librarian & Info. Officer) highlighted the importance of regular yoga practices. The program focussed on this year's IYD theme: Yoga for Wellness.

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Scientific Manuscript Writing Workshop
16/06/2021-17/06/2021

A scientific manuscript writing workshop was organized by ICMR–National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis on 16-17th June 2021. The scope of the workshop was capacity building for Research Scholars and Scientists to excel in the art of scientific communication. Dr. Padmapriyadarsini, Director of ICMR-NIRT w elcomed the gathering and highlighted the importance of this workshop. Dr. Samiran Panda, Scientist-G and Head, Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases Division, ICMR, New Delhi inaugurated and delivered the key note address.

This workshop focused on four sessions such as (1) IMRAD (Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion), (2) Writing skills, (3) Editors' perspective on publication of scientific manuscripts and (4) Issues related to publications. Dr. Rajeswari Ramachandran and Dr.MS.Jawahar, Former Deputy Directors of ICMR-NIRT coordinated the sessions and topics for presentation. The workshop emphasised approach towards manuscript writing in various fields such as Randomised Controlled Clinical Trials, Epidemiological Studies, Laboratory studies and Socio-behavioural studies. Editors of reputed journal Dr. Albina A Nair, IJMR-Delhi, Dr. VK Arora, IJT-Delhi and Ms. Shivani Pant, BMJ Journals, Mumbai delivered lectures on expectations from editorial for scientific manuscript writing. Sixty participants (28 physical and 32 virtually) successfully completed and benefitted from the workshop.



 

 

"No Tobacco Pledge"
31/05/2021

On this occasion of World-No Tobacco Day, I take a pledge that I shall never smoke & consume any type of tobacco products in my life and motivate my family or acquaintances to not to smoke/use any tobacco products. I shall motivate my colleagues for the same.

 

Brainstorming Session on “Interdisciplinary approaches towards the elimination of TB 2025”
29/04/2021

A brainstorming session with the theme “Interdisciplinary approaches towards the elimination of Tuberculosis by 2025” was organised by the Department of Biochemistry. Dignitaries from Vellore Institute of Technology, CSIR-Central Leather Research Institute, SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology and Madurai Kamaraj University made presentations on facilities available in their respective institutions and their core strength. All the members agreed to share their resources and ideas to make combined research proposals. They also envisaged to make a regional consortium to achieve the national goal of TB elimination by 2025

 

Virtual symposium on “Leveraging social sciences in the global fight against Tuberculosis: Sharing experiences from across the globe”
19/04/2021

The Department of Health Economics of ICMR-NIRT organized a virtual symposium titled “Leveraging social sciences in the global fight against Tuberculosis: Sharing experiences from across the globe” in collaboration with Sonar Global, a global network of social science researchers working to address infectious diseases threat. Dr. Padmapriyadarsini, Director of ICMR-NIRT inaugurated the symposium and highlighted the importance of social science research for TB elimination. She underscored that the collaboration made possible by this symposium must ensure sustainability in the long run. Dr. Tamara Giles-Vernick, Project Coordinator, Sonar Global appreciated this symposium initiative which could bring in exchange of knowledge and expertise between social science researchers from different countries. Speakers from Karnataka Health Promotion Trust (Bengaluru, India), The Union (New Delhi, India), ICMR-NIRT (Chennai, India), Médecins Sans Frontières (India), Academic Medical Center and the University of Amsterdam, Médecins Sans Frontières (UK), Aarhus University (Denmark), Universidad de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia presented their social science research and interventions for TB in two sessions and fruitful discussions held during the question and answer session. At the end of the session, all speakers and organisers discussed about the way forward and consented that a larger and dynamic forum for social science research for TB is the need of hour. Also qualitative and quantitative studies on social and behavioural determinants for TB, to be taken up, in collaboration with like-minded partners in India and abroad.

 

Workshop on Sample Size Estimation for Clinical and Laboratory Research
07/04/2021

Resource person :  Professor L. Jeyaseelan, Adjunct Faculty, Epidemiology, CMC Vellore

The Workshop was organized with the objective of understanding the recent development and new concepts in sample size estimation for Clinical and Laboratory Research.  An optimal estimate of sample size is important for proper, scientific, and logistic reasons. Nominated statisticians, clinicians and laboratory staff (totally 30 participants) attended and benefitted from the workshop. The workshop familiarized the participants with the statistical concept behind sample size estimation and had practical exercises for sample size calculation of various study designs and outcome variables concerning clinical and laboratory studies. It also explored the various methods for calculating sample size and covered with discussions on the advantages of each method and assumptions.

 

Swachhata Pakhwada activities in ICMR- NIRT between April 1st and April 15th 2021.

 

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Meeting on “Towards a TB Free Chennai: An Innovative Inter-sectoral Partnership”
24/03/2021

TB Free Chennai Dissemination meeting was conducted to share the outcomes of the project to the partner organisations, programme stakeholders and policy makers. The intended objective of the workshop was to broadly discuss the impact of TB-Free Chennai initiatives and its replication and scale-up other part of the state and the country.  The dissemination meeting also helped to understand the limitations and gaps in the implementation of the project and way forward to implement similar initiatives to achieve the TB elimination goals. 

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WORLD TB DAY 2021 at NIRT MADURAI UNIT
24/03/2021

The World TB Day Observation & Dissemination of Research Activities was conducted on March 24, 2021, at NIRT Madurai unit in GRH Auditorium Madurai.

Prof Dr.V. Nagarajan, Chairman, Ethics Committee of Madurai Medical College/Govt Rajaji H,ospital Madurai , was the Chief Guest and Prof Dr. Sangumani,Dean Madurai Medical College / GRH , was the Guest of honour. Dr.Balasubramaniyan, Medical Superintendent, GRH, Madurai, Dr. Zufire Hasan Mohamed Khan, Deputy Director (TB) / DTO, NTEP - Madurai District, Dr. Natarajan, Professor & Head, Dept. of Medicine, GRH, Dr. R. Prabhakaran, Professor & Head, Dept. of Respiratory Medicine, GRH felicitated the event.

The programme started with a prayer song by our staff Mrs.Mohana. Dr. P. Paul Kumaran, Scientist F, Officer in charge, ICMR- NIRT Madurai unit welcomed the gatherings, and gave away the mementos to our distinguished guests.

Dr. Zufire Hasan Mohamed Khan delivered a lecture on NTEP Recent Advances. Dr.Ramesh Kumar, Scientist E, ICMR-NIRT Madurai unit delivered a talk on Dissemination of Research Activities of ICMR-NIRT, Madurai unit. O ur distinguished Dean Dr. Sangumani and Medical Superintendent Dr.Balasubramaniyan addressed the gathering. Dr.V. Nagaraajan gave us his message appreciating the work of ICMR and the field staffs. Later he along with the Dean felicitated the NTEP staffs for their tremendous support to TB patients during the covid pandemic.

The programme was rendered with vote of thanks by Dr . M. Makeshkumar, Scientist - ‘D' ICMR-NIRT Madurai unit. Dr. N. Pooranagangadevi, Scientist D, ICMR-NIRT Madurai unit compered the event and the event concluded with the National Anthem.

 

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TB awareness programme
18/03/2021 - 19/03/2021

ICMR-NIRT Madurai Unit organized TB awareness programme at P.K.N Arts and Science College, Thirumangalam, Madurai on 18/03/2021 and NMSSVN College, Nagamalai, Madurai on 19/03/2021 in commemoration of World TB Day 2021. 

Dr. M. Makesh Kumar, Scientist D, ICMR-NIRT Madurai unit delivered a special lecture on “TB Awareness”.  Dr. Poorna Ganga Devi, Scientist D, Ms. Poongodi, Technical Officer-A, Ms. Valarmathi, Senior Technical Officer, Ms. O. R. Vijayalakshmi, Technical Officer-A and Dr. C. Manogaran, Technical Officer-A, were present in the programme.

The programme was attended by about 75 undergraduate students and 100 NSS students, respectively. 

 

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Commemoration of World TB Day at ICMR-NIRT
24/03/2021

In line with the theme of the World TB Day 2021 (‘The Clock is Ticking') which conveys the sense that the world is running out of time to act on the commitments to end TB made by global leaders, and keeping in view of the prevailing pandemic situation, the World TB Day was observed by ICMR-National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis in a simple but thoughtful manner. The event was organised by the TB Awareness Campaign Committee of the Institute. Dr. Saravanan, Sci D, welcomed the gathering and elaborated on the activities carried out by the TB Awareness Campaign Committee towards their only vision, i.e., Awareness on TB. The activities ranged from conducting awareness camps in various colleges in Madurai and Vellore to organising slogan writing competition to the institutional staff to distribution of Badges carrying TB pledge. “TB Talk”, a new informative cum interactive session on TB awareness was launched on the occasion and the first session of the series of lectures was given by Dr. PK. Bhavani, Sci D of the Institute. The talk was presented in a really informative way, covering all the basic information about tuberculosis. A TB Pledge was administered, by which all the staff committed to work towards creating a TB Free World. Results were announced for the slogan writing competition and the winners were felicitated. It was decided to display the winning slogans in the Institutional Website and the same would go into the Institute's Calendar for the coming year.

TB Awareness Videos shot by the TB Awareness Campaign Committee with the help of scientists of the Institute were launched by Mrs. Susila, Senior Administrative Officer and the videos were well received by the audience present. The meeting ended with vote of thanks by Dr. Padmapriyadarsini, Director, where she once again requested each and every one in the Institute to work towards achievement of End TB Target by 2025.

 

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International Women's day celebration
08/03/2021

International women's day was celebrated at ICMR-NIRT on March 8, 2021. Dr.C.Padmapriyadarsini,  Director, ICMR-NIRT inaugurated the function by lighting the lamp and introduced the theme of international wome n' s day celebration for this year. The senior administrative officer, Mrs. A. Susila  gave a special talk and various cultural activities were conducted by the staff of Clinic, Bacteriology, Immunology and Sociology departments.

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Inauguration of the Biosafety level 3 facility for research activities in Immunology Dept at ICMR-NIRT
22/02/2021

A dedicated biosafety level 3 (BSL-3) facility for tuberculosis related research activities was established in the Immunology Department of ICMR-NIRT on 22nd February 2021. This fully equipped facility was inaugurated by Dr.P.Selvaraj Scientist ‘F' (retired) in the presence of Dr.C.Padmapriyadarsini, Director, ICMR-NIRT. The  Immunology Department at NIRT has many national and internationally funded projects which aim to provide insights on the genomics and proteomics of the mycobacterial clinical isolates along with studies focused on understanding the human immunological responses to these drug sensitive and drug resistant tuberculosis strains.  The newly inaugurated BSL-3 facility is a containment facility that will be utilized for performing these experiments with multidrug-resistant TB (MDR TB) strains and extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR TB)  strains. This facility will provide a safe and infection free environment for the staff who are involved in these research projects.

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Dr. C. Padmapriyadarsini MBBS, DNB, MS, Ph.D, The Director, ICMR-NIRT has signed Memorandum of Understanding with Dr. M.Krishnan M.Sc., Ph.D, Vice-Chancellor, Madurai Kamaraj University, Palkalai Nagar, Madurai-625021 on 24th February 2021 .

 

For the purpose of signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Madurai Kamaraj University, Palkalai Nagar, Madurai, a team of ICMR-NIRT Scientists lead by Director had a meeting with The Registrar and staff of Madurai Kamaraj University on 24th February 2021.

The Director of ICMR-NIRT delivered a lecture on Tuberculosis for the students of Vivekananda College, Tiruvedagam West, Madurai on 24th February 2021.

 

International Day of Women and Girls in Science
12/02/2021

The women scientists and technicians of the Institute proudly celebrated the “International Day of Women and Girls in Science”, for the first time at ICMR-NIRT, on 11th February, 2021. The celebrations included brief speeches by women scientists, nursing staff and technicians of ICMR-NIRT that brought out the importance of women's contribution to research and scientific activities of ICMR-NIRT, in particular and to the world of science, in general. The senior participants of the event were requested to encourage young girls to take up careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), in order to tackle major threats to humanity. The event ended with a special address by the Director.

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Republic Day celebrations at ICMR-NIRT
26/01/2021

 

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Guest Lecture on CT Scan Brain –interpretation- normal and diseased states
19/01/2021

Speaker: Dr. Bhanu, Former Director of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Madras Medical College

An event for knowledge sharing and professional development was organized by Dr. Narendran Gopalan, Scientist ‘E' of the institute, as a part of the series of CME conducted by the ICMR-NIRT and STREAM Stage-2 Trial Team, starting the first class for this year. Dr. K. Bhanu, Former Director of Neurology, Madras Medical College, Chennai and Consultant Neurologist with her rich academic experience and clinical expertise in the field of neurology, simplified the art of reading CT Scan. There was a good patronage from doctors and other clinical staff.

This guest lecture focused on the basics and application of CT scan imaging system in the evaluation of the diseases of the human brain. Topics covered were CT neuroimaging, presentations of the diseases of the brain, their associated signs and various other manifestations, identification of various parts of the human skull and the brain in the CT images, etc.

 

Training For National Reference Laboratories On Newer Anti-TB Drugs
07/01/2021


Drug-resistant tuberculosis persists as a major public health concern. Alongside efficacious treatments, widespread usage of validated and standardized drug susceptibility testing (DST) and rapid molecular diagnostic tests are required to optimize care in patients with MDR-TB, especially in low-income countries, where the burden of TB and drug-resistant disease is high . ICMR- NIRT along with Central TB Division New Delhi and WHO, India team conducted first Online Training For National Reference Laboratories On Newer Anti-TB Drugs on 7th Jan 2021 The training was organized to enhance knowledge and skill sets of NRLs in DST to newer Anti-TB drugs.

Objectives of the training are as follows:

•  To train the participants on the guidance for DST to Bedaquiline (BDQ), Delamanid (DLM) & Clofazamine (CFZ) used in the management of DR TB.

•  To orient participants on the molecular methods for detection of resistance to Bdq, Dlm & Cfz.

Participants Include: All NRL microbiologists and senior lab technicians

Proceedings of the training:
Dr. C. Padmapriyadarsini, Director , NIRT welcomed the participants and all the presenters, this was followed by talk on Importance of DST to drugs used in the management of DR-TB by Dr. Ranjani Ramachandran WHO, she stressed on the importance of both phenotypic and genotypic DST and also emphasized on the need to carry out come based whole genome sequencing. Dr Manpreet Balla, NITRD shared her experience on newer drug testing at NITRD. This was followed with presentation by ICMR-NIRT staff to cover the following topics.

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Action of Drugs (Bdq, Dlm& Cfz) and mechanisms of drug resistance

Dr S Siva Kumar

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Sourcing of pure drug powder- Bdq & Dlm

Dr. R Radhakrishnan

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Preparation of stock & working solution (Bdq, Dlm& Cfz)

[Presentation, video & discussions]

Dr S Balaji

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SOP for LC- DST (Bdq, Dlm& Cfz)

[Presentation, video & discussions]

Dr Prabhu Srinivasan

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Molecular diagnosis of drug resistance (Bdq, Dlm& Cfz)

Dr S Siva Kumar

The training was concluded with vote of thanks by Dr S Siva Kumar.

 

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Workshop on “Revisiting Drug resistant TB in India through Next Generation Whole genome sequencing:
Lessons learned”
30/12/2020

A half a day virtual meeting was conducted at ICMR-NIRT on 'Revisiting Drug resistant TB in India through Next Generation Whole genome sequencing: Lessons learned' on 30 th December, 2020.

ICMR- NIRT has initiated the whole genome sequencing of M. tuberculosis strains since April 2017 through two major studies in partnership with University of Cambridge under the 'The Cambridge-NIRT, Chennai Centre partnership on Antimicrobial resistant tuberculosis (MRC-DBT)' and the other with Centres for Disease Control, Atlanta through the 'Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) Co-operative agreement'. An overview of the two projects were given by Dr. K.R. Uma Devi, Principle Investigator. The findings of the studies were presented by Dr. S. Siva Kumar, Dr. S. Sriram and Dr. K.R. Uma Devi, Scientists from ICMR-NIRT. Dr.S. Siva Kumar presented the major findings of the MRC-DBT partnership study under the title 'Mycobacterium tuberculosis Lineage associated mutations leading to drug resistance' and Dr. S. Sriram presented on the “Capacity building for DR-TB outbreak investigations' that was developed through the GHSA Co-operative agreement with CDC. Dr. K. R. Uma Devi presented on the 'Nationwide WGS data on drug resistance tuberculosis” based on the findings from GHSA Co-Ag. The findings from the studies were well received by the participants. The meeting was attended by stakeholders from Central TB Division, WHO Program Officers and Consultants, Directors of all the National Reference Laboratories in India, Members of Scientific Advisory Committee of ICMR-NIRT, Collaborators, the State TB Officer of Tamil Nadu, the District TB Officer of Chennai, Superintendent of Government Hospital-Tambaram, FIND India Officers and by the Doctors and Heads of the various Divisions at ICMR-NIRT. The panel discussion was chaired by Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, WHO and Dr. Patrick Moonan, CDC, Atlanta. The recommendations in the meeting was to have an in-depth analysis of the data presented with a translation value in focus. It was also suggested to develop a Clinical Epidemiology Consortium with experts of this field and plan studies using M.tb WGS data storage and analysis. The meeting ended with the vote of thanks by Dr. K. R. Uma Devi.

 

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HRQoL Training Programme
01/12/2020

A one-day training programme for the study entitled “Latent class analysis of Health Related Quality of Life of TB patients during and post treatment in a Longitudinal Design” was conducted by the Department of Statistics on 1st December, 2020.  The training was attended by scientific and technical staff of the Departments of Statistics, Health Economics, Clinical Research and Electronic Data Processing Unit.

Dr. C. Padmapriyadarsini, Director, ICMR-NIRT inaugurated the program and highlighted the importance of research projects under taken by the Department of Statistics. During the course of the training, the study proposal was briefly introduced. The training also covered topics on data collection and data management in Redcap, supervision, monitoring and documentation. Mock interviews were conducted by the study team.


 

CONSTITUTION DAY
26/11/2020

As per the instruction issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India, the staff of ICMR-NIRT, Chennai participated in the reading of the Preamble at 11 AM on 26th November as part of the “Constitution Day” celebration.

A lecture was given by Dr. B.M. Shrinivasa, Scientist ‘B’ of the institute on “Brief introduction to Constitution of India with special mention of Fundamental Right to Health Care” and many senior staff of the institute joined the meeting virtually.


 

ICMR Workshop for Writing Effective Policy Briefs
19/11/2020

A virtual Workshop on “Writing Effective Policy Briefs” on November 19th, 2020 was conducted.

The Workshop began with Dr C. Padmapriyadarsini, Director of ICMR-NIRT, welcoming the participants and introducing the speakers of the Workshop. The Director pointed out the necessity and importance of Policy Briefs for research and mentioned that scientists from various disciplines like Bacteriology, Biochemistry, Clinical Research, Immunology, Pharmacology, Epidemiology, Health Economics, Statistics and Socio-behavioural Science, who are working for Tuberculosis research have been included as participants for the workshop. The first speaker, Dr Rajni Kant,  Scientist G  & Director, ICMR-RMRC, Gorakhpur and & Head, RMPPC, ICMR Hqrs, New Delhi, delivered lecture on significance of writing policy briefs in health research and introduced the components of policy brief and the ways to structure the policy briefs for ICMR. The next speaker Dr. Laura Downey, from Imperial College, London, discussed about the importance of evidence-based Policy briefs and the need of policy brief in having effective policies implemented in health sector across India.   Following the talk, the next speaker, Dr. Sanghamitra Pati Scientist G & Director, ICMR-RMRC Bhubaneswar, explained in detail about the various components of the policy briefs, such as, evidence generation, synthesis and collation, translation, role of stakeholders, and the target audience. Besides discussing on the ways of bridging the gap between researcher and policy makers, effective writing of policy briefs were also discussed.  The final speaker, Dr. Neethi Rao, Health Policy & Systems Research Consultant, Bengaluru, briefed about policy entrepreneurs and how to build the body of credibility for policy briefs. In the final session of the workshop, online exercise towards understanding and evaluation of policy briefs was held apart from an interactive session between the participants and the speakers. The workshop concluded with vote of thanks by the Director.

 

Vigilance Awareness Week 2020
27/10/2020 to 02/11/2020

As per the instruction issued by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), "Vigilance Awareness Week" is being observed from 27th October, 2020 to 2nd November, 2020 at ICMR-NIRT, Chennai.  Accordingly the Integrity Pledge was administered by Dr Hemanth Kumar, Vigilance Officer of ICMR-NIRT on 27th October, 2020 to the senior officials and staff of the institute, in the presence of Dr.C.Padmapriyadarsini, Director of the institute. The staff vowed to work with utmost honesty and transparency. Posters were put up in multiple places within the campus of the institute to reiterate the message of eradicating corruption and maintaining highest standards of integrity and good governance. The theme for this year's "Vigilance Awareness Week" is "Satark Bharat, Samriddh Bharat" (Vigilant India, Prosperous India).

 

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Awareness session on infection control practices & personal protective measures
12/03/2020 - 17/03/2020

Awareness sessions on infection control practices and personal protective measures were conducted in multiple split groups to all the staff of ICMR-NIRT on 12.03.2020, 13.03.2020, 16.03.2020 and 17.03.2020. The staff were educated about appropriate hand hygiene, cough etiquette, infection control and prevention practices using educational materials from World Health Organisation, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Video by the Tamil Nadu Government.

 

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Research Dissemination Meeting
11/03/2020

A TB Research Dissemination Meeting was conducted at ICMR- NIRT, Chennai on 11th March, 2020 in commemoration of World TB Day. The meeting was attended by the Joint Director-TB of the State Govt., all stakeholders and collaborators including DTOs, faculties of various medical colleges, ART Medical Officers and WHO Consultants, who are involved in our clinical studies. There was a brief presentation about completed Clinical and Lab studies of ICMR-NIRT. The presentations were mainly focused on ICMR-NIRT's contributions to the National Tuberculosis Elimination Programme, so far and the future plans to achieve TB elimination. The collaborators also insisted to prioritize our future research studies on some of the key areas like Latent TB Infection, Primary Chemotherapy and modified regime for TB patients with Co-morbidities. They also emphasized that more Socio-behavioural research to be undertaken focussing on multipronged strategies and interventions for TB patients with alcohol and smoking habits. The meeting helped to disseminate our research activities to the stakeholders and collaborators which would help in strengthening ICMR-NIRT's partnership with the State Govt. in enhancing our research activities in future.

 

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TB Awareness Campaign at Vellore
03/03/2020

As part of TB Awareness Campaign, ICMR-NIRT-Vellore Sub Centre at Government Vellore Medical College & Hospital in Adukkamparai organised two TB Awareness Camps on 3rd March, 2020 for Indian Bank employees, GVMCH Branch and on 6th March, 2020 for the Housekeeping Staff and Patients at the ART PLUS Centre, GVMCH. Around 30 Patients and 60 staff members including Bank Manager & Manager of Housekeeping Staff attended the camp. Medical Officer and Staff of ICMR-NIRT delivered talks on TB, Hypertension and Diabetes Mellitus covering various topics including early symptoms and signs, prevention measures, etc. Emphasis was also placed on the need to adhere to medication and regular check-up. Importance of nutritious diet, exercise and avoidance of smoking and alcohol were also emphasized. Following this, participant interactive session was also organised to clarify doubts regarding TB, hypertension and Diabetes mellitus. Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar levels were also tested for the Bank and Housekeeping staff who participated in the camp.

 

 

TB Awareness Programme
Organised by the Department of Social and Behavioural Research (DSBR) - 27/02/2020

Awareness among Students :

A TB awareness programme was organized in Zamar Matriculation Higher Secondary School by the Department of Social and Behavioural Research-ICMR-NIRT on 27/02/2020. The programme aimed to enrich the knowledge of TB among school children. The main theme of the programme was:-

• What is TB?
• What is the cause of TB?          
• What are the symptoms?
• How it is transmitted?
• What are the preventive measures?
• Where to go for diagnosing and treatment?
• Is TB treatment free?
• Is TB curable?     
• Is TB hereditary?
• Who are at risk?

The programme began with welcome address given by Mrs. Chandra Suresh, followed by a brief dialogue on TB. Social Work students performed a street play on TB and then, animation movies on TB were also played for the students. A brief interaction was organised between the staff of ICMR-NIRT (DSBR) and the school students. The staff of ICMR-NIRT (DSBR) clarified all the doubts of students on TB. After completing all the formal events, Mr Murugesan P conducted an oral assessment on TB to know the effectiveness of the programme. It was very interesting to know that the students were able to give answers to the questions raised by the staff of ICMR-NIRT (DSBR).

Awareness for Commuters :

TB Awareness Programme was organized at Kilpauk Metro Station, Bus Stop, and Chetpet Railway Station by the Department of Social and Behavioural Research-ICMR-NIRT along with the Intern students from Mercy College, Palakkad, Kerala, on 26 th and 28 th February, 2020. The campaign was organised to create awareness among the commuters about TB. The programme was inaugurated by Dr Srikanth Prasad Tripathy, Scientist ‘G' & Director-in-charge of ICMR-National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis (NIRT). ICMR-NIRT (DSBR) staff and Intern students approached the public randomly and gave smiley badges, badges with END-TB note along with the pamphlets which describe the treatment of TB. ICMR-NIRT (DSBR) staff and intern students delivered a brief message to the commuters individually on TB-cause, spread, symptoms, where TB is diagnosed and treated and the fact that TB is curable. They also gave a brief on preventive measures and the need to treat TB patients with dignity, as anyone who breath air is at risk for TB. Through this programme, more than 100 commuters were benefitted and aware about TB including Auto Drivers, Street Vendors, school-going students, Office Staff, etc. The programme provided a great opportunity to demystify the public myths and misconceptions about TB.

 

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TB Awareness Camp at Vellore
20/02/2020 - 21/02/2020

On the occasion of World TB Day-2020, NIRT-Vellore sub-centre at Government Vellore Medical College & Hospital in Adukamparai organised two camps on 20th and 21st February, 2020. On 20th February 2020, TB awareness camp was held for the staff of Adukkamparai Panchayath Office in their premises and on 21st February 2020, a similar camp was organised for the staff of Tamil Nadu Electricity Board sub-station at Sathumadurai. In both the camps about 80 staff members including AEE and AE attended. Medical Officer and Staff of ICMR-NIRT delivered talks on TB, Hypertension and Diabetes mellitus covering various topics including early symptoms and signs, prevention measures, etc. Emphasis was also placed on the need to adhere to medication and regular check-up. Importance of nutritious diet, exercise and avoidance of smoking and alcohol was also emphasized. Following the lecture, Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar, Height and Weight details for participants were collected. A participant interactive session was also organised to clarify queries and doubts of the participants.

 

 

TB Awareness Programme
11/02/2020
Venue: Venba Trust,Tailoring unit, Washermenpet, Chennai.
No of Participants: 26


As part of TB day observation, Department of Social and Behavioural Research-NIRT reached out to the unreached population through awareness programs using different methods and gadgets.

We are planning to conduct awareness programs in different area among different communities for a whole month prior to TB day. As the first step, we conducted Tuberculosis awareness program at Thondiarpet.

TB awareness talk:
In the TB awareness program, Ms Chandra suresh talked about the basic facts of Tuberculosis, the modes of TB spread, the organs affect by TB bacteria and those that are not affected by TB. She also explained about the diagnosis and prognosis methods of TB, and provided information on preventing Tuberculosis.

Villupaattu:
As a special agenda Villupaattu was organized to create awareness on TB. It has conducted by Mr. Murugesan and team in the traditional method. Most of the participants actively interacted, lot of questions were raised and all the questions were clarified by the team.

Documentary movie:
Kanne Kanmaniye an excellent documentary movie on Tuberculosis was screened. Participants enjoyed watching the documentary film. They showed interest and involvement in the documentary film.  It was really a wonderful thing to reach the illiterate people too.

Doubt clarification: Doubt clarification session was conducted towards the end of the programme.   Ms.Chandra Suresh and Ms. Kalaiselvi handled the interactive session.  Participants actively raised questions and clarified their doubts.

Vote of Thanks:
At the end of the session vote of thanks was given by Mr. Murugesan.

 


 

 

 

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‘‘Good Clinical Practice' &  ‘Good Clinical Laboratory Practice - Orientation Workshop''
09/01/2020


“National Institute of Research in Tuberculosis (NIRT), Chennai in collaboration with Clinical Development Services Agency (CDSA), Faridabad organized a   ‘‘Good Clinical Practice' &  ‘Good Clinical Laboratory Practice - Orientation Workshop''   at ICMR-NIRT, on January 09, 2020. About 50 participants from various study sites were participated in this certification workshop. The interactive sections covered   Overview of GCP, Informed Consent Process, Good Documentation Practices / Record keeping and data handling, Roles and responsibilities of an Investigator, Sponsor, Monitor, Challenges in completing the Source data Template (CRFs) & Study Logs, Data Management in REDCap for DEOs,   Safety reporting and SAE reporting forms completion   and Good Clinical & Laboratory Practices for Lab Technicians .”




 

 

Workshop on ArcGIS Desktop + Spatial Analysis + Geo-Statistical Analysis
21/01/2020 to 23/01/2020


A Workshop on ArcGIS Desktop + Spatial Analysis + Geo-Statistical Analysis was conducted by the Division of Epidemiology Statistics, ICMR-NIRT with experts from Geo Technologies, India between 21st to 23rd January, 2020. About 30 participants attended, which included staff of NIRT, MPH students from Tamilndu Dr. MGR Medical University and ICMR-NIE and final year B.Sc., Statistics students from DRBCC Hindu College, Pattabiram . The participants had a hands on experience on using the ArcGIS Desktop.

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Internship course on “Biostatistics in Health Research”
02/01/2020 to 20/01/2020


Divisions of Epidemiology Statistics and Electronic Data Processing, ICMR-NIRT conducted a two week internship course on “Biostatistics in Health Research” for 10 students from the DRBCC Hindu College, Pattabiram, Chennai from 2nd to 20th January, 2020.

The students were oriented on the applications of statistical principles and methods in health research. An introduction to epidemiological research designs and survival analysis was also given. The students had a hands on experience in using statistical softwares like R and SPSS. They also were taught to create data entry forms in Epi Info.

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Republic Day Celebrations 2020

 

 


A pre-conference workshop on Research Methodology was jointly organized by Government Hospital of Thoracic Medicine, Tambaram Sanatorium, Chennai and ICMR-National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis, Chennai on 20 th December, 2019 a s part of the 74 th NATCON. A total of 34 participants attended the workshop which included Doctors and Post Graduate Medical students. The faculty included current and former Scientists from ICMR-NIRT, Chennai, ICMR-NIE, Chennai, Socio-behavioural Science Expert from NGO and former Scientist from ICMR Head Quarters.

The participants were sensitized about literature review, research question, study objectives, study designs, sample size and sampling, data collection and management, ethics in clinical research, presentation of data, preparation of abstracts and manuscript writing. There was an interactive session between the Experts and the participants on the research priorities focussing towards TB elimination in India. The focus areas suggested by the participants and Experts were follows:

•  Community preparedness and awareness

•  Active case findings in high risk groups

•  Involvement of private sector in TB notification and treatment completion

•  Development of non-invasive point-of-care test for TB

•  Use of Artificial Intelligence Technology for TB diagnosis, treatment adherence

The workshop concluded with the distribution of certificates to the participants.


 

Third Dr. V. Kumaraswami Endowment Lecture
26th August, 2019


The third edition of Dr. V. Kumaraswami Endowment Lecture was delivered as part of our Institutional academic event along with the 63rd Annual Day Celebrations of ICMR-NIRT on 26th August, 2019 in memory of Dr. V. Kumaraswami. 

Dr. Srikanth Tripathy, Director-in-Charge, ICMR-NIRT welcomed the gathering and introduced the speaker Dr. Subash Babu, a close associate of Dr. V. Kumaraswami. Padma Sri. Dr. K.V. Thiruvengadam, a teacher and Mentor of Dr. V. Kumaraswami conveyed his blessings and good wishes for the occasion through Dr. S. Rajasekaran.  The  Third Dr.V.K. Endowment lecture was delivered by Dr. Subash Babu, M.B.B.S., Ph.D., Scientific Director, NIH-ICER, NIRT, Chennai. The topic of his presentation was ‘Filariasis, tuberculosis and diabetes: My collaborations with Dr. V. Kumaraswami'.  Senior retired staff of ICMR-NIRT and friends and colleagues of Dr. V Kumaraswami attended and graced the function. After the oration, a memento was presented to Dr. Subash Babu by Dr. Srikanth Prasad Tripathy. 

The program concluded with a vote of thanks by Dr. Mohan Natrajan, Head of the Dept. of Clinical Research, ICMR-NIRT.

The video coverage of the event is available in the link: https://youtu.be/XOxPhr93k3Q

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47th Scientific Advisory Committee Meeting
25th - 26th November, 2019

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Vigilance Awareness Week
28th October - 2nd November, 2019

 

 

Rashtriya Ekta Diwas Pledge
31st October 2019


 

 

 

Memorandum of understanding between ICMR- National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis (NIRT), Chennai and Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT)
25th September 2019


A Memorandum of Understanding is signed between NIRT and VIT to contribute in relevant resources with the following objectives on 25th Sep 2019.   

  Both the Institutes after considering their objectives, strengths and have agreed

•  To have an understanding for collaboration in Tuberculosis drug discovery from natural resources and organic synthesis

•  Extending the instrumentation facility mutually for both researchers and faculty in both the institutions to carry out the said work in     drug discovery

•  Publish papers and generate IPR benefitting both the Institutions.

  A group of senior scientists from NIRT including Dr. Umadevi, Scientist E; Dr Luke Elizabeth Hanna, Scientist E; Dr C Ponnuraja, Scientist E; Dr N Saravanan Scientist D and Dr M Muniyandi, Scientist D have visited VIT on behalf of Director in Charge Dr. Srikanth P Tripathy who is instrumental behind this event.

The Chancellor of VIT Dr. G Viswanathan has interacted with the scientists enthusiastically and had been proactive in bringing this MoU.

Dr N Saravanan scientist D, Department of Biochemistry, NIRT and Dr Anand Anbarasu, Professor, Medical & Biological Computing Laboratory, VIT were coordinating this important event.

After successful completion of this process a copy of the MoU has been handed over to Dr. Srikanth P Tripathy, Director in Charge, NIRT

 

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Inauguration of the National TB Prevalence Survey of India
25th September 2019


Inauguration of the National TB Prevalence Survey of India on 25th September 2019 at New Delhi by Honourable Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr.Harsha Vardhan and Prof. Balram Bhargava, Secretary DHR and ICMR, Ms. Preeti Sudan, Secretary (H&FW), Govt if India in the presence of Dr. K.S. Sachdeva, DDG TB, Central TB Division, MoHFW and Dr. Henk Bekedam, WHO Representative to India and Dr.Srikanth Tripathy,Director, NIRT, Chennai.


 

 

 

 

launch of LIMS in Biochemistry
29th August 2019


“Clinical Biochemistry Laboratory, Department of Biochemistry has launched Laboratory Information Management System to ensure accurate and rapid dissemination of quality data to respective project investigators for the effective critical care and for the health management of their volunteers. The LIMS allows the Head of the Departmen t to communicate indicative alterations in clinical biochemistry to the individual PIs, so that unnecessary delay due to conventional reporting procedures will be avoided. The PIs will get the clinical biochemistry status of their patients with in 2-4 hours after the submission of samples to the Clinical Biochemistry Laboratory, which is very important for critical care management. The renovated Clinical Biochemistry facility was officially inaugurated by the Dr Srikanth P Tripathy, Director in Charge, NIRT and the LIMS facility was officially launched by Dr Mohan Natarajan, Head, Clinical Division on 29th Aug. 2019. Dr N. Saravanan, Head, Department of Biochemistry, staff members of laboratory and members form other divisions also present during the event” 

 

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63rd Annual Day Celebration @ ICMR-NIRT
26th August 2019


The 63rd Annual Day of ICMR-NIRT was celebrated with pomp and splendour with a simplistic agenda. The Director-in-charge, Dr. Srikanth Tripathy welcomed the Chief Guest after the invocation. The Director-in-charge thanked the current and the past Director Generals of ICMR who have guided us in this journey that has helped this institution to put their stamp in TB research anywhere in the world. This was followed by the Chief Guest Dr. A. Mahilmaran, Director and Professor of Pulmonology, Madras Medical College, Chennai, addressing the staff of ICMR-NIRT.

Both the heads of the institutions, in their respective speeches, highlighted the path that has to be travelled, the road that has been taken and the achievements that have helped our prestigious institution to breach all obstacles in our constant quest to conquer TB. This was once again reiterated by Dr. G. Narendran, the rapporteur and Chairman of the Annual Day Committee.

Twelve of the staff who had completed 25 years of memorable and meritorious service were felicitated followed by a short cultural programme for an hour mixed with poetry, puppet show, singing and dancing, taking the audience by surprise and resounding happiness

The committee members and the administration were thanked by Dr. L. Sekar for their support and cooperation. The programme ended saluting the “Bharat Matha” with the National Anthem.

 

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Annual Day Celebration @ ICMR-NIRT Madurai Unit
29th August 2019

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Independence Day Celebrations @ ICMR-NIRT
15th August 2019

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Orientation workshop on Health Technology Assessment in Tamil Nadu
29th June 2019


A one day workshop on Health Technology Assessment (HTA) in Tamil Nadu was conducted on 29th June 2019 at National Health Mission, DMS Annex Building, DMS Campus, Teynampet, Chennai for providing orientation to the state health officials of Tamil Nadu on HTA. The workshop was o rganized by Regional Resource Centre for HTAIn, ICMR-NIRT and National Health Mission (NHM), Tamil Nadu. The participants from TNMSC, NHM-Tamil Nadu, TNHSRP, TANSACS, DPH & PM, Greater Chennai Corporation and DM & RHS attended the meeting. Resource persons from DHR, MoHFW New Delhi, Regional Resource Centre for HTAIn, ICMR-NIRT, Chennai and IIT Madras facilitated the workshop. Dr. G Jerard Maria Selvam, Deputy Director (NHM) welcomed all the participants and explained about expectations from the workshop. Dr. Srikanth Prasad Tripathy, Director-In-Charge, ICMR-NIRT, Chennai welcomed the participants and addressed the participants on the importance of HTA. Professor V. Muraleedharan gave overview on HTA in India in the context of universal health coverage. Dr. M Muniyandi, Coordinator, Regional Resource Centre, ICMR-NIRT explained about the role of ICMR-NIRT HTAIn. Dr. Kirti Tyagi and Dr. Aamir Sohail from HTAIn Secretariat, Department of Health Research, MoHFW, New Delhi presented about the DHR initiatives on HTA in India and gave Introduction on Economic Evaluation and Decision Modelling. Participants discussed on the potential role of HTA from their departmental and programme perspective. At the end of the workshop it was decided to create a working group for HTA in Tamil Nadu with the participation of all attending official. Every participant provided one potential topic for conducting HTA in Tamil Nadu. It was decided to create communication group for all attendees of the workshop to facilitate discussion and exchange of ideas to develop HTA proposals. The workshop ended with vote of thanks by Dr N Karikalan, Scientist-B, ICMR-NIRT.



 

 

 

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5th International Yoga Day celebrations at ICMR-National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis, Chennai
21st June, 2019


The 5th International Yoga day Day was celebrated not with pomp and splendour but with dedication and devotion, marked by serenity and feeling of oneness - which is the meaning of Yoga, to raise awareness about the benefits of Yoga in daily life, balancing the body, soul and mind. Dr. G. Narendran welcomed the clinical and other department staff who had eagerly gathered to perform Yoga and perceive the changes that occurs real time, vividly demonstrated by the Yoga expert from Krishnamachari Yogamandiram therapist Mr. T.N. venkatesan who took the practice to great heights with not only a clear and succinct explanation but also making the staff realise that simple manoeuvres can mobilise the soul to eternity.

It has been the practice to celebrate the International Yoga Day for the past 5 years and Dr. Mohan Natrajan, on behalf of the institution added institution added that it was the Prime Minister's cherished dream to conquer oneself and raise beyond caste, creed and religion. It was the practice of the soul which rises above these and concentrates on unity among diversity. He also explained the theme of Yoga for climate action.

Mr. Gopal then continued as a respectable teacher in his speech that had a fine blend of humour, poetry and science. There was again a separate demonstration of Manavalakalai Yoga group headed by Mr. Ramachandran and Mrs. Girijalakshmi that performed specialised yoga in front of a large audience headed by Mr. Ramachandran and Mrs.Girijalakshmi .

The volunteers who helped in organising the function , Dr. Vignesh, Dr. Keerthana , and Dr. Dhanalakshmi, along with the entire clinic staff led by Mrs. Gunasundari, Photographic support by Mr. Murugesan and the arrangements done by caretaker Mr. Ravi and Mr. loganathan along with the staff of the offices of the Director and HOD clinic Clinic deserves special mention .  

Mr. Gopakumar delivered the vote of thanks and the session concluded around 11.00 am.


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Training on Modelling in Economic Evaluation for Health Technology Assessment (HTA)
18th May 2019

The workshop on “Training on Modelling in Economic Evaluation for Health Technology Assessment (HTA)” was organized by Department of Health Economics, ICMR-NIRT from 14 th to 18th May 2019. The facilitators of the workshop are Dr Kavitha Rajsekar, Dr. Malkeet Singh and Ms Kirti Tyagi from HTAIn Secretariat, Department of Health Research, New Delhi and Dr Akashdeep Singh from School of Public Health, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh. The participants of the workshop are from State Government of Tamil Nadu, ICMR-National Institute for Epidemiology, University of Madras, SRM Institute of Science and Technology and ICMR-NIRT. During the inauguration Director-In-Charge acknowledged the importance of capacity building in the area of Health Economics and he emphasise more people to be trained in this area. He also suggested to initiate online Health Economics course to medical professional to understand the cost-effectiveness of interventions. This programme covered introduction and need of HTA; basics of health economics; economic evaluations; concept of comparator- perspective, time horizon, cycle length; concept of quality of life (QALYs, DALYs); costing and cost analysis; decision tree; markov model; simulation of graphic model in to mathematical model using Excel and introduction to sensitivity analysis. This training also covered extensive hands on training and exercise to everyone to create a new model for their proposed topics. Overall the training benefited the participants the overview and hands on training in economics modelling in health technology assessment.


 

 

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