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Workshop on “Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases focusing on Tuberculosis”
14-16 November 2022

The workshop on “Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases focusing on Tuberculosis” was facilitated by Dr. Sandip Mandal, Independent Consultant and Mr. T. Kannan, Technical Officer. The workshop was attended by thirty participants including Scientists and Technical Officers from various ICMR institutes, Academicians and Research Scholars from Medical Colleges. This workshop covered extensively on all the steps in developing infectious disease models using a simple force of infection and dynamic forces of infection. The workshop also covered the basics of designing and simulating a compartmental model. In addition, hands-on training was given to design models such as an SIR (S-Susceptible; I-Infectious; R-Recovered), compute Basic Reproduction Number (R 0 ), building equations were demonstrated. Hands-on training was also provided for using R software to build the model. Participants were divided into five teams and a follow-up workshop was proposed to track their progress. All the participants expressed that the learnings from the Workshop will be useful in developing model on any infectious disease.


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Inauguration of short course TB Preventive Treatment

Inauguration of short course TB Preventive Treatment by Dr. K. Senthilraj, District Collector, Thoothukudi at Thoothukudi in presence of DD-TB and Dr. Makesh Kumar (Senior Scientist, ICMR-NIRT) among others.

Press Clip: https://www.thehindu.com/.../tb.../article66129092.ece


Bailey K Ashford Medal 2022

Dr. Subash Babu, NIH Scientist & Scientific Director of International Center for Excellence in Research Programme in ICMR-NIRT was awarded the 2022  Bailey K Ashford medal by the ASTMH (American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene) for his distinguished work in tropical medicine (Tuberculosis). He is the first Indian to receive the medal.


BIRD Award 2022

Dr. V. Umashankar, Scientist-E, ICMR-NIRT was presented with Bioclues, Innovation, Research and Development (BIRD) Award for the outstanding contribution in the area of Functional Genomics and Bioinformatics for the year 2022, at the International Conference on Frontiers in Nutrition, Medical Genomics, and Drug Discovery (Inbix22), held at Vignan University, Andhra Pradesh on 1st Nov 2022. Bioclues is an affiliate of International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) and Asia-Pacific Bioinformatics Network (APBioNet).


Next Generation Sequencing Data Analysis in Tuberculosis Research: a Launchpad
One Day Workshop
Organized by ICMR-NIRT


Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) Data Analysis skillsets have become essential for the biologists in this Post Genomics Era. The application of NGS technologies has majorly impacted the healthcare domain, in terms of advancing precision diagnostics. Especially in rapid identification of mutational spectrum in infectious bacteria and formulating relevant treatment modalities for infectious diseases like Tuberculosis. To enable efficient planning and execution of NGS based diagnostics/research, it becomes essential to organize training programs to equip the aspiring biologists and medical professionals. Hence, envisaging this need, ICMR-NIRT organized a workshop to train different data analysis modules for Genome assembly, mapping, annotation, variant calling etc., using GALAXY server, as a Launchpad for self-learning and exploration. The workshop was inaugurated by
Dr. Padmapriyadarsini, Director, ICMR-NIRT, followed by lectures by Dr. Sivakumar (HOD, Dept. of Bacteriology) and Dr. V. Umashankar (Scientist-E, Dept. of Virology & Biotechnology). Subsequently, hands-on training was conducted by Dr.V.Umashankar (Organizing Secretary), Dr.Naveen Kumar and Dr.Ashok (Project Scientists, ICMR-NIRT) as resource persons. The participating members included researchers, graduates and post graduate students from different institutions across South India. The workshop was well received and a series of similar events are being planned for the future.

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Visit of Dr Rajiv Bahl, Secy-DHR & DG-ICMR

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Upcoming Events:

Workshop on Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases focusing on Tuberculosis



TB Awareness and Screening Camp at Child Faith Home for Children and Women

A TB awareness and screening program for the inmates of Child Faith Home for Children and Women located in Manapakkam, Chennai was conducted on 1 st October, 2022. The event was organised by the Depts. of Social and Behavioural Research, Clinical Research and Epidemiology. The event was inaugurated by Dr Karikalan, Head-DSBR and Dr Sriram, Head-Epidemiology, followed by which TB awareness activities were conducted by Mr Murugesan and Mrs Chandra Suresh, Senior Technical Officers, DSBR. Mr Suresh and Mrs Sujatha, Members of the Community Advisory Board of ICMR-NIRT welcomed the participants. Subsequently, more than 100 residents of the home including children and their care takers were screened for TB and other health issues by Clinicians of ICMR-NIRT. The event was concluded with heartfelt thanksgiving of the children and Mrs. Sujatha, Director of Child Faith Home.

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CME on Pharmacovigilance in TB

As part of National Pharmacovigilance Week celebrations of ICMR-NIRT, a CME was conducted on “ Pharmacovigilance in TB ” on 22 nd September 2022. The sessions in CME included 1) Adverse Drug Reactions (ADRs) in drug-sensitive TB by Dr S. Kumar, Senior Pulmonologist, 2) ADRs in drug resistant TB by Dr P.M. Ramesh, Professor and Superintendent, GTHTM, Otteri, and 3) Current update in ADR in India by Dr. V. Kalaiselvan, Senior Principal Scientific Officer, IPC, Ghaziabad.

Dr. D. Baskaran, Scientist-F, ICMR-NIRT, presented the development of NIRT AMC and released a pamphlet developed by ICMR-NIRT to create awareness among health care workers on ADR reporting. About 85 participants attended the CME and among them, 55 attended online. The participating members included pulmonologists, District TB Officers, faculties of Pharmacology from Medical Colleges, Postgraduates in Respiratory Medicine and Pharmacology, and other students and doctors from ICMR-NIRT.


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Blue Sapphire Jubilee Celebration

ICMR- NIRT celebrated its 65- year legacy in fighting against tuberculosis on 20 August 2022. The Blue Sapphire Jubilee Celebrations were graced by Thiru. Ma. Subramanian, Hon'ble Minister for Health, Medical Education and Family Welfare, Govt. of Tamil Nadu as the Chief guest. The Hon'ble minister released a short film on the milestones of NIRT since its inception. The health minister in his speech said that the state government is very keen on eliminating TB to achieve TB-free Tamil Nadu by 2025.

Thiru. I.Parandhaman, Hon'ble Member of Legislative assembly from Egmore Constituency released a Photobook on the achievements of NIRT and it was received by Dr P.Senthil Kumar IAS, Principal Secretary, Health, Medical Education and Family Welfare, Govt. of Tamil Nadu. The guest of Honour Dr T.S. Selavinayagam, Director of Public Health and Preventive Medicine mentioned that ICMR- NIRT has a good collaborative partnership with the state on many research projects. He also thanked NIRT for its support in completing the Tamil Nadu TB prevalence survey.

Thiru.R. Ramakrishnan IAS, Senior Deputy Director General of ICMR highlighted that ICMR institutions played a crucial role in containing the COVID-19 pandemic and supported the state's efforts. The director of NIRT Dr.C. Padmapriyadarsini welcomed the dignitaries and briefed the institution's ongoing research activities and plans.

The Hon'ble Minister presented awards for “Exemplary contribution to the research in ICMR- NIRT” to Dr P.R.Narayanan, former Director of ICMR- NIRT and Dr Vijayalakshmi Thanasekaraan, Professor of Pulmonology and former Chairperson of Institutional Ethics Committee, ICMR – NIRT. He also presented longevity awards to three of the staff for completing 25 years of service. The program ended with a Vote of Thanks followed by the National anthem


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Release of NIRT Short Film & Photo Book

Release of Short Film on ICMR-NIRT's achievements by Thiru. Ma. Subramanian, Hon'ble Minister for Health, Medical Education and Family Welfare, Govt. of Tamil Nadu, on the occasion of the 65th Annual Day of ICMR-NIRT.

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Independence Day celebration at ICMR-NIRT



Research Guidance Workshop for PhD scholars and Post-Doctoral fellows
08/08/2022 & 10/08/2022

ICMR-NIRT conducted “Research Guidance Workshop for PhD scholars and Post-Doctoral fellows” on 8th and 10th August 2022. This workshop was conducted for PhD scholars and Post-Doctoral fellows to help them refine their research projects and acquire necessary skills for effective research management. Dr. V.D. Ramanathan (Scientist ‘G’ (Retd.), ICMR-NIRT), Dr. P. Selvaraj (Scientist ‘F’ (Retd.), ICMR-NIRT), Dr. Geetha Ramachandran (Scientist ‘E' (Retd.), ICMR-NIRT), Dr. N.S Gomathi, (Principal Technical Officer (Retd.), ICMR-NIRT) and Dr. Vishwanathan (Associate Professor and Head, Department of Statistics, Presidency College) presided over the workshop as faculties and gave guidance and advice to the students and Post Docs.

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Dr. Banu Rekha - Participation in 6th Annual Medical Excellence Awards 2022

Dr. V.V. Banu Rekha, Scientist 'E', ICMR-NIRT participated as a Guest in the "6th Annual Medical Excellence Award" function organised by World Tamil Chamber of Commerce on 1st August 2022 in Hotel Le Royal Meridien, Chennai. Shri Arif Mohammed Khan, Hon'ble Governor of Kerala was the Chief Guest for the event. Awards were presented to the Best Doctors, Medical Awareness Programs, Medical Products and Best Hospitals during the event.


ICMR-Major General Saheb Singh Sokhey Award-2020

Dr. N. Pavan Kumar, Scientist ‘C', ICMR-NIRT was presented with ICMR-Major General Saheb Singh Sokhey Award for the year 2020, for his outstanding contribution in the field of Immunology of TB and Diabetes Mellitus.



Knowledge Sharing Workshop

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Visit of Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya (Hon'ble Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare) to ICMR-NIRT, Chennai

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Release of TB Mutation Catalogue during the visit of Hon’ble Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare
to ICMR-NIRT, Chennai.




International Yoga Day @ ICMR-NIRT

The 8th International Yoga Day was observed at ICMR-NIRT Chennai on 21st June 2022. Ms. V.M. Girija Lakshmi (Sr. Tech. Officer) demonstrated, “Yoga for stress-free work place”, along with Mr. Gunalan and Mr. Pravin Kumar Singh, Members of NIRT Yoga Centre. The demonstration was followed by address by Dr. M. Muniyandi, Scientist ‘D' & Head, Department of Health Economics. The Chief Guest for the event, Mr. Joseph Julian, Wellness Consultant–SRMIST delivered his message on “Effects of Yoga on functional capacity and wellbeing”. More than 70 members participated in this event which ended with vote of thanks from Mr. L. Gunalan.



Community Volunteers for TB-Free South Chennai.

ICMR-NIRT in collaboration with Greater Chennai Corporation and National Tuberculosis Elimination Programme, conducted an Orientation and Training program for the community volunteers on 11th June 2022 at Semmenchery UPHC. Around 36 active volunteers from various background participated in coordination with and support from Thozhamai, NGO. The event commenced with the welcome address delivered by Mr. Murugesan, Department of Social and Behavioral Research . Dr.Padmapriyadarsini, Director ICMR-NIRT delivered a special talk on the importance of TB elimination and its burden to the Community. Dr. Jaganadhan, Zonal Health Officer (Zone 15) explained the importance of TB awareness and the role of Community volunteers in TB elimination in an interactive way. A TB Documentary movie was projected to the audience for better understanding about the disease.

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Dr S Sriram, Scientist D (Medical) & Head of Epidemiology Dept, ICMR-NIRT sharing his thoughts about the Tobacco-TB comorbidity in the ‘Makkal Medai’ programme held as a part of World No Tobacco Day (31-05-2022) in DD Podhigai Channel.



Community Advisory Board (Cab) Meeting of ICMR-NIRT

The Community Advisory Board (CAB) meeting of ICMR-NIRT was held on 9th May, 2022 at ICMR-NIRT. The Community Advisory Board was reconstituted with experts from various fields working for different sections of the society. This meeting aims to get inputs from community experts for implementing community centric research studies. The event began with welcome address by Mr. Murugesan, STO-2, Dept. of Socio-Behavioural Research. Followed by this, a detailed round of introduction was given by the CAB members. Dr. Padmapriyadarsini, Director of ICMR-NIRT, gave the introductory remarks and explained the needs and importance of CAB. Further, she elucidated clinical trials of ICMR-NIRT and the importance of CAB in ensuring patient centric approaches and processes. Dr Karikalan, Head, DSBR provided a brief overview of mandates of CAB and the role of members. The Principal Investigators of various projects presented their new study protocols and were provided with critical inputs by the CAB members. Ways to address patient and community concerns  were discussed and elaborated. Dr Karthikeyan, Chairperson of CAB acknowledged the importance of studies and emphasized the patient and community aspects of studies. The meeting concluded with vote of thanks for CAB members and all the participants.


Dissemination Meeting of Paediatric TB Research

ICMR-NIRT conducted ‘Dissemination Meeting of Paediatric TB Research’ on 25/04/2022, where completed two major clinical trials (SHINE study & TBM Kids) were presented to paediatricians across the country, NTEP/CTD programme representatives and other stakeholders/collaborators.

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TB Awareness Program for Students

NIRT conducted an awareness program which included talk, movie and villupattu in Thirumurugan Arts and science college for Women, Thiruvallur. It was well received attended by more than 250 students.


COVID-19 Vaccine Post Introduction Evaluation (cPIE)

To identify the current best practices, gaps and lessons learnt and to propose actions to strengthen the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination.


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51st Pre-Scientific Advisory Committee Meeting

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Swachhta Pakhwada-Felicitation Ceremony

A programme to reiterate Swachhta Pakhwada and honour the staff who actively participated in the events, was organized by the Institutional Hygiene Committee. It was presided by Dr. Padmapriyadarsini, Director. A talk on "Protecting Natural and Human resources" was delivered by Mr. Sathyamurthy, Dept. of Virology and Biotechnology. Prizes were distributed to the staff nominated by the HODs from each of the department for maintaining a clean office work space and contributed to a clean and hygienic environment in the Institute. Prizes were distributed to the wards of staff, who participated in the poster competition on the theme "Our Planet Our Earth". The ceremony ended with vote of thanks and National Anthem.

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Swachhta Pakhwada-Voluntary cleaning activities

As part of Swachhta Pakhwada 2022, voluntary cleaning activity was carried out in all the departments and all staff participated in the cleaning activity enthusiastically.

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Poster Competition for Swachhta Pakhwada and World Health Day

As a part of Swachhta Pakhwada and World Health Day, Poster Competition was conducted for the children of ICMR-NIRT staff with the World Health day theme 'Our Planet Our Health". Children actively participated in the competition. A panel of judges selected the best posters.


TB awareness program for Hearing impaired students of Presidency College, Chennai
as part of World TB Day 2022

ICMR- NIRT in collaboration with Presidency College conducted an awareness program in commemoration of World TB Day, 2022. The programme was organized on 8th April 2022 at Presidency College Auditorium. Around 250 Hearing impaired Under Graduate students participated in the event. The event commenced with the welcome address delivered by Dr.Mukesh Devan, Head of the Department of Statistics and Presidential Address was given by Prof. Raman, Principal, Presidency College. Dr. N Karikalan , HOD, DSBR, ICMR-NIRT gave a special talk on the importance of TB elimination and its burden to the students. The talk was interpreted by Dr.N. Vinodh simultaneously in sign language to the hearing impaired students. Mrs. Chandra Suresh, STO, DSBR explained the TB facts and the role of students in TB elimination in an interactive way. Post the talk the speakers addressed various questions posed by the audience. Villupaatu on TB awareness was performed by Mr. Murugesan, STO, DSBR and Mrs.Kokila, Project Technical Officer, DSBR which was interpreted simultaneously in sign language to the students.

Mr. Kumar, Guest Lecturer, Presidency College organised and facilitated the whole program. An Animated TB documentary movie was shown to the audience for better understanding.

Dr.D.Philip and Mrs.P. Sasikala delivered the vote of thanks to the gathering. The students volunteered themselves to lead the TB pledge and the program concluded with National Anthem.

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Awareness programme on biomedical waste management to housekeeping staff

An awareness programme was conducted to the housekeeping staff of ICMR-NIRT by the Dept. of Clinical Research and NIRT Hygiene Committee on 08.04.2022. Around 45 staff participated in the meeting. Dr. Baskaran, HOD, Clinic stressed about the importance of safe and clean environment. He also thanked the staff for helping to keep the institute clean and hygienic. Dr. Bella Devaleenal, Chairperson, Hygiene Committee explained the purpose of the meeting and the importance of following safety precautions during biomedical waste management. Mrs.Gunasundari, Mrs.Valarmathi and Mrs. Shakila from the Department of Clinical Research explained about biomedical waste management, segregation and disposal, various colour codes for segregation and the importance of following safety precautions while doing cleaning and disposal of biomedical waste. Plastic free health and hygiene kit containing a cloth bag, steel plate, masks were distributed to the participants.

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Swachhta Pakhwada -Community awareness about health and hygiene

As part of Swachhta Pakhwada, the DSBR team of ICMR-NIRT visited slum dwellers in Chetpet, to provide them awareness about hygiene and sanitation for prevention of diseases. The programme was organized on 6th April 2022 (World Health Day). Around 40 community members assembled, where Mrs. Chandra Suresh, STO, DSBR, ICMR-NIRT welcomed the gathering and delivered a message on hygiene and sanitation to the participants. Mr. P Murugesan, STO, DSBR, ICMR-NIRT addressed the community members and made the session interesting by way of singing hygiene and TB awareness songs. Mr. Stephen A, Scientist B, DSBR explained about the role of community in keeping their environment clean and tidy. DSBR staff and Social Work Internship students participated and helped to organize the events. The speakers also addressed various questions posed by the audience related to health and hygiene. Plastic free health and hygiene kits containing steel lunch boxes, soaps were distributed to the participants.



Lecture on healthy environment for improving public health

As part of Swachhta Pakhwada activities in the Institute , a talk on sustaining a healthy environment for improving public health was delivered by Dr. Chitra Grace, Associate Professor, Global Institute of Public Health. She is an expert in environmental sciences and a public health specialist. The lecture focussed on clean environment, pollution (air, water and soil), harms of plastic and pesticide usage and ways to prevent it for better quality of life.

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World TB Day - TB Awareness Program for students of Don Bosco Matriculation School, Vyasarpadi, Chennai.

In commemoration of World TB Day, ICMR-NIRT in collaboration with Equitas Small Finance Bank organized a TB Awareness Program on at Don Bosco Higher Secondary School, Vysarpadi, Chennai on 29th March 2022. Around 200 students participated in the event with their teachers and Head Master Fr. Tony Robert . The event commenced with a talk on TB by Mrs. Chandra Suresh, STO and Mr. P. Murugesan, STO, ICMR-NIRT to students of 9th to 12th class followed by display of TB documentary movie and TB animated movie for the audience for better understanding in a child-friendly way. Post the talk the speakers addressed various questions posed by the gathering. Mr. Krishnamoorthy from Equitas Bank gave the final remarks and honored all the speakers and organizers. The programme concluded with the TB Pledge. Mr.Vignesh and Mr Manikandan, Student trainees from Dr Ambedkar Govt Arts College facilitated this Awareness Program.


Swachhta Pledge & Plantation of saplings

As part of Swachhta Pakhwada, the following activities were conducted on April 1st 2022:

Swachhta Pledge
The staff of ICMR-NIRT Chennai took Swachhta Pledge. The pledge was administered by Mrs. Devaki, Sr. Admn. Officer

Beautification of the campus and inauguration of a landscape Dr. C. Padmapriyadarsini, Director, ICMR-NIRT planted an ornamental plant in the landscape which is being developed near the entrance of the institute. Dr. D. Baskaran, Head-Dept. of Clinical Research, members of Hygiene Committee and Administrative staff were present during the inauguration. Mrs. Devaki, Sr. Admn. Officer, planted a sapling in the campus of the Institute.


Swachhta pledge was taken by Staff of NIRT Madurai Unit



Modified BPaL Trial - Investigators' Meeting

ICMR - NIRT organised an Investigators' meeting for Modified BPaL clinical trial at Le Meridien, New Delhi on 29th March 2022, supported by iDEFEAT TB project, The UNION. The program was felicitated by Dr. Umesh Alavadi, USAID India, Dr. K.S. Sachdeva, The Union, Dr. Ravinder Kumar, TB Specialist, CTD and Dr. Malik Parmar, WHO India. Dr. C. Padmapriyadarsini, Director, ICMR - NIRT presented the progress update of the Modified BPaL clinical trial. A refresher training on study procedures & redcap entry were given to all the study investigators.

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World TB Day - Awareness Program

A program on TB Awareness was organized on 28th March, 2022 at the Department of Spoken English, Pasumpon Muthu Ramalinga Thevar College (PMT), Usilampatti, Madurai District as part of World TB Day activities of ICMR-NIRT. Adv. Mr. Ponram, Professor and Legal Advisor of PMT College briefed about the need of TB awareness among students.

Welcome address was given by Dr. Thavamani, Deputy Principal and Head-Rural Development Department, wherein he stressed the role of rural development students on creating TB awareness in rural areas. Dr. M. Makesh Kumar (Scientist –D), ICMR-NIRT (Madurai Unit) shared the main studies conducted by ICMT-NIRT since its inception and shared some insights on TB, mode of its transmission, prevention, free diagnosis and treatment. He delivered a special talk on World TB Day 2022 with emphasis on its theme. He also highlighted the role of students on TB elimination and involvement of NCC volunteers on TB Elimination activities in Madurai District. About 100 students from the Depts. of Rural Development, English and BBA of the College participated in the program.

A small quiz contest was conducted by Mrs. Deepalakshmi, Mrs. Porselvi, Mr. Anbumayan and Mr Murugan, staff of ICMR-NIRT (Madurai Unit) and prizes were distributed for contest winners. Vote of thanks was given by Mr. R. Pandi, Vice Principal of the College.



Commemoration of World TB Day 2022

Word TB Day was commemorated with full enthusiasm on 24th March 2022. Dr Mahilmaran, Director-ITM, Chief Guest released a book titled, "Low Cost and Wholesome Nutritional Recipe for Tuberculosis Patients" and delivered a special talk on "Invest to End TB, Save Lives". Dr V Xavier Christu Rajan, Sr. Asst. Professor, Dept. of Community Medicine, KMC & Nodal Officer, DMS launched the online training course, "Manage TB" for practitioners & Postgraduate Medical students. The student winners of elocution competition on "Invest to end TB, save lives" from 4 different Colleges (Dhamamurthi Rao Bahadur Calavala Cunnan Chetty's Hindu College, Dr MGR-Janaki College for Women, Vels Institute of Science, Technology & Advanced Studies & Madras Christian College) were given prizes during the function. This was followed by cultural programmes by students of Madras School of Social Work. All the participants took a pledge to try to eliminate TB by 2025. The commemoration ended with vote of thanks by the Member Secretary of NIRT Celebration Committee.

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TB Awareness Program for National Service Scheme (NSS) Student Volunteers of SRM Institute of Science and Technology (SRMIST)

As part of World Tuberculosis Day, ICMR-National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis (NIRT), Chennai, in collaboration with SRM Institute of Science and Technology (SRMIST), Chennai, organised a "TB Awareness Program" in Kalvoy Village at Government Primary Health Centre, Chengalpet District, at the SRMIST National Service Scheme (NSS) village camp on March 25, 2022.



Tuberculosis (TB) Awareness Program at AISWO, Thanjavur (World TB Day)

On March 23, 2022, as part of World Tuberculosis Day, a "TB Awareness Program" was conducted by ICMR-NIRT in association with Adaikalamatha Institute for Social Work (AISWO), Adaikalamadha College, Vallam, Thanjavur. Dr.T. Muthukumar, HOD, AISWO, delivered the welcome address, and Mrs. M. Vanitha, Assistant Professor, AISWO, gave a brief overview regarding the event's objectives. Mr. P. Murugesan, STO-2, DSBR, interactively presented basic facts about tuberculosis and also performed a TB awareness program through Villupattu at the gathering. Mr. Mahendran, Chief Librarian, Adaikalamadha College, Mrs. Tamilselvi, Managing Trustee, We-Trust, Trichy, and Mr. Eliayaraja, Secretary, Manamakil Psychiatric Rehabilitation & Research Foundation, Villupuram, also took part in this event. This programme was attended by about 40 Master of Social Work (MSW) trainees. Students enthusiastically participated and learned the facts about tuberculosis, and took the TB pledge to eliminate tuberculosis by 2025. Mr. K. Gopi, Lecturer, concluded the event by thanking the gathering.


World TB Day - Awareness Program for NSS Student Volunteers

As part of World TB Day 2022, a "TB Awareness Program" was organized by ICMR-NIRT on 10th March 2022 at Kandaswamy Naidu College located in Anna Nagar, Chennai. Dr. Murugakoothan, The Principal of the college delivered the welcome address to the gathering. NSS Coordinator, Dr. Indumathy gave a brief introduction about the purpose of the program to the NSS students. Around 60 NSS student volunteers participated in this program. Mrs. Chandra Suresh, STO, DSBR presented basic facts of Tuberculosis in an interactive way. Mr. Murugesan, STO, DSBR explained the importance of World TB Day and its theme for 2025. A TB documentary movie was played for the students for better understanding. Students actively participated and understood TB facts and took TB pledge at the end. The program was coordinated by Mr. Vignesh and Mr. Manikandan, MSW trainees from Dr. Ambedkar College.


World TB Day - Awareness Program for school students

ICMR-NIRT in collaboration with Equitas Small Finance Bank and TTK Hospital (T.T. Ranganathan Clinical Research Foundation) organised an awareness programme for Students in commemoration of World TB Day at VS Nethaji Matriculation school, Perambur, Chennai. Around 70 students from 9th to 12th Std. participated in the event with their class teachers and Head Mistress, Ms. Rekha. The event commenced with a talk on TB by Mr. P Murugesan, STO, ICMR-NIRT followed by an interactive session . The students enjoyed the TB awareness songs and video presentations. Further, the session on alcohol and substance abuse was delivered by Ms. Sheeba and Ms. Shalini from TTK Hospital. Mr. Sreenath and Ms. Chinnu , MSW Student trainees from Loyola College facilitated the program. Mr. Krishnamoorthy and Mr. Prakash from Equitas Bank expressed their gratitude and honored all the speakers and organizers. The programme concluded with TB pledge administration.



Workshop on Health Economics

The objective of the workshop is to provide technical support on application of economic tools in health research and to generate health economics evidence to make decisions relating to drugs, devices, treatment pathways and preventative health intervention strategies.



Hands-on Workshop on 'Next Generation Sequencing in Tuberculosis Diagnosis & Research'
07/03/2022 - 09/03/2022

A hands-on workshop on 'Next Generation Sequencing in Tuberculosis Diagnosis & Research' was jointly organized by the Department of Immunology, ICMR-NIRT & M/s Premas Life Sciences Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi on March 07th -09th 2022 at ICMR-NIRT, Chennai. This workshop witnessed the participation of 14 students and researchers from both Academia and Industry.

The three-day workshop was organized with the intent to give hands-on exposure to the participants for the application of Illumina Next-Generation Sequencing technology for Tuberculosis Diagnosis & Research. The focus of the workshop was to highlight the key concerns around Tuberculosis including multi drug resistance, and equip the participants with hands-on training for the entire workflow of Next-Generation Sequencing including Library Preparation, Sequencing run and Data analysis. The workshop also included special talks about Single Cell Genomics and Clinical applications of NGS.

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World TB Day - TB Awareness program

Dr Mahesh Kumar, Scientist ‘D’ along with NIRT staff Delivered TB awareness talk at Shri Meenakshi Government Arts College as part of World TB Day celebration.



Dissemination Workshop on Health Technology Assessment in India

ICMR-National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis, jointly with National Health Mission, Government of Tamil Nadu organized a one-day Dissemination Workshop on Health Technology Assessment (HTA) studies done in India. The purpose of this workshop was to disseminate findings of HTA studies to the key health officials, State Health Program Managers, policymakers and Medical College Post Graduate students in Tamil Nadu. The Workshop also intended 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.

HTA Studies in India

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World TB Day - TB Awareness program
Madras Christian College


Second year Social Work students (UG) of Madras Christian College visited ICMR-NIRT campus on 17th March, 2022 for an observation visit and for a orientation on the occasion of World TB day, 2022. Dr. Sylvia Daisy, Assistant Professor, MCC lead the team of sixty students to ICMR-NIRT.
Mr. P Murugesan, STO-2, ICMR-NIRT gave orientation for the staff on the patient care activities at ICMR-NIRT. Further the students attended a special talk on gathered at Robert Koch auditorium where gave a brief introduction to the students. Dr. N Karikalan , HOD, DSBR, ICMR-NIRT addressed the gathering and talked about TB and the importance of world TB day, 2022. After the talk the forum was open for questions and various queries of the students were addressed by the speakers. The programme was concluded by taking the TB pledge.

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World TB Day - TB Awareness program
Madras School of Social Work


ICMR- NIRT in collaboration with the Social work Forum of Madras School of Social Work conducted a seminar in commemoration of World TB day, 2022. The programme was organized on 17th March 2022 at TAG Auditorium, MSSW. The event commenced at 11 am with a welcome address by Dr. J S Gunavathy HOD, MSSW. The programme overiew was presented by Dr. P Amuthalakshmi, Assistant Professor. The Principal of MSSW, Dr. S Raja Samuel felicitated the gathering. Chief guest Dr. Banurekha, Scientist E, ICMR-NIRT spoke about World TB day 2022 and its importance. and its relevance. Dr. N Karikalan , HOD, DSBR, ICMR-NIRT gave a special talk on the importance of social and behavioral interventions to eliminate TB. This was followed by a talk on Role of social workers in TB patient care and community mobilization by Mr. P Murugesan, STO, ICMR-NIRT. Post the talk the speakers addressed various questions posed by the audience. Street Theatre and villupaatu on TB awareness was performed by students of MSSW and the programme was concluded by taking the TB pledge.

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World TB Day - TB Awareness program for School Students, Kannigapuram

As a part of World TB Day, ICMR-NIRT and Friends Empowerment and Education to Society (FEETS) NGO jointly organized a TB awareness programme on 10th March, 2022 at A.D.W. Boys Higher Secondary School, Kannigapuram, Chennai. Around 80 students from 8th to 12th Std participated in the program. FEETS NGO president Mr.Soundharaja and their volunteers actively participated in the program. An animated TB documentary movie was scrolled for the students to explain TB in a child friendly way. Mr. P. Murugesan, STO, DSBR, NIRT presented the TB facts and the treatment availabilities to the students. Students enthusiastically answered the questions at the recap sessions. Program ended with TB pledge. The program was coordinated by Mr. Vignesh and Mr. Manikandan, MSW students from Dr. Ambedkar Government Arts College, Vysarpadi, Chennai.



International Women's Day Celebrations at ICMR-NIRT

ICMR-NIRT organised a program to celebrate the "International Women's Day" on 8th March, 2022. Dr. Padmapriyadarsini, Director welcomed
Dr. Sonal Chandra (IPS), Superintendent of Police, Chennai (Chief Guest) and other participants and conveyed her Women's Day wishes. The Chief Guest of the program motivated women staff of ICMR-NIRT and shared her ideas on women empowerment. Dr. Prathiksha, Chairperson of Internal Complaints Committee for Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace thanked the Chief Guest and other staff for their active participation in the event.


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Republic Day Celebration

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Capacity Building Workshop on use of Next Generation Sequencing for improved surveillance and outbreak investigations of drug-resistant Tuberculosis

The effective management of TB and drug resistant TB relies upon rapid diagnosis and effective treatment of resistant infections. Culture-based phenotypic DST methods are currently the gold standard for drug resistance detection, but these methods are time-consuming, require sophisticated laboratory infrastructure, qualified well trained staff and strict quality control. Next generation sequencing (tNGS and WGS) allows laboratory staff to provide this information in less than two weeks.

The Workshop on genotypic DST by tNGS and WGS to newer and repurposed drugs is organized with the following objectives:
• To orient the participants on the methods available for genotypic DST to anti- TB drugs.
• To update the participants on the technical review of evidence by WHO for genotypic DST.
• To train the participants on Next generation sequencing methods for prediction of drug resistance and Cluster identification.
• To impart training on TB cluster detection and drug resistance prediction by tNGS and WGS for individualized TB treatment

In the Workshop, 26 participants from different parts of India were trained on Whole genome sequencing and targeted next generation sequencing for prediction of cluster and drug resistance prediction. The workshop was inaugurated by Smt. Anu Nagar, Joint Secretary DHR, followed by the address of Dr Padmapriyadarsini, Director, ICMR-NIRT to the participants and the special address from Dr Vineet Bhatia. On the first and last day of the Workshop, a written test (Pre-Test and Post-Test) was conducted for the participants to assess their learning capability in the subject.

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A Bio-Safety Level 3 (BSL-3) facility for tuberculosis diagnostics and research activities was established in the Department of Bacteriology of ICMR-NIRT. This fully equipped facility was inaugurated by Dr. U.D. Gupta, Director (Retd.), ICMR-NJILOMD, Agra and Dr. N.S. Gomathi, Scientist (Retd.), ICMR-NIRT, in the presence of Dr. C. Padmapriyadarsini, Director, ICMR-NIRT on 11th December 2021. This facility will provide advance technology in biosafety for handling infectious pathogens to the staff who are involved in the diagnostic and research activities.

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TB Awareness Programme for Marginalized Community

A "TB Awareness Program" was organized on 17th December 2021 at Kattunayakan community. Twenty parents and children from the community participated in the programme., Mr. Murugesan (STO) and Mr. Rony Moral (Project TO) from DSBR presented basic facts of Tuberculosis and conducted a TB Folk song. A puppetry show was organised by Ms. Hanupriya P (MSSW Student Trainee) which was used to explain facts about TB in a child friendly manner. The participants actively participated and understood the basic facts about TB. A pre and post test among participants showed that there was a notable difference (35%) in the knowledge related to TB among them during post awareness session.

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49th Scientific Advisory Committee Meeting 2021 of ICMR-NIRT





XV Biennial Virtual Conference of International Biometric Society
Indian Region and Pre-conference e-workshop on “Survival Analysis”

The XV Biennial e-conference of International Biometric Society (IBS) -Indian Region on the theme "Statistical Challenges in Clinical Trial" held during 16-17 November, 2021 and pre-conference e-workshop on "Survival Analysis" held on 15th November, 2021 were organized by Department of Statistics, ICMR-National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis, Chennai. The virtual-conference and pre-conference e-workshop were inaugurated by Dr. C. Padmapriyadarsini, Director, ICMR-NIRT, Chennai. The participants including IBS members, students and research scholars from various universities, scientists and academicians attended through online meeting platform. The workshop predominantly concentrated on the concepts of survival model and its advances in clinical research and public health fields. The experts on survival analysis from ICMR-NIRT, Sri Ramachandra University, Presidency College, Chennai and St. John Medical College, Bengaluru delivered talks on survival modeling using parametric, non-parametric and machine learning methods. The emerging topics in the field of survival analysis were also discussed in the workshop. A total of 113 participants attended the conference either virtually or physically. Four invited talks were delivered by eminent scientists and professors from various institutes. A total of 35 scientific papers were presented in the conference on various statistical topics. A special keynote address on clinical trial was given by Prof. Andrew Nunn, MRC UCL, Clinical Trial Unit, London, UK. The program ended with valedictory function in which the President and the secretary IBS-IR wished all the participants and thanked the Department of Statistics, ICMR-NIRT for organizing the conference and workshop successfully.

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First Regional Consultative Workshop on Health Technology Assessment

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

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"

"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

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Fit India Freedom Run 2.0

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"

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

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

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

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

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"


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"

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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


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TB and Health Awareness programme for Marginalised community Mapedu, Chennai
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 

“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

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

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

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"

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”

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”

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

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”

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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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

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

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

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

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


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Guest Lecture on CT Scan Brain –interpretation- normal and diseased states

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

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.


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

Dr S Siva Kumar


Sourcing of pure drug powder- Bdq & Dlm

Dr. R Radhakrishnan


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

[Presentation, video & discussions]

Dr S Balaji


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

[Presentation, video & discussions]

Dr Prabhu Srinivasan


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.



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

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

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.



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

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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Jan Andolan for COVID-19 Campaign



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

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

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.




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