Sri Ramachandra University has established a Central Research Facility to gain recognition as a centre of excellence in medical research. Prof.S.P.Thyagarajan, an internationally renowned medical scientist and former Vice-Chancellor, University of Madras, has conducted 55 research projects during his 40 years of research career, made 335 publications and written 18 books. He holds a patent for a drug formulated from an Indian medicinal plant for chronic Hepatitis B and also holds 4 more patents.
The Central Research Facility, established in the year 2007, is the “A to Z gateway” for research, to take care of all logistics of research planning, research projects administration, research documentation, besides providing a centralized sophisticated equipment facility. It includes the University-Industry Liaison Centre with IRP/Patents Cell on a ‘ready to use platform’ to the entire University.
This facility in a plinth area of 25,000 sq.ft. has a medical informatics and study design unit, Contract Clinical Trials Division, Epidemiology Research unit, Project Development and Documentation Unit, Traditional Research Unit and a University Sophisticated Instrumentation Centre. All high-tech equipments for the genomics, proteomics, spectroscopy, chromatography, radioisotopy, microscopy, NMR facilities along with walk-in-cold room [4o C], cryopreservation unit [-80oC and – 146oC], cold room [-20oC] etc. are available besides a centralised administrative office. All research and development activities of the University are co-ordinated by the Pro-Chancellor [Research].
Presently there are 520 major and minor research projects operational in the University which are broadly classified as
- International collaborative projects,
- Sponsored research projects funded by national agencies like Department of Science and Technology, Department of Bio-Technology, Indian Council of Medical Research, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research etc.,
- Industry - institutional R&D consultancy projects jointly funded by DST, industries and international agencies,
- Multinational and multi centric clinical trials, and
- Individual research projects by faculty and postgraduate students including Ph.D. students.
During the year 2007, the University has received the following International and National level research recognitions; [i] The Department of Environmental Health Engineering as the "WHO Collaborating Centre for Research & Training in Occupational Health; [ii] It is also recognised as the Training & Examination Centre for the National Examination Board of Occupational Safety & Health [NESOSH], UK, [iii] The Department of Human Genetics as the "Biodosimetry Laboratory" by the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board, [iv] The 'Herbal Research Laboratory" of Sri Ramachandra University as the "ICMR/AYUSH Golden Triangle Project [GTP] Centre for validation and standardisation of Indian Systems of Medicine Drugs; [v] The PURSE-HIS Epidemiology Research Unit of DST to Department of Cardiology & Cardiac Care Centre, [vi] The DBT-Tissue-Engineering Unit for cardiomyocytes and chondrocytes to the departments of Cardio-thoracic surgery, Arthroscopy and Pathology.
Teaching-Research & Development MoUs have been signed by the University during 2007-08 with  Indian Institute of Technology, Madras;  Anna University, Chennai ;  Central Leather Research Institute, Chennai;  Sathyabama University, Chennai and  SSN Engineering College, Kalavakkam. The MoUs in pipeline are- (a) Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Kalpakkam, (b) National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore, (c) Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hydereabad, and (d) National Institute of Epidemiology (NIE), Chennai.
The Department of Scientific and Industrial Research [DSIR], India has recognised Sri Ramachandra University as Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation [SIRO] and the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India has provided Customs/Central Excise Duty Exemption registration to Sri Ramachandra University for 5 years.
While 21 sponsored research projects with a grant release of Rs.10.71 crores have been sanctioned to the University by various funding agencies during 2007, 15 major research centres/projects are under active consideration for funding by ICMR, DST, AYUSH and DBT.
CLINICAL TRIALS DIVISION
The Central Research Facility has also developed an exclusive Contract Clinical Trial Facility adhering to the international requirements taking care of privacy and confidentiality of study subjects, documentation and analysis facility with necessary accreditation of the facility. Of the ongoing 44 clinical trials, 21 have been granted during 2007 by international pharmaceutical companies.
UNIVERSITY – INDUSTRY LIAISON CENTRE (UILIC)
Sri Ramachandra University has established the UILIC in the Central Research Facility with approved university level consultancy rules in tune with UGC/CSIR norms. In addition to routine consultancy projects, the university, during 2007-08, has developed major Industry -Institutional collaboration with M/s Bristal Myers Squibb, USA on, "DBT – Centre of Excellence for Teaching & Training in Drug Discovery and Translational Medicine". R & D collaborations are also being developed with M/s Genzym Corporation, USA, M/s Nicholas Piramal Life Sciences Limited, India; M/s. Agada health Sciences, India; M/s. Arvind Remedies; M/s. Rumi Herbals etc.,
CENTRAL ANIMAL FACILITY FOR DEVELOPMENTAL RESEARCH AND TOXICOLOGY
A world class fully air-conditioned "Central Animal Facility for Developmental Research and Toxicology" with facilities for breeding, maintenance, experimentation and laboratory studies has been exclusively developed in a plinth area of 15,000 sq.ft. This animal facility will be utilized for experimental research in accordance with the principles of good laboratory practices and CPCSEA guidelines of the Government of India. Further, it will facilitate research & development in partnership with academic institutions, industries and funding agencies for drug discovery-cum-validation, devices development and all aspects of Translational Medical Research. The Centre will also be involved in skilled manpower development through education and training in laboratory animal care and experimental techniques.
The 'Research Vision' of Sri Ramachandra University is to evolve the University as an "International Centre of Excellence in Translational Medical Education & Research and Biomedical Nanotechnology".
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