Research at AIIMS Bhopal

Research at AIIMS Bhopal

"It is science alone that can solve the problems of hunger and poverty, of insanitation and illiteracy, of superstition and deadening custom and tradition, of vast resources running to waste, or a rich country inhabited by starving people... Who indeed could afford to ignore science today? At every turn we have to seek its aid... The future belongs to science and those who make friends with science."Pt Jawaharlal Nehru

Research is a pursuit of knowledge and is limitless. Though we are recently established institute, research is an important mission of AIIMS Bhopal towards better healthcare and teaching. At AIIMS Bhopal we pursue research to understand the intricacies and maladies of the human body and its interaction with nature, find cure to ailments, improve quality of living and enhance teaching. Research at AIIMS Bhopal is a dedicated team work led by the faculty of the Institute as Principal Investigators (PI) with the assistance of senior residents, postdoctoral fellows and undergraduates and technical staff. The research funding is obtained mainly by extramural grants from agencies namely DBT, MPCST, ICMR, DST and others. The institute aims to provide modest intramural financial support to investigators for initiating research
The research projects are reviewed by the Research review board (RRB) comprising of faculty of the institute. Depending on the requirements RRB forwards the projects for further review to Institutional Human Ethics Committee (IHEC), Institutional Biosafety committee (IBSC) and Institutional Animal Ethics Committee (IAEC). The registration of IHEC with DCGI, IBSC with DBT and IAEC with CPCSEA is in process

Research Themes: Our research themes broadly includes Infectious diseases, Maternal health and child nutrition, Molecular cancer research, Viral identification and diagnosis, Neurosciences and Psychiatry, Genetic predisposition to non-communicable diseases, health care policies, toxicology, strategies for surgical interventions and stem cell biology. The themes are not mutually exclusive and the PIs carry interdisciplinary research with national and international collaborations aiming towards novel, low cost tools for becoming the torch bearer of health care for the state of Madhya Pradesh where malnutrition, maternal mortality, haemophilia are prevalent.

Facilities for research: Our research is facilitated by state of art instrumentation including Real-time PCR, flow cytometry, HPLC, Biosafety cabinets, high speed centrifuges, ELISA, chemiluminiscent analysers, microscopes with varying resolutions manned by trained technical staff. Equipments for high throughput and advanced technologies including genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, mass spectrometry, bioinformatics and NMR are underway

Undergraduate research: At AIIMS Bhopal, undergraduate students are encouraged to identify a problem in research and address it with help of a mentor in the Institute. The aim of undergraduate research is to develop critical thinking and expand academic knowledge, explore research techniques, inculcate team spirit and time management, identify career interests, establish contacts with faculty and presenting at research conferences. Undergraduate research has been supported by intramural funding and short term studentships (STS) of ICMR. Twenty-five undergraduates of AIIMS Bhopal have bagged the prestigious STS fellowships since 2012 and have won accolades in platform and poster presentations in various national and international conferences