Prestigious Donor such as World Health Organization (HQ Geneva and SEARO), UNICEF, Population Council (New York), Rockefeller Foundation (UK), ODA, Medical Research Council (U.K.), Institute of Human Nutrition (Southampton University), Welcome Trust, Swiss Tropical institute, Indian Council of Medical Research, The Tata Trusts etc. as well as active support from Government of India and the State Government are mute testimony to the quality of our Research. Our Research Scientists and Clinicians are members of various National and International Health committees and have published scientific papers in prestigious journals.
As we complete 25 years the K. E. M. Hospital Research Center can legitimately claim to have attained maturity and as we purposefully march into the 21st century we look forward to forging ahead with our Clinical–cum–Laboratory and Field Operational Research activities, keeping in focus, the country’s priorities, the needs of the community and the Research Center’s interest in problem–oriented, problem solving research.
Dr. B.J.Coyaji K.E.M. Hospital Research Center, Pune Profile
Research in KEM. Hospital started in1973 under the aegis of the KEM. Hospital Society, over sixty years after the institution came into existence in 1912. Initially, the research activities centered around clinical studies funded mainly by the KEM Hospital Research Funds.
It was only after the Vadu Rural Health Project came into existence in 1978 that the Research activities got a real boost. Project proposals covering hospital based/community–based clinical and field operational research were developed and submitted for funding. Following rapid growth and expansion, the Research Center was registered in 1985 as an independent Society under the Society’s Registration Act of 1860, as per the directives of the Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of Scientific and Industrial Research, Government of India. This not only gave the KEM Hospital Research Center a separate status but also gave it legal authority for getting Income Tax Exemption under Section 35(i)ll, and coverage under Foreign Exchange Regulation Act (FERA).
After 25 years of its existence the KEM Hospital Research Center, Pune, has fully matured and has got international and national recognition. In recent years, the Research Center has been invited to take up research projects on issues of national relevance with the research studies being carried out mainly in collaboration with prestigious International and National Institutions.
The focus of attention at KEM Hospital Research Center has been on problem oriented, problem–solving community cum hospital–based research. The research projects/studies now being carried our are wide ranging, covering clinical, clinical–cum–laboratory, field operational health systems and Bio–medical research. In all, thirty two research projects / studies are now in progress covering major issues which are of great relevance to our country. The research projects/studies include such major areas like Reproductive Child Health, Adolescent Sex and Sexuality, Clinical trials on abortifacients and contraceptives, RTI and STI studies including AIDS, improving quality of health services delivery in rural areas and urban slums, Childhood diseases and disabilities, Clinical studies on diseases like Diabetes, Epilepsy, Dengue, etc. A resume of the research in the above areas carried out by KEM Hospital Research Center has been given later.