Scientific Research at the Institute
Research forms an integral part of the education programme of the
Institute. Scientific inquiry includes basic research, and clinic research. Questions
about a disease and its diagnosis and therapy are raised in a clinical setting, and answer
obtained by using scientific methods in the laboratory are then translated into clinical
practice. Writing a thesis/dissertation inculcates in the candidate the basic elements of
planning and executing a scientific experiment with a well-defined objective. These are
the basis of an advance in scientific experiment with a well-defined objective. These are
the basis of an advance in scientific thought or problem management. The candidates also
undergo a short training course in general research methodology and bio-statistical
methods in medical research.
PGI has always
made an endeavour to direct its various research activities to the relative needs of the
society. The research work is carried out in accordance with nationally and
internationally approved guidelines. It has to be cleared by a committee of experts from
the viewpoint of its necessity and safety of the subjects to be studied along with its
ethics. The student pursuing the post graduation and postdoctoral courses are required to
write a thesis/dissertation on a particular subject. During training the residents thus
gain a first hand experience of conducting research in the laboratories along with
community and patient care management. All the departments undertake research in the area
of national importance e.g. tuberculosis, malaria, leprosy, diarrhoea diseases, fertility
control, family planning, blindness, cancer, community health, parasitic diseases,
tetanus, preventable oral diseases, child health and nutrition, to name a few. A unique
feature of research at this Institute is the establishment of the Department of
Experimental Medicine which helps various clinical departments to have an in-depth
research at the level of molecular biology and basic sciences to correlate with the
various clinical problems e.g. hypertension, coronary artery disease, rheumatic heart
diseases, mal-absorption, etc.
research output has been incredible and has found recognition at the various national and
international forums. A number of faculty members have been honoured at the national level
by the awards of Padam Bhushan, Padam Shri, B.C. Roy Award and the various awards of the
ICMR. The International agencies have also honoured many faculty members.
year more than 500
research articles are published in National and International journals.
number of departments have been designated as research centres by WHO and various national
agencies. WHO designated Centres include:
Clinical research in human reproduction (Obstetrics and Gynaecology)
The Institute has been
recognized by National AIDS Control Organisation.
ii) Mental Health
iii) Quality Control
in Clinical Chemistry (Biochemistry)
vi) Blood Transfusion and
vii) Department of Pulmonary medicine- "WHO Collaborating Center for Research and
Capacity Building in Chronic Respiratory Disease"