Multidisiplinary Research Unit (ICMR)



Year of Initiation: 2012
Co-ordinator : Dr. Lahari Saikia, Professor, Dept. of Microbiology, Assam

Introduction


       The Multidisciplinary Research Unit at Assam Medical College & Hospital, Dibrugarh, is a Govt. of India initiative established with Grants-in-aid received from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), New Delhi with a view to forward Bio-medical research in the region. This is the first Laboratory of its type in the region established under the Central Govt. initiative ‘Establishment of Multi-Disciplinary Research Units in Government Medical colleges/Research Institutions’ and was formally inaugurated by Dr. V.M. Katoch, Secretary to Govt. of India, Dept. of Health Research (MH&FW) & Director General, ICMR, on the 11th of May, 2013 in the esteemed presence of Dr. Atindra Kr. Adhikari, Principal-cum-chief Superintendent, Assam Medical College & Hospital, Dibrugarh.


Divisions and Facilities


       The Research Unit at Assam Medical College has three broad sections – Biochemistry, Pathology and Microbiology; each with dedicated working areas. In addition, there is a dedicated Molecular Biology section with separate Pre and Post amplification rooms. The laboratory is equipped with Autoanalysers, automated cell-counter, PCR (conventional and Real-time) stations, Elisa readers and washers, Anaerobic culture system, Histopathology equipments, Deep freezers, Bio-Safety Cabinets, western blotting and water purification system and dedicated media preparation and sterilisation rooms.


Activities


       The laboratory is currently being used for conducting research in the field of clinical medicine and basic science. It supports both intramural and extramural projects carried out under different clinical researchers of the institute. In addition, the laboratory facilities are also being used by Post-graduate students for carrying out their thesis related work. The laboratory is also utilised for generating preliminary data about important health problems with a view to generate funds for large-scale projects in the future.


Available Research Facilities


  • Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) (Conventional & Real-time quantitative)
  • ELISA
  • Biochemical analysis
  • Routine Blood examination
  • Histo-pathological examination
  • Biobanking
  • Anaerobic/Microaerophilic culture

Annual Reports

Year: 2013-14 Download PDF
Year: 2014-15 Download PDF
Year: 2015-16 Download PDF

Research Activities


ONGOING PROJECTS

PROJECT TITLE SPONSORING AGENCY PI Co-PI
Association of DNA repair enzyme and frequency of P53 mutation in chronic liver disease patients with aflatoxin exposure from Assam DBT, Govt. of India Dr. Arup Kumar Das
Blood zinc level in children with severe pneumonia and effect of zinc supplimentation ICMR Dr. Aditi Baruah

COMPLETED PROJECTS

PROJECT TITLE SPONSORING AGENCY PI Co-PI
Assessment of lipid peroxidation and antioxident profile in drug naive sehizophrenia patients in Assam ICMR Dr. Kamala Deka

Tests performed in MRU Laboratory

Sl. No. Name of the Test
1. Liver Function test
2. Kidney function test
3. Serum Glucose
4. C-reactive protein
5. Serum zinc
6. Serum iron & TIBC
7. Serum sodium
8. Serum potassium
9. Serum Creatinine
10. Urinary microalbumin
11. Complete blood count by Beckman Coulter
12. DNA extraction
13. RNA extraction
14. C-DNA synthesis
15. Conventional PCR
16. Real time PCR
17. Gel Electrophoresis
18. DNA quantification by Spectrophotometer
19. PBMC isolation
20. ANOXIMAT (used for cultivation of microorganism in an oxygen depleted or CO2 enriched environment)
21. Histopathological examination of tissue specimen

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