Nagpur: A small initiative, as Research Centre of Central India Institute of Medical Sciences, Nagpur was started by pioneers in the field Late Dr. G. M. Taori and Dr. H. F. Daginawala. This seed was further brought up by Dr. R. S. Kashyap where a small lab was developed into a well-known multi- research centre. The research laboratory was started in the year 2000, and then onwards with every passing day it grew and blossomed even more.
Various projects are undertaken in CIIMS based on Molecular Biology, Proteomics, Cell Culture and Microbiology. CIIMS Research Lab is actively working on various diseases like TB/TBM, Bacterial Meningitis, Chikungunya, Dengue and various Neurotropic Viral infections. For diagnosis of these infections, samples from various hospitals and pathologies are being analyzed at CIIMS. Heading towards the betterment of diagnostic facilities, CIIMS research lab has released a Diagnostic test information booklet on January 23rd, 2016 detailing all the diagnostic tests carried out in CIIMS.
The inaugural function was graced by the august presence of various esteemed guests including Former Chairman of CIIMS Vinod Bajaj, Chairman of CIIMS Mohan Agrawal, Former Chairman of CIIMS R. S. Bhattad.
Director of CIIMS Dr. Lokendra Singh informed that the booklet will be fruitful for various health care institutions, pathology labs and CIIMS as well to make them aware of the existing diagnostic facilities in the research centre. These advanced diagnostic tests are developed under the abled guidance of Dr. H. F. Daginawala, Sr. Scientist, CIIMS and Dr. R. S. Kashyap, Sr. Research Scientist and Head Research Centre CIIMS. Dr.Kashyap mentioned that the diagnostic test booklet includes all the detailed information including costs, duration, and type of sample for the techniques developed in CIIMS. Along with the existing facilities CIIMS research lab is also launching diagnostic tests for Zoonotic infections like Bovine TB, Brucellosis, Listeriosis and MDR TB.
The dignitaries attending the inaugural ceremony appreciated this step towards commercialization of diagnostic tests. Guest lecture by President of Vidarbha Association of Pathologists and Microbiologists Dr. Anne Wilkinson was arranged who gave a brief lecture on HSV (Herpes Simplex Virus). Taking forward the dream of Founder Director Late Dr. G. M. Taori, Research Lab along with CIIMS is looking forward in serving the society and availing the medical facilities to the indigent. Research Diagnostic Unit members Sonali Manke, Vinita Hutke and Arti Mishra and other members of CIIMS, Research Centre has laboriously worked hard for the development and introduction of the commercial available, rapid and cost effective diagnostic tests.