What is the the ICMR? What are its main activities?

  • The apex body in India for the formulation, coordination, and promotion of biomedical research, The Indian Council Of Medical Research is one of the oldest medical research bodies in the world.
  • It was in the year of 1911 when the Government of India has set up the Indian Research Fund Association (IRFA). IRFA served the specific objective of sponsoring and coordinating medical research in the country.
  • With some integral changes after independence, the IFRA was redesignated in 1949 as the ICMR. The ICMR is funded by the Government of India through the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.
  • The Council's research priorities coincide with the National health priorities, such as: control and management of communicable diseases, fertility control, maternal and child health,...
  • .. developing alternative strategies for health care delivery, containment within safety limits of environmental and occupational health problems;
  • Research on major non-communicable diseases like cancer, cardiovascular diseases, blindness, diabetes, and other metabolic and hematological disorders; and mental health research and drug research.
  • ICMR carries out its work through 21 Permanent Research Institutes/Centres & 6 Regional Medical Research Centres which address regional health problems.
  • For research, ICMR promotes setting up Centres for Advanced Research in different research areas, task force studies which emphasize a time-bound, goal-oriented approach & ...
  • ... open-ended research on the basis of applications for grants-in-aid received from scientists in non-ICMR Research Institutes, Medical Collegesicmr, Universities, etc. located in different parts of the country.

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