Nurturing a Culture of Inquiry
A steady aim at academic success and professional proficiency has led RMC to undertake research activities at various levels. Separate committees for student and faculty research have made headway in creating a culture of inquiry. Apart from interdepartmental and trans-disciplinary research, we have also established exchange and collaborative relationships with external institutions. A separate division on research and patents, established in 2012, has allowed the College to undertake further explorations on methodology, ethics and patenting.
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RMC promotes academic research across faculty and student levels to create an atmosphere of investigation and learning.
All PG students, across MD, MS, DM and M.Ch courses are required to present dissertations. While academic research is not mandatory for undergraduate students, RMC encourages its MBBS students to take up short-term research activities, many of which are funded by reputed research organisations such as ICMR. Additionally, students also have the opportunity to assist in research activities. Most research undertakings at the student level culminate in publications. Academic research at the faculty level revolves around student research in certain contexts. As a topic is explored to a greater extent, the scope of research widens. Faculty research is also of the investigative kind, where a faculty member dives into an area of inquiry by conducting research around it. Typically, faculty research at RMC gets funded by organisations like ICMR and VGST.
Research conducted in this category primarily revolves around public health and its many pressing issues.
Grant-based research or sponsored research is an important aspect of overall research activities at RMC. The College has a number of facilities to support sponsored research including the Central Research Laboratory, the Drug Testing Lab and the Advanced Learning Center. The Central Research Laboratory is a 7,000 square lab that features a genetics research facility, tissue culture facility and biochemical analysis facility. The Drug Testing Lab is a state-of-the-art outfit where the qualitative as well as quantitative analysis of drugs and several other substances can be performed. The Advanced Learning Center features the Cadaveric Skills Lab where research on embalming techniques is conducted. It also has the Tissue Bank where cryopreservation and research is performed.
The College also engages in sponsored research of the collaborative kind, working alongside other reputed Indian institutions such as the IISc and others. It has also struck MOUs with various international institutions such as the University of Ghent, University of Antwerp and University of Illinois among others.
RMC has initiated research in areas such as Orthopaedics, Endocrinology, Cardiology and Gastroenterology among others.
RMC is involved in undertaking various clinical and drug trials in its Clinical Research. The Lab takes on clinical trials for Indian as well as international pharmaceutical companies. It has been a site for several FDA and ERA studies.
Research conducted under strict guidelines has resulted in the College being recognised by several auditory bodies such as EMEA and USFDA. The College has initiated research in areas such as Orthopaedics, Endocrinology, Cardiology and Gastroenterology among others.
01Ramaiah Medical College and Hospitals (RMCH) is acknowledged as one of the most premiere institutes in the country. Over the years, the institute’s emphasis on scientific rigor and a robust research culture has led to a significant increase in the number of clinical trials being conducted. This, in turn, has given rise to the need for an efficient and consistent ethical review mechanism for health and biomedical research that works to ensure the protection of human rights as mandated by Indian law.
02In lieu of the above, the Ethics Review Board (ERB) of RMCH was established by the Chief Executive, Gokula Education Foundation (Medical) [CE, GEF (M)], in the year 2000. The ERB reviews both, scientific and ethical aspects of studies. Timely review and the safeguarding of high ethical standards form the basis of the ERB review process.
03The Committee is constituted and administratively governed by the Chief Executive, Gokula Education Foundation (Medical).
04The Board will independently -examine, scrutinize, review and oversee all the Clinical Trials/Studies involving pharmaceutical drugs, devices, herbal or Ayurvedic products, BA/BE studies, epidemiological studies, registry, and observational and retrospective studies in addition to the academic studies of students and faculty involving patients/human participants proposed to be carried out in Ramaiah Medical College and Hospitals (which includes both, the Ramaiah Teaching Hospital and the Ramaiah Memorial Hospital) and any other outside hospital or institution.
05The Ethical Review Board was registered with the Drug Controller General, India (DCGI). Since the DCGI registration letter dated 20th April, 2013 is in the name of the ‘Ethics Committee (EC), M S Ramaiah Medical College and Hospitals,’ the Ethical Review Board was renamed the ‘Ethics Committees, M S Ramaiah Medical College and Hospitals. The Registration No. ECR/215/Inst/Ker/2013 is issued to the EC under Rule 122DD of the Drugs & Cosmetic Rules 1945. The registration was renewed in 2016 with Re-Registration No. ECR/215/Inst/KA/2013/RR-16.
06The EC is also registered with the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) with the Institutional Review Board (IRB) Organization registration no of IORG0006935.
07All the registrations are periodically renewed, as and when required.
08 A list of the members of the Ethics Committee can be found here.