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.
The 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.
Every year more than 500 research articles are published in National and International journals.
A number of departments have been designated as research centres by WHO and various national agencies. WHO designated Centres include:
The Institute has been recognized by National AIDS Control Organisation.