NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MALARIA RESEARCH (ICMR)

NEW DELHI - 110077


(Established in 1977)

  NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MALARIA  RESEARCH (ICMR)

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Phone: 011 -25307103
Fax: 011 -25307177
Email : director@mrcindia.org
Website :  http://www.nimr.org.in
Scope of Activities:

  • Situated at New Delhi the National Institute of Malaria Research (NIMR) conducts research on Malaria and other vector borne diseases like dengue and chikungunya etc.
  • Its primary task is to find short term as well as long term solutions to the problems of malaria through basic, applied and operational field research
  • The Institute has the support of its 10 field units situated in different eco-epidemiological settings: Hardwar (Uttarakhand), Nadiad (Gujarat), Panji (Goa), Bangalore (Karnataka), Chennai (Tamil Nadu), Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh), Raipur (Chhattisgarh), Ranchi (Jharkhand), Rourkela (Orissa) and Guwahati (Assam).

Thrust Areas:

The following are the thrust areas of NIMR

  • Testing and validation of new rapid diagnostic kits, drugs, insecticides, insect growth regulator compounds and repellents.
  • Monitoring of insecticide resistance, drug development, and therapeutic efficacy of antimalarial agents and supervision of indoor residual spray.
  • Providing support to National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP)
  • Evaluation of strategies of NVBDCP.
  • Networking and linkages with national and international laboratories/agencies.
  • Manpower resource development through trainings/workshops and transfer of technology.
International Recognition:

NIMR is a declared WHO reference centre for sibling species identification and insecticide testing equipments.
Human Resource Development :

  • NIMR conducts short-term & long-term training courses in field of vector control, microscopy, entomology, surveillance, quality assurance of RDT, insecticide bioassay, bioenvironmental control, field applications of biocides, IRS, preparation of blood smear for diagnosis, malaria in pregnancy, anti-malaria operations and new tools like RS & GIS in prevention and control of vector borne diseases.
  • NIMR also imparts training to national and international participants from all levels starting from students, Ph.D. scholars, WHO fellows, community workers, counselors, lab technicians, epidemiologists, Entomologists, Biologists, Scientists, Health Officers Assistant Medical Officers, Medical Officers, Assistant District Health Officers, Chief District Health Officers, Regional Deputy Directors to District Malaria Officers belonging to different organizations.
Recognition for Doctorate/Masters by a University:

  • NIMR’s scientists are affiliated with the following Universities to guide Ph.D. students –
    • Jiwaji University, Gwalior,
    • I.P. University, Delhi
    • Goa University, Goa

Major Achievements:

Among the major achievements of NIMR are the following
  • National reference centre for evaluation of insecticides, biopesticides, biological agents, diagnostic kits and resistance monitoring.
  • National biological resource for malaria parasite repository, insectary with different genetic strains.
  • Cytotaxonomic studies identifying major vectors as species complexes and laboratory and field studies to examine the biological variations among sibling species, development of molecular identification techniques for sibling species.
  • Demonstrated bioenvironmental methods for control of malaria and transferred this technology in 8 states and industrial units.
  • Evaluated various insecticides of which deltamethrin, biolarvicides and pirimiphos methyl have been introduced in the national programme.
  • Evaluated Insecticide treated mosquito nets, long lasting nets (Olyset, Permanet, and interceptor) which have been introduced into the programme.
  • Developed mosquito control plans for Chennai, Ahmedabad, Panaji, Bangalore, Delhi and Dindigul.
  • Assessed Health Impact of Konkan Railways, Marmugao Port trust, Goa and Sardar Sarovar dam.
  • Undertook drug trials namely Bulaquine, alpha-beeta arteether, combination therapy which have been introduced in the national programme.
  • Evaluated various Rapid Diagnostic Kits of which Paracheck and Parahit have been accepted by the NVBDCP.
  • Established a repository of over 800 strains of malaria parasites in Malaria Parasite Bank which serves as a national resource for various studies.

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